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Typical Dishes of the Costa Brava You Must Try

The Costa Brava is not only known for its spectacular landscapes and paradisiacal beaches but also for its gastronomy. Our cuisine combines the flavors of the sea and the mountains, offering a variety of dishes that reflect the tradition and culture of the region. In this article, we invite you to discover some of the most typical dishes and recommend some of the best restaurants where you can taste them.

Typical Dishes of the Costa Brava

  • Suquet de Peix: This is one of the most emblematic dishes of the Costa Brava. This fish and seafood stew is made with potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and white wine. The key to this dish is the freshness of the fish, which usually includes monkfish, hake, scorpionfish, and seafood like mussels and prawns. It is cooked slowly to allow all the flavors to blend perfectly.
  • Arròs de Pals: Arròs de Pals is another iconic dish of the area. This rice, grown in the fields of Pals, can be prepared in various ways, but the most popular is casserole rice with seafood or mountain meat.
  • Esqueixada de Bacallà: Esqueixada is a fresh salad of shredded cod, tomatoes, onions, black olives, and peppers. A simple yet very tasty dish, ideal for hot summer days. It is usually dressed with extra virgin olive oil and a bit of vinegar.
  • Mar i Muntanya: “Sea and Mountain” is a dish that combines ingredients from the sea, such as prawns or langoustines, with meat, generally chicken or rabbit. This combination perfectly reflects the diversity of Costa Brava cuisine.
  • Fideuà: This dish is made with fish and seafood, such as prawns, squid, and mussels, and is served with allioli. It is a very popular dish among locals and visitors alike.

Recomanacions de Restaurants

  • Restaurant del Club Nàutic Estartit: A privileged location at the foot of the gangway, inviting you to enjoy stunning views of the port and the Medes Islands while savoring exquisite dishes prepared with the freshest and most local ingredients.
  • Es Portal Hotel Gastronòmic (Pals): In a 16th-century farmhouse, this gastronomic hotel offers quality cuisine with local products. Arròs de Pals is one of their specialties, along with other traditional Catalan dishes.
  • Candelaria (Peratallada): Offers a varied menu with Mediterranean and Catalan dishes at moderate prices. Its terrace is ideal for enjoying a meal with views of the medieval village.
  • Restaurant Ibèric (Ullastret): The daily menu is very popular among visitors and locals, offering a gastronomic experience of traditional Catalan dishes and a wide variety of local wines.
  • Mas Pou (Palau-Sator): A typical century-old Catalan farmhouse offering traditional Catalan cuisine with a homemade touch. Their star dishes include Mar i Muntanya and Arròs de Pals.
  • Hostal Sa Rascassa (Begur): A cozy place with a beautiful terrace, ideal for enjoying a good meal after a day at the beach. They offer a varied menu with fresh, local products.

Tips for Enjoying the Gastronomy to the Fullest

  • Explore Local Markets: Markets are the ideal place to buy fresh and local products such as cheeses, sausages, and artisan bread.
  • Taste Local Wines: The region has excellent D.O. Empordà wines that perfectly complement the local dishes.
  • Book in Advance: Some of the most popular restaurants can be fully booked, especially during the high season. Make your reservation in advance to ensure a table.

The gastronomy of the Costa Brava reflects our history and the diversity of our landscapes. Tasting these typical dishes and visiting the recommended restaurants will allow you to enjoy an authentic and unforgettable culinary experience.

Enjoy your meal!

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