THE THREE WISE MEN PARADE
As is tradition in Palamós, the Three Wise Men arrive by sea and disembark at the old dock where they are officially welcomed and hot chocolate is provided for everyone. A little while later, the traditional parade of royal floats takes place, covering a long route through the streets of the town, which finishes in the town centre where the littlest ones, with their lanterns and dreams, can see the Three Wise Men up close.
FEBRUARY – MARCH
MARDI GRAS CARNIVAL
The Mardi Gras carnival in Palamós (known by locals simply as “carnaval”) is one of the most important winter festivals in Palamós, and is one of the best along the Costa Brava. The Mardi Gras weekend is divided into the “Gran Rua” parade on Saturday afternoon, the Fancy Dress Ball (Ball de Disfresses) on Saturday night, and the parade display on Sunday. Palamós has a street carnival atmosphere during the celebration, with shops and parades such as the “Vespra” and “Despertà” processions.
FIRST SWIM OF THE YEAR
This is symbolically the starting point of the bathing season in Palamós. This lighthearted and multitudinous event is always celebrated on Easter Sunday on the Platja Gran in Palamós. The participants are the true stars of the day upon which the first dip of the summer takes place. Before entering the water there are a few minutes of exercise, and when coming out a comforting cup of hot broth. Suitable for all ages. Organised by the Palamós Town Council Tourism Department.
Palamós celebrates Sant Jordi with a variety of street events. Standing out from all the acts are the continual readings in different areas of the town. The main street in Palamós is full of stalls selling books and roses throughout the day. In the afternoon there is sardana dancing.
PALAMÓS, LAND OF SEA
A celebration that is held every two years where period vessels and traditional boats are the focal point for a programme packed full of activities, not only related to traditional navigation, but also directed at a public of diverse interests, preferences or ages, but without losing the sight of the patrimonial and cultural orientation always offered by the Fishing Museum . An encounter with the sea within an unforgettable festive framework.
THE PRAWN FAIR (FIRA DE LA GAMBA)
The Prawn Fair (Fira de la Gamba) takes place in June, and was started to raise awareness of the Quality Guarantee for prawns from Palamós, and to promote prawn consumption by showing different ways to cook and eat them. The fair takes place in the fish market, and companies with the certified quality guarantee take part: The Palamós Fishermen’s Guild (Confraria de Pescadors de Palamós), Palamós Market (Llotja de Palamós), the Fish Place (Espai del Peix), the Palamós Fish Market (Mercat del Peix de Palamós), and other companies and suppliers, including local restaurants.
THE SANT JOAN TOWN FESTIVAL AND DANCE
Palamós celebrates its town festival on Sant Joan, coinciding with the magical moment of the beginning of the summer. On these dates, the town is full of life, music and tradition.
Palamós invites you to participate in a wide variety of programmed events and to enjoy the fair, the dances and the typical events such as the giant puppets, the concerts in the youth marquis zone, sardana dancing, the celebration of the first night of the summer with Habaneras or the closing ceremony fireworks on the Platja Gran in Palamós, to name but a few.
JUNE – JULY – AUGUST
The Costa Brava Palamós Sardana Group offers a full programme of Sardanas throughout the year and once a year, two fixed events:
THE COSTA BRAVA SARDANA CONCERT
THE PALAMÓS SARDANA GATHERING
FESTIVAL OF THE VIRGIN CARMEN
The celebration of the Our Lady Carmen festival, patron saint of the people of the sea, is held over two days. The night before the day of the festivities, there is a great dance on the Llotja esplanade. On the following day a solemn mass is held in honour of such a revered Patroness. Then the procession takes place, with the accompaniment of the giant puppets and dulzainas of Palamós to carry the Virgin to the boat. To finish and as the central event, there is a maritime procession with the whole Palamós fishing fleet led by the boat carrying the image of the Virgin and followed by all types of vessels to escort her on her journey around the bay.
CATALAN HABENERA SHOW
Every year, Palamós holds the traditional and popular Catalan Habanera Show. It is a genuine habanera concert of exclusive character, in which the most outstanding characteristic is that the songs are sung solely in the Catalan tongue. The acoustic conditions of the Arbreda, the place where the event always takes place, and the silence that can be breathed during the performances of the participating groups convert the Habanera Show into an event that is one of a kind within the scope of this musical style. Due to these silent conditions, over the years, the same participating groups have christened the Arbreda as the “Habanera Palace”.
“Palamós Gastronòmic” is a celebration of Palamós cuisine held over several days, in which all the restaurants, companies and organisations involved in local cuisine get together to offer product tasting, cooking lessons with the best chefs and something for all the family. During “Palamós Gastronòmic”, the bars in Palamós invite you to participate in the Star Tapas (Tapa Estrella) competition. Every participating venue creates a special Tapa for the occasion, and customers can try them before voting to choose the best one.
Every year, during the month of December, Palamós holds the traditional Christmas regatta for Olympic classes organised by the Palamós Sailing Club. This yacht sailing competition forms part of the Eurolymp Sailing Circuit (for Olympic class regattas) The bay of Palamós is decorated to receive the event in which well known international yachtsmen participate.