Port-Bou,finally in Spain!
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Heading towards Port-Bou,named after bous meaning fishing boats(but now there is no more fishermen there),I arrived quickly,passing in front of former barracks and my fav filling station in the centre of this little town of less than 1500 people which had hour of glory before the opening of the highway.A lot of hotels,restaurants and shops are now closed.Fortunately the place is still visited by some tourists,mostly French for shopping in souvenir shops for leather goods,supermarket for spirits and the crowded tabacconist of the Carrer del Mercat .
The location at the border of this little town of Alt Empordà comarca ,in the province of Girona turned it into one of the main access to Spain in the late 19th century with the railwail line opened in 1885 and the international railway station inaugurated in 1929.
Surrounded by coastal hills and steep slopes covered with thick vegetation,Port-Bou with its crystal clear water and nice beaches is a splendid seabed for swimming and diving.
It was a small but important point for foreign supply for the Republicans during the Spanish civil war and later was the place where the German-Jewish philosopher and writer commited suicide in 1940 after that a group of Jewish refugees was intercepted by the Spanish police.