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.
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.
- 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 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.
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/
- Club Nàutic Costa Brava (Costa Brava Nautical Club):
Founded and federated in 1946, Club Nàutic Costa Brava has 250 moorings in a 3,000 m2 maritime area. The club also has some 14,000 m2 of jetties within Palamós Commercial Port, situated in the very middle of the Costa Brava. Club Nàutic offers a 24-hour service providing water, electricity, fuel, cranes, and winter storage for boats and sailing equipment. The club has an indoor restaurant (the Club Nàutic Restaurant) with an outdoor terrace offering views across the port and is equipped with a swimming pool.
Club Nàutic Costa Brava, home to the Spanish Sailing Federation’s National Sailing School, organises a great number of activities including national and international regattas, such as the Christmas Race, as well as World, Spanish and Catalan Sailing Championships. The Club’s facilities are used by Spain’s Olympic sailing teams for training.
- Port Nàutic Marina de Palamós (Marina de Palamós Nautical Port):
Founded in 1992, Marina de Palamós has 866 berths for boats of between 7m and 30m, a travel-lift service capable of lifting up to 35 tonnes), a haulage ramp, fuel pumps, a dry berth, a boat repair shop and a car park. Marina de Palamós has extensive restaurant facilities and also offers nautical services and activities.
Quality service, along with respect for the environment, has earned the marina a European Union Blue Flag – which it has had since 1993 – as well as ISO 9001:2000 Quality Certification (since 2003) and ISO 14001:2000 environmental certification (since 2008).
Its structure and protection dikes make Marina de Palamós an excellent berthing choice for long as well as short stays for trips between the South of France or Italy and the Costa Brava.