There is far more to the Costa Brava than Sangria and fish and chips! Catalan cooking is distinct, earthy, flavoursome - and can be very inventive. After all, this is the home of the extraordinary - and experimental - chefs Ferran Adrià and the Roca brothers, whose restaurants have been acclaimed as the ‘World’s Best’. We have had the difficult task of sampling our way around the region to come up with some of the best Costa Brava hotels for foodies.
Seafood, beef, ham and cheese - particularly goats cheeses - are staples of the cooking. Rice, wild mushrooms, pork - in all its forms - are also widely found. Be sure to at least once try crema Catalana; the Catalan version of crème brulée.
Don’t expect to dine early. Lunch invariably goes on until late afternoon, and restaurants often don’t open again until 8.30pm. Locals saunter in at 9.30pm or 10.00pm…
We hope this guide to the best Costa Brava hotels for foodies has whetted your appetite. For a full list of our choice of the best hotels on the Costa Brava, click here.
A lovely farmhouse conversion with a fantastic Catalan restaurant just outside the historic walls of Begur. Contemporary rooms have traditional elements - wooden beams and exposed stone walls. Excellent views from the roof top terrace, close to the beaches and excellent value for money.
This restaurant with rooms has been named best hotel in the world, twice - by virtue perhaps of the restaurant. The rooms are fresh and simple. The views from the restaurant and the food itself are tantalising. Great for foodies, or a romantic break by the sea.
l'Escala, Costa Brava
One of Europe's most eco friendly resorts. Original Greco Roman ruins meet sleek modern design. Various rooms suit families, couples and groups. Two excellent restaurants, top notch spa, and plenty to do on the beach and around.
Llafranc, Costa Brava
A simple hotel with contemporary rooms minutes from the beach with stunning sea views. Excellent fish restaurant, family friendly, and great value for money. An ideal choice for a beach holiday and walking distance from bars and restaurants.
Two medieval Catalan farmhouses renovated with romance in mind. Gaze over the Mediterranean landscape, swim in the nearby beaches of the Costa Brava, or simply hibernate in the luxury of the hotel - in the gourmet Theatre restaurant, in the sleek interiors, or at the swimming pool.
Province of Girona, Costa Brava
Magical luxury hotel overlooking the Bay of Roses - with crystal sea views it's a perfect romantic hideaway. Stylish rooms with a nautical vibe echo the Mediterranean, and most have terraces overlooking the sea. Four restaurants, panoramic bar, indoor pool & spa. Spoiling luxury by the sea!
Torrent, Costa Brava
Five Star luxury in a country house hotel that attracts A listers. A mixture of contemporary and classical rooms and suites, all with private balconies, some with private pools. Excellent restaurant, roof top terrace bar, spa, and lovely grounds. A sophisticated choice.
Girona, Costa Brava
Old world romance in a classical Five Star hotel. Spectacular sea views from sprawling terraces, elegant rooms and suites filled with antiques, excellent restaurant and spa. Timeless elegance and film star luxury on the beach front.