The prestigious 2018 edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be presented

on Tuesday 19th June!


The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will be presented this year from Bilbao, Spain. And what better place for the ceremony to be held than in the foodie mecca of the Basque Country :-)

The presentation of the much acclaimed Restaurant Magazine list moves back to Europe for 2018 after having been held for more than a decade in London, it moved to New York in 2016 and to Australia, to Melbourne, in 2017.

Prior to the countdown, on June 19th 2018, from number 50 to the World’s Number One Restaurant for 2018, various individual awards will be released and the 51-100 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 will be unveiled the week before so WATCH THIS SPACE.

 Current TOP 3 World’s Best Restaurants:

  1. Eleven Madison Park – New York, USA
  2. Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy
  3. El Celler De Can Roca – Girona, Spain


Further reading to whet your appetite in the run-up to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018:

Full List of No. 1-50 plus all individual and continental awards for 2017 

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 No.51 -100 

World’s Number One Restaurant over the years 2002 – 2017 

We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain, Portugal and/or SW France.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your custom built quote!

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The province of Girona (North of Barcelona) in Spain is one of the world’s major food and wine destinations and a region at the forefront of culinary innovation – El Bulli (near the town of Roses, now closed but many local chefs trained here) was 5 times awarded the World’s Number One Restaurant and El Celler de Can Roca (in Girona city) has been awarded the World’s Number One Restaurant twice (in 2013 and 2015) and is the current Worlds Nº3 Restaurant.

The Emporda region of Spain is located within the province of Girona on the Costa Brava. Medieval villages, pine-clad hillsides sloping down to crystal clear bays and picturesque fishing villages make up this enchanting region; it’s a wonderful place to explore, enjoy the natural countryside and indulge in delicious local cuisine.

The gastronomy of the Emporda region is rich and varied with a cuisine classed as ‘sea and mountain’, as local produce comes from both the land and the sea.  You will surely enjoy indulging in the delicious star products such as:  Freshly caught Mediterranean fish, Prawns from Palamós, Anchovies from L’Escala, Rice from Pals , DOP Emporda Olive Oil and DO Emporda Wines to name a few. Dining here is not just about eating and drinking, it is a way of life!

Not surprising, therefore, that Michelin have dished out some stars here in the Emporda area of Girona with the likes of Michelin 2* Restaurant Miramar (Llançà) and Michelin 1* Restaurants: Castell Peralada (Peralada), Els Brancs (Platja de Canyelles Petites, Roses), Emporium (Castelló d’Empuries), Bo.Tic (Corça) and Casamar (Llafranc).

With such great standing and local produce the Emporda region is filled with great places to eat, making it difficult to single out the best!  Without a doubt the Michelin restaurants are all well worth a mention but here are just a few of our favorites,  that we should probably keep to ourselves, but we love to share :-)

Compartir, Cadaques

A great restaurant, opened in 2012, by 3 ex-Bulli chefs.  Modern well-presented small dishes to share (hence the name, as Compartir in Catalan means Share in English) are offered in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. The style is contemporary cuisine, based on the culinary tradition of the area. Booking is indispensable as it is the trendiest place in the area.

In 2014 Chefs Oriol, Eduard and Mateu opened another restaurant, but this time in Barcelona, Disfrutar (“Enjoy” in English) and it has already been awarded with its second Michelin Star (for the 2018 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal). Will Compartir soon be able to share a Michelin star status with Disfrutar? We think it is just a matter of time :-)

Mas Pou, Palau-Sator

A wonderful local restaurant housed in a 16th-century stone farmhouse in a sleepy medieval village. This authentic and rustic restaurant is family run and serves truly Catalan food, all delicious, traditional and great value. If you’re stuck for a decision on a starter then try their “pica-pica” which is an array of small dishes and a great opportunity to taste various Catalan dishes and produce.  You will certainly not leave here hungry :-)

Mas Pou

Entre Dos Mons, Palamos

This fantastic little and elegant place is ideally located in the middle of the restaurant area of Palamos and only opened in spring 2016. Translating to English as “Between two worlds” the name refers to the young and talented owners and the cultures they were raised in – Peruvian and Catalan. The result is a cuisine that draws inspiration from their childhood memories as well as from influences acquired over the years. Beautifully presented dishes and sophisticated desserts alongside excellent service are guaranteed at this fabulous fusion restaurant.

Entre Dos Mons


Can Dolç, Sant Feliu de Boada

Located in a quiet and peaceful rural village, next to the stone-house-surrounded church, this old-fashioned restaurant literally translates as “The Sweet House”. This must surely refer to the delicious homemade desserts as their house specialty is Grilled Meats or “Carns a la Brasa”.  Nothing fancy, just authentic local dishes, quality meat, great variety of appetizers, homemade desserts and an extensive wine list, all accompanied by a charming rural atmosphere, will find you enjoying excellent Catalan cuisine.

Can Dolç


Villa Teresita Restaurant at Hostal Empuries , Empuries

This delightful restaurant is the gastronomic offering of a delightful and romantic little hotel just on the Empuries beach (near L’Escala), with a lovely terrace providing picturesque sea views. Chef focuses on eco-Mediterranean cuisine using local and home-grown produce to combine Mediterranean sea-fare and innovative recipes. Not surprisingly, due to its prime position in the bay of Roses next to the fishing port of L’Escala, the fish dishes are exceptional.

Hostal Empuries


We have many great dining opportunities for you all over Spain, Portugal and SW France.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance to sample all kinds of restaurants from fine-dining and Michelin stars to authentic haunts and tapas haunts – contact us for your personal quote!

The green Peñin Guide (to Spanish wine what the red Michelin guide is to food) is now in its 28th edition and is THE definitive guide to Spanish wine.

This year, over 11.500 wines were reviewed for the 2018 Peñín Guide, with just 163 wines being privileged to receive the highest scores and to take their place in the elitist “Podium” category, the most desired level by the winemakers, the famous sanctuary of the chosen few, reserved only for  wines awarded from 95 to 100 points.

All “Podium” wines have been elaborated by experienced wine-makers and there is a tiny group of these privileged who have managed to enter their first year of tasting through the front door.

Here are 10 “Podium” wines that have fully entered into this select group to be able to be known as some of the best wines of Spain.   Ten Moving Spanish Wines for 2018:


Benjamín Romeo Colección Nº2: La Canoca 2011 Gran Reserva – 96 points

Cellar: Bodega Contador

Appellation: DOCa. Rioja

Varieties: tempranillo, garnacha, mazuelo and graciano

Color: dark cherry, maroon edge.

Aroma: ripe fruit, candied fruit, wood carving, tabacco, sweet spices.

Mouth: spicy, mature tannins, long, elegant, round


Canta la Perdiz 2013 Tinto – 95 points

Cellar: Dominio del Águila

Appellation: DO Ribera del Duero

Varieties: 95% tempranillo / 5% otras

Color: cherry.

Aroma: complex, expressive, spicy, mineral, with character, toasted.

Mouth: full, long, persistent, tasty


Conde de Aldama Amontillado – 96 points

Cellar: Bodegas Yuste

Appellation: DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry

Varieties: 100% palomino

Color: clear mahogany.

Aroma: acetaldehyde, sharp, sweet spices, dried fruits.

Mouth: full, nuances of ageing, spicy, bitter, a little fiery.


Pirata 2014 Blanco – 96 points

WINNER of the Guía Peñín “Best Revelation” wine for 2018 read more here

Cellar: Bodega Benjamín Romeo e Ismael Gozalo

Table wine

Varieties: 50% verdejo, 32% garnacha blanca, 12% viura and 6% malvasía

Color:  bright yellow.

Aroma: ripe fruit, floral, fine lees, mineral, complex with character

Mouth: full, complex, spicy, long, elegant.



Alvear Criadera “A” – 95 points – 5 stars                                                   

Cellar: Alvear

Appellation: DO Montilla-Moriles

Varieties: 100% pedro ximénez

Color: iodine, amber edge.

Aroma: sweet spices, dried fruits, dried herbs, flor yeasts, sharp, acetaldehyde

Mouth: full, spicy, long, complex, good acidity.


Casa Castillo Cuvee N Viñas Viejas 2015 – 95 points

Cellar: Casa Castillo

Appellation: DO Jumilla

Varieties: 100% monastrell

Color: cherry

Aroma: complex, expressive, spicy, mineral

Mouth: elegant, full, long, persistent


El Velado 2014 – 95 points

Cellar: Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez

Appellation: DOCa. Rioja

Varieties: tempranillo and garnacha

Color: cherry, violet edge

Aroma: fruity expression, red fruit, floral, spiced, sweet spices.

Mouth: tasty, fruity, good acidity, long.


Manuel Aragón Premium Palo Cortado – 95 points

Cellar: Manuel Aragón

Appellation: DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry

Varieties: palomino

Color: mahogany.

Aroma: complex, fine cacao, sharp, acetaldehyde

Mouth: concentrated, full, long, nuances of ageing.


Mons Urium Vors Palo Cortado – 95 points

Cellar: Bodegas Urium

Appellation: DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry

Varieties: palomino

Color: clear mahogany

Aroma: acetaldehyde, dried fruits, sweet spices, joinery

Mouth: potent, balanced, persistent, nuances of ageing.


Vatán Arena 2014 – 95 points

Cellar: Bodegas Ordoñez

Appellation: DO Toro

Color: cherry

Aroma: complex, expressive, spiced, mineral, fine cacao.

Mouth: full, long, persistent, concentrated, structured.

You may also be interested in our article the TOP 10 SPANISH REVELATION WINES 2018 

Distributed in more than twenty countries – with editions in English, German and Spanish – La Guia Peñín wine guide reviewed some 11,500 wines for the 2018 edition, making it the most complete guide to Spanish wines in existence.

La Guia Penin’s 100-point wine-scoring scale is :

95–100 – Exceptional

90–94 – Excellent

80–89 – Very good

70–79 – Acceptable

60–69 – Unremarkable, but not faulty

50–59 – Not recommended.

Vinyes del celler Clos Figures, DOQ Priorat, darrera, el poble del Lloar, Gratallops, Priorat, Tarragona

Join us on a Private Wine Tour to include some of the great Wine Regions of Spain like our Wine Lovers Tour of Spain of Portugal to explore the Ribera del Duero, La Rioja, Priorat and Penedes Wine Regions of Spain and enjoy expert  guided visits to some fantastic wineries and taste some great Spanish wines.

In October, every year, the Peñin Guide stages the much anticipated El Salón de los Mejores Vinos de España (Salon of the Best Wines in Spain)  in Madrid.  Last year was the 18th edition and over 300 wineries with 1,300 wines from sixty-eight Spanish wine producing regions were united. The wines are divided into categories by points: Vinos del Podio/Podium Wines (95 to 100 points), Vinos Únicos/Unique Wines (93 and 94 points) and Vinos Excelentes/Excellent Wines (90 to 92 points).  This year, organic wines, which have been on the rise in recent years, were also integrated into the selection for the very first time.

One of the most anticipated events every year is the naming of the Guía Peñín “Best Revelation” wine.

A revelation wine is considered as such as it has somehow imposes a change, either in the conception of the variety, the vintage or the processing. It often creates a new category in the market or even dislocates the philosophy of the region somehow. In already consolidated producing areas a revelation wine may have revealed itself through its excellent quality, where to excel in its first appearance in the guide is much more complicated and exceptional.

Whichever road a wine takes to be considered a revelation wine what they all have in common is quality, balance and their native representativeness. What’s more a revelation wine will always awake an interest and provoke surprise in the official Peñín Guide tasters.


WINNER of the Guía Peñín “Best Revelation” wine for 2018: PIRATA 2014

Pirata 2014 is the product of a collaboration between two well-known enologists in the Spanish wine world, Benjamín Romeo (Bodega Contador) and Ismael Gozalo (MicroBio Wines and the co-creator of Ossian).

Benjamín and Ismael join their knowledge and experience to bottle together the La Rioja and Castilian Leon landscapes and the product? Pirata 2014.  Ismael contributes 50% of prefloxeric verdejo from sandy soils with clay accumulated from different soils while Benjamín contributes the other 50% through a blend of three native La Rioja varieties: white grenache, viura and malvasia from common clay-calcareous soils.

Pirata 2014 is an exceptional white wine of a curious blend of coupage, grapes, soils and climates and with less than a thousand bottles being produced in magnum format it is both a revelation and a rarity.

The TOP 10 Spanish wines to watch:

Here are all ten nominees considered for the Guía Peñín “Best Revelation” wines for 2018 with their corresponding Peñín Guide points. Wines to watch, if you will, representing a wide range of styles and Spanish wine producing regions:


  • A Coroa 200 Cestos 2015 (D.O. Valdeorras) from Adega A Coroa – 93 points


  • Amador Medrano Graciano 2016 (D.O.Ca. Rioja) from Bodegas Medrano Irazu – 93 points


  • El Buen Alfarero 2016 (D.O. Ribera del Duero) from Bodegas Pradorey – 93 points


  • Eulogio Pomares 2015 (D.O. Rías Baixas) from Fento Wines – 93 points


  • Fondillón 1996 Fondillón GR (D.O. Alicante) from Bodegas Monóvar – 94 points


  • La Pujada 2014 (D.O.Ca. Priorat) from Saó del Coster – 93 points


  • Pirata 2014 (Vino de Mesa) from Benjamín Romeo and Ismael Gozalo – 96 points


  • Telm Colet 2006 Barrica (D.O. Penedès) from Colet – 93 points


  • UBE Carrascal 2015 (V.T. Cádiz) from Cota 45 – 93 points


  • VO “Cal” 2015 (D.O. Bierzo) from Verónica Ortega – 92 points



Join us on a Private Wine Tour to include some of the great Wine Regions of Spain like our Wine Lovers Tour of Spain of Portugal to explore the Ribera del Duero, La Rioja, Priorat and Penedes Wine Regions of Spain and enjoy expert  guided visits to some fantastic wineries and taste some great Spanish wines.


Welcome New Year!

One we hope is full of cheer

And of far travels for you

And great experiences too!

Dream that two thousand 18

Brings you sights you’ve not seen?

And tastes of local food,

Or dining a la Michelin mood?

Dream of Portugal, Spain,

Stroll a French country lane?

Take a walk through the vines

And sip fine top class wines?

Well, there’s no need to dream,

Contact your Gourmand Breaks team

As we’ve got lots to share

To take your dream there.

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At Gourmand Breaks we are specialist Food, Wine and Cultural Private Tour creators, custom designing exclusive trip itineraries just for you!

On our website you will find many great sample Food, Wine and Cultural Private Tours in Spain, Portugal and SW France, to give you ideas. But, remember, while these samples are all “ready to wear” we can modify any to suit your preferences or build your personal ideal Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tour Itinerary from scratch!

Don’t delay, contact us today :-)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018
Bon Nadal i Feliç Any Nou 2018
Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo 2018
Feliz Natal e Feliz Ano Novo 2018

Xmas Photo 2017

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Prosperous New Year 2018 filled with lots of lovely Food, Wine and Cultural Experiences!

With compliments of the festive season from Ursula, Joanne and the Gourmand Breaks team!

“Cheers!” from Spain

and don’t forget, if a Private Tour of Spain, Portugal and/or SW France for 2018 (or further afield) is on your Christmas list we’ve got lots of options over on our Gourmand Breaks Website

Are you heading to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this coming February? Or maybe you have a conference or seminar in Barcelona to attend next year?  If so, why not add a few days of well-earned break after (or before) your intense working schedule.  A Gourmand Breaks private food, wine and cultural tour may be just what you need!


Take the opportunity of you travelling to Spain to head out of bustling Barcelona and discover more of the country for a few days, to:

  • the peaceful wine country for fine wines and wineries in Penedes and Priorat
  • the Basque Country to delight in this famous foodie mecca
  • lose yourself in the many museums of Madrid
  • discover the treasures of Andalucia


Make the most of your time in Spain, before or after all your hard work, and enjoy some days of Luxury Food, Wine and Culture on a private Gourmand Breaks Tour.  We have many sample private tour itineraries, of varying length, published on our website to give you some ideas or just drop us line with your time frame and interests and we will custom build your ideal tour.


F.Y.I: The Mobile World Congress hits Barcelona again in 2018 from the 26th of February to the 1st of March 2018





The NEW Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2018 has been presented and this year offers a total of 218 Michelin Starred Restaurants in Spain and Portugal 2018! That’s a lot of fine dining! Experience Michelin starred Restaurant dining opportunities throughout Spain and Portugal on one of our Private Gourmet and Culinary Tours.

Here’s the COMPLETE full list of all 218 Michelin Starred Restaurants in Spain and Portugal for 2018:

 *** ALL 11 Michelin 3* Restaurants in Spain 2018 (none in Portugal)

  • NEW: ABaC, Jordi Cruz (Barcelona)
  • NEW: Aponiente, Angel Leon (El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz)
  • Akelarre, Pedro Subijana (Guipúzcoa)
  • Arzak, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak (Guipúzcoa)
  • Azurmendi, Eneko Atxa (Larrabetzu, Vizcaya)
  • Diverxo, David Muñoz (Madrid)
  • El Celler de Can Roca, Joan Roca (Girona)
  • Lasarte, Martin Berasategui (Barcelona)
  • Martín Berasategui, Martín Berasategui (Guipúzcoa)
  • Quique Dacosta, Quique Dacosta (Dénia, Alicante)
  • Sant Pau, Carme Ruscalleda (Barcelona) UPDATE: CLOSED IN October 2018

** ALL 30 Michelin 2* Restaurants Spain and Portugal 2018  … 25 in Spain/ 5 in Portugal


  • NEW: Cabaña Buenavista (El Palmar, Murcia)
  • NEW: Coque (Madrid) regains its stars after moving location
  • NEW: Dos Cielos (Barcelona)
  • NEW: Disfrutar (Barcelona)
  • NEW: Maralba (Almansa, Albacete)
  • Dani García (Málaga)
  • Casa Marcial (Asturias)
  • Zaranda (Mallorca)
  • M.B. by Martín Berasategui (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
  • Annua (San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria)
  • Cenador de Amós (Villaverde de Pontones)
  • Enoteca (Barcelona)
  • Moments (Barcelona)
  • Miramar (Llançà, Girona)
  • Les Cols (Olot, Girona)
  • Atrio (Cáceres)
  • El Club Allard (Madrid)
  • DSTAgE (Madrid)
  • Ramón Freixa (Madrid)
  • Santceloni (Madrid)
  • La Terraza del Casino (Madrid)
  • Mugaritz (Guipuzcoa)
  • El Portal (La Rioja)
  • L´Escaleta (Cocentaina, Alicante)
  • BonAmb (Xàbia, Alicante)



  • Vila Joya (Albufeira)
  • Ocean (Armaçao de Pêra)
  • Belcanto (Lisbon)
  • Il Gallo d´Oro (Funchal, Madeira)
  • The Yeatman (Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto)

*ALL 177 Michelin 1* Restaurants Spain and Portugal 2018

As there are so many, 159 in Spain and 18 in Portugal, you will find these by region:



  • NEW: Alevante (Chiclana de la Frontera / Novo Sancti Petri, Cádiz)
  • NEW: Bardal (Ronda, Málaga)
  • Kabuki Raw (Casares, Málaga)
  • Choco (Córdoba)
  • Noor (Córdoba)
  • La Costa (El Ejido, Almería)
  • Sollo (Fuengirola, Málaga)
  • Acánthum (Huelva)
  • José Carlos García (Málaga)
  • El Lago (Marbella, Málaga)
  • Messina (Marbella, Málaga)
  • Skina (Marbella, Málaga)
  • Alejandro (Roquetas de Mar, Almería)
  • Abantal (Sevilla)



  • Lillas Pastia (Huesca)
  • Tatau Bistro (Huesca)
  • Las Torres (Huesca)
  • Hospedería El Batán (Tramacastilla, Teruel)
  • La Prensa (Zaragoza)



  • El Corral del Indianu (Arriondas, Asturias)
  • Auga (Gijón)
  • La Salgar (Gijón)
  • El Retiro (Asturias)
  • Casa Gerardo (Prendes, Asturias)
  • Arbidel (Ribadesella)
  • Real Balneario (Salinas, Asturias)



  • Andreu Genestra (Mallorca)
  • Bou (Sa Coma, Mallorca)
  • Es Racó d’es Teix (Deiá, Mallorca)
  • Adrián Quetglas (Palma)
  • Marc Fosh (Palma de Mallorca)
  • Es Fum (Palmanova, Mallorca)
  • Jardín (Port d’Alcúdia, Mallorca)
  • Argos (Port de Pollença, Mallorca)



  • NEW: Amelia (Donostia, San Sebastián)
  • NEW: Eneko (Larrabetzu, Vizcaya)
  • Boroa (Amorebieta, Vizcaya)
  • Etxebarri (Axpe, Vizcaya)
  • Etxanobe (Bilbao)
  • Mina (Bilbao, Vizcaya)
  • Nerua (Bilbao,Vizcaya)
  • Zarate (Bilbao)
  • Zortziko (Bilbao)
  • Kokotxa (San Sebastián)
  • Mirador de Ulía (San Sebastián)
  • Marqués de Riscal (Elciego, Álava)
  • Andra Mari (Galdácano, Vizcaya)
  • Elkano (Guipúzcoa)
  • Alameda (Fuenterrabía, Guipúzcoa)
  • Zuberoa (Oyarzun, Guipúzcoa)
  • Zaldarián (Vitoria)



  • NEW: Nub (Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
  • Abama Kabuki (Guía de Isora, Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
  • El Rincón de Juan Carlos (Los Gigantes, Tenerife)
  • Kazan (Tenerife)



  • NEW: La Bicicleta (Hoznayo, Cantabria)
  • Solana (Ampuero, Cantabria)
  • El Nuevo Molino (Puente Arce, Santander)
  • El Serbal (Santander)



  • NEW: El Doncel (Sigüenza, Castilla-La Mancha)
  • El Bohío (Illescas, Toledo)
  • El Carmen de Montesión (Toledo)
  • Tierra (Toledo)



  • NEW: Trigo (Valladolid)
  • El Ermitaño (Benavente, Zamora)
  • Cobo Vintage (Burgos)
  • Cocinandos (León)
  • La Botica (Valladolid)
  • La Lobita (Soria)
  • Víctor Gutiérrez (Salamanca)
  • Refectorio (Valladolid)
  • Villena (Segovia)
  • Baluarte (Soria)



  • NEW: Caelis (Barcelona): regains its star after moving location
  • NEW: Enigma (Barcelona)
  • NEW: Castell Peralada (Peralada, Girona)
  • Les Magnòlies (Arbúcies, Girona)
  • Ca l´Arpa (Banyoles, Girona)
  • Alkimia (Barcelona)
  • Angle (Barcelona)
  • Cinc Sentits (Barcelona)
  • Dos Palillos (Barcelona)
  • Gaig (Barcelona)
  • Hisop (Barcelona)
  • Hofmann (Barcelona)
  • Hoja Santa (Barcelona)
  • Koy Shunka (Barcelona)
  • Nectari (Barcelona)
  • Pakta (Barcelona)
  • Roca Moo (Barcelona)
  • Tickets (Barcelona)
  • Via Veneto (Barcelona)
  • Xerta (Barcelona)
  • Lluerna (Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona)
  • La Boscana (Bellvís)
  • Can Jubany (Calldetenes, Barcelona)
  • Can Bosch (Cambrils, Tarragona)
  • Rincón de Diego (Cambrils, Tarragona)
  • Emporium (Castelló d’Empuries, Girona)
  • Estany Clar (Cercs, Barcelona)
  • Bo.Tic (Corsà, Girona)
  • Malena (Lleida)
  • Massana (Girona)
  • La Fonda Xesc (Gombrén, Girona)
  • Casamar (Llafranc, Girona)
  • Els Tinars (Llagostera, Girona)
  • Tresmacarrons (El Masnou, Barcelona)
  • Sala (Olost, Barcelona)
  • Els Brancs (Platja de Canyelles Petites, Girona)
  • Els Casals (Sagás, Barcelona)
  • L’Ó (Sant Fruitós de Bages, Barcelona)
  • Fogony (Sort, Lleida)
  • La Cuina de San Simon (Tossa de Mar, Girona)
  • L´Antic Molí (Ulldecona)
  • Les Moles (Tarragona)
  • Ca l’Enric (La Val de Vianya, Girona)
  • Villa Retiro (Xerta, Tarragona)



  • Yayo Daporta (Cambados, Pontevedra)
  • Alborada (La Coruña)
  • Árbore da Veira (A Coruña)
  • Culler de Pau (Pontevedra)
  • As Garzas (Malpica de Bergantiños, La Coruña)
  • Nova (Ourense)
  • Solla (Poio, Pontevedra)
  • Pepe Vieira Camiño da Serpe (Raxo, Pontevedra)
  • Retiro da Costiña (Santa Comba, La Coruña)
  • Casa Marcelo (Santiago)
  • Maruja Limón (Vigo)



  • NEW: Kiro Sushi (Logroño, La Rioja)
  • Venta Moncalvillo (Daroca de Rioja, La Rioja)



  • NEW: La Candela Restò (Madrid)
  • NEW: Cebo (Madrid)
  • El Invernadero (Collado Mediano, Madrid)
  • Álbora (Madrid)
  • A´Barra (Madrid)
  • La Cabra (Madrid)
  • Gaytán (Madrid)
  • Kabuki (Madrid)
  • Kabuki Wellington (Madrid)
  • Lúa (Madrid)
  • Punto MX (Madrid)
  • Montia (Madrid)
  • Chirón (Valdemoro, Madrid)



  • Europa (Pamplona)
  • Rodero (Pamplona)
  • El Molino de Urdániz (Urdaitz, Navarra)



  • NEW: Sucede (Valencia)
  • NEW: Audrey´s by Rafa Soler (Calp, Alicante)
  • NEW: El Rodat (Xàbia)
  • Monastrell (Alacant)
  • Raúl Resino (Benicarló)
  • Casa Manolo (Valencia)
  • La Finca (Elche, Alicante)
  • Casa Pepa (Ondaira, Alicante)
  • Sents (Ontinyent)
  • El Poblet (Valencia)
  • Ricard Camarena (València)
  • Riff (Valencia)
  • Cal Paradís (Vall d´Alba, Castellón)



  • NEW: Gusto (Almancil, Portugal)
  • NEW: Vista (Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Portugal)
  • São Gabriel (Almancil, Portugal)
  • Henrique Leis (Almancil, Portugal)
  • Bon Bon (Carvoeiro, Portugal)
  • Willie´s (Quarteira, Portugal)
  • Pedro Lemos (Porto, Portugal)
  • Fortaleza do Guincho (Cascais, Portugal)
  • Eleven (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Feitoria (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Largo do Paço (Amarante, Portugal)
  • Casa de Chá da Boa Nova (Leça da Palmeira, Portugal)
  • Alma (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Loco (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Willian (Madeira/Funchal, Portugal)
  • L´And Vineyards (Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal)
  • Antiqvvm (Porto, Portugal)
  • Lab by Sergi Arola (Sintra, Portugal)


Lost Michelin Stars   

As always it’s not all good news and 3 restaurants have lost their stars so will not appear in the Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2018.

  •  Céleri, in Barcelona, was only awarded the Michelin 1 * for the 2017 guide but they are closed and due to relocate so the star has been removed.
  • A Estación, Cambre (A Coruña): Closed
  • Capritx, Terrasa (Barcelona): Closed



The Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2018 has been presented this evening, and Oh! What a night!!!!!

The Ritz-Carlton Abama Hotel in Guía de Isora, Tenerife, home of the M.B restaurant under the direction of famed chef Martin Berasategui, certainly cooked up a wonderful Michelin starred event that left Spain and Portugal sparkling with Michelin stars once again!!!

There are 2 NEW MICHELIN 3* RESTAURANTS!!!!!! for the Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal 2018 !!! ABaC and Aponiente join the elite 9 to become 11 Michelin 3* Restaurants in Spain for the Michelin Guide Spain and Portugal 2018.

ABaC restaurant first opened it’s doors in 2000 in the premises of the now Ten’s Tapas Restaurant by Jordi Cruz. ABaC gained its 2nd Michelin for  the 2012 Guide and tonight becomes Michelin 3* and joins Martin Berasategui’s “Lasarte”  to give the city of Barcelona two Michelin Three Star Restaurants!

Angel León, known as Chef del Mar (Chef of the Sea) gains the 3rd Michelin Star for his restaurant Aponiente, in El Puerto de Santa Maria. Aponiente was awarded its 2nd Michelin Star for the 2015 guide and tonight joins the elite Michelin 3*crew.

Angel Leon

With the 2 new additions for 2018 the Michelin Guide Spain and Portugal 2018 offers a TOTAL OF ELEVEN MICHELIN 3 * Restaurants in Spain and  Portugal  (although all are in Spain)!!

  •  ABaC,  Jordi Cruz (Barcelona)
  • Akelare,  Pedro Subijana (San Sebastián – Guipúzcoa)
  • Aponiente, Angel Leon (El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz)
  • Arzak, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak (San Sebastián – Guipúzcoa)
  • Azurmendi, Eneko Atxa (Larrabetzu – Vizcaya)
  • DiverXO, David Muñoz (Madrid)
  • El Celler de Can Roca,  Roca Brothers (Girona)
  • Lasarte, Martín Berasategui and Paolo Casagrande (Barcelona)
  • Martín Berasategui, Martín Berasategui (Lasarte – Oria – Guipúzcoa)
  • Quique Dacosta, Quique Dacosta (Dénia – Alicante)
  • Sant Pau, Carme Ruscalleda (Sant Pol de Mar – Barcelona) UPDATE: CLOSED IN October 2018


But, apart from 2 NEW Michelin 3 Starred Restaurants for the Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2018, here’s what else happened:

** 5 NEW Michelin Two Star Restaurants were awarded for the Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2018 (all to Spain):

  • Disfrutar, Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas (Barcelona)
  • Dos Cielos, Sergio and Javier Torres (Barcelona)
  • Maralba, Fran Martínez (Almansa, Albacete)
  • Coque (Madrid) regains its stars after moving location
  • Cabaña Buenavista , Pablo González (El Palmar, Murcia)


* 19 NEW Michelin One Star Restaurants were awarded for the Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2018:


  •  Alevante, Ángel León (Chiclana de la Frontera/Novo Sancti Petri, Cádiz)
  • Bardal, Benito Gómez (Ronda, Málaga)
  • Caelis (Barcelona) regains its star after moving location
  • Enigma, Albert Adrià (Barcelona)
  • Castell Peralada (Peralada, Girona)
  • La Candela Restò, Samy Ali Rando (Madrid)
  • Cebo, Aurelio Morales (Madrid)
  • Amelia, Paulo Airaudo (San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa)
  • Eneko, Eneko Atxa (Larrabetzu, Vizcaya)
  • Sucede, Miguel Ángel Mayor (Valencia)
  • Audrey’s by Rafa Soler (Calpe, Alicante)
  • El Rodat, Nazario Cano (Jávea, Alicante)
  • Nub, Andrea Bernardi and Fernanda Fuentes (La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
  • Trigo, Víctor Martín (Valladolid, Castilla y León)
  • Kiro Sushi, Félix Jiménez (Logroño, La Rioja)
  • La Bicicleta, Eduardo Quintana (Hoznayo, Cantabria)
  • El Doncel, Enrique Pérez (Sigüenza, Castilla-La Mancha)



  • Restaurante Gusto,  Almancil
  • Vista, Praia da Rocha (Portimão)




Congratulations to all the wonderful chefs in Spain and Portugal for yet  another special Michelin year :-)

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