Photo: Ajuntament de Palamós
Palamós is a seafaring town on the Costa Brava with almost 18,000 inhabitants. It is laid out around the sea and its port, an important centre for commercial, tourist and fishing activity. There are many very interesting activities for visitors relating to the port, such as the return of the fishing boats every afternoon and visiting the fish market to see the auction and buy fish. The Fishing Museum is also somewhere you should not miss out on visiting. This offers an authentic view of the history and life of the people who work at sea; a journey through the past, present and future of fishing and fishermen. In the gastronomic school of the Fish Space, you can enjoy cookery workshops and try the area’s typical seafood cuisine.
The historical centre of Palamós occupies a peninsula that juts out into the sea and where the church of Santa Maria is especially noteworthy. Its late Gothic bell tower is an undisputed icon of the landscape of Palamós. The old town is a real maze of steep, narrow streets and has a very active commercial life. Palamós has extensive tourist infrastructure – hotels, hostels, restaurants, bars, yacht clubs, cinema, theatre, etc. – and is the ideal starting point for an itinerary to visit the municipality’s beautiful coves, the Gavarres mountains and its rich historical and cultural heritage.
To the north of the urban area, there are very beautiful beaches and coves, like Platja de Castell, with the Iberian settlement of the same name, located in a very special place. Before you reach it, you pass one of the most beautiful coves on the Costa Brava, Cala S’Alguer, where there is a group of fishermen’s houses that date back to the 16th century positioned on the rocks.
All through the year, you can discover the gastronomic wealth of Palamós in its two gastronomic campaigns: the Prawn Menu (April–July) and the Langoustine Menu (October–December). There are also the Vermouth Campaign (April–May) and Gastronomic Palamós dedicated to culture and gastronomy (October) and you can discover the star product of Palamós at the Prawn Fair (June).
The two most important festivals in the town are Carnival (February–March), where partying and activity take over Palamós for a week and the Festa Major celebrating the town’s patron saint with the eve of San Joan (from 23 to 26 June), filling Palamós with life, music, tradition and fire.
You should also not miss the traditional or musical festivals held throughout the year: the Palamós, Land of the Sea seafaring weekend (May); the Palamós Rumba Catalana Festival (every Friday in July) with concerts by renowned quality figures from the world of the rumba catalana; the Amb So de Cobla Festival (August) where you can enjoy the genuine sound of cobla groups, going beyond the conventional formations that you might have heard up to now; the Mostra de l’Havanera Catalana (14 August) a concert of habaneras with an exclusive character, the most outstanding feature of which is that the songs are only performed in Catalan; the Quan el sol es pon cycle of concerts (July–August) where you can enjoy atmospheric sunsets accompanied by music on particular evenings and the ONADAnce festival (October–December) where you can enjoy contemporary dance performances by professional companies in different spaces in Palamós.
Find out about all of the things you can do at www.visitpalamos.cat