If you’re taking a journey from Lloret de Mar to Barcelona and will be looking for a place to dine well, then some of the following tips might appeal to you. |
Dining – Lunch
Catalonian lunches tend to be larger than those we’re used to in Northern Europe. Traditionally, they would also tend to be of longer duration – perhaps running for a couple of hours and then followed up by a siesta (not always necessarily a sleep but sometimes just a quiet time spent with the family).
Traditions here are changing though and the pressures of commercial life mean that for many locals, lunch is now a faster and lighter meal than previously. The duration of the siesta is also declining – particularly in tourist areas or larger modern commercial city centres.
Dining - Dinner
Again, traditional practice here is very different to northern Europe.
Evening meals often start at 9 or 10pm and can go on to near midnight. It is usually the main family meal of the day and is very relaxed and never rushed. Young children will almost always join the family for their meal even if it’s late in the evening.
Formality and Convention
Dining out in Spain is usually relaxed and restaurants requiring ‘formal dress’ are very few and far between. Remember however that, apart from beach restaurants, dining informally doesn’t usually extend to eating in your beach swimwear.
The atmosphere and ambiance are usually very laid-back, even in some of the best restaurants. Drinking to excess in restaurants or ‘manic horsing around’ is frowned upon by most Spaniards, who regard such behaviours as being indicative of tourists who have lost their self-control.
If you’re travelling from Lloret de Mar to Barcelona, why not try one of the following:
• Damajuana – Blanes
Hidden away down a side street, this is a fantastic Italian / South American restaurant where absolutely everything is hand-made on site. All their ingredients are sourced locally on a daily basis. It’s fantastic food and loved by the locals (which is always a good sign).
• El Nou-Cents – Barcelona
An incredible celebration of local Catalan cuisine, this is a restaurant that offers a real gastronomic delight. Check ahead though, as booking may be required.
• Toni 3 Restaurant – Mataró
This is one of three restaurants in the chain – hence the rather strange name! If you’re travelling from Lloret de Mar to Barcelona though, you’ll be travelling along the coast and one that’s famous for its seafood. In the Toni 3, you’ll find great and unpretentious seafood at very attractive prices.
• La Donzella de la Costa – Badalona
The owner of La Donzella was born in this coastal town and a fish restaurant has been in the family for over a century. So, the fish here is simply superb and presented in a fine-dining environment. It’s well worth a visit. The journey from Lloret de mar to Barcelona can be a gastronomic exploration as well as a scenic one. Enjoy yourself and eat well!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable transfer from Lloret de Mar to Barcelona, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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