Fish market in Blanes
I remember a little town with a long beach, a beach with many tourists sunbathing. I remember my days spent there a few years ago, probably 3 or 4 back in time. It was nothing else but beach time, strolling around and laughing with my best friend. I remember my first time in Blanes, a beach town in Costa Brava.
My second time visiting Blanes was a lot different. We went there to find out about the famous fish market and the way it works. We had a chat with Roser Figueras, the veterinary looking after fish safety and good conditions, and the only woman working in the fish market team.
It was Roser who helped us to get under the skin of the secrets of the fish market. I do like fish but not all kinds and I cannot stand sea food, but it doesn’t mean it was not interesting to see for the first time how it is all managed.
We were lucky to see the auction just a few minutes after we came as a boat full of fresh fish arrived in the port too. First, they put into the computer how many kilograms of which fish they have which is showed on the first screen. Then there are 2 more screens on which they start to sell. The prices start higher and go down automatically and the fish buyers can stop it at a price they are willing to pay.
It is only restaurants, fisheries and industries that can buy fish at the fish market in Blanes.
The market is open twice a day, in the morning and then from around 3.15 to 6.30 pm. Different kinds of fish can be caught in early hours than those in the afternoon. In the morning it is mostly blue fish, tuna and sword fish (for the last 2 you need permission to catch them) and then later in the day it is more shell fish, red shrimps and special kinds of fish.
Weather is also a very important factor as during a windy day ships has to stay close to the coast and can only get more fish than shrimps.
Morning sales are mostly done in big amounts with less people buying, while in the afternoon it is more buyers here buying smaller amounts of different fish.
Fishermen have to pay a fee to Confraria de Pescadores de Blanes which is the 2nd or the 3rd biggest fish industry in Catalonia. Most fishermen are men, but women work here too – only sewing nets together with some retired fishermen.
It took us just around an hour to learn about fishermen and how fresh fish are sold at the market in Blanes. But let me tell you, a very interesting experience. I love when I can learn something new.
Check out my short video to have a better idea of Fish market in Blanes:
This trip was a press trip organized by Costa Brava tourism board. All the thoughts in the article are just my own as usual.