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".

What our customers say

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Great trip on a beautiful boat

Had a great trip with Dave whilst in Barcelona recently. Water was a little choppier than usual so no opportunity to swim but this is clearly out of the skippers hands, no complaints at all there. On a calmer day this would be just about the perfect way to spend an afternoon, cooling down from the August sun. Not your usual everyday sailing trip and all the better for it! All the best for the future of your enterprise Dave.
Jasonab1 | Nottingham, United Kingdom

Fantastic relaxing sail!

Bernardo the skipper was wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly - made the 3 hour sail most enjoyable! Water was clear and fresh! Highly recommended for some relaxation, water and fun during the hot, hot summer!
DPLosAngeles | Los Angeles

Great Sailing Experience in Barcelona

We booked afternoon on Capitan Dave's beautiful boat as a bithday surprise for our friend. We had a fantastic time. Very relaxing and exiting in the same time.
Piotr K |

A wonderful Barcelona experience -

Dave did a great job taking us out to sail in Barcelona. We sailed, we swam, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Phil T | New York

Lovely afternoon sailing

Our original booking had been to go on Gemini but weather wasn't great, so the next day we went out with Giambattista and Dave. A lovely afternoon spent relaxing and admiring the views. Our baby was made comfortable too. Many thanks
SilverLadyLondon | London

Exiciting...and calm! Awesome sailing trip!

We had booked with Dave for 4 adults and 1 child on a Friday afternoon. However, once we took off into our sailing trip, the waves were crazy! The boat was at 45 degrees most of the time. My 7 year old and I enjoyed it very much, but the wife and auntie were hanging on for their lives! Well, after almost an hour of this excitement, Skipper Dave called it off and we headed to port. A man of his words, he'd volunteered to refund most of our trip due to weather, but we opted to reschedule. So, again, we went on Monday morning. Calm sea and beautiful weather. This time it was a very smooth ride. We stopped for a few an took a dip in the clear cobalt blue sea. A very relaxing trip. Anyways, bring your own food and water. Enjoy the view and relax...But I have to say, I loved battling the waves!!!
phuwanai1194 | Atlanta, Georgia

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