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Palamos

 

PALAMÓS

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Palamós, the sea
The sea. That’s the simplest way to describe Palamós, where the sea is omnipresent and ever-present. We’re not talking just about the physical, geographical sea but about the sea of the soul, the sea in all its splendour. The sea has defined the personality of the town and its inhabitants – it has written their history, it has provided meaning and a sense of vocation to their work, it has given character to their cuisine and colour and form to the landscape where they live.
We always feel the presence of the sea at Palamós – a sea that is always there, throughout the year. The warm summer sea on impeccable beaches of fine sand that has been refined by the waves over the years. The sea that has sculptured the rocks to offer us little beaches and idyllic, hidden-away coves of emerald green, that has moulded the coast to make it wild and true to its name of the “Costa Brava”. The sea of gentle springtime next to the water, which has given life, name and colour to the region’s vegetation and wildlife. The romantic autumn sea that takes on a spectacular red hue as the days start to drawn in. The winter sea, when the north Tramuntana wind blows, when it’s time to come together and listen to habaneras – songs of seafarers and fishermen – around the comforting flame rising from a pan of rom cremat (burnt rum).
The sea has always been – and will always be – central to Palamós as a town. Fishing, boats, beaches, the wind and the food…everything at Palamós bears the stamp, the aroma and the colour of the sea.
And behind the town is the surrounding area of Empordà. An authentic little “country”, which Ancient Greece, at the height of its prosperity, gave the name Emporion.A land that is rich in variety, fascinating, full of life, of traditions and history that begin at the sea and head inland towards fields of wheat, towards cork oak and holm oak groves…rich, extensive. The Empordà of Salvador Dalí-like dreams, of spontaneous decisions, of whimsical thoughts, of impulses, and of the northerly wind (known as the “Tramuntana”). A genuine gift for the senses of those who live or visit.
Such is the area that surrounds Palamós – the sea, in essence, at its most spectacular.
Here, in the very heart of the Costa Brava, at the foot of the coastal mountain range of Les Gavarres, in the unbeatable setting of inland Empordà – warm and authentic – you too can feel like the sea. Palamós – it will fill you with unforgettable feelings and memories.

For more info click below 

http://www.visitpalamos.cat/en/palamos/

Port

http://www.visitpalamos.cat/en/the-port/

THE PORT

The are surrounding Palamós was bought by King Pere II in 1277, who wanted to possess a strategic position north of Barcelona in the struggle for expansion and dominance taking place around the Mediterranean.
In 1279 the same King drew up a town charter for all those who wanted to live in the village, then known as “Palamors”.
Nowadays the port of Palamós is one of the main seaports in the province of Girona, and has a commercial dimension alongside fisheries, tourim and culture.
Palamós Port
The port of Palamós is situated between the Gran beach and the Palamós lighthouse. The port includes a marina, harbour and commercial sea port with nine piers, covering a total of 1,549 metres.
The port of Palamós is characterised by the coexistence of the commercial port with tourism and gastronomy, as it includes the fish market spaces together with the Fishing Museum (Museu de la Pesca) and the Fish Place (Espai del Peix).
The Fishing Museum, housed in a former boat shed, which is the first museum dedicated to fishing around the Mediterranean. The museum also has fishing boats, real floating museums you can visit.

L’Espai del Peix, a gastronomic experience that forms part of the Fishing Museum where you can learn how to identify, prepare and cook fish, from pint of view to traditional seafood cuisine. The are courses, show-cooking, workshops and tastings of typical dishes.

The Fish Marketplace, where you watch the fisch auction every evening from Monday to Friday with the local fishermen.

YouTube link to fish market 

http://youtu.be/Lo-nBiJv1pE

The Fish Market is part of the Municipal Market, and every afternoon you can buy the products fresh off the boats of Palamós fishermen.

Pescaturisme. Fishing tourism is a new activity that involves a day of fishing aboard boats leaving from the port of Palamós, giving tourists a unique, authentic experience. There are three different fishing tourism activities on offer:

Prawn fishing:

Prawn fishing allows tourists to fully participate in the fishing process and take part in reeling in the catch, all in the company of the ship’s crew. It is also a unique opportunity to learn from the expert knowledge of the ship’s captain, see how the crew works together, appreciate the changeability of the environment and the job… to become, in short, a prawn fisherman.

It is long day filled with hard work, and should only be approached by people who want to undergo a unique experience.
Fishing and crayfishing

The trawl fleet is the largest in Palamós. Some of the fleet is dedicated to trawling for crayfish, a key product in Palamós markets, and a delicious ingredient with an incomparable flavour. This crustacean lives buried in the muddy bottom of the seabed. Trawling for crayfish requires skills that only a few fishermen possess.
This fishing tourism activity involves sharing a day aboard a fishing boat with crew as they fish for both crayfish and whitefish. The activity provides the opportunity to discover more about the species being caught, where and how to fish them, and what it means to be a fisherman today compared to the past, along with the their traditions, stories and some anecdotes from a trade where doing the same thing every day is never the same.
Traditional fishing

The traditional fishermen in Palamós are very selective. They fish for highly-valued coastal species such as the blackberry rosefish, scorpionfish, cuttlefish, red mullet, and more. – Using traditional rigging, such as trammel nets, longlines and snoods. Fishing this way requires a certain expertise and a thorough understanding of the environment, often acquired over a lifetime and passed on from one generation to the next.
The fisherman respects the species being caught and knows all of its characteristics in detail, including where it lives or moves; always keeping in mind that fishing at sea should be a sustainable career.
And the reward for such dedication is to enjoy the sunrise from the open sea. It is a patient profession. Fishing tourism gives you the chance to understand the life of a fisherman, the knowledge gained over time, the years of experience, and respect for the sea.
For more information, go to: http://pescaturismepalamos.org/

http://www.marinapalamos.com/en-mobile/

MARKETS

Tuesday market, Palamó

Every Tue From: Monday 1 April To: Tuesday 1 April

From: 08:00 To: 13:00
Palamos street market is in Avenguda Catalunya and features food, clothes, souvenirs and household items.

The food market is located at the end next the Post Office and the market becomes more general as you go west along the avenue.

Weekly market

Day: Tuesday 

Location: Avd Catalunya

Time: From 8 am to 1.30 pm

Click on the link below to find a map 

http://costabrava.angloinfo.com/whatson/event/3696/palamos-street-market

Fish Market

Day: Monday to Friday

Location: Fish Market

Time: From 5 pm to 8 pm

Municipal market

Day: Monday to Saturday
Location: Avenida Catalunya

Time: From 8 am to 1.30 pm

Click below for more info 

http://www.visitpalamos.cat/en/things-to-do/markets/

BADIA BUS

  
To find out more click below 

http://www.visitpalamos.cat/en/things-to-do/badia-bus/

HIKING – CYCLE TOURISM – MOUNTAIN BIKING

With almost 7.5km of coast, Palamós is a great place to enjoy the unbeatable coastal scenery that the authentic Costa Brava has to offer. Whether in winter or summer, the best option is to discover the secrets of Palamós’ coastal region on foot. Our walk starts at the splendid promenade and takes us along a path that skirts the coast to the Cala Estreta cove. The path runs past coves, beaches, remnants of Palamós’ past (the Iberian village of Castell) and the Castell-Cap Roig Area of Natural Interest – a veritable natural fortress, the like of which it is hard to find anywhere else along the Catalan coast. This relatively easy route along coastal paths and signposted footpaths is suitable for walkers and cyclists. The path connects with the Baix Empordà’s network of walks (370 km) and cycle paths (250 km), linking the coastal and inland areas of this spectacular region.

Click here to find out more about hiking

http://m.penguintravel.com/Offer/SelfguidedWalks/46/CostaBravaSelf-guidedTripAlongTheCatalonianCoastSpain.html

http://easyhiker.co.uk/the-real-costa-brava/

http://www.walkingcatalunya.com/en/

http://www.visitpalamos.cat/en/things-to-do/hiking-cycle-tourism-mountain-biking/

http://www.wikiloc.com/trails/hiking/spain/catalonia/palamos

EVENTS

http://www.visitpalamos.cat/en/things-to-do/events/

JANUARY

THE THREE WISE MEN PARADE
FEBRUARY – MARCH

MARDI GRAS CARNIVAL
EASTER’S SUNDAY

FIRST SWIM OF THE YEAR
APRIL

SANT JORDI
MAY

PALAMÓS, LAND OF SEA

JUNE

THE PRAWN FAIR (FIRA DE LA GAMBA)

THE SANT JOAN TOWN FESTIVAL AND DANCE

JUNE – JULY – AUGUST

SARDANA EVENTS
JULY

FESTIVAL OF THE VIRGIN CARMEN

AUGUST

CATALAN HABENERA SHOW

OCTOBER

PALAMÓS GASTRONÒMIC
DECEMBER

CHRISTMAS RACE
For more information on these events click below 

http://www.visitpalamos.cat/en/things-to-do/events/

English cinema 

http://www.costabravalifestyle.com/features/where-to-see-english-language-films-on-the-costa-brava/

https://www.facebook.com/Girona-English-Films-and-things-222137021130040/

Useful links

http://www.minube.ie/what-to-see/spain/girona/palamos

http://www.timeout.com/barcelona/outdoor/platja-del-castell

Palamos Spain Travel Guide

http://www.infocalelladepalafrugell.com/en/what-we-can-do/palamos-la-lonja.html
http://www.ssibe.cat/

https://www.tripadvisor.ie/Tourism-g663680-Palamos_Province_of_Girona_Catalonia-Vacations.html

http://costabrava.angloinfo.com/information/lifestyle/shopping/

http://costabrava.angloinfo.com/information/lifestyle/local-tourism/museums-monuments/

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