La Garoinada, the Sea Urchin Festival in Palafrugell
Located an hour and a half drive from Barcelona, Palafrugell is a most beautiful city in Girona that will host the 25th edition of La Garoinada, the Sea Urchin Festival, from January 15 to March 20.
La Garoinada is the first and one of the best known and traditional gastronomic events in Girona. It has the peculiarity that is celebrated around sea urchins, among other products of the region, annually since 1992.
Different restaurants in Palafrugell will take part in the event. A menu will be proposed that includes a sea urchin dish, a main course consisting of a local product that changes from year to year, and a typical dessert, also based on local cuisine.
Each year, the event is held in the middle of winter, between January and March, when the sea is calm and the sea urchins are at their best.
The organizers propose different packages that may include: a Grind menu, accommodation in a three-star hotel, boat trips, wine tasting, and free access to Palafrugell’s cultural facilities.
For more information about La Garoinada, you can visit the official website.
You can enjoy La Garoinada and your stay in Palafrugell to visit some of the tourist attractions of this charming city whose name comes from the contraction of the name of its former palace: the Fratellis Palace. Here are 3 routes to discover this fantastic place that leaves no one indifferent:
1. Route Josep Pla
Josep Pla was a writer, poet, Spanish journalist of the twentieth century. He was born in Palafrugell, and you can discover the most important places of his life and his texts thanks to the route of Josep Pla, which starts as his first home.
2. Torres de Guaita (Watchtowers)
During the thirteenth century, a wall surrounded the city to protect citizens from the various territorial wars that occurred during the feudal period. During the fourteenth and fifteenth century, privateers and pirates ruled the sea while attacking coastal cities. For this reason, the watchtower of Sant Sebastià was built.
You can admire these evidences of the past that are part of the cultural heritage of the city taking a pleasant walk in a beautiful environment.
3. Route of the Americans
The first Catalan ship traveling to the remaining American colonies of 1765. During the 19th century, many immigrants from Palafrugell lived in America, especially in Cuba and Argentina. The Bassa Rocas family had strong religious convictions and were great lovers of Catalonia. In Argentina, they promoted Catalan culture, which made them very popular in Catalonia.
The American route begins at the Bassa family house and shows the highlights of the lives of these people who made their fortunes in America.
For more information about Palafrugell, you can visit the website of the town hall.
Discover Catalan culture and gastronomy during La Garoinada, the Sea Urchin Festival in Palafrugell!