What to Eat in
The Costa Brava
I asked a Catalan chef, who trained at ElBulli, how do you define Catalan cuisine. His answer surprised me. Unlike in Emilia Romagna, Italy, where tradition reigns surprise, in Catalonia, it’s all about inspiration. Yes, there are very strong traditions in the region. The Costa Brava food travel scene revolves around rice, suquet, and traditional seafood dishes.
But, more than anything, it’s about taking local ingredients and doing something amazing with them, based on traditional techniques, international flavors, and the influence of local chefs.
There are numerous unique culinary experiences in the Costa Brava. I am only scratching the surface here. We are in the process of publishing our Food Traveler’s Guide to The Costa Brava (coming soon!). Sign up for our newsletter to learn when the book will be available for sale.
Where to Stay in the Costa Brava
There are a few options for accomodations when traveling in the Costa Brava. There are a handful of properties run by Western hotel chains, particularly in Girona. But, for the most part, independent hotels rule.
As much as there are lovely hotels, particularly along the seaside, hotels are not as common in the Costa Brava as they are in other seaside locales. The primary hotel alternative in the Costa Brava is apartment and villa rentals. Rentals often have their own kitchen, living area, and some of the more luxury properties will offer a pool with amazing views over the coast.
Another option for places to stay in the Costa Brava are the agriturismo-style accommodations, the farmhouses that are sprinkled through the Empordà region. In Catalonia, these are known as a casa rural.