Routes along the Costa Brava

The fish route

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Data sheet

  • Distance: 36 Km
  • Childrens: Suitable for children

The landscape of towns such as Calella de Palafrugell, Tamariu, Llafranc or Cadaqués, allows us to perceive the close cultural and economic link of the ancient inhabitants of the Costa Brava with the sea and the fishing activity.

Our fish route is centered in Palamós and l’Escala, two towns that grew and prospered thanks to fishing and their relationship with the sea.

L’Escala

We will start our route inl'Escala, a town known in the gastronomic world for its very important fish salting industry.

The port will be our starting point, which you will find very easily going down Riells Avenue.
In case of doing this route during the months of July and August, it’s highly recommended to wake up early and sign up for the “Blue fish auction and fisherman's breakfast” activity organized by the Fish Interpretation Center, where we can live the arrival and auction of the fish, and start the day with a good breakfast with fresh produce.

If you visit l’Escala’s port at Christmas time, you may be able to meet the famous Trini tuna, a regular tourist during these seasons.

After the visit to the port, we will travel to the Anchovy and Salt Museum, located in the street of El Escorxador, on the other side of l’Escala. This place allows us to know the fishing and salting history from the 16th century to the present.

We will find many of the anchovy factories of l’Escala in the same area. Some of them are adapted to visits, and with the ticket we can enjoy a tasting of this delicious product. It’s interesting to get information about the schedules and the convenience of booking in advance.

There are different options at lunchtime:

  • Get back to l’Escala’s port and continue enjoying the local cuisine in one of its restaurants, such as La Llar dels Pescadors.
  • Drive to Palamós and stop at some town like Pals, where we can enjoy its magnificent rice dishes.
  • Go directly to the last point of our route, Palamós. - Depending on the season, in the bay restaurants we can enjoy different gastronomic campaigns such as: the Prawn Menu, the Crayfish Menu or the Fish Pot Menu -

Palamós

After lunch we will go to the Palamós Port, where the Fishing Museum is located. This place has a very complete permanent exhibition that allows us to learn about the maritime heritage of Palamós and the Costa Brava, as well as the fishing activity in its past, present and future.

To complete our visit, it’s convenient to take a look at the interesting activities offer of the Fish Place, where we can sign up for a guided tour of the fish auction, attend a Showcooking, a guided tour with shrimp tasting, to a family workshop of sailors knots, etc.

To end our route, we will go to the Palamós Fish Market that opens every afternoon from Monday to Friday. It’s quite a busy place, but it’s very worth taking a walk and seeing the counters full of fish just brought. In that place you can buy the excellent and very precious prawns from Palamós or some fresh fish to enjoy a magnificent dinner. A delicious culmination for our day.


Points of interest on this route