Cruise Port Atlas | Palamos, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Palamos, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Nearby Port: Rosas, Spain

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Palamos: Star Clippers, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea

Key Attractions: Fishing Museum, Sant Antoni de Calonge, La Fosca Beach, Castell-Platja D'Aro, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Tossa del Mar, Girona Cathedral, Onyar River, Sant Feliu Collegiate Church, Dali Museum and Theater, Dali Jewels, Gala Dali Castle, Dali House, Sagrada Familia, Ramblas, Monjuic

Palamos Area

Port to Fishing Museum - 0.5 KM, 6 minute walk
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Palamos is a small walkable city with excellent shopping and a nice promenade with cafes and bars along the water. The most popular attraction in town besides the shopping is the Fishing Museum, which sounds odd, but is reputed to be a lot of fun. Across the bay from Palamos is Sant Antoni de Calonge with its hilltop medieval village. A short distance in the other direction is the beach at La Fosca in a small bay with the ruins of a small fortress. The largest resort town in the immediate vicinity is Platja d'Aro, which is part of the city Castell-Platja d'Aro. Castell d'Aro is inland and has a medieval fortress and church surrounded by a wall. Platja d'Aro is a resort area with a 2 km long beach and villas built by wealthy seasonal residents.



Photo of La Fosca Beach and Fortress by PMRMaeyaert0

Sant Feliu de Guixols

Port to Sant Feliu de Guixols - 22 KM, 30 minutes
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Founded in the late 10th century, the Monastery of Sant Feliu (Felix) de Guixols (Ropemaker) became the center of a thriving seaside town. The striking Romanesque structure now serves a city museum. The tree-lined Passieg de Guixols is the center of cafe life for this lively tourist spot. The beach area is dominated by fishing boats and is not suited to beach activities. The city is home to many wealthy residents who have built impressive modern homes, many along the water. The road along the coast to Tossa de Mar is considered one of the most dramatic drives in the region.



Photo of Sant Feliu Monastery by Jcordonet


Port to Girona - 46 KM, 50 minutes
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With a population of nearly 100,000 the city of Girona is the capital of this part of Catalonia. The medieval walls within the city were built on top of Roman foundations from the 1st century AD. The massive Girona Cathedral was built over a period of many centuries beginning in the 11th. For the most part, it is a combination of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Another important church is Sant Feliu Collegiate Church, built in a late Gothic style. The city is at the confluence of 4 rivers and along the banks of the Onyar River are colorful houses, one of Girona's iconic sights. Independence Square, named in honor of the expulsion of Napoleon, is a central meeting point within the city.



Photo of hillside flower display in Girona by Anna Rubau Geli

Dali Attractions

Port to Pubol - 29 KM, 45 minutes
Port to Figueres - 61 KM, 70 minutes
Port to Portlligat - 86 KM, 1 hour 50 minutes
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In the small city of Figueres, Dali built his museum at the location of a theater destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. The museum is essentially a massive work of surrealist art, as everything in it was especially designed to be there. Also in Figueres is the Dali Jewel Collection. The Castle of Pubol is also known as the Gala Dali Castle in honor of the artist's wife. Their tombs are on the grounds of this medieval building that Dali outfitted to suit his personality. On the craggy coast of the Cap de Creus peninsula is the most exclusive and unusual Dali attraction, his home at Portlligat. Built over a period of 40 years, it is actually several connected buildings on multiple levels. If offers a unique look at the artist's personal style. Tickets are very limited, so you must book in advance.


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Photo of Dali Museum Dome at Figueres by Adamcobb

Barcelona Attractions

Port to Barcelona - 115 KM, 90 minutes
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If you have never been to Barcelona, one of Europe's great cities, then that is probably your best choice for a tour from Palamos. It is definitely worth the 90 minute transfer. Barcelona is a city where city life has been refined to an art over the centuries. Here is a quick summary of the attractions offered: the architecture of Gaudi and other Catalan designers including the phenomenal and still incomplete Sagrada Familia Basilica; the lovely boulevards of Ramblas with its street performers and markets; Passeig de Gracia with its elegant architecture and high fashion shops; the views from Montjuic with the Olympic Stadium and the outdoor museum called the Spanish Village; the beaches and modern architecture of La Barcelonetta; and the Gothic Quarter including the Barcelona Cathedral. Barcelona is a city that knows how to welcome visitors. Click here for more details about Barcelona attractions.



Photo of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia by Marek Holub

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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