Empordà, Catalonia, Spain

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Empordà: where to stay, eat, shop and relax

Editor's pick: best hotels, local restaurants and things to do in Emporda.

Restaurant Villa Teresita at EmpordàImage © Villa Teresita

HOTELS

Can Xiquet

Five chic, modern rooms with vineyard views. The restaurant serves local food with a short wine list favouring the best local producers.
www.canxiquet.com

Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf

Four-star country club-style hotel under the same ownership as Castillo Perelada winery. Restaurants, wine bar, wine spa, indoor and outdoor pools and golf course.
www.hotelperalada.com

Hostal de Empúries

A respectfully modernised 1920s-built hotel on the beach next to the Empúries archaeological site. Enjoy dinner on the seafront terrace at Villa Teresita or an epic breakfast buffet both courtesy of consultant chef Rafa Peña, then book in to the decadent spa.
www.hostalempuries.com

Hotel & Spa Mas de Torrent, Torrent

Customary Relais & Châteaux elegance in this stone-built former masía (farmhouse) with pool, spa and two restaurants with Mediterranean-inspired food by chef Jorge Garrido and monthly tastings by sommelier Pere Palmada. A good base for exploring Baix Empordà.
www.mastorrent.comK La Gina at EmpordàImage © K La Gina

RESTAURANTS

El Roser 2

With a prime position and picture windows looking onto L’Escala’s famous bay. Top fish and seafood from chef Jordi Sabadí and expert advice on Empordà wines from his sommelier brother Rafel. Good-value weekday lunch menu.
www.elroser2.com

Restaurant Pera Batlla, L’Armentera

Inspirational food by chef Antonia Quiñones in an old watermill with large terrace and cosy dining room. Local fish, shellfish and meat, vegetables from her kitchen garden and wines (70% from Empordà) selected in tune with the house preference for local, characterful products.
www.perabatlla.com

K La Gina, Garriguella (pictured)

Designer tapas and coques (Mediterranean flatbread) with many local wines by the glass, plus mojitos, ‘gin-tonics’, tasting events and live music at weekends.
www.klagina.es

Can Batlle, Garriguella

Simple, family-run village restaurant with a rabbit warren of vaulted dining rooms and a large terrace, hugely popular with locals and visitors alike for classic Catalan cuisine. The lunch menu is a steal.
Tel: +34 972 53 05 98

Compartir, Cadaqués

Stylish, top-quality, excellent-value sharing plates from an ex-El Bulli team. There’s a patio fringed by orange trees, cool dining rooms, attentive service and a wine list with input from former El Bulli sommelier Ferran Centelles.
www.compartircadaques.com

ACTIVITIES

Arrels del Ví, Sant Martí d’Empúries

Meet the top wine growers of DO Empordà, taste their wines and buy at ex-cellar prices at this annual, open-air wine fair organised by local resident Dominic Abernethy in the beautiful medieval village of Sant Martí d’Empúries. 8-9 June.
www.arrelsdelvi.com

Salvador Dalí House-Museum, Portlligat

A suitably quirky shrine to the surrealist artist, which was originally a fishing shack on the beach and his home from the 1930s until 1982. Booking via the internet is essential.
www.salvador-dali.org/museus/casa-salvador-dali-portlligat

Archaeological site, Empúries

Extensively excavated remains of Greek and Roman settlements on the coast between L’Escala and Sant Martí. Guided tours run daily in summer.
www.mac.cat/eng/branches/empuries

Museu del Suro, Palafrugell

See how the bark is peeled from the local cork oaks and is then boiled, pressed, cleaned, shaved and cut to shape in this former cork factory.
www.museudelsuro.cat

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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