Eating Spain’s “Wild Coast”! Delicious Paella! Medieval Villages! Searching For “Sal!”

Costa Brava Spain tourism


Welcome To Spain’s “Wild Coast!”

You are looking at Spain’s Costa Brava, their “wild coast”, located just northwest of Barcelona…it is gorgeous, isolated, and pristine…

Alex Duda John Rieber Costa Brava

Yes, I have posted about our Spain trip before, but while we looked at this gorgeous scenery, I forgot to share the memorable meal we had while overlooking this rugged coast…

Costa Brava scenery

Say Yes To “The Mas”!

When we were lucky enough to visit Spain’s Costa Brava, we stayed at the amazing Mas de Torrent hotel two hours outside of Barcelona…

Mas de Torrent Spain

Mas de Torrent is perfectly situated for exploring Spain’s Costa Brava, since there is a major highway nearby, as well as a LOT of small roads that take you on a visual journey into the past…

Costa Brava small town roads

Many of our trips took us through small towns and villages, and one day we ended up at Mas de Torrent’s sister hotel, Hotel El Far de Sant Sebastia, located nearby in Palafrugell, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea…

Costa Brava restaurant guide

The hotel’s restaurant is perched on a cliff that overlooks the Mediterranean, and as you arrive, you park your car near a lighthouse. Before you head in to eat you can spend a few more minutes checking out the amazing view…..

Costa Brava lighthouse

Spain lighthouse

Costa Brava hotel

The restaurant was located inside the hotel, with an outside terrace overlooking the sea. Once we were seated, we noticed that the restaurant’s “specials” for the day were posted on a chalkboard…

classic spanish food

Even with limited ability to read spanish, we realized that seafood was the way to go…and of course, we started immediately with some spanish wine!

Alex Duda Costa Brava wine

Spanish wine

One thing we loved about spanish cuisine: you always began with a spanish tradition: peasant bread and ham…this bread is rubbed with fresh tomato and garlic, and topped with a touch of olive oit….the ham is of course, Iberico….

iberico ham and peasant bread

Alex Duda Spainish food

We were also told to order the restaurant’s specialty, which is also noted on the chalkboard as well:

classic spanish menu board

Bring On The Paella!

The restaurant was known for their paella, which is cooked in a classic paella pan – we got their seafood version, as you can see from the shrimp and mussels that were baked in a very hearty spanish rice…

best spanish food

Spain's best food

And of course, they give you more bread to make your own “peasant” style version as needed…

Spanish peasant bread recipe

Afterwards, you can head back outside to take a walk along the cliffs – and everywhere you turn you see another beautiful and pristine piece of the “Costa Brava”…

Costa Brava tourist attraction

Costa Brava tourist destinations

Spain Costa Brava coastline

As you can imagine, this is a popular tourist destination, but I never felt that the Costa Brava was crowded…there was plenty of room for everyone…with the exception of Cadaques…so let’s depart this quiet, beautiful lunch and search out one of Spain’s most legendary Artists…

Spain tourist destinations

Costa Brave tourism

Salvador Dali Statue Spain

Hey Sal!

Here is a beautiful life-size statue honoring Salvadore Dali. As successful as our paella adventure was, our attempt to see the legendary Artists home and museum was the opposite!

Salvadore Dali museum

The small town of Cadaques is serene – when you are down by the water…but in the center of town it was crowded, windy and a bit rainy – and there are virtually no directions to find the place!

Cadaques rock skippers

It seemed that that favorite pastime was to chuck rocks into the water. Read the rest of our “misadventure” by clicking on my story here:

https://johnrieber.com/2013/11/02/searching-for-salvadore-dali-our-costa-brava-adventure-hello-dali/

So we never saw Dali’s house, but we did see some amazing medieval villages…

Costa Brava medieval villages

A Bike Tour Into The Past!

Another fascinating aspect of the region are the medieval spanish villages that populate the area, and you can bike between several of them!

Alex Duda biking medieval villages

You can see that adventure by clicking on my link here:


https://johnrieber.com/2014/12/01/cycling-through-wild-spain-biking-costa-bravas-medieval-villages/

We can’t wait to get back to Spain and continue our exploration – and eating!

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