The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most beautiful and idyllic areas we have in Europe. The temperature, the sun, the colours of the region, the culture and the cuisine are the main factors that make this region one of the most visited locations by people from all over the world. The Mediterranean is very easily identified by everyone. In fact, if we close our eyes and imagine what the landscape of this area is like, everyone thinks of the same thing: that intense blue sea, the sun, the wine and its vineyards, modernism or Roman buildings. Here in Catalonia, one of the areas that breathes the most Mediterranean air is the Baix Penedès (one of the smallest counties in Catalonia). Located between Barcelona and Tarragona, the northern part of the Costa Daurada is a perfect place to enjoy the culture and Mediterranean landscape with the whole family.
The summer holidays are over, the heat is dying down and going back to school is a reality. As of September, the weekends are quieter and, therefore, we have more time to visit those places closer to our area that we have always wanted to discover. An ideal proposal for this time of the year is any activity related to wine. Why? Because the grape harvest begins; grapes are harvested in order to be able to make wine later on.
Alt Camp is a region located on the Costa Daurada and is made up of different villages full of history. We encourage you to spend a day with your family and discover all the nooks and crannies and landscapes full of vineyards that, without a doubt, you’ll fall in love with.
Conca de Barberà is an area with a great winemaking tradition, thanks to its location and its land. To understand the present we have to take a leap into the past, and the evolution of viticulture in Conca de Barberà has been closely linked to the historical evolution of the region. Let’s go back to the Middle Ages, when two institutions, the Cistercian monks of the Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet and the warrior monks of the Templars, passed on their knowledge and experience to the farmers in order to cultivate the vineyards and extract the best wines.
The Costa Daurada is culture, history, nature and much more. At the architectural level, however, it is essential to mention the Wine Cathedrals that form part of the most remarkable heritage of the winemaking tradition of the territory.
It's time to leave the car and trust your legs. The roads, paths and trails of the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) offer walking and cycling trips that allow you to connect with the landscape a thousand times better than if you did at high speed.
"Once upon a time there was a village called by people of the region Prat, where some mysterious dogs appeared.
It was said that at night they went out looking for lambs, goats and people to suck blood ... It seems that the dips…have returned to Prat! "
With this fascinating legend about the most devilish wolf dogs of Catalonia you will be presented by the inhabitants of this endearing little village of the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast). They say that the dips disappeared sometime in the 19th century, but now they have returned the corners of the village
Do you dare to locate them? Then download the map of Pratdip from here and play with the children to find the eleven specimens that roam the streets and the roofs of the most emblematic monuments and buildings. Be alert, because if you do not find the last, he may find you first and suck all the blood.
The town of Pratdip is crowned by the visitable remains of the castle, with fantastic views over this place with reddish roofs and the Llaberia mountain range. Do not miss the public laundries and watering holes of the old village centre and the church. Notice that the dips have marked so much the life of this municipality that they have finished appearing in shield and the flag.
The first time you attend a rally it is fascinating to see how long queues of amateurs look for the best curve to see the cars skid past. Go with a sandwich in one hand and the chair in the other, the camera or video hanging on the neck, the cap on the head to protect from the sun and a smile from ear to ear. The Catalunya-Costa Daurada Rally awakes the adrenalin rush of thousands of people each year and if you have not lived it, you will be stuck when you see the first car pass by.
"Idleness is the enemy of the soul," said the forerunner of the Cistercian order. The Cistercian Route, a tour of the artistic, cultural and natural heritage of the three districts of Tarragona (Alt Camp, Conca de Barberà and Urgell) challenges - and in what way! - this monastic precept. You can do it on foot in 5 days or by bike in two and a half days.