Semana Santa, the Spanish Easter holiday, is upon us again. But what to do with the free days in Semana Santa, this year from 10 to 17 April? Here are our tips for the best Easter week at the Costa Daurada.
To the beach!
The Costa Daurada owes its name to the fine golden sandy beaches.
Beaches not to be missed during your holiday week at the Costa Daurada are:
- L’Hospitalet de l’Infant
Coves, cliffs, beaches and isolated rocks characterise the beach at Hospitalet. Platja del Torn is the nudist beach.
- Platja Mont-roig del Camp and Miami Platja
Here you will find unspoilt beaches and the Estany Gelat.
A beach ideal for families or those looking for peace and quiet is La Llosa beach.
The city of Tarragona has an idyllic coastline.
The most beautiful beaches are: Playa de l’Arrabassada, Playa Llarga and Cala Romana, as well as Cala Tamarit and Punta de la Móra.
Adjacent to Tarragona is the municipality of Altafulla. The beach starts just behind Tamarit beach and extends for 1.1 kilometres.
When in Torredembarra, take a look at Canyadell beach, with its mythical cliffs. Also highly recommended is Els Muntanyans beach, a nature reserve including dunes and salt marshes.
- Roc de Sant Gaietà
Roc de Sant Gaietà is a small but charming coastal fishing village in Mediterranean style in the municipality of Roda de Berà.
- El Vendrell
In El Vendrell, the area Les Madrigueres is a must, located in Sant Salvador.
Amusement park PortAventura World has introduced new attractions this year. Among them is The Challenge, a video game that combines physical reality with the virtual world.
In addition, PortAventura World has expanded its hotel offer by 18,000 square metres in the four-star Colorado Creek Hotel. A new building, Creek Valley, with 141 Deluxe rooms, a new pool area and a new restaurant, the original Lake Bar.
Wherever you are in the Costa Daurada, there is plenty to enjoy gastronomically. But if there is one place that particularly excels in this, it is Cambrils. The town has an unrivalled gastronomic offer.
Walking or cycling
The wine region of Priorat offers very beautiful cycling routes, the longest of which is 98.4 kilometres. The route starts from Cambrils in the direction of Mont-roig del Camp and passes by places like the Colldejou pass, Marçà and the Coll de Falset.
Mountains to visit are: Prades and the Serra de Montsant. The mountains, located in the provinces of Baix Camp, Alt Camp, Conca de Barberà and Priorat, offer hiking routes for all ages and all levels of difficulty. The Prades has been certified as a family tourism destination by the Generalitat of Catalunya. From the Prades and the Serra de Montsant you can enjoy a beautiful starry night.
Tip: also visit Siurana (see the opening photo of this article).
Admire cultural heritage
After Barcelona, Reus is the city with the most modernist buildings in Catalonia. The capital of the Baix Camp region has an illustrious patron in the form of Antoni Gaudí.
Also interesting to do is the Cistercian route, which consists of visiting three monasteries: Poblet (UNESCO World Heritage site) and Santes Creus.
Tarragona is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Tarraco received this distinction on 30 November 2000. From the Roman walls, buildings and places, you step into the era of 45 B.C. when Tarragona was still a colony of emperor by Julius Caesar, called: Colonia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraconensis.