Palamós is a leading tourist, commercial and fishing town. Located in the very middle of the Costa Brava, Palamós enjoys a privileged location with a dynamic commercial fabric catering to the needs of all kinds of consumers, with a wide variety of shops in the town’s historic centre stocked with the finest food, fashion and household items available for cruise ship passengers.
Attractions for holidaymakers include wonderful beaches such as Platja Gran, La Fosca and Castell, along with charming coves like Cala Margarida and Cala Estreta. Cultural activities at Palamós include a visit to the Fishing Museum (Museu de la Pesca), where visitors can find out about the past, present and future of an industry that has been so closely associated with Palamós. Also on offer are a range of attractions linked to the town’s maritime tradition, such as performances of habaneras songs. There are also opportunities to practice all kinds of sporting activities at Palamós, including waterskiing, scuba diving, kayaking, sailing, coastal hiking, and cycle touring.
A highlight amongst the attractions that Palamós has in store for visitors is the culinary variety offered by the town’s restaurants, cafés and tapas bars. Here, visitors can sample the delicious Palamós prawns (the best in the world), fresh fish and seafood of the highest quality landed by the fishing boats at the port every day.
Special services for cruises arriving at Palamós: There are direct bus services for cruise passengers arriving at Palamós, the Port-Town Centre shuttle bus and a tourist bus (Badia Bus). Some shops and establishments offer “Special Treatment for Cruises” discounts. There is also a wide range of activities for visitors to Palamós to enjoy including guided visits to the Fishing Museum (Museu de la Pesca). There is a tourist information point at the cruise terminal.
Salvador Dalí and Ferran Adrià are two individuals who have exported the names of Girona and the Costa Brava to the rest of the world. The area offers visitors a range of historic, gastronomic and scenic attractions that have made it one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe.
The surrealist genius Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, home to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which houses an important number of the artist’s work and the jewellery he designed between 1941 and 1970. Dalí spent many years at Portlligat, a cove in the town of Cadaqués where he built himself a house/studio. There, he was inspired by the extreme landscapes and inhospitable coves of Cap de Creus. The third side of the Dalí ‘triangle’ is the Castell de Púbol, the home that the artist gave to his wife Gala.
Girona’s Jewish quarter is one of the best-preserved in Europe. The Museum of Jewish History catalogues the city’s Jewish heritage and the legacy of Sephardic communities in Medieval Catalonia. Also at Girona is the impressive cathedral, which has the largest Gothic nave in the world. From its elevated position, the cathedral dominates the whole city. The town of Besalú also testifies to the Jewish heritage of the province of Girona, with one of the few surviving mikvahs (ritual baths) in Europe. Girona’s thousand-year-old history is clearly visible by means of a series of medieval towns and villages, along with castles and churches from all ages. Finally, not to be overlooked is the importance of the ruins at Empúries, which date back to the arrival on the Iberian Peninsula of the Greeks (in 580 BC) and then the Romans (218 AD). Today, the site is considered one of the most important in Catalonia.
Exceptional scenery, the quality of the ingredients and the evolution of culinary trends have taken restaurants in Girona to the highest level. Its prestigious restaurants have amassed a total of fifteen Michelin stars – Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli has three, El Celler de Can Roca has two, and a further ten restaurants have one star each.
Sports activities are an added attraction for the province of Girona. For golf fanatics, there are ten courses within a 30 km radius of Palamós. Hiking, cycle touring, mountain biking, scuba diving, windsurfing and horse riding… the range of activities will satisfy the demands of the most energetic of visitors!
Barcelona is one of Europe’s most modern and advanced cities. Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família, Noucentist buildings, La Rambla, the beaches, leisure and culture…all within an hour of Palamós.