The best paella restaurants on the Costa Brava

Check out these 10 top restaurants on the Costa Brava for finding the perfect paella or delicious rice dish
Can Flores
Can Flores
By Dúnia Riera and Albert Riera |
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Girona's surrounding regions have the privilege of being near both mountains and the sea. This geographical diversity is also reflected in the most typical of traditional local recipes: rice dishes and paella. Use our guide to help you sample the best the area has to offer.

Restaurants, Seafood

Can Flores

icon-location-pin La Selva

Can Flores is is one of the most famous fish restaurants in Blanes

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Restaurants, Catalan

Mas Romeu

icon-location-pin La Selva

Mas Romeu offers various kinds of grilled meats and top quality shellfish

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Restaurants, Seafood

Solimar

icon-location-pin Baix Empordà

This is an ideal place for rounding off a morning of sun with a tasty rice dish for lunch

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Restaurants, Catalan

El Jovent

icon-location-pin Alt Empordà

Rice dishes are the speciality of the house: their mixed paella is the most requested

Restaurants, Haute cuisine

Els Pescadors

icon-location-pin Alt Empordà

Els Pescadors was an old tavern in the port of Llançà until, some 30 years ago, the Fernández-Punset family transformed it into a creative seafood restaurant. They create 'mar i muntanya' (surf and turf) combinations in line with what's in season. To update the traditional seafood dishes everyone here's been brought up with, Lluís, the chef, brings to bear everything he's learnt from various haute cuisine restaurants around Catalonia, such as Girona's El Celler de Can Roca, and further afield. His dishes include rice with crab, lobster stew, sea cucumbers with cod tripe and black sausage, and king prawns au gratin with confit of wild mushrooms. In the summer, if you can't bear to spend more than a few minutes away from the beach, you can always get a rice dish from Els Pescadors to take away. The perfect option for picnics on the sand!

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Can Badó
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Restaurants, Catalan

Can Badó

icon-location-pin Alt Empordà

Proof, if it were needed, that to eat good rice dishes you don't have to be anywhere near the sea

Can Pini
©Can Pini
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Can Pini

icon-location-pin La Selva

Fish plays a starring role, and you have the chance to try a majestic 'senyora paella'

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Restaurants, Catalan

Totsompops

icon-location-pin Alt Empordà

Rice dishes are a strong point, and they're made with crab, mushrooms, sausages, cod and more

Ca l'Herminda
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Restaurants, Seafood

Ca l'Herminda

icon-location-pin Alt Empordà

In towns along the Costa Brava, especially in places as authentic as El Port de la Selva, you'll always find a classic seafood restaurant located close to the beach. Ca l'Herminda, which is made up of different levels, was once the cellar of a fisherman's house used for storing fishing tools. However, in 1963 with the arrival of the first tourists on the Costa Brava, the owners realised it was worth setting up tables and chairs where once fishing nets had been stacked up.   Don't miss your opportunity to taste the house rice dishes: broth with crab and lobster, shellfish paella, and rice with cuttlefish and langostines. All the fish and shellfish they serve comes from Port de la Selva (e.g, grilled prawns, sea snails au gratin with garlic, fried crayfish and lobster), apart from the various products not found locallly, such as the oysters, which come from France. 

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