Today are docked in Palamós, Spain and we decided to fill our day with a small getaway to three different villages. First we spent some time in Palamós . It is located at the northern end of a large bay, which is popular for swimming, sailing and windsurfing. The town is a major port with one of the last remaining fishing fleets on this part of the Mediterranean coast. The town’s major economic activities until the second half of the 20th century were fishing and cork manufacturing. In the sixties, however the town saw a rapid growth of tourism. The soul of Palamós can be found most days at 4pm, when the fishing boats unload their catch and the local fish auction begins. This has been the tradition since the 16th century! Palamós is also famous for the locally caught prawns. Second stop – Pals. Perched on a hilltop is this charming medieval village. The views of the country side were spectacular (worth the 30 minute bus ride fro the pier!) Imagine a town where most of the buildings are built from stone, carved from the moat the encircles the town…this is Peratallada (carved rock is the literal translation). I felt like a character in a Medieval play where the Castle
of Peratallada (build in 1065AD) surrounds everything! Thank goodness I got new walking shoes for this one…the rutted streets and small passageways were a
challenge! Lastly we visited Bisbal. It is a village known for its traditions in pottery and is one of the leading pottery centres in Catalonia.. The pride in workmanship was apparent is everything we saw (and bought!). The importance of pottery is clearly shown in the urban landscape of the city, known for the slender silhouettes of old industrial chimneys and a shopping area that is focussed on marketing the different pottery products. Was a great day of sightseeing. Now
to relax on the ship. Tomorrow is our day…..can’t believe it has gone so fast. We are really excited to visit Barcelona though.