The so-called “castells”, or human towers, are a unique and genuine passion of Catalunya, which has now reached the entire country, but that was born in Valls, in the Alt Camp region. “Castells” are about passion, excitement, plasticity... Who hasn’t got emotional witnessing how a “castell” is built for the first time? “Castells” were declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO due to their singularity, which makes them absolutely unique worldwide. Today, we’d like you to join us on a journey round the best “castells” plazas in Costa Daurada, a place where you can enjoy this ancient tradition.
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 a hot summer day and the body is asking for action, you and the whole family. Do not stay like lizards in the sand of a beach: the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) offers refreshing fun for all ages. Attention, you are about to fall on top of a cascade of activities in the main theme park of the country! Welcome to PortAventura!
Costa Caribe Aquatic Park is the world that you will look for first on the map of PortAventura. You will glide past the famous King Khajuna - Europe's longest free-fall water slide -, you will jump through the crazy water spouts of Cookie Key, and sail through the raging waters of the Crazy River like a pirate. It is a huge water park next to the most spectacular attractions in Europe. Of course you can enjoy one of the classics of PortAventura, like the Tutuki Splash, where water wars are a tradition!
In addition, the Cirque de Soleil returns to deploy this summer its tent in PortAventura with an exclusive show. It is 'Amaluna', the story of a mysterious island ruled by goddesses and guided by the lunar cycles. It is a great love story.
The summer closes in PortAventura with the White Flower Power Night, a party less suitable for families with small children. The park and all the attractions open until 4 in the morning and there are music and DJ sessions to brighten an evening party of great proportions.
Calafell is a good place to spend a quiet holiday or even a rest period in your life. This was already clear to the people of these lands a few millennia ago. Here was one of the main Iberian settlements of the peninsula around 500 b.C. They belonged to the tribe of the cosetanos, today honored every summer in the festival Ibercalafell, the Festival of the Iberian Land. It discloses the world of the Iberians between children and adults and is celebrated during the first half of August.
One of the activities of the festival proposes to look for in the forest any element that can be turned into painting to design your own Iberian dress. In the old center, representations of the time are made while in the Iberian Citadel, on the outskirts of the town, most of the workshops are done: bread making, coin minting, the oldest trades of these lands, informative talks ... The festival closes with a night of fire, an everyday element of the Iberians and at the same time an omnipresent element in the rituals of this civilization.
The convent of Bellpuig, the monasteries of Poblet, Santes Creus, or Vallbona de les Monges converted into a musical stage of exception. Can you imagine? It has been a reality for years thanks to the cycle of concerts on the Cistercian Route, which take place on summer nights in these spaces full of history.
The program usually mixes several musical styles: jazz, pop, gospel or classical music. A string quartet playing within the walls of the monastery of Santes Creus does not sound the same as in a concert hall. The experience of the Cistercian concerts - they are every Saturday night - is also suitable for children and if they are under 7 years old, admission is free. You can reserve the tickets and consult the schedule of this cycle of concerts of the Costa Daurada (Goledn Coast) on their website.
The `caminos de ronda´, unique routes covering much of the coastal geography of Catalonia, were formerly coastal surveillance routes and roads used by fishermen. Nowadays they have become a treasure to discover the hidden corners of the Catalan coast and more and more `caminos de ronda´ have been incorporating new routes with well prepared trails. This is the case of the camino de ronda de Salou, a recently rehabilitated trail that offers you a pleasant walk through the less trampled natural surroundings of the municipality.
The trail is 2.4 kilometers long and runs along the coast from the Pilons area, in the middle of the hustle and bustle, to Replanells, at Cape Salou. From there you can see the southern part of the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast), with its vast Gulf of Sant Jordi, and enjoy the tranquility of feeling the impact of the sea against the rocks while displaying different species of seabirds. On the way, you will pass by the Capellans beach and its old lazareto - popularly known as "Salou castle" -. This construction in three stone towers was to serve in the 19th century to keep quarantine people and goods from areas of the world with epidemics. It seems that it never came into operation.
Walking you will arrive at Llenguadets cove, where the bunkers built during the Spanish Civil War are conserved. The last stretch is the Llarga beach to Cape Salou, the furthest from the noise of tourism and with more natural appeal. Except for some stretches with small difficulties, most of the way is practicable for everybody, on foot, in skates, or in mountain biking.
This TripIdea begins below sea level, between 4 and 16 meters deep on the coast of El Vendrell. We propose you to dive into one of the country's richest marine reserves, Masía Blanca, on a snorkeling trip. Get ready to immerse yourself today!
The sandy beach next to the la riera (dry creek bed) of the Masía Blanca is already a good attraction, with its dunes created by the action of the wind. But if you put on the flippers, glasses and the tube and you throw yourself into the water you will discover a new world. The marine reserve is made up of coral communities’ perpendicular to the coast and large meadows of oceanic posidonia (an alga endemic to the Mediterranean).
A great biological diversity is hidden: species of invertebrates like octopuses, sepia, or vertebrates like groupers, gilt-head beam…
When you float with these views of the bottom of the sea you immediately realize how little we know the marine half of our planet. In the Tourism Office of El Vendrell they organize an auquatic classroom that will serve as an introduction to the reserve and will guide you to the most spectacular part with all the snorkel equipment included. Children are welcome if they are accompanied and can swim.
One single municipality and so many things to do ... It seems that the secret of Mont-roig del Camp, one of the essential destinations of the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast), begins to be known by the public. And this is for good reasons! In this TripIdea we settle in this village of the Baix Camp region and put at your fingertips an overdose of attractions.
In the case of the municipality of Mont-roig the offer can be summarized in data: 12 kilometers of coast with 4 beaches, 9 coves, and with the possibility of practicing 15 nautical sports. In Miami Platja you can do 'parasailing' - touring the coast on a parachute dragged by a motorboat - or take a jet skiing tour - a powerful watercraft - or enjoy a quiet walk along the coast on board of a kayak. In summer it is recommended to book the activities in advance so as not to have surprises.