|Photo used courtesy of www.casaguilla.com|
Unlike all the other hotels I’m writing about this month, we took our own luggage directly to the Casa Guilla. But the white-knuckle drive to get there, and the utter peace once we arrived, make it one of the top remote hotels we’ve ever visited.
Andrew is an enthusiastic driver. It’s his willingness to rent a car and drive into the far regions of foreign countries that lets me seek out these amazing locales. But this drive tested even his limits, as we rounded one hairpin turn after another, with sheer drops of a hundred feet or more. I had booked us into the Casa Guilla for two nights, and the plan was that on our full day there, we’d drive back into the valley and see some of the surrounding countryside. When I shared this plan with Andrew, he said, “I’ll be driving that road one more time, and that’s to take us back to Barcelona.”
Take a look at the picture at the top of this post. Notice the buildings all along the ridge. Then see the building perched at the very top: that’s Casa Guilla. Even parking our car was an adventure. I stood along the edge to help Andrew back up, to prevent a reenactment of the final scene in Thelma and Louise.
|Scenes from our hike|
Even though we never did make it into the valley (except on our way back to Barcelona), we had a wonderful day exploring the casa and hiking around the area. We relaxed by the pool, and we enjoyed two gourmet dinners which were framed by the most glorious sunsets we’ve ever seen. The beautiful views of the Pyrenees and the serenity of the hotel made the drive there and back more than worth it.
|Hiking down the mountain was easier than driving. |
Hiking back up was good exercise!