The Cap de Creus is a rugged wind-swept peninsula in the far northeastern corner of Catalonia, not far from the border with France. A large part of the peninsula is a designated national park and is famous for its nature trails and secluded coves and inlets. There is also a variety of picturesque fishing villages and towns such as Cadaqués and Port Lligat; the latter is home to the Casa Dalí, the house of the famous artist Salvador Dalí. In the heart of the Cap de Creus, nestled high in the hills above Cadaqués is the gorgeous Mas Perafita wine estate and B&B, a lovely spot and the perfect base from which to explore the peninsula.
The family-owned Mas Perafita estate produces the award-winning Celler Martin Faixó wines and also houses five beautiful rooms for visitors looking for a tranquil retreat. The main complex, built in the 14th century and renovated in 2004, comprises the winery and cellar as well as four spacious rooms. A fifth room (my favourite) is located in the old tool-shed in the garden.
Mas Perafita is an excellent base from which to explore the Cap de Creus. The lovely town of Cadaqués is a ten-minute drive away whilst the impressive Sant Pere de Rodes abbey is fifteen minutes away. There are also a number of nature trails in the direct surroundings. Visitors to Mas Perafita can also participate in harvesting the grapes, wine-tasting, or simply laze in one of the hammocks or couches with views of the extensive vineyards and nothing but the breeze (and the estate’s dogs) to keep you company. If you’re looking for some solitude in the mountains of Cap de Creus, this is the place!
The Martin Faixó family also owns a restaurant in Cadaqués: Can Rafa, which I highly recommend. Can Rafa serves local specialties like the sublime bacalao carpaccio and fresh seafood, paired with wines from their estate. My personal favourite is the fruity and aromatic Picapoll (a blend of Picapoll blanc and Moscatel d’Alexandria).
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