One of the best things about living in a city like Barcelona, is leaving it. And in this case, in the direction of the Costa Brava. Whenever I can take the day off, a couple of friends and I take the car and drive towards one of our favorite restaurant. This is, approximately, one and a half hours from the city. The drive goes very quickly and just after the first toll you start feeling the air of the Costa Brava. And the stress of the week is replace by the freedom of the weekend.
Costa Brava is part of the beautiful and historical region of Emporda, a county in Girona, Catalonia. This region is bordered to the north by the Pyrenee. Which reaches the Mediterranean sea surrounded by natural wonders as Cape Creus and the beautiful town of Cadaques. And reaches beyond the long sandy beaches in the Bay of Roses. The Natural Park of the Marismas del Ampurdán and the dunes of San Pedro Pescador beach. This part is known traditionally as the High Ampurias (Alt Emporda).
The part located below, South of Montgrí, is known as the Baix Emporda. And it’s in my opinion the most beautiful one. With its medieval villages perched on jagged hills. Vast vineyards, rolling fields and all those Masias of SXII (rural constructions), the Baix Emporda welcomes us as we approach the coast. The stunning Costa Brava. We offer beautiful and delicious bespoke itineraries in both areas of Costa Brava. To enjoy its secrets, gastronomy and its catalan tradition as a local.
On this coast you find the far reaching beaches of Pals and the Cape of Begur. Where the shore rises over the sea to form cliffs and coves. And it is precisely in this area where we arrive to one of our favorite bays, Tamariu. To enjoy a simple but luxurious restaurant.
This restaurant is well known for its delicious fresh fish and its terrace with the best sea view. It has a family tradition and a very friendly service offered by the two brothers. The dishes are large and the fish is super fresh. And from the local market of Palamos. That’s why even in winter time the restaurant is crowded at peak times. So better arrive earlier.
If you decide on an appetizer of grilled Cuttlefish, Padron peppers or the famous Palamos prawns. They are all accompanied by “Pa amb tomáque” (toasted bread spread with tomato). The wine list is not extensive but there are some great white wine options. Such as an Albariño Denomination of Origin Rias Baixas or a Verdejo, D.O Rueda. Their deserts are simple and coffee, very important, is high quality.
After a delicious meal you have many options for further relaxation. Such as taking a promenade stroll along the sea of Calella de Palafrugell. Taking the car to get to the Faro de Sant Sebastian (a lighthouse). Or driving to Begur or to the medieval town of Pals to have a coffee. We decided to throw a blanket down on the beach and take a nap before saying, “Let Rita work!” We don’t actually know a Rita. But it is a kind of saying that reminds us that no one is essential on a Friday afternoon. So let someone else work and take the afternoon off.
There are so many good restaurants with beautiful views over the Costa Brava. And such excellent regional products to tantalize your taste buds. So on my way back to Barcelona I take a look at my agenda to make the next appointment. A casual Friday, to grab my friends, jump in the car, and prepare for yet another delicious experience.