Why choose a cruise to Palamos?

Situated in a large bay on the Costa Brava, Palamos is a traditional fishing town that remains relatively unaffected by mass tourism. Winding uphill from the port you’ll encounter the colourful streets and the attractive churches of the historic centre. If you’re interested in history, the stunning mediaeval town of Pals is also nearby.

Palamos is surrounded by beautiful beaches, from rugged coves to wide stretches of golden sand. Platja de Castell, just south of the town, is easily the most pristine beach on the Costa Brava.

Palamos Beach

A guide to Palamos’ hotspots

Take a walk through the narrow streets of the historic centre. One of the most prominent landmarks here is L’Església de Santa Maria del Mar, a 15th century church with an iconic tower. But alongside its landmarks Palamos is renowned for its delicious seafood, especially prawns, so make sure to enjoy a local seafood meal.

One of the best things about a Palamos cruise is relaxing on the region’s many outstanding beaches. We particularly recommend Platja de Castell. You’ll love the golden sand and calm clear waters, as well as the surrounding woods. Closer to town is the Platja de sa Tamardia, a small cove of scenic natural beauty. Both beaches offer amenities such as toilets and snack stands, as well as opportunities for kayaking and snorkelling.

Walk along the coast to the enchanting ruins of the Sant Esteve de Mar castle, just north of the town centre. Learn more about the history of this fascinating 1000-year-old structure as you enjoy the fantastic views of the ocean and the Costa Brava.

Take a trip to the scenic mediaeval walled town of Pals, located a couple of miles’ drive inland. Wander down winding cobbled streets and under sandstone arches, as you browse artisan shops and admire the well-preserved stone houses.

Castle ruins Palamos

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Palamos

Marella Cruises

Seabourn Cruises

The best time to visit Palamos

Chances are, you’ve come to Palamos for the beaches. Visit during the summer months of July and August, when the temperature averages 26°C, and you can take full advantage of the sunshine.

But Palamos still has plenty to offer outside peak season. Every year, in February or March, the town comes alive during the Mardi Gras weekend, with a grand parade, a fancy-dress ball and other festivities. During these months the temperature varies from 8-17°C, so the weather may even be pleasant enough for a swim.

Did you know?

  • The famous author Truman Capote stayed in Palamos over three summers to write
  • Salvador Dalí was another famous visitor who returned again and again
  • In the late 90’s, a referendum was passed to prevent Platja de Castell from being developed after Palamos residents protested – this is why it’s the most unspoilt beach in the region