One whole month we explored the Costa Brava and fully enjoyed the winter weather, the scenery, the culture, the hikes and the food! During these last days we combine nice hikes with good local food and I will mention a few of our favorite restaurants. In winter time some popular eateries are closing their doors for a long holiday, but there was still enough choice.
Early one morning we hike in the woods behind Masos de Pals. It is still cold and misty and slowly some sunrays are trying to lighten the trees.
We continue our hike to Restaurant Mar Blau at Platja El Racó. This is the only place at the beach open during the winter months and always busy. Today it is time for Paëlla!
From the centre of Pals we discover a trail which brings us via a tunnel all the way to the other side of the main road.
It is circular road through the woods and on the way back we walk over an old rocky riverbed. It is a hike of around 2,5 km, but with an elevation of 230 mts. You will be rewarded with a stunning panoramic 360 degree view over Masos de Pals, Pals and Regencos!
Once back in Pals, it is time to go for lunch. Can Bassalis in Masos de Pals is a Hostal-Restaurant run by the family. It is pretty basic, but the food and house wine are great value! They serve a three-course menu for 13 euro, including the wine.
If you like snails, then go to Ca La Teresa in Pals. A very popular restaurant among the locals with a menu to choose from.
La Vila, on the square, at the entrance of the ancient town centre, is our favorite tapas bar. The perfect spot to catch some winter sun and enjoy homemade tapas and wine of the region.
On a Tuesday we visit the huge market in Palamos. If you need clothes and want some bargains, then this is the place to be! Combine shopping with a stroll along the promenade and a tasty lunch. There are plenty of eateries! At the end of the afternoon, the fishing boats are returning to the harbour and the fish auction starts.
Many people travel to the Costa Brava only for the beach, but the coastline and the backcountry are offering so much more.
We will return!