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Xiringuito de Cala Jóncols

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Time Out Says

Set in front of the most perfect beach hotel in the world, this place is chic, groovy and cut off from civilisation

If there was a world ranking of 'xiringuitos' (beach bars), this would certainly be close to the top. And that's because it's in front of possibly the most perfect beach hotel ever (without wanting to offend anyone). The hotel is a modest house that hardly stands out among the lunar landscape of Cap de Creus, surrounded by pine and olive trees, cut off from the rest of the world, and without coverage for your mobile. To complete the image of perfection, three generations of one family run the place and if there's nothing you fancy on the set menu of the day, they will rustle something up for you (of course – there's a grandma in residence). But let's focus on the xiringuito: it was inaugurated in 1981, is open between approximately June and September, and is chic without going over the top, groovy without being a hive of modernity. On Fridays and Saturdays in the summer, there are DJs and live music. You have to drive along a track to get there, and you shouldn't use GPS because you'll get lost. But it's all worth it. Really worth it.

Written by
Esperança Padilla


Cala Jóncols
To get there in car: head out of Roses, on the asphalt road to Cala Montjoi. From that cala, take an uncovered track, C/ La Roca and go down via the Riera Jóncols (the riera is a dry riverbed). You can also get there walking along the GR-92: it's just 14km!
Opening hours:
The hotel opens from April 15-end of October 9am-midnight; the restaurant
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