Big festivals and major events on the Costa Daurada: Spring

What's on in spring on the Costa Daurada

11th to 17th April
Tarragona Family Week
Free admission to museums and monuments, and plenty of special rates and discounts at restaurants, hotels, campsites ... An initiative designed especially for families, as many of the packages offered are for two adults and two kids. This is a great opportunity to explore the riches of Tarragona without spending a fortune.

18th April
Stations of the Cross to Calvary in Selva del Camp
This emblematic event celebrating Easter Week has been classified as an Event of National Cultural Interest and it is celebrated on the morning of Good Friday. Visually stunning, the most emotive moment is that of the meeting between Soledat and Christ during the return of the procession, and the singular dance of death that has been recovered from medieval folklore.

23rd April to 5th May
Medieval Weekend of the Legend of Saint George in Montblanc
For more than two decades, The Medieval Association of the Legend of Saint George of Montblanc has organized this week dedicated to celebrating, through a large variety of acts related to life in Medieval Catalonia, the legend of the patron saint of the country. The event has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the highlights of the town's year and features the full participation of the local residents. The setting of the walls and streets of Montblanc, and the fact that folklorist Joan Amades locates the legendary battle between Saint George and the dragon here, give this week its special character.

1st to 4th May
Calafell Family Weekend
An initiative of the Calafell Local Tourist Board, who wanted to dedicate a whole weekend in the year to families with children with all kinds of activities aimed at them including performances, workshops, games, lectures and exhibitions of products and services, while presenting all that the town can offer its visitors. Companies, individuals and institutions involved in the world of the family unveil their products and services here and visitors can get firsthand information about them.

5th to 25th May
Tarraco Viva

Tarragona reverts to being ancient Tarraco for a few days every year, taking a trip to the Roman civilization that has historical divulgation as its main objective. There are recreations of gladiatorial combats, but also lectures, theatrical performances and samples of Roman cuisine. The festival has gone from strength to strength every year in terms of the number of activities and visitors. This year's edition will focus especially on the figure of the Emperor Augustus on the 2,000th anniversary of his death.

8th to 11th May
Trapezi Catalan Circus Fair in Reus

Every year, the circus comes to the capital of Baix Camp for these four days. 2014 sees the 18th edition, with some thirty shows, some of which will be performed for the first time here, by companies from all around the world.

16th to 18th May
Street Music Fair in Vila-seca
2014 sees the 15th edition of this well consolidated professional music fair that brings together emerging musicians,  programmers and music industry professionals.

May and June
Sea Festival, various towns
Every year, when summer is about to arrive, the towns that make up the Costa Daurada Nautical Station stage the Sea Festival, with open doors days at their marinas and the chance to participate in a number of activities (including kayaking, windsurfing, paddle surfing, diving...) at a very reasonable price. It takes place in a different town every weekend including Cambrils, Miami Platja, Salou and Vandellòs, l'Hospitalet de l'Infant and l'Ametlla de Mar (the last town being part of the Terres de l'Ebre region). 

24th and 25th May
Sea Festival in Calafell
Created thirteen years ago with the aim of strengthening the maritime legacy of Calafell, the festival reproduces the former commercial life of the town through activities such as crafts exhibitions, an exhibition of traditional boats with shipwrights at work on them, children's workshops and trips in the traditional sailing boats called llaguts.

25th May to 22nd June
Tuna Days in Hospitalet de l'Infant
About a dozen restaurants and bars, located mostly in L'Hospitalet de l'Infant, but with participants in l'Almadrava, Masboquera, and Pratdip, take advantage of this festival to put tuna-based dishes on their menus. Also popular are the "tuna-tapas" which, as you can imagine, are tuna-based tapas priced at €2.5 with drinks included.

21st to 24th June
Turismar Fair in Coma-ruga
This Multisector Trade Fair has been held on the seafront and beach at Coma-ruga every year since 1987 and traditionally marks the end of spring and the beginning of the summer season. The stands are located in Plaça dels Germans Trillas, with a notable presence of the local cava industry, while the beach is the place for parallel activities such as sporting and cultural exhibitions and the Feast of Saint John bonfire party.

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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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