Camping Palamos

by Guest

Palamos lies along the Costa Brava in Catalonia. Close to the fantastic city of Girona and the French border, Palamos enjoys a gorgeous position along Spain’s north east coast looking out over the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a pretty port town whose main industry is fishing for gambas (prawns). It’s no surprise then that the town has a wealth of excellent seafood restaurants. Running along the coast, the town boasts a long sandy beach which gets crowded in the summer months with both locals and tourists. The beautiful town is typically Catalan, with narrow streets, sunny plazas, old churches, and a port harbor filled with yachts. It’s a favourite stop for cruise ships who dock at the port and flood the town with tourists throughout the summer season. Though the town has plenty of hotels and guest houses, throughout the high season, it is well worth camping in Palamos. Not only is it better value for money, but you’ll be surrounded by the idyllic countryside that surrounds the town.

There are several campsites to stay in, but Camping Palamos is one of the favourites. Located just a short distance outside the city, you enjoy the best of both worlds, access to the beautiful fishing port town and all its sights and restaurants, while staying in the spectacular Catalan countryside.

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The campsite has a range of pitches available to holidaymakers. Standard pitches can be used for a maximum of 6 people, and can be used by large tents, motorhomes, caravans, or a car. Most of the pitches are shaded, providing welcome relief from the midday heat, and there is optional electricity available. Prices vary depending on the year, but start from around US $60 per night during the summer season. If you are happy to pay a little more, why not go for a Marplot, a pitch which overlooks the sea. They are slightly larger than the standard pitches, and can be used for a maximum of 6 people with room available for motorhomes, large tents, or caravans. They also have electricity available as an optional extra. You’ll be paying around US $80 per night for a plot overlooking the sea in high season. The site also has camper plots which are specifically designed for motorhomes (tents are no permitted) and mini-plots for campers who haven’t brought a vehicle. The prices for these plots are US $75 and US $50 respectively. All the prices are based on two people travelling, extra adults cost US $15 per person. Dogs are permitted, but they charge a pet fee of US $6.

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If you are looking for something a little more comfortable, the campsite offers a range of permanent accommodation. This is particularly useful in the off season when the temperature is a little more chilly. They have a range of different sized mobile homes which have multiple bedrooms with doubles or twins, kitchens, living rooms, private bathrooms with hot showers, and a little private wooden terrace attached. These mobile homes start from US $100 in the high season. Alternatively, the site has several wooden bungalows to accommodate between 2 and 6 people. Each is unique (they are all called something different), but feature both double and twin bedrooms, a living space, a kitchen, a bathroom with hot water, and a private terrace. These start from US $130 per night in the high season. Lastly, our favourite is the safari style tented option. A luxury glamping experience, this unique tent features two bedrooms, a kitchen, a private bathroom with hot water, and a private terrace (complete with outdoor furniture) which overlooks the sea below. This tent gets booked out a way in advance during the high season, so get in early to avoid disappointment. The price starts from US $200 per night during the summer months, but drops considerably during Autumn and Winter. Look out for some great deals on the campsites website.

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The campsite has plenty on offer right on its grounds. Kids and adults can be kept busy all day taking part in tennis, ping-pong, a children’s playground, volleyball, basketball, billiards, outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, and a bar and restaurant which serves delicious Catalan and international cuisine overlooking the sea. Palamos is just a short 10 minute walk away, making it seriously accessible, while the beach Morro del Vedell is a couple of hundred metres from the campsite and La Fosca is about half a kilometre.

Though small, Palamos packs a punch with things to do and see. If you visit during February or early March, you can enjoy the colourful Carnival festivities, while the festival of Sant Jordi occurs toward the end of April. Outside of these dates, there is still much to see in town. Just along the coast from town is the pretty little village of Castell where you can see an archaeological site that dates back over 2,000 years.

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Wandering around the Eixample district to marvel and the beautiful 19th century architecture, built during a boon in the local population. There is no shortage of ancient churches in town. These include L’Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar which was built in the early 15th century and is famed for its iconic tower and 16th century Catalan artwork which adorns the interior walls. L’Esglesia de Santa Eugenia de Vila-roma was built in the 18th century (on the original site of a much older chapel) and is well worth the kilometre walk outside of the town to see. L’Esglesia de Bell-lloc is another ancient 13th century structure which is the end point of a pilgrimage route taken each year, while the 18th century Chapel of Carmen was originally a hospital, but has now to renovated and changed into a thriving arts centre with exhibits from local and international artists.

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Architecture buffs will be excited by the two castles near to Palamos. The ruins of the 1th century Sant Esteve de Mar are well worth a visit, as is the Vila-Roma Castell, a 13th century structure which was partly destroyed by the French military in the early 19th century when they invaded Catalonia.

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Culture vultures and foodies will be excited about the two museums in Palamos. The Museu de la Pesca (Fish Museum) gives a complete overview of the rich fishing heritage in the town and how it has shaped the modern Palamos. It’s in multiple languages including English. There is also the Espai del Peix, a centre which lets visitors learn about the fresh local seafood. Here, you can watch seafood cooking demonstations, taste delicious food, and learn about Catalan recipes and cooking methods.

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Unlike some of the other beaches along the Costa Brava and Costa Blanca, the beaches near to Palamos never get ridiculously busy and it is still possible to find a quiet spot, even in the high season. There are many to choose from including the Palamos Beach which sits along the town’s edge. This 600 metre long sandy beach is clean, well maintained, and includes sun lounger rentals, toilets, parking, year round lifeguards, and water sports. On the other side of town, the Platja Gran is quiet, secluded, and enjoys much better views of the natural landscape. It’s also well maintained and is popular with locals and tourists for snorkeling. If you can drag yourself away from these two, try the Platja de sa Tamardia. It’s a small but incredibly scenic beach located a short distance from town. A good option for families is the Cala de la Fosca. The beach spans 500 metres, and the waters in the bay are warm, calm, and shallow. They provide year round lifeguards, and interestingly there are also hammocks (why don’t more beaches have these?). If you have a rental car (or would like to walk), Cala S’Alguer is a tiny 30 metre rocky beach located next to a 15th century fishing village of the same name. Though it’s not so good for families, it’s a lovely spot to explore and watch the local fishermen come back with their daily gambas and anchovy catch. Highly recommended. Lastly, the long Platja de Castell enjoys some fine golden sand and is backed by lovely pine forests making it particularly scenic. It’s a great place to while away an afternoon and includes public bathrooms, and year round life guards.

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Catalonia has a rich wine producing history. Further in the interior, guests can visit the local vineyards to learn about the history of wine production, pick the grapes, and taste some fantastic vintages paired with delicious local food and produce. It’s a great introduction to Catalonian wine.

It’s not surprising, being so close to the sea, that seafood dominates the menus in Palamos. What is surprising is the sheer numbers of restaurants in the town. There are simply too many to list here, but the grilled gambasare always a good bet, as are the anchovies which are fished for in the nearby waters. The Catalan fish stews are light but scrumptious and best mopped up with plenty of freshly baked bread. Other seafood delights like clams with Galicia and oysters from France are found on many of the menus, and although food, it’s always best to stick with local.

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