COSTA BRAVA:
THE MEDITERRANEAN ESSENCE

From Palamós you will be able to discover some of the most charming places in the Costa Brava, enjoy a swim in its coves, with wonderful rocky landscapes of pine trees and sea, crystal clear waters, endless blue tonalities on the horizon…

La Costa Brava, from Palamós

Palamós offers endless attractions to its visitors, whether for some restful holidays, a beach trip or an active getaway, practicing sport, discovering its natural environment or its highly regarded cuisine. You will also be able to visit the cultural heritage of each of the towns in the Costa Brava that surrounds us, getting everywhere easily from Hostal Residencia Catalina.

The Costa Brava beaches

 

Large, fine sand beaches with services, restaurants and a lively nightlife.
Small, cosy beaches, near the urban centre of each town.

PIE DE PAGINA

The Costa Brava coves

 

Hidden, rocky coves, not always easily accessible, where you will find the cleanest waters and a most intimate atmosphere…
…No matter how you prefer enjoying the sea, whether resting with your family on a large beach, or diving or sunbathing in a small cove, on the Costa Brava you will find your favourite beach where to spend some unforgettable days.

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The Costa Brava villages

 

The Costa Brava great international acknowledgement and tourism has not prevented it from keeping charming places, far from the overcrowding, which show the Mediterranean essence to everyone who visits them: small fishing villages such as Begur, Llafranc, Tamariu, Sant Feliu of Guíxols …

Palamós

Apart from enjoying the beaches and coves of Palamós, you will be able to discover its old town, the port and the importance of fishing throughout the history of Palamós, the Castell spot (that includes the Sant Esteve de Mar Castle, the Iberian village of Castell, etc) and the Bell-lloc Valley (Bell-lloc hermitage, Vila-Romà Castle, Montagut dolmen, etc). And do not miss the numerous viewpoints of Palamós to see their impressive panoramic views!

Gastronomy in Palamós

 

Apart from a large gastronomic offer of more than 70 restaurants open in Palamós, you can also discover our cooking tradition in thematic campaigns such as Menú de la Gamba (Prawn Menu), Menú de l’Escamarlà (Dublin Bay Prawn Menu) and Menú de l’Olla de Peix (Fish Casserole Menu), as well as the Tapas and Canapés fair through the old town of Palamós.
Do not miss a visit to the fish market, Monday through Friday afternoons, or a visit to the Fish Space; the gastronomic classroom of the Fishing Museum that teaches how to identify and cook fish in courses, workshops and tastings.

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Coves and beaches of Palamós

 

In Palamós, very close to Hostal Residencia Catalina, you will find several beaches and coves, as well as a wide range of water sports, and beaches and coves with naturist areas. Some of Palamós most beloved beaches are Platja Gran, Platja de La Fosca, Platja Del Castell, Platja Sa Tamardia… And some of its coves are Cala d’en Remendón, Cala Roca Bona, Cala Canyers, Cala Sa Corbetera or Dels Capellans, Cala Morro del Vedell, Cala Estreta and many more.

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Fishing Museum

 

Palamós has a long tradition as a fishing village, and therefore it is not surprising that there exists a Palamós Fishing Museum (Museu de la Pesca), unique in the Mediterranean. This offers a permanent exhibition in which the past, the present and the future of fishing are analysed in 1 video and 5 thematic spaces, as well as several activities related to fishing in the Costa Brava. It is in the same port of Palamós. Come discover it!

ALIVE CULTURE
AND HISTORY

If you already know the historical and cultural heritage of Palamós, do not miss the chance to discover the history and culture of other villages in the Baix Empordà area during your holidays at Hostal Residencia Catalina.

Inland Baix Empordà

Beautiful rural landscapes, ceramics, vineyards, charming villages… The inland of the Baix Empordà area is well worth a day trip (or several!) to discover it.

Charming villages from Palamós

 

From Palamós you will be able to visit many charming villages of the Baix Empordà: Ullastret, Monells, Cruïlles, La Bisbal, Peratallada, Pals, Regencós …
A small unknown treasure of Palamós are its wine cellars. If you are passionate about wine and would like to know first-hand the production of wines and cavas in this area, do not hesitate to visit the Can Sais, Mas Pagès or Finca Bell-lloc wineries.

Cap Roig Botanical Gardens

 

In the 1930s, an exiled Czarist colonel and his wife, an English aristocrat, found the beautiful cliff of Cap Roig, near Calella de Palafrugell. They settled there, where they built a castle and surrounded it with an impressive botanical garden. Decades have passed, but ever since then the Cap Roig Gardens can be visited and, in fact, they are the stage of the prestigious Cap Roig Music Festival every summer.
It is worth paying a visit!

Iberian City of Ullastret

 

Ullastret has a historical treasure that is little-known to the general public: the largest Iberian city in the Iberian Peninsula, consisting on the remains of the old towns of Puig de Sant Andreu and Illa d’en Reixac, and the necropolis of Puig de Serra. If you want to discover how the local inhabitants of the area used to live 2500 years ago, you cannot miss a visit to the Iberian City of Ullastret.

NATURE

The province of Girona is unique for its proximity to the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees altogether. The same happens at the Baix Empordà area, which offers a unique natural heritage between sea and mountains.

3 Natural Parks

There are up to three Natural Parks in the area, a great proof of the natural wealth that you will find in Baix Empordà: Les Illes Medes, Les Gavarres and Massís del Montgrí, which you can discover practicing hiking, mountain biking and cycling.

Sports and nature tourism: the perfect plan for your holidays!

Les Illes Medes

 

This 23-ha archipelago of 7 islands and several islets in front of l’Estartit is a marine reserve of flora and fauna of great value in the Mediterranean. Since 2010 it is a National Protected Natural Park, and talks are organized to learn about its natural value.
Les Illes Medes is a very popular destination for scuba diving; If you are interested, some companies organize excursions to practice it while respecting its preservation. There are also trips on boats with a transparent bottom, an ideal option to visit the Illes Medes with your family.

Massís del Montgrí

 

If we draw a straight line on the map, from Illes Medes towards the inland, we find Massís del Montgrí; a large calcareous formation of 2300 ha in 3 mountains of just over 300 metres high each. The vestiges of human life in Massís del Montgrí date back to the Paleolithic and the Neolithic; More than 50 caves have been found, some of them with remains of these periods. Other elements of the human heritage of Massís del Montgrí are shelters and cabins, as well as the hermitage of Santa Maria de Palau, the hermitage of Santa Caterina and the Montgrí Castle.

Les Gavarres

 

Les Gavarres is a rounded massif that encompasses more than 28000 ha, with megalithic remains, such as Cova d’en Daina and the Murtra menhir, and medieval vestiges, such as La Bisbal Castle and the town of Millars.
You can visit Les Gavarres on marked trails that are suitable for hiking and mountain biking, such as the one that leads to the well-known Mare de Déu dels Àngels Sanctuary.

palamos@hostalcatalina.com
#16 Foment St.
17230 Palamós (Girona)
Tel: (+34) 972 31 43 86

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