Menú del día


17 Oct 2018 | Last update: 23 Dec 2020

Not many of us can afford to splash out on something special every day, even when we're on holiday. That's when the menú del día comes to the rescue of the cash-strapped tourist.

In fact, the menu del dia has its origins in the menu turistico. Introduced decades ago with the express intention of encouraging tourism, the idea was so popular among locals that it spread throughout Spain, and was re-christened the menu del dia. It is simply a fixed price menu, offered at lunchtime, and virtually every restaurant and bar in the land does it. Look for the blackboards outside each establishment. You'll get 3 courses (primero or 1°, larger than a typical starter), segundo or 2° (smaller and with fewer accompaniments than a typical main course), and dessert (postre), often very simple, like a pot of yogurt or a piece of fruit, but almost everywhere offers crema Catalana, the local version of creme brulee.

Also included is a drink. It's not unusual for the 'drink' to be a whole bottle of wine! Bread is always incuded, and coffee may be included, or you can have coffee in place of the dessert.

If you're paying more than about 10 Euros for your menu del dia, you'll expect something special.

You can find the menu del dia everywhere, but if you book a morning trip on Gemini, you'll return to the marina in perfect time to enjoy the menu del dia in La Barca Salamanca, one of the best restaurants in the marina. At 12 Euros it's amazing value.

By the way, if you ask for the "menu", this is what you'll get. If you actually want the price list (what we'd call the menu in English), ask for the "carta".

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We went out with a large group - ages 12 - 78 - and Dave made everyone feel comfortable. He is amazingly calm and kind and accommodating - and clearly a skilled sailor! We needed to change our day and time numerous times and he was flexible and understanding. The views from the water were beautiful. It was an adventure. We highly recommend sailing with Dave.
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This was very nice way of spending some quality time for our family. Views when out in the sea are just mesmerising. And it is a good way to get some fresh air and cool down a bit from the city heat. Especially we loved the option to swim out in the sea away from beachside chaos.
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We sailed with Dave in June of 2015 and had a great afternoon with him, so when we found ourselves back in Barcelona (July 2017), sailing with Dave again was a must do. We had another great afternoon with Dave. Sailing in the Mediterranean is a great way to see the city. We went for a swim, five miles out; the water was amazing. Highly recommend a sailing trip with Dave.
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A Mediterranean Adventure

Our family of four had a wonderful adventure with Captain Dave on the last day of our Barcelona vacation. Dave was very responsive through our email communications to book the trip. The directions to the Gemini were easy to follow and she was as described – well maintained with much character. Captain Dave was very personable but not intrusive – he patiently answered all our questions. We spent over three hours enjoying the beautiful Barcelona skyline. He even stopped and anchored so our kids could swim in the Mediterranean. We would highly recommend Classic Sailing and hope that we have the opportunity to sail on the Gemini someday again.
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