Costa Brava Living – Luxury Restaurants

Catalunya has a well deserved reputation for being home to some seriously outstanding restaurants. In the last two decades Catalan Costa Brava Restaurants and Retirementcuisine, and particularly that of the Girona province, has come to the fore and has become famous in universal gastronomic circles. Chefs such as Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame and Joan Roca from El Celler de Can Roca, alongside a whole host of amazing chefs provide a high standard of varied cuisine using the very best produce. Catalunya has a wealth of local delicacies and amazing dishes from its land and sea.

Some local speciality dishes to try include:

Pa amb tomàquet – Bread brushed with tomato and olive oil –this is pretty much a staple at any meal.

Allioli – this garlic-and-olive-oil mayonnaise style accompaniment is found in restaurants around the world, but you must taste the real thing handmade in Catalunya.

Crema Catalana – similar to the French crème brulee and sometimes with a twist such as cinnamon or orange.

Suquet – a fish stew dish. Delicious.

Escalivada – onion, red pepper and aubergine grilled and often served with bread or paired with a meat or seafood dish.

For any ‘foodie’, or for those holidaying in the area, there is a wealth of gastronomic delights to discover. And if you are lucky enough to be retired in or living in the Costa Brava then hopefully you have enough time on your hands to regularly indulge in one of life’s greatest pleasures…a fabulous lunch or dinner with a glass of wine in hand.

We have selected a handful of the best restaurants in the area to give you a good start to experiencing all that the Costa Brava restaurant scene has to offer:

Bo Tic
Ctra. C-66 Girona, Palamós, Km 11,5 – 17121 CORÇÀ (Girona)
Tel: 0034 972 63 08 69

Since  2007 the owners of this one Michelin Starred restaurant, Albert Sastregener i Surroca and Cristina Torrent i Cos, have displayed an enviable professional know-how despite their youth, and have been shaping the idea of this interesting new gastronomic project. It is a creative and innovative cuisine project, inspired by the essence of traditional Empordanese cuisine.  The combination of experience and creativity, utmost care in the selection of the best raw materials, together with an excellent wine cellar and exquisite manners, create a truly wonderful dining experience.

Ca L’Arpa
Passeig Indústria 5, 17820, Banyoles
Tel: 0034 972 57 23 53

This is a restaurant with one Michelin star within a beautiful hotel. The central dining area has a large glass partition providing a view of the kitchen and small wine cellar. The ivory hues in the restaurant create a sober, elegant atmosphere in which to enjoy your evening prepared by Montse Lao and Pere Arpa and their team.

El Cellar de Can Roca Can
Sunyer 48,17007, Girona
Tel: 0034 972 222 157

This 3 starred Michelin restaurant is a must visit. Run by 3 brothers who combine to create truly spectacular food. They call themselves a free-style restaurant, committed to the avant-garde, but still faithful to the memory of different generations of the family’s ancestors dedicated to feeding people.

Les Cols
Mas les Cols – Ctra. de la Canya, s/n,17800, OLOT (Girona)
Tel. 0034 972 26 92 09

A modern and beautifully styled restaurant with two Michelin Stars serving up simply amazing food.

Passeig Marítim, 7, 17490, Llançà, Girona
Tel: 0034 972 380 132

Miramar was first opened in 1939 by the Serra Family. During many years it was a tavern. Nowadays, the fourth generation are running the show and since 1997 have been in charge of re-creating Miramar as a Gourmet Restaurant. After 75 years of history, the Miramar restaurant now has 2 Michelin Stars which were awarded in 2006 and 2010 to Chef Paco Perez.

Els Tinars
Ctra. de St. Feliu a Girona, km 7,2, 1724, Llagostera, GIRONA
Tel. 972 830 626Food in the Costa Brava

Their cuisine is and always has been based on traditional Catalan cooking and the finest seasonal local produce. They take advantage of new techniques to bring traditional dishes constantly up to date.

It is no wonder with such a wide and wonderful selection of  gorgeous food, brilliant climate, golf and wonderful countryside that so many people choose to live and retire in the Costa Brava.  Add good support services, including of course our financial advice in the Costa Brava and for many it is an excellent, high quality way of life.

So, arm yourselves with this list, make a booking and go and enjoy a slap up meal!



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Author: Barry Davys

Expat Financial Advice Spain




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