Food and Restaurants in Begur

We’ve had Villa Begur for 12 years now and there are some things we do and some places we visit every year, I guess we know what we like and we like what we know.

 
We like good food, our meals are often spent discussing the next one. Our holidays involve lots of wonderful food, some at the villa and some in restaurants. The restaurants in town do change hands quite frequently but there are some that have been here for years and the reason they have survived is a testament to the quality of the food they serve and the service they provide.

Pizzetta - It took me several years before I ventured inside this place. Why would I go to a pizza restaurant in Spain? I want cochinillo, cordero or paella! This place kept getting mentioned by our guests in the guest book so one year we gave it a go. We have been several times a year since. The setting is fantastic, with a lovely garden, well designed so every table feels like you’re under an olive tree. The indoor area feels seamless with the outdoor area and the lighting is fantastic. We tend to go relatively early evening with the kids and in the Summer as the sun sets the whole place is filled with beautiful warm light.

The food is great, the pizzas are cooked to perfection in a wood fired oven. Try the gambas al ajillo pizza for a great twist on Spain meets Italy. I almost always have the same, the salmon and tuna sashimi followed by fillet steak with foie gras washed down with a bottle of Pesquera, a fantastic red from Ribera del Duero. Where else in the world can you enjoy a meal like that  in a beautiful setting while the kids enjoy their pizzas?

Hotel Aigua Clara - This hotel is on the way into town from the Villas. It has been owned by the same people since we bought Villa Begur, a delightful couple called Joan and Clara. They used to rent out the restaurant but for the last few years they have been running it themselves and doing a really good job of it. Out favourite night is the vinyl DJ night, tourists and locals of every age group go and enjoy the great 60s-80s music in the beautiful garden of the Cuban style colonial house and garden The food is great and reasonably priced, the gin and tonics are HUGE and delicious.

It never takes long for everybody to leave their seat and strut their stuff on the dance floor. It is always a memorable evening.


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Sa Riera Beach - Es Bas - This is our favourite place for lunch. Es Bas is a small hotel that also runs the main restaurant on the beach. It is the typical, but good quality, Spanish sea side food. We tend to get a couple of tables, adults on one, kids on the other and order a variety of tapas maybe followed by a paella to share. 
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Our favourite tapas there are the calamares (squid), chipirones (tiny squid), sardinas (sardines), gambas de palamos (local prawns, more about these later), pan con tomate (bread with tomato), a couple of salads lubricated with a bottle of the Torres de Casta, a delicious and cheap rose. The wonderful waiter, Santi, usually brings us some delicious local digestifs after the meal which makes the walk around to the side beach slightly wobbly!

As our lunches are late and somewhat long we tend to get to the (not so) secret side beach as others are leaving, just in time for the best time of day there when the sun is not so hot, the shadows are long and the water is still refreshing. The restaurant is also a lovely place to visit in the evening, go for the jazz night when you can enjoy delicious whole monkfish with the sound of waves and jazz tingling in your ears.


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Tamariu beach - Es Dofi -This is the last restaurant along the promenade in Tamariu and in our view the best. The food is similar to Sa Riera and, if anything, a little bit better with a bigger selection of dishes. Their almejas (clams) and pulpo (octopus) are particularly good. They do not take bookings so we tend to arrive before lunch, tell them we would like a table and play on the beach for a bit until it’s ready.

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Other restaurants that we regularly enjoy include Can Nasi, on the way out of town towards Sa Tuna and Tapas Begur, a delicious but tiny tapas bar on the edge of the square where you help yourself to a variety of imaginative small tapas and at the end of the meal the owner counts up the surprisingly large number of cocktail sticks to calculate the bill.  We also love having a  drink and a nibble at sun down in Can Marc which has incredible views, a huge G&T menu and lovely tapas


The best thing about the local food is the quality of ingredients, vegetables are weird shapes and sizes and actually taste of something, unlike the plastic wrapped perfectly shaped but tasteless rubbish we get in the UK. Green peppers, slowly fried in olive oil with salt, are amazing and incredibly easy to prepare.dsc0527

For meat we tend to go to one of the excellent butchers in town or to the one at the back of the Jodofi Supermarket in the outskirts of town (by Camping Begur on the way to Tamariu). Spanish lamb and pork are both excellent whereas I prefer British beef so I tend to not buy it in Spain. For the barbecue try costillas the cordero (tiny lamb chops) or secreto iberico (the iberico secret, a cut I have not been able to find in the UK, it looks horrible and fatty but when barbecued it all melts away to leave a tender and delicious pork steak). 


The fish monger in town opens twice a day, once in the evening and once at 7.30pm. I usually volunteer to go up in the evening and buy the fish for supper while maybe grabbing a quick beer with a mate. The gambas de palamos (local prawns) are amazing. I have no idea if they are a different species or if it something in the local water that makes them so delicious but they are completely different to other prawns, sweeter and softer and they release a rich and aromatic dip for fresh bread. Yes they are expensive but it is worth pointing out that the small ones taste just as good as the big ones and they are a lot cheaper. We tend to go for the medium ones that are about €25-€30 a kilo and worth every penny. The fish monger outside Jodofi (the supermarket next to Camping Begur) is also very good and the parking is easier. 
Our favourite barbecue starter is done on the large paella pan on the barbecue, gambas de palamos (local prawns), mejillones de roca (rock mussels) and almejas (clams). Leave each of the three ingredients in their third of the paella pan and simply cook wth some olive oil on the barbecue, like James Bond’s martini this dish is best shaken, not stirred. They need nothing but a bit of salt for the most delicious starter, from the sea to the roof terrace in a few hours, amazing.

There are, of course, many amazing restaurants in Begur and I have barely touched the surface of the local food available, but I hope I have done enough to give you a taste of what a trip to either Villa Begur or Villa Sa Riera will bring for the taste buds. 

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Sevenoaks to Begur using only electricity

Last Summer (August 15) we decided to go to Villa Begur in an all electric Tesla Model S. Six people were travelling in total and, spacious though the car is, it would not have been possible with all of us in it. We decided that Claudia would fly with our 4 year old, Jessica, and that left all the boys with the luggage in the Tesla, Pete, his mate Neil and the two lads Henry and Christian.

We loaded up the Tesla Model S, and set off. We left Kent late afternoon on Friday and had a crossing booked at around 7.00pm.

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The idea was to use only Superchargers and charge at the following places, the number of miles shows the distance from the previous stop.

Calais60 miles
Senlis152 miles
Auxerre129 miles
Macon152 miles
Orange170 miles
Nimes64 miles
Narbonne87 miles

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Thanks to Matt Boyes for this chart which gives the optimum level to charge to and speed to drive at under ideal scenarios:

Distance To DestinationLevel to Charge ToSpeed to Drive At
300 miles97%59mph
275 miles96%64mph
250 miles95%69mph
225 miles93%74mph
200 miles83%74mph
175 miles79%79mph
150 miles74%84mph
125 miles62%84mph
100 miles49%84mph
75 miles41%89mph
50 miles34%99mph

 

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One of the things to bear in mind for long journeys in a Tesla is that going faster does not necessarily get you to your destination quicker. The car charges much quicker when empty than when nearly full, so it is best to arrive empty and charge just enough to get to the next Supercharger. Charging from 0% to 50% from empty takes just 27 minutes, which is as long as it takes to go from 85% to 100%.

Chart Courtesy of Matt Boyes

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Each time we stopped we added enough electrons to take us to the next Supercharger with a small amount of buffer. The smart routing in the car is not as smart as I would have liked so I switched it off. The trip section of the energy chart, however, was very useful for telling us how much energy we would have when we got to our destination but it gave us a few false signals particularly at the start of a section.

In fact, I found the easiest way of estimating how much charge I needed was to half the miles needed to get the percentage charge and add a bit! For example, leaving Auxerre and going to Macon I  charged the car to about 80% because I needed to go 152 miles. (152/2 + a bit =80)

This allowed me to blast along at 80mph on the French motorways and adjust my speed up and down as I approached my destination. It is pretty scary at first arriving with 1 or 2 % left in the battery but we soon go used to it. I was VERY careful not to miss an exit when leaving the motorways to the charging station though!

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We did  the whole journey without stopping and were very unlucky to get a violent rain storm in during the night when we should have been putting the miles in with less traffic. We arrived late Saturday afternoon. I think the journey was about 4 hours longer than it would have been in a petrol or diesel car but much more relaxing, enjoyable and considerably cheaper.

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The journey home seemed much easier. We left Begur at around 10.00am on the Saturday and followed the same route. We had an excellent meal in Macon at a restaurant just by the Supercharger and recharged ourselves as well as the car. We then drove up through Paris and all the way to Senlis which we reached at around 1.00am. We stayed the night at the very reasonable and comfortable Ibis hotel by the Senlis Supercharger and were only a couple of hours from Calais when we woke up.

We're doing the same journey this year, and the only thing we will change is to leave earlier on the Friday for the journey down. I imagine we will not stop the night on the way down again, the pool awaiting at the end is too tempting to waste time sleeping! I am looking forward to using the self steering as well as the traffic aware cruise control on the French motorways, I just hope it doesn't send me to sleep!

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UK Discount Code for Tesla Model S – Chargers in Both Villas

Both Villa Begur and Villa Sa Riera now have 3 Phase 32A Electric Vehicle chargers. They each have a 32A Commando socket that will allow a Tesla Model S to charge at 21KW with a Juice Booster (if you have dual chargers). You can also charge using the Tesla UMC. If you need to borrow a juice booster for the trip, contact us and we may be able to help.
Tesla Charging

Tesla Charging

Tesla Charging

Tesla Charging

Using Superchargers it is now very possible to get all the way from the UK to Begur. Here is the route to take... If you are considering buying a Tesla Model S, Peter is a huge fan of his and will be happy to give advice, send us an email  and he will get back to you. If you are looking for a £1000 discount on a new Tesla Model S, follow this link for Peter's referral link. More details about the referral program here.

Last minute availability in Villa Sa Riera

We have some space in the summer holidays in www.villasariera.com. We are happy To offer a 10% discount for the availability from 25th July to the end of August. There is a week available from 11th July that we can offer at a 25% discount. These discounts are not to be used with any other offer.
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The Pool


A new Villa

We are very happy to announce that we have a new villa available to rent, which is next door to Villa Begur! It is called Villa Sa Riera and sleeps up to 9 guests in 4 bedrooms. There are 3 bathrooms (2 en suite) and it has similar beautiful views of the Islas Medes. We are working on the website, but here are some photos to give you an idea. The two villas combined will sleep 21 people! If anybody hasn't booked their Summer holiday yet, we have some August availability. Contact us on info@villabegur.com if you are interested.

The Pool

The Pool

The Pool

The Pool

Lunch under the mottled shade of the olive tree.

Lunch under the mottled shade of the olive tree.


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