DAY 3: BARCELONA – PLATJA D’ARO
Barcelona is the best city in Catalonia for charging an electric car, since it is one of the places with the highest concentration of charge points in Spain, and if you can charge your vehicle just a few metres from the coast, so much the better! Between Hotel W in La Barceloneta and the Forum alone, there are up to five public charge points less than 150 metres from the sea, and so you have no excuse not to go for a dip at one of the beaches there!
At midday, you can drive to Lloret de Mar, on the Costa Brava, just 40 minutes away if all goes well and there is not too much traffic, although since this is an electric car, you can drive in the HOV lane of the C-58 to get out of the city of Barcelona. And the toll booths on the AP-7, like all the toll roads, are free!
In Lloret, you can eat at a waterfront restaurant on Passeig D’Agustí Font as you charge the car beside the beach, just in front of the Town Hall building. Lloret has set its sights on attracting high-quality tourism, since it has splendid attractions like the coastal path, Camí de Ronda, or the town’s fascinating old quarter. It is also a good place to go shopping or simply to enjoy its beach as the car charges!
Tossa de Mar is not far away. This is a place not to be missed because it is one of the gems of the Costa Brava, with Tossa Castle, the town’s walled area, and coves bathed by crystal-clear waters like Cala Llevadó or Cala Moltó. If you are a foodie, you should also know that Tossa de Mar also has a restaurant with a Michelin star, La Cuina de Can Simón, in addition to many other attractions.
You can travel from Tossa to Sant Feliu de Guíxols along the easy flat Llagostera road. Alternatively, take the winding road at sea-level that joins the two towns where, as well as luxury housing estates, the coastline is also dotted with rather inaccessible coves.
Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Platja d’Aro, Sant Antoni de Calonge and Palamós are four towns that almost merge into one another, geographically speaking, although each one has its own peculiarities. One good way to end the day is to stay overnight at one of the four hotels in the area with a charge point, but make sure that you have a night out first in Platja d’Aro!
DAY 4: PLATJA D’ARO – PORTBOU
From this point of the Costa Brava to the French border, you will not come across any public charge points in its coastal municipalities, because they are all inland along the AP-7 motorway in Girona, Figueres, Banyoles and La Jonquera. Even so, a wide variety of private charge points can be found, particularly at hotels and camp sites. Whatever the case, there is no need to worry along this leg of the route because the distance from Platja d’Aro to Portboy, passing through Roses and Cadaqués, is 140 km, which is easily within the range of most electric cars on the market today.
Go straight to the town of Cadaqués, which has enough to write an encyclopaedia about, since its emblematic all-white port, with the church on top, is set in one of Catalonia’s most eye-catching landscapes. Cabo de Creus headland is another place to see how well electric cars can take the bends, accelerate and use their regenerative brakes. One of the most famous coves, easily reached by car, is Cala Jugadora, close to Cabo de Creus lighthouse. It is said that on a clear day you can see Mallorca from it.
From Cadaqués, head toward the border, although it is worth getting out again when you get up to about Playa Grifeu and have passed Llançà harbour and reached the cove of Cala Bramant. The natural scenery is absolutely breath-taking.
You could finish your journey at Portbou, but there is a semi-rapid charge point just over the border in Banyuls de la Marenda. And once you have crossed the border, why not end your travels by staying overnight in Perpignan? And remember, there is still plenty of road ahead if you want…
At the end of this more or less 400km trip from Les Cases d’Alcanar to Portbou, your vehicle will have released zero emissions. If you always charged the vehicle at a public charge point, the total price of fuel will be zero euros. If you parked in a blue parking zone at any point, you can add another zero euros, and the total cost of the toll roads will have been zero too.
Are you up for the trip?