Spain Guide


Santa Susanna Nightlife

Santa Susanna may not be the hottest nightspot on this stretch of the Spanish coastline but there are plenty of bars and cheap restaurants which stay open until the small hours, especially in the summer months. Many of the bigger hotels organise nightly entertainment in high season and there are a few clubs in the resort. If you're after a wilder night out, the big brash Costa Brava tourist capital of Lloret de Mar is a short taxi ride along the coast.

You'll find a good choice of international bars and restaurants in the resort which attracts a large number of Dutch, German and British tourists. For a wider choice of both food and nightlife, try the neighbouring resorts of Malgrat de Mar, Blanes and Lloret de Mar.

Stick to the old town of Santa Susanna and visit the less "touristy" villages, such as nearby Pineda de Mar, for traditional local dishes. Catalan cuisine, especially along the coast, places a strong emphasis on fresh seafood. Popular local fish dishes include "suquet de peix" (fish stew), anchoas al estilo de las Medas (an anchovy dish) and lobster with chicken.

If you're not into seafood but have a pioneering spirit you could venture into a plate of the local meat speciality "manos de cerdo estofadas" (stewed pigs' trotters!). The local butifarra (akin to the English black sausage) and other Catalonian sausages are particularly tasty.


For dessert, "Crema Catalan" is a must if you've ever tried and enjoyed the French equivalent, crème caramel. In local bars you'll find the popular "el cremat" (coffee with burnt rum) and regional wines white and sparkling wine from Peralada, rose wine from Espolla and red from Campmany.

If you're staying in one of the larger, modern hotels you'll probably find regular in house entertainment including early evening games and clubs for youngsters. But check with your tour operator to make sure that at least some of the entertainers will be speaking your language. A common complaint from British holidaymakers is that too much of the hotel based entertainment here is geared to the Dutch and Germans.

For a fun family night out, try the medieval banquet at Castell Medieval del Comte de Valltordera in the neighbouring village of Tordera. Your "medieval meal" will be followed by an impressive display of jousting, duels and flamenco.

If you're feeling lucky, pop along to the Casino Lloret de Mar, between Blanes and Lloret. The gambling tables offer French and American roulette, blackjack and chemin de fer. The casino stays open until 4am on weekdays and until 5am at weekends. You'll need your passport to gain entry.

If you're visiting in August you'll be able to join in the biggest fiesta of the year in honour of the town's patron saint, Santa Susanna. The celebrations involve round the clock music, dancing and feasting in the streets, children's games and sports competitions. This is a chance to see the famous Sardana a local folk dance in which the participants join hands and dance in circles to symbolise the brotherhood and unity which have long bound the people of Catalonia.

Local dancers also perform the "Contrapas de Santa Susanna" during this "fiesta mayor"; they dance in a line with their arms forming a series of bridges through which the lead performer dances free style.

Fiestas are a great way to enjoy traditional Spanish style partying which involves an incongruous jumble of noise, spectacular fireworks, solemn religious worship and good humoured merrymaking.