THE LANDING FOR BIG SHIPS
By Zoran Slavic
I arrived in Port Vendres up out of curiosity. I admit and the free afternoon to indicate that we canceled because of an interview. I heard that the deepest port in this part Mediterranean. Cruiser here often retained. Port Vendres is the penultimate'' station'' to the border with Spain, the settlement dating back to Greek times (called Portus Veneris), later conquered by the Gaul’s. It is a port, a relatively small but with a depth of up to 5o meters. Thanks to the depth of the sea, has always been a goal of large ships. It is very important to communicate with Africa. With the old fortress which dominates the place. Because of his, a strategically important position, many times it changed owners. While Louis XVI finding docks and get a look that is closest to the final. A city that has lived for centuries of warfare, sheep, fishing, port services, today upgraded rests on tourism services. Restaurants, excursions to the Pyrenees, visiting memorials Salvador Dali, national parks nearby, the original studio tours fauvism painting school - only fragments of what Port Vendres offers. It should be said that in addition to being a great fit here tourist boats, Port Vendres s prestigious anchorages yachts, luxury yachts and boats of all kinds.
However, of all this there was almost nothing, because I suddenly fell into a whirlpool of incredible fish market. In addition, there I spent almost all the time a short stay in Port Vendres. With good reason: the best of raw materials are close at hand, as the market is among the largest in the western Mediterranean. Vans and Lorries come and go, and the fishing fleet based in the port docks just a quay away.
Along two walls, there are shelves lined with seafood delicacies, condiments and wines. There are counters with fresh shellfish and prepared dishes. Live lobsters and langoustines from the old tanks out. Just outside the entrance, there's a pavilion dedicated to fresh fish of innumerable species. It is the seafood shoppers' delight. The focal point for shoppers sampling as well as snack seekers is a pub-height counter toward the back of the retail shop. Here, you rub shoulders with the real stuff: the waiters are seafood workers, wearing rubber boots and waterproof aprons. They speed back and forth, opening oysters, mussels cleaning and serving customers at the counter. Many are linguistically capable, speaking Catalan, English and other languages, in addition to French.
The menu of reasonably priced small dishes is a single A4 sheet, printed both sides, encased in plastic, oysters, shellfish and crustaceans on one side, tapas and wines on the other. Everything on the menu is available on the shelves and counters in the shop; few counter customers leave without buying something to take home.
To navigate to the market, first find the memorial obelisk at the head of the old part of the port. At your left is the church and quays for fishing, customs, and rescue and pilot boats.
Therefore, we stayed at the fish market, that the we only have a little time for lunch at a restaurant called "La Cote Vermeile". The pleasant ambience that was exquisite meal with a view of the harbor. What is the torque sounded like the one in Marseilles. The sound of cranes ... Locals say that in the event that you have to do some kind of work on your boat, the marina Port Vendres has a travelift for boats up to 127 tons. We did not have a boat. That is why we, on this trip, with train back to Perpignan...
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