Hostal Sa Rascassa

near Begur, Catalonia, Spain
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Hostal Sa Rascassa

near Begur, Catalonia, Spain

Secluded restaurant-with-rooms in a killer location under pine trees, just steps from a stunning cove

Secluded restaurant-with-rooms in a killer location under pine trees, just steps from a stunning cove

At this five-roomed hostelry, it's all about the food. In-the-know gourmands come from afar to dine at the exceptional restaurant and soak up the sensational surroundings; Sa Rascassa sits on a pine-covered hill, and it's a mere 50m from a quiet unspoilt cove with clear water, with 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 fairy lights, 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; the extensive range of wines is similarly up to par. Grab a chilled cerveza from the honesty bar and watch the sun drop into the silvery sea to round off the day.


  • 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


  • The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays
  • 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 (closed Tues)
  • Over 12s only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car recommended
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • 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 50m away.

You get a raffia basket containing cherry-red beach towels, and you'll also find a bottle of shower gel, air-con and central heating for the cooler days, 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:

  • Hairdryer
  • 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 well-chosen, nearly 100-strong 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.

On Tuesdays, when the restaurant is closed, there are plenty of other eateries nearby. Try the bistro at Hotel Aiguaclara in Begur (3km away), or the 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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby


  • 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)

Kid Friendly:


Hostal Sa Rascassa is hidden in a thickly wooded valley, just 50 steps 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

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