Menú del día


17 Oct 2018 | Last update: 28 Jun 2019

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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Relaxing family excursion with a great skipper!

We had a terrific 3+ hour cruise on the Gemini with David. He welcomed my wife and I and our three boys (6, 10, 16) on board and despite the cloudy skies and chop we really had a great time. Packed some bread, charcuterie, cheese and drinks enjoyed the view of Barcelona and some interesting conversation with David. Since we couldn't jump in the Med we really just spent the 3 hours in relaxation, and it was still the highlight of our 3 days in Barcelona. Just an FYI, there is paid PARKING literally right next to the boat, just drive down Carrer de la Marina and swing a left where there is the parking barrier but the underground pay garage at Port Olimpic is an option as well. Thanks David!
Sami C | | 22 August 2015

Excellent private Hen Party on the "No Limits"

Excellent 3 hour sunset tour. The Lady Skippers were super nice and friendly. The boat was just perfect for the 11 of us and the experience with Dave from the 1st contact until after the booking was very pleasant, professional and prompt.
Viola P | Brussels, Belgium | 26 June 2019

Excellent experience

The experience is highly recommended. The Gemini is a very nice boat to sail on, Dave is very kind and the price very competitive. Largely matched our expectations!
Marounistan | London, United Kingdom | 7 June 2018

Private Sunset Cruise

Booked this for our anniversary, and had a really amazing evening. The boat is beautiful and skipper Dave is really helpful and friendly, all we had to do was enjoy the trip. My girlfriend was amazed by the experience and it was the perfect way to celebrate a romantic evening and escape the city.
sean j | | 6 August 2018

Relaxing afternoon of sailing

A relaxing way to spend an afternoon, and a great way to take in views of the city while enjoying nibbles & drinks (that we took ourselves). I recommend bringing a windbreaker.
Catherine C | | 9 April 2015

The perfect escape

The morning that my mother and I spent with Dave on his beautiful sailboat was a few hours in heaven! My mother was visiting me on the cruise ship I work on, had already seen the famous sights of Barcelona, so I was searching for a different way to experience the city. We both have a special attachment to sailing, I always was admiring the sail boats in the harbor from my cruise ship deck, and from the reviews on Trip Advisor, Classic Sail Barcelona sounded perfect… and it was.
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