Michelin starred restaurants in Catalonia

El Celler de Can Roca Girona

One of the aperitifs from a recent visit to El Celler de Can Roca

Catalonia has a very high concentration of Michelin starred restaurants, perhaps more than any other place on Earth. Here is a list of the Michelin starred restaurants close to Girona and the Costa Brava. With a fantastic selection of fresh local produce at their disposal Catalan chefs have always led the way in Gastronomic innovation. Ferran Adria and his ground breaking restaurant El Bulli, is quite possibly the most famous chef in the world.

Bo-Tic Corca

Inventive dish from the restaurant Bo-Tic

With three Michelin stars and recently voted the best restaurant in the world Girona’s very own El Celler de Can Roca leads the way. http://www.cellercanroca.com

However El Celler de Can Roca is not the only restaurant in Catalonia with three Michelin stars. Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar also holds this distinction. http://www.ruscalleda.cat

With two Michelin Stars we have Les Cols in Olot http://www.lescols.com and Can Fabes in Sant Celoni http://www.canfabes.com

Then we have a great selection of restaurants with one Michelin star in the Girona province:

Restaurant Massana Girona

Beautiful dish from Massana, Girona

Massana also in Girona http://www.restaurantmassana.com

L’Aliança d’Anglès in Anglès http://www.restaurantalianca.com

Ca l’Arpa in Banyoles http://www.calarpa.com

Bo-Tic in Corçà, close to La Bisbal http://www.bo-tic.com

Els Tinars in Llagostera http://www.elstinars.com

Mas Pau in Avinyonet de Puigventós http://www.maspau.com

La Cuina de Can Simon in Tossa de Mar http://www.lacuinadecansimon.com

Les Magnolies in Arbucies http://www.lesmagnolies.com

Casamar in Llafranc http://www.hotelcasamar.net

La Llar in Roses http://www.restaurantlallar.com/

Ca l’Enric in La Vall de Bianya http://www.calenric.net

Els Brancs in Roses http://www.elsbrancs.com

Can Jubany in Calldetenes http://www.canjubany.com

Girona Barcelona high speed train timetable

Travelling between Figueres and Girona to Barcelona is now much easier and quicker thanks to the new AVE high speed train line. Opened in early 2013 the travelling time between Figueres and Barcelona is around 52 minutes and 38 minutes between Girona and Barcelona. The cost of a return ticket is around 25€ from Girona and around 32€ from Figueres. Here is the timetable of high speed trains between Figueres and Barcelona and Girona and Barcelona.

Figueres, Girona, Barcelona timetable

The timetable of the high speed train between Barcelona and Girona and Figueres

Platja Fonda, Begur

Platja Fonda, Begur

Platja Fonda, Begur

The Begur coastline stretching from Platja de Raco in the north to AiguaBlava in the south offers the beach lover some great choices of beach. Perhaps one of the best of these beaches is Platja Fonda.

Platja Fonda, Begur

A Spring day in Platja Fonda beach, Begur

Not as big as Sa Riera and lacking restaurants, shops and bars this is perhaps a somewhat less crowded option suitable for serious beach lovers.

Platja Fonda, Begur, Costa Brava

Platja Fonda beach, Costa Brava

The clear turquoise waters and the lack of mass tourism make this a great choice of beach for those looking to simply enjoy swimming and sunbathing.

Platja Fonda, Begur

Platja Fonda beach, Begur, Costa Brava

Cadaques: Where I Left My Worries Behind The Mountains.

Cap de Creus

Onboard the Sant Isidre

This is a guest post by Ash Clark, one of our bloggers on our recent “blog trip” to Cadaques and the Costa Brava.

Seeing as I arrived at night, it wasn’t until the next day that I really got to appreciate the unique location that Cadaqués is set in.

When I woke the next morning, I got to see what it is that has made this sleepy fishing village grow into a popular summer holiday spot.

Walking from my villa through the cobbled lanes that wind around the town’s whitewashed buildings and villas, I had no doubt in my mind that I was on the Mediterranean.

Cadaques

A typical street of Cadaques

I was lucky enough to spend my first day sailing on a ‘laüt’, a traditional Catalan fishing vessel. While I generally find most sailing experiences rather memorable, this particular one especially stood out as we sailed along the coastline of the Cap de Creus National Park. The unique perspective offered from the decks of our boat really allowed me to appreciate how spectacular the natural landscape is in this part of Spain.

While the coastline that Cadaqués sits on is without a doubt its main draw card, it was the mountains around the town that drew a lot of my attention.

The vast majority of the hillsides around Cadaqués have terrace levels, made from stack-stone retaining walls.

It doesn’t take one long to realise that most of these impressive walls are rather aged and that the incredible amounts of manual labour it would of taken to construct them was originally completed to serve a specific purpose.

The blank terraced hillsides that dominate the area today haven’t always been that way. I soon learned that Cadaqués was once a major producer of wine and olive oil. Unfortunately the wineries and olive farms that once thrived here were completely wiped out after an outbreak of a plant virus that destroyed the plants.

Today, wineries in the region are making a come back, offering some high quality drops of both red and white which, like almost every aspect of Catalan, have their own unique flare to them.

Cadaques

A little bay along the Cap de Creus

As the local saying goes, “When you come to Cadaqués, you leave your worries behind the mountains.” The natural scenery, food, art and culture on display in this fascinating town really do play true to those words for those who visit.

 

About the Author: Ash Clark is a travel writer and photographer from Sydney, Australia. With a strong curiosity, he never manages to stay in one place for too long. To keep up to date with his current travels you can follow his personal travel blog at www.themostalive.com and on twitter @themostalive.

Costa Brava Hot Air Balloon trip

The Catalan Pyrenees

The snow capped Pyrenees

 If you are looking for great activities to partake in while in the Costa Brava there can be few better than taking a Hot Air Balloon ride. There are various balloon companies to choose from in the Girona province. In our opinion the extinct volcanic region Garrotxa offered us the best mix of terrain and a closer proximity to the stunning snow capped Pyrenees.

Extinct volcanoes

The extinct volcanoes Croscat and Santa Margarita in the Garrotxa region.

 We flew with http://www.voldecoloms.cat/ who have great modern installations between Olot and Santa Pau. There is a sweet feeling of anticipation as the balloons are being prepared and adrenalin starts to surge once you get into the basket. You lift silently up into the clouds and are quickly welcomed by some spectacular bird’s eye views of the surrounding landscape.

Mas de la Roureda

Mas de La Roureda, one of Charming Villas properties

 Typically a flight lasts for 1.5 hours and although the wind can never be guaranteed, a common landing zone is around the picturesque medieval village of Besalu. Whilst airborne everybody is offered a glass of Cava and some biscuits. Upon returning to the installations close to Santa Pau everyone is treated to a typical Catalan breakfast of Pa amb tomaquet, cheeses, cured meats and wine. If you only take one Hot Air Balloon ride in your life make it over the Garrotxa region with Vol de Coloms.