Hostal Sa Rascassa

near Begur, Catalonia, Spain Book from Book from £92 per night

Secluded restaurant-with-rooms in a killer location under pine trees, just steps from a stunning cove
Sa Rascassa has a lot to live up to: named as one of the best hotels in the world not once but twice, in 2010 and 2011, it's a big promise for a 5-roomed hostelry where the emphasis is on the food. Just what constitutes the accolade 'best hotel in the world' is up for grabs; in this case, it's the exceptional restaurant, and the location - on a pine-covered hill, 40m from a quiet unspoilt cove with clear water, and by coastal paths to superb nearby beaches. From your quietly stylish room you can hear the waves lap on the shore.

The real highlight, though, is the restaurant, laid out under trees bedecked with fairylights, and overseen by the super-friendly owner Oscar and his expert staff. The menu is fabulous, with pear and walnut tarts and lobster and chicken bake among the Catalan favourites; wines are similarly up to par. In the peak of summer the restaurant also runs a beach bar, open until the sun drops into the silvery sea.

Information provided by Hostal Sa Rascassa on 29/12/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
New cleaning and disinfection protocols including disinfecting mats, UV light, and hydroalcoholic gel.

Food and drink
Wider separation between tables at the restaurant. There are no printed menus. Staff wear masks.

Minimum stay of 2 nights, until further notice.


  • The food is worth the drive alone, some of Catalonia's best; we feasted on straight-from-the-sea fish and rock mussels, grilled and steamed to perfection
  • Fantastic sea views from the rooms' shared terrace
  • All you can hear are the birds in the trees and the waves splashing the shore; the ambiance is super-relaxing
  • Wonderful walks that lead out from the front door, and great snorkelling/diving in crystal-clear waters; you can plunge straight into the Med from the harbour below the hotel
  • Owner Oscar is charming and helpful, stopping to chat over dinner, and pleased to give advice on the region to hotel guests


  • No children under 12 (a high for many!)
  • Rooms are fairly simple, and can be noisy during the evenings due to their position above the buzzy restaurant
  • No pool, and you're left to your own devices from 4.30-7.30pm (this isn't a full-service hotel), but Oscar is at the end of a phone for emergencies
  • Generally a 4-night min stay in July and 7 nights in August, but enquire if you want to come for a shorter period as they are flexible
  • Nervous drivers might baulk at the steep 3km road from Begur, and the car park is often full in peak season (you might have to unload then park further up the hill)

Best time to go

The weather is lovely through spring, summer and autumn, then the hotel is closed from late October to early March annually. It gets very busy in high season, and they prefer guests to stay for a week at this time. We'd recommend coming in September, when the weather is glorious but the area is less busy. It's ideal for a 4-night break or longer.

Our top tips

Book tickets in advance for Dalí's house at Port Lligat, near Cadaqués, an hour up the coast from here. They have small quotas for visitors each day and it's a long way to drive if you can't get in.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • Restaurant with rooms
  • 5 rooms
  • Restaurant (open daily) + beach bar in summer
  • Over 12s only
  • Closed: 26 Oct 2021 - 3 Mar 2022
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


Set above the restaurant, the 5 compact rooms are shabby-chic in style. Small bathrooms have huge showerheads (no baths) and bedrooms have views out to the thickly forested hillside. Floors are oak; furniture is artfully distressed. Being above the restaurant, in the evening, noise carries. If you want to go to bed early you may be disturbed by night owls drinking downstairs, particularly in the summer. Room 5 is closest to the sea and the kitchen, and at times can be a little noisier than the other rooms. But that said, we slept very well here on our visit.

In front of the rooms, there's a sweet shared terrace with a table and 2 chairs for each room. At one end there's a sightseeing area with sea views, and you can hear the waves at all times - they're just 40m away.

You get a raffia basket containing cherry-red beach towels, and you'll also find a bottle of shower gel, a small TV, a heater, a fan, WiFi and a hairdryer. If you want a kettle, just ask. It's a simple set-up, but this isn't the kind of hotel where you'll spend much time in your room - you'll be out walking the coastline, swimming in the warm sea, investigating medieval villages or shopping in Begur's chi-chi boutiques.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Kettle (on request)
  • Satellite TV
  • Shared terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Sa Rascassa is a restaurant first and a hotel second, serving breakfast to guests plus lunches and dinners to all. The menu is modern but unpretentious Catalan cuisine, and there's a small but well-chosen wine list. In warmer months, you dine in a pretty walled gravel garden, which is such a romantic setting in the evenings - beautiful old euonymus trees twinkle with fairy lights, you can hear waves gently lapping the shore and tables are adorned with candles.

We feasted on clams, grilled ‘rascassa’ (scorpion) fish, and salad with jamón ibérico accompanied by excellent regional wines. The meal was a fantastic experience - the combination of delicious food, skillful service and a relaxed atmosphere (Oscar normally potters between tables, introducing himself and advising on wine) makes the restaurant worth a trip even if you're not staying here. For added entertainment, there's live flamenco on Wednesday nights.

For those who don't want to eat here every night, there are plenty of other restaurants nearby, from the bistro at Hotel Aiguaclara in Begur (3km away) to cocktails and tapas at Hotel Vintage, a short walk along the cliff. Or take one of the hotel's torches and walk 15 minutes along the cliff path to Sa Tuna, where you'll find 4 restaurants; Oscar will advise which to go for.

Breakfast is simple but just what you need after an indulgent dinner the evening before: coffee and fresh croissants served at your table, with a buffet of fruit, yoghurts, cereals and cold cuts waiting inside. Throughout the day, you can help yourself to a cold San Miguel from a pint-sized Smeg fridge at the small honesty bar, and in the summer you can head to the beach bar, which serves vermouth-based cocktails, world-class wines and tapas until around 7pm.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Beach bar during summer
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Go swimming in the cove, or bring a mask and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters
  • Wander round the headland to Sa Tuna beach (a 15-minute stroll), or drive to Sa Riera, the best sandy beach in the area (5km away); there are beach towels in your room
  • Oscar can provide maps showing hiking routes along the spectacular Costa Brava
  • Walk up the forested hillside to Begur (3km away) and spend a day traversing the narrow streets and browsing chi-chi boutiques
  • Ask Oscar for a list of chic towns to visit (we loved Cadaqués). The area is popular with upscale Barcelonans and there are several stylish spots nearby
  • Play golf: this coast has plenty of courses to choose from, including a pitch-and-putt
  • Hire a bike inland and cycle around Begur and its surrounds
  • Investigate the medieval villages of Catalonia, with their winding streets and ancient churches
  • Get lost in the Dalí Triangle, which includes the castle at Púbol, just 20 minutes' drive away
  • Explore Catalonia's foodie heritage and take a tour of its most stunning restaurants; ask Oscar for his tips
  • Spend a day in Girona, wandering along the riverfront and visiting the Jewish Quarter and cathedral

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming


Only children aged 12 and over are accepted.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:


Kid Friendly:


Hostal Sa Rascassa is hidden in a thickly wooded valley, just 40 metres from Aiguafreda cove and 3km from the town of Begur. It's around 45 minutes to an hour east of Girona in northeast Spain.

By Air
The nearest airport is in Girona (45km); Barcelona is also within striking distance (150km). Both are regularly served by budget airlines from across Europe; Barcelona is also served by many scheduled international flights from Europe and beyond.

From the Airport
It's an easy drive from both airports. The hotel can arrange a taxi transfer - see Rates - but you'll probably want to hire a car.

By Car
A car is recommended for exploring this region of Spain, even if you plan to simply stay here for a week and go to the beach every day. The hotel is approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour from Girona airport. See our car rental recommendations.

By Bus
If you don't drive, you can reach the hotel by taking a bus to Begur (service run by Sarfa), then a taxi for the remaining 3km to the hotel. It's a little isolated though, so it's better if you have your own transport.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.


  • Girona 45.0 km GRO
  • Barcelona El Prat 150.0 km BCN


  • Beach 0.1 km
  • Shops 3.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests


There now is a terrace beyond the rooms with comfortable armchairs and a glorious view over the bay. A perfect place to relax with a drink at any time of the day or night.
We really appreciated the honesty bar and the glorious relaxed atmosphere. Perfect service and excellent value for money. The rooms are basic but very comfortable. Food is good with fresh produce


Real people running a hidden gem of a hotel - can’t wait to return. Oscar and his crew are very welcoming and helpful. Breakfast in the courtyard is sublime and supper delicious. And then there is the bar down by the harbour/ beach where you can charge the Campari sodas straight to the room...
The only improvement would be if they could guarantee you a beach chair and umbrella down on the waterside patio - in high season suspect you have to get down early to pay for this essential service! Its position is unique and its not overly pretentious like neighbouring “ boutique hotels”.


Wifi did not work but in this wonderful place so it did not matter. Away from the world in a little paradise. We”ll come back for sure!


Sa Rascassa has an unfussy elegance in which no detail is overlooked. Oscar and his team have crafted a stylish and authentic bolt hole which will delight foodies, oenophiles, walkers and those who simply wish to listen to birdsong and see a clear night sky.


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