The cuisine of the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) is nurtured by the sea and the products of the land. It has very tasty dishes and wines with denomination of origin. The wild boar 'civet', the 'xató', the noodles 'rossejat' and of course the 'calçots' are dishes that speak of the identity of these lands and the way of living of its inhabitants.
If you sit in front of one of these traditional dishes, you can already say that you have tried the work, the culture and the vital attitude of these regions. You will find them in the cities and towns of all the geography of Tarragona according to the time of the year. In addition, the wines of the different Tarragona DO will complete the meal. And do not forget one of the most appreciated local products, nuts.
If you are looking for a first class gastronomic experience, you have dozens of excellent restoration professionals who will make you enjoy yourself while you eat. Cambrils also has two of the best chefs of this country. They are only separated by a few hundred meters and both have been recognized with a Michelin star. Can Bosch and El Rincón de Diego, each with its gastronomic offer, are the best tribute to the palate, which you can not miss if you visit the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast).
In this TripIdea we propose in a just a single day to climb to the highest point of Tarragona and go down to the deepest place of the city. First you will see everything from the perspective offered by the bell tower of the cathedral and then you will discover the entrails of a hidden city underground that very little have been lucky to visit.
and enjoy the show! As you look at it with the eyes of visitors, the parents of children who climb to the top of the human 'castells' spend an endless momento of anxiety. When the person in charge of the group gives the signal, the "acotxador" – the penultimate to climb to the human tower- and the "enxaneta " – the child that crowns the construction - have to be sharpen their wits to crown the "castell", climbing
among legs and arms. When they reach the top, maybe 7 or 8 meters from the ground, the parents have eaten their nails and do not want to look any longer.
Living the Tarragona Human Towers Contest from the stands, close to the protagonists, but with a privileged view, is a real luxury. In 2010 the 'castells' were designated Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mankind and for the pride of the lands of Tarragona and Costa Daurada (Golden Coast),the origin of this tradition is in the city of Valls.
The Contest is ceklebrated avery two years and brings together the best 'colles castelleres' of the season of all Catalonia. It is the contest of reference of the calendar in which the towers are scored and one colla – group – becomes the winner. The Castellers of Vilafranca, Colla Vella de Valls, Colla Jove de Taragona and the Minyons of Terrassa have competed in the last editions, which have always ended with the victory of Vilafranca. And every year there are new castells and more challenges are overcome.
Have you ever climbed a train that does not lift two feet off the ground? In the Misericordia Railway Park in Reus this is possible! The stationmaster hurries you up. The ticket-taker marks your tickets. The machine engineer reviews all the wagons to check that everyone is well seated. There are parents who have to bend their legs so much that their knees almost touch their face. On the miniature train both children and adults are welcome. The convoy is about to start and you hear the whistle: Beeeeep! We started the trip!
A group of railroads nerds of Reus premiered this circuit in 2003 with 300 track meters very near the Misericordia Sanctuary. Since then the passengers, especially the smallest, have not stopped enjoying this short train journey. It's a 3 minute stroll through the park, but who says it can not be repeated? The initiative of the Asociación de Amigos del Ferrocarril de Reus is a good excuse to approach the garden area of this Railway Park, and with a bit of luck you will also enjoy the myriad of train models and railway machinery that are exhibited.
Take a deep breath, close your eyes and feel the bubbles running down your spine. You are submerged in the water up to the chin, lying down, with your mind gone blank, and now the bubbling tickles you in the cervical, in the soles of the feet, in the calf muscles ... And in the buttocks you notice a stream of water that makes you move the muscles at a a free and relaxing rhythm that you can not control. You are in Aquum, the spa and wellness center of La Pineda, in Vila-Seca, but you would say that you are in paradise.
Losing the world of sight is very easy when you are in the Martinique waterbed. Or in the middle of a Japanese Kunisaki 360º shower. Life is too short to not live it slowly. The spectacular facilities of this wellness club offer inexhaustible options for the clock to slow down, and devote hours to the most absolute pleasure. Have you ever breathed under an oxygen therapy scuba? Have you tried the therapeutic effects of wine baths? And no, do not worry, children will not get bored. At the children's spa, suitable for 5 to 11 year olds, they will be more than entertaining.
Can you imagine visiting the most fascinating places of Tarragona and the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) from the heights? In MiniTarraco you will become a giant among miniatures as you learn to love history. Here it is easy to walk from the Devil's Bridge to the Roman Amphitheatre, or from the Cathedral to the walls with the Torre del'Arquebisbe (Archbishop`s. Tower) and that of the Scipiones. In a space smaller than a football field, children will admire the World Heritage Tarragona and play as if they were Roman boys and girls.
December 25, we wish you a Merry Christmas! If you see a child in the cradle this will mean that the manger is already installed and all the shepherds can go to worship the child. At Christmas there are many towns and cities that represent the birth of Jesus. But they are all different: there are very special mangers, staged with men and women of flesh and blood, performed in abandoned villages, in historic farms, enviable rural spaces ... In this TripIdea we selected some of the most important cribs of the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast). So, take the leather pouch, and come, to the stable!
Start the walk on the beach of Altafulla, and in a southerly direction, ON the incomparable promenade Botigues del Mar promenade, one of the untouched jewels of the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast). The white houses next to the sand of this neighborhood of Altafulla stay anchored in time and turn the walk into a return to the coast of our grandparents. The quarter was built for merchants to store merchandise and fishermen, nautical equipment and nets. When the tour ends, you may have to take off your shoes to walk the sand until you reach the first castle on the way, Tamarit Castle.
You have to go all the way aroundthe building and the old Vila Closa de Tamarit to have a one hundred percent satisfactory view. Follow the very rocky camino de ronda, The Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles are combined in this 12th century castle, which protected the town from pirate invasions during the Middle Ages. Nothing suggests that a century ago it was almost in ruins and abandoned. Today it is majestically exhibited after the American philanthropist Charles Deering and the Catalan painter Ramon Casas rehabilitated it from top to bottom. It is privately owned and usually can not be entered. But if you're curious, you have two options. You can enter some Sundays during the church mass or you can get married and have a big party and rent the whole castle to make a treat more than sounded. You choose!
At the foot of Tamarit Castle, if you can withstand the cold, you can soak in the beautiful Cala Jovera – it is always a better idea to do this in the summer. It is one of the most unique corners of Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) and offers a picture postcard.
Be careful where you put your feet! In the forest, at night, it is difficult to walk and be oriented, and you have to pay close attention to the directions of the guide. Even more so if you are so close to a monument that hides as many legends as the el Pont del Diable, a Roman aqueduct located on the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) that is also called Les Ferreres. One of the best activities to visit the whole ecohistórico are the excursions organized on full moon nights. The enigmatic light emanating from the most admired lunar phase and the stillness and silence of this environment will make you discover again a monument that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The route will take you through the nearby woods and romantic gardens of the Puig and Valls brothers. If you are attentive, you will see nocturnal birds such as the owl and the brown goatsucker, two birds difficult to see in the middle of the night. or you will hear among the trees the sounds of owl or the European kestrel. If you want ti undertake a guided tour with the children, go ahead. Just tell them to adapt the itinerary to the little ones.
We propose to travel to the best of the towns and villages of the Conca de Barberà in just one single TripIdea. Do you sign up? Well do not waste time you have a day with the a full agenda through the interior of the Costa Daurada!