A lot of rice, a lot of seafood cuisine and a lot of fresh fish.

These are the features of the

gastronomy of the Costa Brava

, dotted with food courts, under business formats that range from the beach bar or the brasserie to more modern offers, with the option of indulging in a haute cuisine experience.

These are

8 tracks to move around the Costa Brava and try its gastronomy.

Photo: Francesc Guillamet.


Beach branch

of the owners of the fifth best restaurant in the world

according to

The World's 50 Best Restaurants

list (which on July 18 presents the 2022 edition).

Eduard Xatruch, Oriol Castro and Mateu Casañas, owners of Enjoy (Barcelona), opened this restaurant in Cadaqués 10 years ago (it is the first time they started together), with an offer that is theoretically its most


version , but where

they cannot hide his creative capacity and the perfectionism that characterizes his work


A white house from the early 18th century with an obvious Mediterranean look houses an interior dining room and a large terrace, much in demand in summer.

Rice and fish of the day coexist with modern recipes

such as tuna cannelloni, as well as cod fritters with honey foam or other dressings.

By the way, the trio of chefs has just opened a Share headquarters in Barcelona at the beginning of June.

Riera Sant Vicenç, s/n.

Cadaques (Girona).

Tel. 972 25 84 82. Average ticket from €50 to €70


It is not far from where what is now known as

avant-garde cuisine

was conceived and, in fact, it is a place frequented by the chef who led that movement.

La Pelosa is a beach bar very close to Cala Montjoi, where elBulli is located

, closed as a restaurant just 11 years ago and which, transformed into a foundation and

think tank

, will reopen as a museum as elBulli 1846.

Ferran Adrià is a regular customer of the La Pelosa business. Gómez-Alvaz family

in Cala Pelosa.

Overlooking Cabo Norfeu, he serves


beach cuisine

via recipes such as monkfish casserole, rose anchovies, grilled sardines, rock mussels and rice dishes such as fish and shellfish paella -specialty- or lobster broth.

Catalan cream or flan, for dessert.

Road to Cala Pelosa.

Cala Montjoi (Girona).

Tel. 972 15 10 09. Average ticket from €30 to €50


"A good table and a good grill is a sign of a good home," announces a sign in this



on the sand of a cove on the Costa Brava.

This Mediterranean brasserie


is located on Aiguablava beach, in Begur.

Four partners (Santi Colominas, Sandra Baliarda, Txell Estany and Ruel Rodeles) started the project in the spring of 2011, under a concept based on two pillars:

ultra-fresh seafood caught in the area and grill as the main technique.


collection of fish arrived from the boats on the coast of Begur is put on the grill

(dispatched with an average price of 69 euros per kilo), such as sea bream, scorpions, dentex or rock octopus.

In addition, you can order wood-fired oven mussels, grilled sardines, rice dishes (including a

square Paella

), Escalivada with vegetables and romesco or shellfish from the area such as the red lobster from Cabo de Begur and the Palamós prawn.

Aiguablava beach, Begur (Gerona).

Tel. 972 11 32 32. Average ticket from €50 to €75


Piste in Calella de Palafrugell, whose name is not accidental, since this

restaurant is installed right on the edge of the sea, which hits its walls


Project created by Raquel Tarruella more than 25 years ago with interior design by her sister Sandra de Ella (both are daughters of the Barcelona hotelier Rosa Esteva, founder of Grupo Tragaluz).

Candied artichokes with cuttlefish, Carpaccio of Palamós prawns with pesto and pine nuts or Steamed mussels with herbs and ginger

are some examples of a Mediterranean offer with an exotic touch, within a

menu of dishes to share, where there are also rice dishes

('Paella del Señorito' or vegetarian, for example) and

fish of the day.

Paseo Jimmy Rena, s/n.

Calella de Palafrugell (Gerona).

Tel. 972 61 43 36. Average ticket from €35 to €55

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Cenador de Amós (three Michelin stars), where excellence begins by taking care of the team

  • Writing: AMAYA GARCIA

Cenador de Amós (three Michelin stars), where excellence begins by taking care of the team


Nerua, Josean Alija's kitchen that brings (even more) creativity to the Guggenheim Bilbao


Nerua, Josean Alija's kitchen that brings (even more) creativity to the Guggenheim Bilbao


Seafood tavern

that, until 2011, was the destination of the people from elBulli, who seem to have visited the Montse Núñez business in the middle of the afternoon, who had worked in the restaurant run by Ferran Adrià and Juli Soler.

In this bar in the town of Rosas,

you can snack at any time


Roman style squid, various types of sausage, seasonal vegetables, a famous salad, seasonal sea urchins and, of course, Rosas prawns make up

their proposal that can be tasted inside the premises or on the terrace.

Plaça Sant Pere, 8. Roses (Girona).

Tel. 972 257 294. From €25 to €70


If you visit Rosas, it is almost obligatory to double up and add another visit to Rafa's to La Sirena.

It is the house of Rafa Cantero, a Galician born in Quiroga, who in

a small space handles high-quality raw materials that arrive daily

at a shop window where he displays the


of seafood products before grilling or grilling them.

Rooster, sea bass, scorpion fish, sole, squid, Rosas prawns, espardeñas... whatever the sea dictates


For dessert, homemade cakes.

Located on a pedestrian street, you can choose to eat inside or on the outside terrace.

Their places are super demanded in summer.

On his day, Ferran Adrià passed through here almost daily.

Sant Sebastià, 56. Roses (Gerona).

Tel. 972 254 003. From €60 to €100


A luxury in the north of the Costa Brava, already

very close to the French border and in the heart of Cap de Creus


Located on the seafront in Llançà, the house of Paco Pérez and Montse Serra has two Michelin stars.

"Avant-garde haute cuisine shaped by the Empordà landscape", defines this chef

, who updated the business created by his in-laws in 1939 with his wife.

His offer is structured in a menu

, with dishes such as lobster with chicken stock or


cucumbers in


crumbs -in addition to rice-, and

two tasting menus


You can choose

Mar 2022

, with the latest creations of the season, at a price of 210 euros (not including drinks), or

Memory, territory, culture

, by 180.

Paseo Marítimo, 7. Llançà (Gerona).

Tel. 972 38 01 32. Tasting menus for €180 and €210


The alternative in Llançà is this

fisherman's house, which was the port's fishermen's tavern opened in 1947

and which the Fernández-Punset family of hoteliers bought more than three decades ago.

With chef Lluís Fernández Punset at the helm of the kitchen, the offer has been taking steps from the

good product he handles to progressing towards a gastronomic restaurant.

Cap de Creus lobster served fried or 'without work', shrimp carpaccio or rice dishes follow one another on a menu with many options to eat.

Last June, Els Pescadors was included in the OAD (Opinionated About Dining) list for Europe.

Castellar, 41. Llançà (Gerona).

Tel. 972 38 01 25. From €70 to €120

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