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!
The Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) has the blue of the sea and the red of the wine, the green of the forests and the intense yellow of one of the most precious products in the Mediterranean: oil. In this TripIdea we propose to fully enter into the universe of this golden liquid, which also strongly impregnates the idiosyncrasy of these lands.
Legend has it that on January 16, 1194, the archbishop of Tarragona was horribly murdered by Guillem Ramon de Moncada, a noble of the court of the Count of Barcelona. To forgive him, the Pope forced him to dedicate all his goods to the construction of a Cistercian monastery of great beauty. Thus he ended building the monastery of Santes Creus on the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast), one of the three monasteries that are part of the Cistercian Route. This account is not faithful to the historical documents found to date, but it is a beautiful way to imagine its birth.
Close your eyes and listen as the waves beat against the sand. Feel the nets of deep-sea fishermen. Live an fish auction as it was performed in the past. Discover the sensory surprises offered by the Port and the beach of Cambrils in an innovative proposal that turns the visit into an experience that remains engraved in your brain.
The Cambrils Board of Tourism organizes guided visits to the coastal landscape of the municipality with protagonism of the sight, the hearing, the touch, the smell and the taste. A visit baptized under the name of Route of the Senses and that is highly recommended to be toured with children. Kids never have enough with a conventional visit: to make them interact with spaces and objects is the ideal formula to satiate their indefatigable curiosity
The Route of the Senses through the port of Cambrils is also suitable for people with some disability. You can also consult the materials in Braille language during the visit and the journey is free of architectural barriers. If you want to hire the guided tour, book it in advance at the Cambrils Board of Tourism
Whatever your route is, you cannot miss one of the town´s symbols, the Port Tower. It is a defense building of the 17th century located in the center of the port promenade. The building is listed as an Asset of Cultural Interest and intermittently hosts temporary exhibitions on the sea and fishing.
Few places are so suitable on the Costa Daurada (Costa Daurada) for outdoor dining with friends or family. The recreational area Fondo del Mata is the place that you are looking for to eat quietly, running away from the noise of the city and the daily rush. You will arrive from El Vendrell taking the TV-2048 road and then following the Costa Roja (Red Coast) path. The natural area has an environment with fountains and two ponds, from which wáter is channeled from a mill, several paths to walk and benches to sit and enjoy the breeze. Maybe you will not believe, but this area is an old restored rubbish dump
The most common activity is to prepare the food yourself. If you bring meat and book the space with the City Council a couple of days before, you can set up a barbecue using the ones that are in Fondo del Mata, and use the tables and chairs that are available to visitors. If you have some ability with the fire and have bought good meat, you're going to lick your fingers! Here you will not have to suffer to know where the children stop or to find the formula to entertain them. Just get a ball or prepare some games and fun are assured. In this natural area are also the municipal social gardens, which a group of people from El Vendrell cultivates with great care.
Light, color, costumes and popular outdoor shows are the protagonists of this TripIdea. On the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast), there are dozens of feasts and festivals, most in summer and spring, but ... who says that the winter months do not deserve also great celebrations in the streets? Here you have a selection of winter parties on the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) that you cannot miss
When the days are short and the sun hardly warms, who says it is not a good time make visits on the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast)? Vila-seca and its natural surroundings offer you more than recommendable proposals. The municipality is formed by two nuclei: La Pineda Platja and the village of Vila-seca. Let's start this TripIdea near the sea!