Can Roquet Restaurant
Can Roquet is located high up in the Les Gavarres National Park, in the quaint medieval village of Romanyà de la Selva. It enjoys stunning views towards the majestic Pyrenées, often snow capped.
Belgian owners, Kenn and Donald, have lovingly restored the building into a hidden gem of a restaurant. Diners can opt to eat downstairs in beautifully furnished surroundings, or upstairs in the lovely galleried area. The elevated wine cellar is quite unique! Throughout the summer, meals are also served in the courtyard which is surrounded by mulberry trees and flowers.
Recently mentioned on the TV programme MasterChef and listed in the Michelin guide, this charming restaurant is only a short drive from our villa. Can Roquet is perfect for that special evening – you are unlikely to come across a restaurant in a more romantic setting.
Calella de Palafrugell
The lovely beachside town of Calella de Palafrugell has a number of restaurants located on the boardwalk overlooking the beach. Calella offers a wide variety of choices, so whether you fancy fish, steak, pizza, paella or bbq, we are sure that you’ll find a wide choice in Calella.
The people of Palafrugell and beyond head to Calella at weekends to eat at the waterfront seafood restaurants, especially during the late winter, when sea urchins are on the menu!
After dinner, why not take a leisurely stroll along the lovely coastal path to Llafranc, a picturesque fishing village popular with discerning British since the 1960’s, yet still retaining its charm. Pine trees shade a beachfront promenade and yachts cluster in the small marina beside a perfect bay, where tamarisks grow out of the rocks around an arc of fine sand. Or you can walk or drive up to the lighthouse at Cap de Sant Sebastian for views back down over Llafranc.
This area has plenty of street parking and is an easy 20 minute drive from the villa.
El Bulli – The World’s Best Restaurant
With three Michelin stars, El Bulli has now closed its doors and become a ‘Culinary Foundation. It was a small restaurant run by chef Ferran Adrià overlooking the Cala Monjoi bay, in Roses.
‘Restaurant’ judged El Bulli the best restaurant in the world a record five times in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. It was described as “the most imaginative generator of haute cuisine on the planet” and did a great deal of work on molecular gastronomy – its 42 chefs used to spend the closed season exploring the world for new recipe ideas.
The restaurant had a limited season, from April to October; bookings were taken on a single day the previous October. It accommodated only 8,000 diners a season, and got more than two million requests – so you had to book way in advance of coming out!
El Bulli was a ‘must’ for all food enthusiasts, but there remain any number of wonderful restaurants, many of them Michelin rated, close to the villa.