THE EDIBLE TRAVELER
Ancient Ruins, Wineries, Local Food and Dalí
BY GEORGEANNE BRENNAN
The Costa Brava, a coastal region in the north of Spain which encompasses the Denominación de Origen (DO) Empordà wine region, has it all—from ancient ruins to fine wineries and fresh local food, plus Salvador Dalí’s extraordinary home and museum.
Around every corner there are opportunities to stop for a café cortado, an icy beer or a glass of wine, and tapas are always available if you need a little something to keep you going—or to encourage you to linger. And then there are the expansive breakfast spreads, the latenight multi-course dinners and the briny air of the Mediterranean.
A good place to start exploring is from the Hostal Spa Empúries built on the edge of a pine forest fronting the sea and only a five-minute walk from the Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries. The hotel is a somewhat curious mix of very modern and vintage buildings. The earliest part of the hotel, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, was built to feed and house the archeologists excavating the Empúries site.
The fine-dining restaurant, Portixol, is in the original building and the wood-paneled … Read More