Children 2-16 years
Arrival of the fishing boats at the harbour of Cambrils

Fun activities with kids in Cambrils

Every afternoon in the harbour of Cambrils, at around 4:30pm (on weekdays), enjoy the spectacle of the arrival of the fishing boats, loaded with seafood, surrounded by hundreds of hopeful seagulls. Watch them unload the catch of the day after a long day of hard work. 

There used to be plenty more boats in the past, when the local fish market was buzzing with buyers auctioning for the best-quality fish. But these days are gone now. You only need to look at the tanned thickened skin of the fishermen to understand why. The young generations don’t want to follow their predecessor’s tough life at the sea.

Discover the life of a real fisherman - Family time on the Costa Dorada

Somehow, that’s precisely what makes attending the arrival of Cambrils’ fishing boats something special. It might not be long before this becomes a rare opportunity to witness a soon-to-be-extinct activity. But most crucially, it is a chance to appreciate the incredibly hard work that goes into catching the fish that we then enjoy at our tables. Definitely something we shouldn’t take for granted. These men are real heroes. The kind that we’ll miss one day, when we walk down to the harbour and no boats arrive at 4:30pm.

Once the fish is unloaded, it will go to the Lonja (the fish market) and be sold during the picturesque fish auction. Modernity has replaced the live voice auction that, until not many years ago, was the musical thread of the auction, with a very functional electronic system that is reflected in screens where the starting price of each of the boxes is indicated. You will get to talk to the vendors and get tips on how to pick the freshest and best fish available. Maybe you would like to prepare a delicious Catalan seafood recipe in your holiday accommodation, or if you don't feel like cooking, go to one of the Best Seafood restaurants in Cambrils, recommended by our team. It is certainly a unique show that we strongly recommend to all our guests during their holiday in Cambrils.

If you want to get the most out of your holiday in Cambrils, we recommend you to read our destination guide with the 10 Best things to see and do in Cambrils. But if you need something different, we would like to talk to you about a unique way to experience the Costa Dorada. Immerse yourself in the daily life of a fisherman and experience professional fishing aboard a trawler. 

Discover the daily life of a real fisherman, how they work, their boats, traditional fishing techniques and navigation system. You will get to know an unknown part of Cambrils and learn practical information that will help you become a more discerning consumer and contribute to the long-term viability and preservation of this amazing profession. 

An experience in Cambrils you will remember for long!