Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca Restaurants

Catalonia's eateries are deservedly famous. Girona’s Celler de Can Roca was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2015 in the annual critics’ poll conducted by British magazine Restaurant, and a host of other first-rate establishments continue to offer inspiring fine dining in Catalonia, which began in the hinterlands at th
Catalonia's eateries are deservedly famous. Girona’s Celler de Can Roca was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2015 in the annual critics’ poll conducted by British magazine Restaurant, and a host of other first-rate establishments continue to offer inspiring fi
Catalonia's eateries are deservedly famous. Girona’s Celler de Can Roca was voted the best restaurant in the world in 20

Catalonia's eateries are deservedly famous. Girona’s Celler de Can Roca was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2015 in the annual critics’ poll conducted by British magazine Restaurant, and a host of other first-rate establishments continue to offer inspiring fine dining in Catalonia, which began in the hinterlands at the legendary Hotel Empordà. You needn’t go to an internationally acclaimed restaurant, however, to dine well. Superstar chef Ferran Adrià of the former foodie paradise elBulli dines regularly at dives in Roses, where straight-up fresh fish is the day-in, day-out attraction. Northern Catalonia's Empordà region is known not only for seafood, but also for a rich assortment of inland and upland products. Beef from Girona's verdant pastureland is prized throughout Catalonia, while wild mushrooms from the Pyrenees and game from the Alberes range offer seasonal depth and breadth to menus across the region. From a simple beachside paella or llobarro (sea bass) at a chiringuito (shack) with tables on the sand, to the splendor of a meal at El Celler de Can Roca, playing culinary hopscotch through Catalonia is a good way to organize a tour.

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  • 1. Casa Anita

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Simple, fresh, and generous dishes are the draw at this informal little eatery, an institution in Cadaqués. It sits on the street that leads...Read More

  • 2. El Celler de Can Roca

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Anointed twice (in 2013 and 2015) by an international panel of food critics and chefs as the best restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can...Read More

  • 3. Els Fogons de Can Llaudes

    $$$$ | Spanish

    A faithfully restored 10th-century Romanesque chapel holds proprietor Jaume Soler's outstanding restaurant—one of Catalonia's best. A typical...Read More

  • 4. Hotel Empordà

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Just 1½ km (1 mile) north of town, this restaurant run by Jaume Subirós–-housed within a rather nondescript, 42-room hotel–-has been hailed...Read More

  • 5. Bubbles Gastrobar

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Excellent Catalan tapas with Mediterranean-fusion touches are served here in a simple setting just across the river from the Força Vella. Choose...Read More

  • 6. Ca l'Enric

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Chefs Jordi and Isabel Juncà have become legends in the town of La Vall de Bianya, just north of Olot, with exquisite cuisine that’s firmly...Read More

  • 7. La Cuina de Can Simon

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Elegantly rustic, this restaurant right beside Tossa de Mar's medieval walls serves a combination of classical Catalan cuisine with up-to-date...Read More

  • 8. La Sucursal

    $$$$ | El Carmen | Mediterranean

    This thoroughly modern but comfortable restaurant in the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern is likely to put a serious dent in your budget, but...Read More

  • 9. Les Cols

    $$$$ | Spanish

    Chef Fina Puigdevall has made this sprawling 18th-century masia (Catalan farmhouse) a triumph. In the restaurant, the cuisine on the prix...Read More

  • 10. Les Coques

    $$$$ | Spanish

    If you have time for only one meal in the city, take it at this elegant little restaurant in the heart of historic Tarragona. The menu is bursting...Read More

  • 11. Villa Mas

    $$$$ | Spanish

    This Moderniste villa on the coast road from Sant Feliu to S'Agaró, with a lovely turn-of-the-20th-century zinc bar, serves up typical Catalan...Read More

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