As promised is debt we will continue our gastronomic-travel route through the Mediterranean, stopping this time in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, almost on the border of Catalonia and Valencia and without a doubt a place that keeps its maritime traditions in shape, betting on a type of sustainable and inclusive tourism that will allow you to enjoy the gastronomic peculiarities of the area and connect directly with people who lives and takes care of a really special environment and landscape.
We arrive at night hungry and tired but with the antenna of curiosity well deployed to the Juanito Platja hotel, a place perfectly located on the edge (rather, above) of the Ebro Delta lagoon and from which we move to Can Batiste to enjoy a dinner based on one of the star products of the area, the crayfish, taking advantage of the fact that we were in April which is when the gastronomic days of the crustacean are celebrated.
Crayfish sauteed and crayfish butter
We have to highlight the presentation and technique of the dishes that they offered us, five preparations with different textures and treatments for each one (in cream, emulsified in butter, sauteed, in salt and in tempura) in which the freshness of the main ingredient and its marine essence were perfectly noticeable.
Crayfish with salt and sea lettuceIf we add to this a grilled fish and a sweet “sea and mountain” chicken chicken rice… and crayfish and accompany the whole menu with an excellent wine from the area made with white grenache, we can assure you that the fatigue is evaporated as if by charm leaving us ready for the busy schedule of the next day.
In the early morning we went to the port to catch a boat that would take us to the middle of the Delta lagoon, in very shallow waters, to meet Agustí, grandson and son of fishermen who continues to maintain the traditional fishing gear of the area and with which you can share a morning of “batre” fishing in his small wooden boat as if You were fishermen of a lifetime.
The activity consists of get on Agustí to your wooden boat and go picking up the fish that get stuck in the net of almost a kilometer that he has previously extended in a spiral in the lagoon.
Agustí in the middle of the lagoon