Legend tells us a story of a frightfully ugly dragon but with a good heart who lived in the Gavarres mountains. One day while he was snoozing in the forest he heard footsteps on the track.
When he looked down, he saw that it was a beautiful young woman who was collecting pumice stones to be sold at the market.
As soon as he saw her, he fell madly in love with her beauty.
Every week she came to the mountains to collect more stones. One day the dragon decided to
declare his love to her. But as soon as she saw him, she was so scared that she started to run as fast as she could. The dragon took off and quickly caught up with her.
Finally, he managed to get her attention, and convinced her to listen to him.
Weeks went by and every Thursday, when she came to collect the stones, they would talk and walk together. One day she told him that they would not see each other again because the were no more pumice stones to collect, and so she would never return to that place.
The dragon couldn’t beleive it. But when the woman didn’t appear the next week, or the week after, or the week after that, he began to panic.
The dragon was so desperate that he decided to climb to the top of the highest mountain in search of her. He couldn’t see her anywhere, so he began to dig a deep hole with his claws. From there, he buried down towards the plain to search the land, but she wasn’t there either. In desperation he decided to fly to the top of another mountain and again, started searching the landscape for her, but again, he couldn’t see her anywhere.
In his despair he started crying so uncontrollably that it began to fill the holes he had dug into the sides of the mountains. As the water filled the holes, it trickled down through the rock and became the fountains which now feed the lower part of the Gavarres massif.
We named our balloon after this legendary creature in the hope that one day, in one of our flights around the Empordà area, the dragon will find his lost love.
© Cortadellas, Xavier. “El drac de les Gavarres” dins El poble dels centfocs. Llegendes de les Gavarres. Tarragona: Edicions El Mèdol, juny del 1996.