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Big festivals and major events on the Costa Daurada: Autumn

What's on in autumn on the Costa Daurada

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21st to 25th September
Mother of God of Mercy Fiesta in Reus
If Saint Peter is the patron saint of Reus, the Mother of God of Mercy is his female counterpart. And she also has a great fiesta in her honour. It's considered to be "Reus' little festival". The 24th sees the celebration of the Torch Rosary Parade, which winds its way from Plaça de la Pastoreta to the sanctuary. There are a number of masses said at the sanctuary on the 25th, with the main mass at 11 o'clock. The festive groups also head for the sanctuary and a dance is held outside it. In the afternoon there are folklore dances, human tower building exhibitions and the traditional Dance of the Demons.

28th September and 4th and 5th October
Human Tower Competition in Tarragona
Every even numbered year the best groups of human tower builders in Catalonia come together in Tarraco Arena Plaça on the only day of the event that is competitive in nature. It's a day that raises great expectations among fans, as evidenced by the entries that are sold out in the blink of an eye. For this edition an important innovation has been announced: on Sunday 5th October  the first 12 groups in the Estrella ranking will compete, the day before, on Saturday October 4th it's the turn of the next 18 best ranked groups, and a week before that, on September 28th the next 12 will compete in Plaça del Castell de Torredembarra. That means that 42 groups will take part in the 25th Competition of Human Towers.

24th to 29th September
Fiesta of Sant Miquel in Mont-roig del Camp

Concerts, sporting competitions, exhibitions, activities for children... the Fiesta of Sant Miquel brings some 50 activities to Mont-roig and begins with the traditional official speech.

11th and 12th October
Clickània - Playmobil Festival in Montblanc
This is an enormous exhibition of these famous toys in the shape of themed dioramas, including medieval, pirate, western, circus, playground and Egyptian scenes. There is also a competition of dioramas, and a multimedia space in which visitors can play with Playmobil on computers.

11th and 12th October
Wind Festival in Pla de Santa Maria
On one hand, the Wind Festival features a number of multisector stands, like many other fairs around the country. But on the other hand, as you can guess from its name, the festival sees a gathering of ultralight aircraft, paramotors, sailcars and model aircraft. This is therefore an essential event for fans of these devices, and you can also enjoy a popular fashion catwalk and a concentration of Harley Davidson motorbikes.

Around 15th October
Santa Teresa Fair in Vendrell
This multisectorial fair takes place in different locations in Vendrell, and includes the Mostraví wine show, the Jornades Gastronòmiques gastronomy exhibition, a ceramics fair and an international beer show, all of which are biannual events. During the same days, there are activities for all ages, parades and a human tower building day.

23rd to 26th October
Cos, International Movement and Gestural Theatre Festival in Reus

The capital of the Baix Camp is filled with bodies and objects in movement during this festival,which attracts both national and international groups who debut their new performances here.

24th to 26th October
RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada

If you're a petrol head, a good time to visit the lands of Tarragona is during the RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada. And if you're too lazy to get out and watch the race from one of the bends on one of the mountain roads, a special race has been held in Salou for the last two seasons. The drivers go full speed down Passeig de Jaume I and adjacent streets, and you can be within touching distance!

6th to 8th December
Spanish Open in Salou
Fans of ballroom dancing and dance sport shouldn't miss this international competition that sees the participation of the top couples from around the world and takes place in the municipal sports pavilion in Salou coinciding with the Spanish holiday period at the beginning of December. There are different categories of competition featuring vibrant rhythms and seemingly impossible dance moves.

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Must-see cultural venues

Auditoriums, monasteries, theatres, museums and more essential cultural venues in Costa Daurada regions and towns Baix Camp Mountains of Prades Interpretation Centre Audiovisual presentations and a museum visit based on interactive modules that engage all of the senses allow visitors to explore the natural and cultural wealth of the Mountains of Prades. Serra de Llaberia Interpretation Centre This centre has three thematic areas, the first offering information on the Serra de Llaberia mountain range, the second on the town of Pratdip, and the third, the most curious one, which explores the world of myth through four stories of magic. Castle-Monastery of Escornalbou A castle that is peculiar, to say the least, from a time in which the wealthy bourgeoisie acquired historic buildings and adapted them to their tastes to make them their homes. Eduard Toda rehabilitated a monastery founded in 1153, with excellent views of the surrounding area. So, Sant Miquel d'Escornalbou is part early 20th century manor house and partly the remains of a remarkable religious building. Fruits of the Landscape Interpretation Centre Located in the old mill and headquarters of the Agricultural Cooperative in Riudecanyes, here we can learn about the history and traditions of this inland region as audiovisual panels and interactive games take us on a trip through its landscapes and products. Spring and summer getaways on the Costa Daurada Baix Camp Where the Costa Daurada meets the mountains One of the

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Recommended restaurants

Time Out Barcelona's selection of the best restaurants and bars for a gastronomic getaway to taste the best Costa Daurada has to offer Baix Camp L'Estanc This restaurant's name comes from the fact that it is housed in what was once the tobacconist’s shop in Prades. But you won’t notice the smell of tobacco: this small restaurant offering home cooking using traditional, simple recipes has been open for three decades now. Once past the entrance arches, if you feel like eating something solid, order a butifarrada – an assortment of local sausages - or grilled lamb served with garnish. La Cuineta i el Fornet Located in Borges del Camp, this cosy restaurant with a double diminutive name serves up excellent dishes of snails, grilled meat, pig’s trotters and, when in season, calçots. This is market style cuisine served in peaceful surroundings. And in summer you can also enjoy a pleasant after-dinner cocktail. La Cuina d'en Carlos If you’d like to try some mountain-style cuisine, consisting of game dishes, stews, grilled meat, cold cuts or cheeses, all washed down with good local wine, La Cuina d'en Carlos, located next door to the Chapel of Santa Marina in the village of Pratdip, is an excellent choice. These are uncomplicated dishes but feature high quality produce served in a relaxing and friendly environment. If you’re with a group you can ask for a tailored group menu. Ca l'Amadeu Serving home-style local cuisine, this restaurant is located on the first floor of a rustic hotel.

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Top accommodations

Hotels, hostals and cottages where you can stay in Costa Daurada towns and regions Baix Camp Mas Mariassa Set in an idyllic location, surrounded by the mountains of the Serra de Llaberia and very near the village of Pratdip, this gastronomic hotel occupies a fully restored Catalan farmhouse. In summer you can have a moonlight dip in the swimming pool or relax in the hot waters of the jacuzzi. But be sure to book well in advance because there are only seven rooms, all of which are spacious and modern and have terraces.  Aire de Colldejou Located at the foot of Mola de Colldejou, this small rustic hotel has only five rooms, all equipped with terraces and offering views of the magnificent landscapes that lie all around, in which peace and quiet are essential elements. During their stay here, guests have free access to the village’s municipal swimming pool. The hotel restaurant serves market style mountain cuisine. Davall Plaça The dream of a couple from Capafonts came true a few years ago, when they opened this hotel with eight rooms and plenty of cosy corners to relax in, such as the library and the garden. It also has a small pool and a restaurant with modern elements like its red colour scheme and cylindrical shaped lamps. Rated four stars, it is also a good starting point for excursions and visits to the surrounding area. Cal Barber Always a good choice, this hotel in Botarell has modern style room that contrast exquisitely with the original structure and stone walls of the

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Festivals and events

From music and film to arts and entertainment, discover the best festivals and events taking place on the Costa Daurada throughout the year More info on the Costa Daurada Cultural venues Auditoriums, monasteries, theatres, museums and more essential cultural venues in Costa Daurada regions and towns Baix Camp Mountains of Prades Interpretation Centre Audiovisual presentations and a museum visit based on interactive modules that engage all of the senses allow visitors to explore the natural and cultural wealth of the Mountains of Prades. Serra de Llaberia Interpretation Centre This centre has three thematic areas, the first offering information on the Serra de Llaberia mountain range, the second on the town of Pratdip, and the third, the most curious one, which explores the world of myth through four stories of magic. Castle-Monastery of Escornalbou A castle that is peculiar, to say the least, from a time in which the wealthy bourgeoisie acquired historic buildings and adapted them to their tastes to make them their homes. Eduard Toda rehabilitated a monastery founded in 1153, with excellent views of the surrounding area. So, Sant Miquel d'Escornalbou is part early 20th century manor house and partly the remains of a remarkable religious building. Fruits of the Landscape Interpretation Centre Located in the old mill and headquarters of the Agricultural Cooperative in Riudecanyes, here we can learn about the history and traditions of this inland region as audiovisual panels an

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