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

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.

The Resclosa d’Orfes



The resclosa near Orfes

Orfes is a sleepy little village situated roughly in the middle between Figueres, Girona and Banyoles and surrounded by arable pasture land.

In ten minutes you will have seen the village but there is a pleasant little walk from the village to the “resclosa” or ford which crosses the nearby river Fluvia.

In the map below take the track indicated by the red line and you will arrive at the ford. You can either take your shoes and socks off and walk across and return on the track indicated by the purple line or return by the same way you came.


Walking route to the ford

If you have built up a good appetite, the restaurant in Orfes, La Barretina d’Orfes is a great choice for lunch. They have a great selection of duck dishes and don’t miss their onion cake starter!

Plaça Major, 28 Orfes

972 560 280

Closed Thursdays and Sunday evenings.


Banyoles lake and market

A view of Banyoles lake along a jetty

A view of Banyoles lake just after sunrise

Banyoles, a medium sized town close to Girona is famed for its lake. Scene of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic rowing events the lake serves as the central hub and focus of the town and is a popular training location for rowing teams from around Europe. With the increased popularity of triathlons Banyoles is also becoming one of the main locations for triathlons in Europe with the world cup being held here in 2012.

However one does not need to be an Olympic rower or triathlete to enjoy the charms of the lake. At around 2kms long and with a perimeter of just over 6kms the lake makes for the perfect mid morning or afternoon stroll. It is also possible to hire canoes and bikes.

Banyoles lake

Sunrise over Banyoles lake

If you are planning a day trip to Banyoles a good idea would be to do this on a Wednesday when the weekly market is spread out between “Placa Major” and the large “Placa de Rodes” which is close to the lake. The market mainly consists of fruit and vegetables, cured meats and cheeses with many of the stalls offering local and organic products. The market starts early at around 08.00am and starts closing up around 13.00


Some recommended restaurants in Banyoles include;

Famed for its seafood Gils is a popular lunchtime destination for locals. Located close to the lake. http://www.marisqueriagils.com/

La Magrana (The Pomegranate) is a small family run restaurant in the old quarter of the town offering a modern twist on traditional Catalan dishes using fresh seasonal produce. http://www.restaurantlamagrana.cat/restaurant-banyoles/

Can Xabanet is another family ran restaurant located just between Placa de Rodes and the lake. Traditional flavoursome dishes in a friendly atmospheric  setting. http://www.canxabanet.cat/ca/