Now that we are in the midst of summer, we suggest a coastal trip by electric car. The route is long enough for you to enjoy and, at the same time, the right distance for your car’s battery to keep going all day long.
I haven’t got an electric car, but I’d like to try one out.
Wattacars is a rent-a-car firm dealing in hybrids and electric vehicles, with a wide range of models, including Nissan, Renault, BMW, Tesla and Smart. The route that we suggest is sufficiently comprehensive, as well as being a good excuse to get to grips with testing out an electric car!
Ok, now I’ve got an electric car, but where do I charge it?On this article’s publication date, Catalonia has over 330 charge stations and a total of 1,200 plugs, most close to the A7 motorway and, above all, in the Greater Barcelona area.
It is important to add that Catalonia is making huge progress in the installation of charge points, because, in early summer, the Aliança de Municipis per a la interoperabilitat (Municipal Alliance for Interoperability) was created. This network will gradually be enlarged to include other municipalities that have already got a charge station and additional ones that gradually put them into service thanks to funding from Plan PIRVEC.
Indeed, this year, it is envisaged that a figure of up to 100 fast-charge stations will be achieved throughout Catalonia so that everyone will have somewhere within a radius of at least 25 kilometres to fully charge the battery of their electric car in about half an hour.
My swimsuit, sunshade, towel, sun glasses…. What’s missing?
Grab your sun cream and start the car. You can do this journey in four legs:
1- Les cases d’Alcanar – Tarragona
2- Tarragona – Barcelona
3- Barcelona – Platja d’Aro
4- Platja d’Aro – Portbou.
In this article, we will cover the first two legs of the journey and next week the following two.
DAY 1: LES CASES D’ALCANAR – TARRAGONA
In the Ebro Delta area, there are up to five charge stations, one of which, in Amposta Alcanar, is public. An outing to the Ebro Delta Nature Reserve is always a good one. Cars are forbidden inside the nature reserve, however sustainable they are, but you can forget all about emissions as you walk along the track to Playa de los Eucaliptos beach or to Cabo de Tortosa headland. The Ebro Delta is a magical spot so easy to fall in love with!
We will continue at coastal level along the Costa Dorada, where there are several beaches famous for their high standards, such as Rojala or Playa del Torn. A little further on, there are two more even more popular beaches, Hospitalet de l’Infant and Miami Playa, also equipped with all the necessary beachside facilities. If you reach Cambrils, you can stop to eat while charging the battery at the public charge station that you can use with your card. If you are a more adventurous soul and decide to spend the day at Port Aventura theme park, you can charge the car at the point in the car park while you go on the rides.
In the Camp de Tarragona area, there are several charge points in the municipalities of Vila-seca, Constantí and Reus, with up to three fast-charge stations where your charge card can be used. If you prefer to charge the car overnight in a car park, in the city of Tarragona you can used the charge points in Saavedra, La Pedrera and Empark-Tarrgona car parks.
DAY 2: BARCELONA – TARRAGONA
Leave Tarragona along the Vía Augusta, the Roman road that went all the way to Rome, and continue your journey along the coast. Within a relatively short distance, you can park the car near ‘Las Palmeras’ campsite, in front of the Roman tower, Torre de los Escipiones, and take one of the footpaths that leads to Cala Fonda or Waikiki, one of the loveliest coves on the Costa Dorada. From there, you can also walk to the next cove, Tamarit-Punta de la Móra.
On your return to your vehicle, continue along the C-32 to Vilanova i la Geltrú or even to Sitges. El Garraf’s two towns compete to see which one has the finest architecture, the tastiest xató sauce, the loveliest beaches and the best festivities. It is up to you which one you visit. If, for whatever reason, your battery needs charging, it is good to know that both have charge stations. Even so, if you are looking for a public charge station in the area, you will have to go to Roquetes del Garraf or Sant Pere de Ribes. You could always leave the car at a nearby hotel though and go and sample one of El Garraf’s famous rice dishes.
Once you have digested your meal, this is the perfect chance to put your electric vehicle to the test on El Garraf’s bends. You can test out its regenerative braking system – more precise than a car with a gear system – and wonder at the fact that the only noise you can hear are the wheels vibrating against the road surface.
Who said that the beaches at Baix Llobregat are boring? We suggest that you check out Playa del Prat. To get there, it is better to enter the old quarter and, from there, to take the Bunyola road that leads to the beach. This is a good place to sit at a beach bar with your toes in the sand and watch the sun set as the planes that take off from and land at El Prat Airport pass overhead.
Next week we will continue the journey from Barcelona to Cap de Creus headland and beyond!