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The globally famous three-Michelin starred El Bulli restaurant in Roses was once widely acclaimed as being the best in the world. Food lovers mourned when it closed its doors in 2011, but the region has managed to stay on the map as one of the top gastronomic centres of Spain.
In fact, Catalonia is chock-full of Michelin-starred chefs. Yet it isn’t all fine-dining foams and artful sauce smears, there are also local delicacies that are inexpensive and oh-so-delicious.
Historically, this stretch of Spain’s coastline has long been synonymous with fishing and so you’ll find all manner of fresh seafood and shellfish gracing most menus.
Olives from the inland groves, rich gooey olive oil, pastas and fresh vegetables are also key ingredients.
Try the Catalan speciality of coca, a thin pizza-like dough baked with onions, peppers, vegetables and meat or fish (usually sardines). It is a cheap, on-the-go snack found in all bakeries.
There’s also the escudella i carn d'olla, a vegetable broth containing pork, veal and chicken, and the Roses’ specialty of suquet, a traditional fishermen’s dish comprised of fresh fish boiled with potatoes.
When it comes to restaurants, it is literally a case of take your pick.
You will find everything from some of Spain’s most impressive Michelin-starred establishments to rustic little eateries tucked away down cobbled alleys or in converted fishermen’s houses.
Cadaqués and Roses have stuck to the traditional and offer delightful small restaurants, whereas Girona has a contemporary assortment of everything from upscale white-glove dining to funky little tapas bars.
Resorts such as Blanes, Lloret de Mar and Empuriabrava also boast an eclectic selection. Craving some home comforts? Then you’ll find British-themed pubs on the Costa Brava. Fancy savouring the local delicacies? Then order some of the freshest fish you’ll ever taste from one of the many local seafront eateries.
Where should you go after your evening meal? Find out on our Costa Brava nightlife page.