The chiringuitos are back!

Did you know, the word chiringuito (xiringuito in Catalan) originated from sugar-cane plantations in Cuba the 19th century?

When the workers stopped for a break, they would have a coffee drink they called a chiringo, the diminutive of which is chiringuito. They would erect a basic structure using the long sugar canes and leaves to provide shelter from the baking sun and over time the word chiringuito came to mean a basic outdoor bar.

The first chiringuito “beach bar” in Spain opened in 1913 in Sitges, Catalunya and nowadays they can be found on almost every beach during the summer months. They are licensed to operate from around March or April (depending on Easter) until the end of October. Some open earlier or shut down later than others, but when the season is done, they are dismantled until the next year. So, you can once again enjoy drinks on the beach, and don’t forget the seafood!

Some, like L’Onada on the main beach in Palamós occasionally even have entertainment. They have a piano on-site and a local character comes along, usually on Sundays, to bang out a few tunes!