The Costa Brava coastline is stunningly gorgeous and we were lucky enough to have a chance to see some of its most impressive scenery. However, the foodie in me has to digress to tell you about the Catalan food buffet we had while there.
We arrived at Lloret de Mar by way of a ferry from Blanes, which disgorged us onto the beach. The view was enticing as we approached the beach. I imagined sinking my toes into soft sand but as my feet hit terra firma, I knew I'd been deceived. Tiny pebbles, worn smooth by the ocean waves, quickly found their way into my shoes. Ouch.
Walking to the boardwalk, it became obvious that this seaside resort is not full of “beautiful people.” No, this is a place for the rest of us, the ones who come in all shapes and sizes. All sizes. I don't mean to be unkind, but I now believe that some people really have no business wearing a bikini.
Having built up quite an appetite from the fresh salt air during our boat journey, we were happy to find a man from the tourist bureau was waiting at the boardwalk to escort us to lunch at the Rigat Park &l;,./'o Spa Hotel hosted us and really did a spectacular job..
Well, the boardwalk isn't actually a boardwalk, it's a wide brick path that winds along the beach and up into the hills beyond. Lined with benches for people-watchers and ice cream eaters, the walkway runs the 2 km between Blanes and Lloret de Mar and gets a fair amount of fitness buffs. A sign said it takes 50 minutes. Most likely it would take us longer because of the dramatic scenery. But I digress….
Our path to the hotel took us along the beach and up a hill. There was an overlook at the top of the cliff, with incredible vistas of the luminous blue and green sea and the massive boulders below. Dan had fun playing with his sunglasses and polarizing filter; it really brought out the colors.
Catalan Food is Delicious!
The Rigat Park and Spa Hotel, which hosted us, really did a spectacular job. They made a point of showcasing many Catalan food specialties, some of which we hadn't known about.
Our friends raved about the Iberian jamón (pork) and shellfish paella but we passed because we keep to a clean diet. No matter; the buffet offered plenty of other special items to enjoy, even for the vegetarians in our group. Mushrooms, local cheeses and olives, salads, fresh fruit, curries, roast beef and other meats, an entire dessert table, bottomless glasses of local wine … good grief, it was like Thanksgiving on steroids.
All of this with that beautiful view. What more could we have asked for?
Inside Rigat Park & Spa Hotel
We managed to get a peek at some of the hotel's public areas before we had to leave the hotel. If we ever get some down time in Spain this is just the type of place that I'd like to stay. It would give me a chance to relax in the sun, eat more Catalan food and visit local sites we didn't have time for on this trip. I'd especially like to revisit the adjacent Santa Clotilde Gardens and Mar i murtra Botanical Gardens in Blanes. Both are gorgeous and worth a lingering visit.
This is part of a series on our tour in Costa Brava, which we took courtesy of the Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board. All opinions and photos are our own.
What's the best buffet you've ever experienced?