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Big festivals and major events on the Costa Daurada: Winter

What's on in winter on the Costa Daurada

December-January
Fair and Fiesta of the New Oil
This fair and fiesta celebrates the arrival of the olive oil that comes from the first pressing of the year. It takes place in different locations including Riudecanyes, Alforja, Amoster, Vilaplana, Riudecols and les Borges del Camp. A good, consistent breakfast, which of course features olive oil, marks the start of a series of activities promoted by agricultural cooperatives and other local organizations. Reus sees the 18th Siurana Olive Oil Fair on the 14th and 15th of November. This fair brings together the main producers of extra virgin olive oil DOP Siurana and visitors can taste around twenty varieties of the first new oil of the season and take part in various parallel activities such as a tasting breakfast, cooking workshops, children's workshops and the 18th Gastronomic Fair of Siurana Oil, in which around fifteen restaurants make special dishes using new extra virgin Siurana olive oil.

26th to 28th December
Living Nativity Scene at Masia de Castelló in Vandellòs
Villagers of all ages take part in this traditional event, which has now seen sixteen editions and is also known as Lo Pessebre dels Estels. Bundled up and trying to pretend they're not really cold, each of the 300 participants has his or her own role in the thirty vignettes that make up the scene, which also serves to bring this village, which is currently uninhabited, back to life for a few days.

December-January
Nativity scene on the sand in La Pineda

In a tradition that dates from 1999, sculptors from all around make figures for the most original nativity scene you're ever likely to see: they're made out of the sand on the beach of La Pineda. The nativity scene is conserved during the whole of the Christmas period and attracts the attention of all those who walk along the seafront at this time of the year.

Around 17th January
Winter Fiesta in Vila-seca
Held in honour of Saint Antoni Abat, the patron saint of Vila-seca, this fiesta gives a special role to animals, not only in the Tres Tombs procession, but also in the spectacular horse races held in the Parc de la Torre d'en Dolça. There are also plenty of activities for kids and a clown festival called the Pallassòdrom.

25th January
Calçot Festival in Valls
Valls is the town that gave calçots, delicious scallion like vegetables that are grilled over flames and eaten with tasty romesco sauce. The harvest time for calçots is celebrated in this festival that sees the streets and squares of the town filled with hungry visitors.

First Saturday in February
Cos Blanc in Salou
The central event in Salou's winter fiesta is known as Cos Blanc and sees 26 floats and over one thousand people in fancy dress parade through the town's streets under showers of confetti shot out by the twenty cannons that line the route. It's like a warm up for the carnival and draws thousands of people to the town on the first Saturday in February.

First Sunday in February
Xatonada Popular in Vendrell
If you've never tried a dish of xató, an anchovy, tuna and salt cod salad served with a special sauce that gives the dish its name, you should head for the Rambla in Vendrell on the first Sunday in February. Around two thousand portions of xató are served here and there is also a competition for the best sauce made by adult and child chefs. The same day sees other activities such as performances, a food fair, coffee tastings and a gathering of cava plaque collectors.

February-March
Xurigué Carnival in Calafell
Get out your feathers and glitter and let go of your imagination at the Carnaval Xurigué in Calafell when the town is taken over by carnival spirit for a whole week complete with spectacular parades of fifty or more floats and twenty groups with around 18,000 members taking to the streets.

February-March
Carnival in Tarragona
This carnival features an extensive programme of events and dances. The high point is the Crafts Parade, with groups of hundreds of people who fill the streets of the city with colour, masks, fireworks and music. Another high point is the Rua de Lluïment parade, which features the most spectacular floats of the carnival. Finally, on the Tuesday of the week the king of the carnival is buried amidst a veritable orgy of fireworks.

February-March
Carnival in Reus
The Carnival in Reus has a long tradition and is a very popular event. Among the most unusual acts is a battle of tomatoes on Saturday morning and a battle of confetti on Sunday afternoon. And lots of parades of course, including the Rua de Lluïment on Saturday afternoon and the so called "Parade of the Royal Hangover" on Sunday morning.  There is even some action on Monday morning with Expo-profit in which the groups that organize the festivities offer breakfasts and lunches at accessible prices in Plaça del Prim. Tuesday sees the burial of the king of the carnival, though one of his arms is saved and is not burned until the next day.

19th March
Fiesta of Sant Josep in Miami Platja

The feast of Saint Joseph is Father's Day in Catalonia and the winter fiesta in Miami Platja. It is celebrated with dances, plays, vermouths, traditional Catalan dances like sardanes and the election of the pubilla (something like a beauty queen) of the town.

March
TastaVerd in Riudecanyes

This fair aims to raise awareness of the values ​​of traditional agriculture and organic products and the old crafts and trades and vindicate the figure of the farmer. There are product tastings, a commercial fair and an exhibition of ancient trades.

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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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