The “garoines”, or sea urchins, were a real obsession for the Catalan artist Salvador Dalí, who ate these sea and beach flavored shellfish accompanied by pink champagne. They were so seductive to him that they even had a place in more than one canvas of the painter. As a tribute to these sea balls covered with thorns, whose red meat the fishermen formerly ate as a dessert or on a slice of bread for tea, the region of Palafrugell organized a gastronomic campaign from January 16 to March 22, 2015, which dates back annually to 1992.
The “garoines” have become a very important dish and are representative of the local cuisine, but they are also very cared for due to the extent of their consumption. These sea animals are endangered and as a result, fishing for them is regulated on the Costa Brava.
Therefore, the “Ruta de la Gaironada” offers tour packages that include a tasting menu, overnight stay in the region of Palafrugell and free admission to some museums in the area. This route lets you take advantage of your stay at Camping Moby Dick, by combining the relaxation of the beach with the best flavors of Calella.
If you want more information and want to taste our cherished gairones, this link will be of great help: