Costa Daurada is one of the main Mediterranean tourist destinations and enjoys a soft and comfortable climate. It is an ideal destination for family enjoyment.
Costa Daurada offers as many leisure options as visitors, so everyone can get their kicks in their own, unique way: its coastline, cultural and historical heritage, countless leisure activities, inland scenery of great natural beauty where to enjoy outdoor activities, regions of great wine-making tradition, typically Mediterranean gastronomy and a great offer of wellness and business travel facilities.
Culture, history, nature and cuisine are the cornerstones of this rich and vibrant land.
The monumental complex of Tarraco, the ancient Roman capital of the Iberian Peninsula, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 because of its monumental heritage. The area also preserves an important medieval legacy, with the monasteries of the Cistercian Route: Santes Creus and Poblet, which is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and villages of great importance during this historical period. Reus is the destination’s centre of the art-nouveau heritage, integrated into the European Art Nouveau Network.
The gastronomy of Costa Daurada is a quality art that knows how to combine perfectly the Mediterranean cuisine’s diversity enriched with the wine tradition of 5 appellations of origin, which reinforce the quality of this product, with the most famous regions of Priorat and Penedès.
Nature also offers visitors exciting places. The Mountains of Prades and the Natural Park of Serra de Montsant, two vast wooded areas sheltering a varied fauna of great interest.
The Costa Daurada coastline is made up of large tourist centres and small marine villages that offer quality accommodation, activities for the whole family, sports, water activities… all complemented with a major attraction, the PortAventura theme park.
L’Hospitalet de l’Infant and La Vall de Llors is located at the natural limit between Costa Daurada and Terres de l’Ebre. This situation makes it an ideal place to start to discover the total destination. This place combines, in addition, the best of Costa Daurada and Terres de l’Ebre, because we have almost pristine beaches, fine sands, plus several natural areas of environmental interest, both on the seashore and inland. If you want to learn more, visit: www.costadaurada.info
TERRES DE L’EBRE
If you check their website (www.terresdelebre.travel), you’ll discover that if you like nature, you will find in Terres de l’Ebre, with their long and quiet beaches, unspoilt areas of the Ebro Delta Natural Park or the steep mountains of the Els Ports Natural Park. If you prefer to discover the heritage, you can choose to visit the prehistoric paintings declared Patrimony of the Humanity or the imposing fortifications built by the Arabs and Templers. A touch of popular culture, a walk through seaside or mountain villages will help you understand the locals’ character and discover this territory declared UNESCO Reserve of the Biosphere on May 28, 2013.
This is only a summary of the great tourist potential offered by the Terra de l’Ebre, the four cantons located in the extreme south of Catalonia (Baix Ebre, Montsià, Terra Alta, Ribera d’Ebre). All this diversity of spaces allows each visitor to choose the option that best meets their needs, far from conurbations and conventional tourist circuits.
TERRES DE MESTRAL
Under this tourist brand, the integrated territory is promoted by the municipalities of Vandellòs i L’Hospitalet de l’Infant, Tivissa and Pratdip. This territory is distinguished by the combination of the sea and mountain and the presence of mistral winds. The villages of Terres de Mestral breathe history around the region. Landlocked in their sites for centuries, each one bears the traces of its ancient inhabitants who lived and worked there.
Each of the villages can tells us astounding legends and stories, such as canine vampires hiding in the shadows, charming princes from arid zones, enamoured sentries, saints who paint paths, an abandoned village that reappears from forgetfulness, or fabulous treasures accumulated by the Barbary pirates.
Besides this sheen of mystery, these villages are well taken care of and are worth a walk along their streets, a visit to their hermitages, a hike in their mountains and or along their beaches or any other kind of leisure activities. This perfect balance between the sea and mountain is also imprinted in the Terres de Mestral’s cuisine, based on the Mediterranean diet. The gastronomic icon of the territory is “clotxa”, a traditional countryside, open-air savoury nibble.
More information: www.terresdemestral.cat
COSTA DAURADA MOUNTAINS
Costa Daurada mountains are located at the backdrop of Baix Camp, near Reus (county capital), Tarragona and the famous beaches and recreation centres such as Salou, Cambrils, La Pineda, Miami Platja, or L’Hospitalet de l’Infant. This mountainous area encompasses a series of impressive ranges (Llaberia, L’Argentera and Prades), which back up the coast from west to east. Hidden in the mountains, there are 19 municipalities included in the geographical area of the Costa Daurada mountains.
It is a real paradise for discovery, full of pristine natural areas, quiet and relaxed corners, and welcoming small villages, where time seems to have stopped, while maintaining their authentic, rural and deeply farmland-rooted character. They invite to rest and contemplation, to enjoy nature and good meals. Enjoy the intensity of light, the vivacity of colours, and the sounds of silence. It will captivate you!
More information: www.muntanyescostadaurada.cat
ART NOUVEAU IN REUS
The Modernist Route is a pleasant walk in the centre of Reus, which allows to know the city’s most interesting modernist façades. The façades of the 26 selected buildings can be freely browsed, following the indications and stopping at the nameplates bearing the name of the building, the date of construction and the architect’s name. You can also book a guided tour, so that you can access several of these buildings, normally closed to the public. Check the group visit schedule at the Reus Tourist Office, as well as the possibility of visiting Casa Navàs.
This itinerary features the works of Lluís Domènech i Montaner (Pere Mata Institute, Casa Navàs, Casa Rull and Casa Gasull) and Pere Caselles, who had worked with Domènech in on the Pere Mata Institute. And also noteworthy works of Joan Rubió i Bellver, Antoni Gaudí’s disciple and collaborator.
More information: www.reusturisme.cat
ROMAN, MEDIEVAL AND ART NOUVEAU TARRAGONA
Discover the city’s history, culture and traditions through a visit to Roman, medieval and modernist Tarragona. Walking through the Roman Tarragona, you will visit, among others, the Roman archaeological site of Tarraco including the main preserved Roman monuments, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in November, 2000. In addition, Tarragona preserves important monuments of its medieval past, which has the same importance as the Roman landmarks. The medieval artistic heritage is dominated by the cathedral, which creates a very noticeable ensemble. Explore Tarragona’s modernist legacy by following another route to discover the beauty that adorns the city: places of leisure or work, secular buildings or objects of worship. Enriching cultural itineraries that become a real pleasure for your senses. Further information: www.tarragonaturisme.cat
The coastal towns of Salou and Vila-seca share one of Europe’s most emblematic amusement parks: PortAventura. You will find a wide range of entertainment for the whole family: 42 attractions, 21 restaurants, 33 shops and a number of hotels and shows. PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park is the water park section, where you can cool off in endless water slides and pools; Land Park and Ferrari will be the novelty of this leisure complex in 2017. Further details: www.portaventuraworld.com
Another water park in the area, where fun is also guaranteed, is Aquopolis Costa Dorada. It is located in La Pineda (Vila-seca) and in addition to the attractions, restaurants and other services, it has a dolphinarium: www.aquopolis.es
And if you want to test your driving skills, you can approach Karting Salou that offers circuits for adults and children (+ info: www.kartingsalou.com)
Get ready for excitement in any of these parks!
The only royal monasteries in Catalonia are located in Catalunya Nova (New Catalonia) and are the soul of the Cistercian Route: that of Santes Creus, founded in 1150, and the only fully involved in monastic life today, where you can visit the Vila-rodona columbarium, the tomb Of King Pere the Great plan or the Romanesque church Del Pla dedicated to Santa Maria; that of Poblet, founded in the same year and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1991 and one of the Aragonese Crown’s major centres because the monastery keeps the remains of several Kings; and that of Vallbona de les Monges in the province of Lleida. This one joined the Cistercian order in 1176 and is feminine. Three exceptional monumental ensembles both due to their architectural beauty and spiritual essence that is noticed even today.
Further information: www.larutadelcister.info
How many Barcelonas are you ready to discover? With the themed itineraries available at www.barcelonaturisme.com, you can explore the city’s history from the Roman colony times to its present modern character, without forgetting the imprint left by the great geniuses of art and culture, such as Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Lluís Domènech i Montaner. This city, located only 130 km away from here, offers an endless list of sites to visit, such as Sagrada Família, Parc Güell, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, La Rambla, Olympic Port, Gothic Quarter, Olympic Ring, Maremagnum, Plaça de Sant Jaume, Poble Espanyol, National Art Museum of Catalonia… Barcelona and its metropolitan area have plenty of public transport options and you can travel by metro, train, bus, tram, bicycle or taxi.