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Palamós is a town in the Girona Province of Spain, on the Costa Brava coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. The town is bordered by Vall-llobrega, Mont-ras, Calonge and Forallac.
History of Palamos
The settlement was founded by Peter III of Aragon in 1279. For decades on end, Palamós had to endure military disputes and the attacks of pirates which hindered the town’s development to a great extent. Palamós still counts as a significant port in Costa Brava, taking pride in one of the last remaining fishing fleets. Up until the 60s when tourism started its rapid upswing, Palamós’ economy mostly relied on fishing and cork production.
Weather in Palamos
The town enjoys a remarkably pleasant climate, with July and August being the hottest and January the coldest months. Most of the precipitation falls through the autumn. If you are up for some beach time, we recommend visiting Palamós in August, as water temperatures can reach 25°C. If you are interested in open-air free time activities, from the beginning of June to end of September is a perfect time to go.
The main attractions in Palamós
If you’d like to explore the natural beauties you’ll be spoilt with numerous splendid hiking trails in and around the city. Whether you are up for a short walk or a whole-day trip, you’ll definitely find something of your liking.
The Ruta del Tren Perit, for instance, is a hiking and cycling trail in one!
Palamós boasts many attractions. We strongly recommend visiting Parròquia de Santa Maria del Mar, the Roman Catholic church, which is one of the oldest buildings in Palamós.
You also have to add Castell de Sant Esteve de Mar, the ruins of the former Iberian settlement and the Museo de la Pesca to your must-see list.
The gastronomy of Palamós
The most famous speciality of the town’s gastronomy is the ‘Gamba de Palamós’. The shiny, red prawns are beloved, especially for their delightful meat. There are even gastronomical events connected to this special dish.
It’s worth to try other seafood dishes as well in some of the exquisite local restaurants, such as Can Blau, Restaurante Caleta Blava, La Gamba, the Hotel Marina Restaurant or the Mas dels Arcs. In regards to the beverages, make sure to order some of the finest local wine, DO Empordá.
Beaches in Palamós
The largest beach of Palamós is only a short walk away from the town centre. Platja Gran is the best-equipped beach in Palamós, with many services to choose from. You can rent parasols, kayaks or even join a boat trip. And don’t worry if you get peckish, there are many restaurants to choose from on and around the beach.
Platja Fosca is about 20 minutes’ walk away from the centre. Owing to the fact that the beach has many parts with very shallow waters, it’s also a perfect spot for families with small children. There is a lifeguard service available and there are showers on the beach too. In addition, there are many restaurants nearby.
This sandy beach is located on the edge of the town which on the one hand gives it a uniquely authentic and natural feel, on the other hand, however, it also means that there are fewer amenities to choose from. In the summer, there is a small café operating, and you can also rent kayaks. It’s also worth visiting the remains of the former Iberian settlement nearby.
Yacht charter in Palamós
The marina offers 866 berths and is able to accommodate boats up to 30 m in length and the maximum water depth reaches 10 m. There are fantastic facilities including maintenance station and access to drinking water, electricity and showers.
Club Nàutic Estartit
This port is located in the L’Estartit resort. It has 643 berths for yachts up to 32 metres in size. The port has a depth of 2.3 metres. There are a number of excellent services available. There is also a bar and a restaurant. Info about L’Estartit sailing, or rent a boat in L’Estartit
Port of Empuriabrava
They often refer to the city as “The Venice of Spain”. One of the largest ports of the world can be found here, with 5, 000 moorings for locals and visitors. 700 of these are preserved for tourists, and can accept 26 metre-long yachts. The place offers modern facilities and equipment. For instance, if you are hungry, you can choose from 50 restaurants.
Port of Roses
The new port provides berths for around 486 vessels. The entrance is app. 70 metres wide and 9 metres deep; the minimal depth in the other parts is 3.5 metres. The port provides modern services and great amenities
Port de Blanes
The port is run by Blanes Sailing Club. It provides 309 berths for yachts up to 24 metres in size. The club has a café, a restaurant and a sailing school, too. The port combines recreational sailing with commercial fishing activities. Info about sailing in Blanes, or boat rental in Blanes
Port Vell (Barcelona)
Barcelona is one of the most important port cities in the Mediterranean. The Port Vell can accommodate 148 vessels up to 190 metres long yachts. Drinking water, electricity and cable TV are available
Club Nautic Cambrils
Thanks to the reforms implemented in recent years, the club has two parts. It can accommodate up to 426 yachts between 8 metres and 25 metres in size. Moreover, there are eight premises that cover a wide range of vessel maintenance and repair services. There is a 24-hour crew service. You can also find a bar and a restaurant here, and of course, there is free Wi-Fi-access available. Info about sailing in Cambrils, or boat rental in Cambrils
If you are sailing around Palamós, it’s worth visiting some of the other popular Costa Brava resorts as well.
Exploring Platja d’Aro, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Tossa de Mar or Lloret de Mar and Blanes will surely be a life-changing experience. Find yacht routes in Costa Brava or choose another yacht charter in Costa Brava.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Palamos. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Palamos shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Palamos shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Palamos, and cruise around Palamos
Day 1. Palamós – Platja d’Aro 6, 46 km (4, 01 mi), Day 2. Platja d’Aro – Sant Feliu de Guíxols 6, 36 km (3, 95 mi), Day 3. Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Tossa de Mar 10, 94 km (6, 80 mi), Say 4. Tossa de Mar – Lloret de Mar 8, 73 km (5, 43 mi), Day 5. Lloret de Mar – Blanes 5, 62 km (3, 49 mi), Day 6. Blanes – Calella 14, 68 km (9, 12 mi), Day 7. Calella – Mataró – Palamós 67.41 km (41.88 mi).
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Day 1. Palamós – Begur 13.92 km (8.65 mi), Day 2. Begur – L’Estartit 13.68 km (8.50 mi), Day 3. L’Estartit – Cadaqués 28.15 km (17.49 mi), Day 4. Cadaqués – El Port de la Selva 20.40 km (12.67 mi), Day 5. El Port de la Selva – Roses 32.49 km (20.19 mi), Day 6. Roses – L’Escala 18.38 km (11.42 mi), Day 7. L’Escala – Fornells – Palamós 39.31 km (24.42 mi)
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