I just didnÂ´t like Paella that much, my first encounters with this typical Spanish dish dates back to my childhood, you know family holidays in those tourist half board hotels. Dry and without taste, and with all its bones from fish and meat just too much hassle to eat. Well you can imagine it took my friend quite some time convincing me to have it again. And so after years refusing to even consider paella, I ordered this national dish again in a little restaurant in the bay of Cala DÂ´Hort called restaurant Cala DÂ´Hort. This restaurant is one of the three restaurants in Cala Dâ€™Hort right at the beach. You sit with your feet in the sand, shaded by palms and with a superb view on the Es Vedra Island.
The paella had absolutely nothing to do with the one of my childhood, moist tasty saffron rice with pieces of succulent fish, shell fish and various meats. To describe it with one word divine. Yes, you will get your hands dirty! Since then I made it my personal crusade to convince all my friends and relatives to try it again. I have eaten paella in many other places since then, various restaurants in Ibiza as well as in Valencia but nothing beats the paella in Cala Dâ€™Hort. I celebrated my fortieth birthday with a paella lunch there and every summer I go back at least a few times. If you donÂ´t like to sit with your feet in the sand you can try Restaurant El Carmen. They also serve an excellent paella, slightly more expensive but with an impressive view. You can find on your left restaurant El Carmen and on your right restaurant Cala DÂ´Hort, looking at the sea. And one of the secrets of eating paella is that it tastes so much better for lunch and at the beach.