Cecilia Díaz Betz

There are places that give off a unique, special and unparalleled sense of magic from the first moment. The Hostal Spa Empúries is part of this privileged group in its own right. This wonderful hotel is located in a setting full of history, between the first Greek settlement in Iberian Peninsula and one of the most emblematic coves of the Costa Brava, surrounded by nature. There resting, disconnecting, sustainability, sea, history, beauty, air, light and delicate are charged with the truest sense of the words and become so real that it is hard to describe. This is possibly one of the best preserved on the Catalan coast.

The original Art Nouveau-style building dates from the early 20th century and is known as the Antiguo Hostal. The first archaeologists working on the excavation of the ruins would stay there. Preserving its essence, it was renovated to house 36 simple, minimalist and comfortable rooms overlooking the sea or the organic garden that supplies the restaurant. Relatively recently, they decided to expand it and buld the Nuevo Hostal with the utmost respect for the ecosystem and with a special emphasis on design and sustainability. Then it became the first hotel in Europe to receive the Leed Gold Certification as leaders in efficiency and sustainable design. The Nuevo Hostal boast 19 modern rooms with a private terrace overlooking the spectacular sea or the garden. There is also a small oceanfront spa surrounded by pine trees that adds to the well-being and disconnection the place offers.

As if this were not enough, the gastronomic offer is extremely good and it can be enjoyed without being a guest of the hotel. An ideal tour includes visiting the ruins, eating at their Portitxol restaurant or having a bath or a nap in the cove. During the summer season, and a novelty this year, they offer a new culinary proposal: a fresh market fish barbeque by chef Rafa Peña. The orchard, the grill and the fish take over the hotel’s outdoor area during summer, making it a more traditional and informal gastronomic proposal but also extremely exquisite. The menu begins with a salad made with vegetables from the hotel’s garden, a terrific bread also baked there with olive oil, tomatoes and garlic, a sample of grilled sea delights: clams, mussels, razor shells; and rape or scorpion fish with grilled vegetables as a main course. The offer dependd on the fresh produce arriving from the market. Don’t leave without trying their desserts, especially the passion fruit flan. You will never forget it.

During the summer months, reservations should be made for lunch or dinner. The average price per person varies depending on market prices, but a full meal with wine, dessert and coffee is around ?35-40 per person. This is indeed a safe bet and a complete sensory experience.


  • Address: Platja Portitxol S/N, Girona, Spain