Cultural venues on the Costa Daurada
Auditoriums, monasteries, theatres, museums and more essential cultural venues in Costa Daurada regions and towns
Tue Apr 1 2014
Costa Daurada - Priorat
Located in a unique setting, Escaladei (12th century) was the first Carthusian monastery in the Iberian Peninsula and is a must for all visitors to Priorat. Even though much of the original monastery is now in ruins, you can still get an idea of the splendour of the place from its three cloisters, one of which is fully restored, its church, refectory, a cell that has been thoroughly reconstructed... You can also take advantage of your visit here to explore the surrounding countryside.
- Camí de la Cartoixa, s/n
A modern centre set in an old building – the castle of The Counts of Prades in Falset – where you can take a journey through the culture of Priorat wine. Audiovisual presentations, large panels and even a tasting room in which you can put your palate to the test, make for an entertaining visit that is suitable for all ages.
- Bonaventura Pascó, s/n, 43730
With associate Priorat with vines and wines perhaps with olive oil. But is inhabitants have had other ways of making a living, such as working in the mines at Bellmunt, where galena was mined to be transformed into lead. The mine was still working until 1972, and we nowadays we can visit one of its twenty subterranean galleries, which lies some 35 under the ground.
- Carretera de la Mina, s/n, 43738
The objective of the Turtle breeding and interpretation centre in Marça is the conservation of the local turtles, a protected species in danger of extinction. It aims to promote the breeding and reintroduction of these turtles into their natural habitat when they are between 3 and 5 years of age when their shells have hardened. Visitors here can see around fifty Mediterranean turtles. In addition, the centre offers the appeal of the Parc de les Olors, a large plant nursery with aromatic plants and herbs, which aims to promote knowledge of the local flora.
- Parc de les Olors de la Miloquera, 43775
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.
- Carrer de la Muralla, 5, 43364
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.
- Plaça de l'Església, 1, 43320
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.
- Carretera d'Escornalbou, s/n, 43771
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.
- C/ Dilluns, 5, 43771
Home of writer and publisher Carlos Barral and one of the few of the old fishermen’s supply shops left in the village. The centre aims to recuperate and promote the traditions and customs of the seafaring community of Calafell and to promote Barral’s literary and publishing work.
- Pg. Marítim Sant Joan de Déu, 18, 43820
Offering magnificent views over the plains of Calafell, you’ll reach this hilltop castle by walking up along narrow streets with a medieval air. It was built here in the twelfth century during the reconquest and repopulation of the territory against the Moors and the old town of Calafell grew in its sheltering shadow. You’ll see the remains of the medieval necropolis with tombs carved into the rock. Above the church is the comunidor, a square building that was open to the four winds and storms and was reputed to ward off both storms and demons and bless the town. You can still see cannon holes in the castle walls.
- Carrer de les Penyes, s/n, 43820
There are not many places where you can stroll around a reconstruction of an Iberian settlement “in situ”. Following meticulous research, the archaeologists here have reproduced the walls, streets and houses that stood here between the 6th and the 1st centuries BC.
- Carretera C-31 km 141
L'Hospitalet de l'Infant and La Vall de Llors
Located right next door to the church and the town hall in Vandellòs, Ca la Torre is a manor house that takes its name from its defence tower, which dates from the Middle Ages. Decaled a site of national cultural interest, today it is a cultural centre that provides the town with a variety of services.
- Plaça dels Drs. Gil-Vernet, s/n, 43891
This old oil mill has been restored and converted into an interpretation center dedicated to the world of olive oil. Its modern museum exhibits invite visitors to discover and explore the world of olive oil through the mill’s original machinery and the testimony of some of the millers who once worked there.
- Carretera C-44 de Móra a l'Hospitalet de l'Infant, n. 2, 43891
Mont-roig del Camp - Miami Platja
A tribute to an illustrious visitor to the village, this interpretation centre focussing on Joan Miró and his work, occupies an original setting in the old church in Mont-Roig del Camp. We’ll find everything from facsimile reproductions of paintings related to the village to videos on his work and his relationship to Mont-Roig.
- C/ Major, 2, 43300
Although he designed no building in Reus, the architect Antoni Gaudí is a constant presence in the city. Located in the bustling Plaça del Mercadal, this centre uses the latest technology and spectacular scale models to explore his life and works, making a visit here a complete experience for the senses.
- Plaça del Mercadal, 3, 43201
Designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, this psychiatric hospital, considered to be one of the jewels of European Modernisme, is located about 10 minutes drive from the centre of Reus. The magnificent “Pavilion of the Distinguished” is the only part of the ensemble that is open to visits and cultural events, and preserves all of its spectacular original decor (stained glass, ceramics, mosaics, furniture ...). The guided tour is free and lasts approximately 40 minutes
- Carretera de l'Institut Pere Mata, 1, 43206
The ground floor of this museum hosts temporary exhibitions. Until the end of May you can see an extensive sample of the work of painter Josep Tapiró. On the upper floor there is a permanent collection of archaeological exhibits with pieces from prehistory to modern times.
- Raval de Santa Anna, 59, 43204
La Ruta del Cister
One of the three monasteries that make up the Cistercian Trails and possibly the best known thanks to its grandeur, the fact that the Kings of the Crown of Aragon are interred here and because it has been inhabited by monks since they returned here in 1940. Founded in the mid-12th century, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
- Plaça de la Corona d'Aragó, 11, 43448
The most important Cistercian convent in Catalonia, Santa Maria de Vallbona is still inhabited by nuns after some 850 years of history. Though more humble in appearance than the Monasteries of Poblet and Santes Creus, it’s worth visiting to see its austere but beautiful cloister, its bare chapterhouse and the single-nave church, as well as its archives that are rich with historical documents.
- C/ Major, s/n, 25268
Unlike the Monastery of Poblet, Santes Creus has been uninhabited for some decades now. But that does mean that visitors can enter all of its spaces, some of which have been turned into museum exhibits. This is a beautiful monastery, whose cloister is a perfect example of the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic style and which boasts exquisitely detailed capitals. The church, which contains the tombs of a number of Kings of the Crown of Aragon, is another highlight of the visit.
- Plaça de Jaume el Just, s/n, 43815
Among the longest caves in the world formed in conglomerate rock. Part of the interior of the caves is habilitated as a museum dedicated to explaining the human imprint on this site and the geological formation of the cavity. For the more adventurous, with prior reservation, there is the possibility of doing a caving trip up the underground river.
- Av. Catalunya, s/n, 43440
Any time of the year is good for a walk around the streets and squares of Montblanc, visiting its churches and townhouses and discovering its history and legends in the company of tourist guides.
- Inici a l'antiga església de Sant Francesc (Oficina de Turisme), 43400
Dating from the mid-16th century, Torre Vella conserves its original façades but has been modernized inside and, together with the adjoining building, is now a cultural centre hosting art exhibitions and housing the Museum of Contemporary Enamels.
- C/ Arquebisbe Pere Cardona, 43840
This group of buildings was originally built as a nativity scene, and still stands today, together with rural implements and farm animals in a space of more than five thousand square metres. It has recently incorporated a playground and in the summer months hosts a crafts market.
- C/ Carles Buïgas, 50, 43840
This archaeological site is made up of the remains of a Roman building used for the production of ceramics. It consists of an oven, of which the fire chamber still remains and, next to it, the remains of a large columned space corresponding to the workshops in which the potters worked on their wares.
- C/ Lluís Domènech i Muntaner, s/n, 43840
The Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Tecla, stands at the highest point of the city, and was consecrated in 1331. It’s worth visiting to see the cloister, an exceptional architectural and sculptural ensemble dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The Diocesan Museum has a remarkable collection of tapestries.
- Pl. Pla de la Seu, s/n, 43003
This is the oldest archaeological museum in Catalonia and an important centre for the recovery, conservation, research and dissemination of the heritage of the Roman city of Tarraco and its area of influence. On display are numerous pieces from the Roman era and the mosaics are considered to be of special value. Other sites also make up the museum, including the Roman villas of Munts and Centelles.
- Pl. del Rei, 5, 43003
Possibly the best known image of Tarragona is that of its amphitheatre beside the sea. Oval in shape and with the stands sculpted into the rock, it was the venue for gladiatorial combats between men and men and men and animals, as well as for public executions. A Visigoth basilica was built here in the 6th century and it was also the site of the construction of a later medieval church.
- Parc de l'Amfiteatre romà, 43003
A visit to two of the most important constructions that remain from the Roman period. Firstly the circus, built in the first century AD with an estimated capacity for 30,000 spectators. While a lot of it is now buried under the streets of the city, some of the original construction is still visible. It is connected by underground passageways to the Praetorian tower, which housed the stairs that allowed people to pass from the lower city to the provincial forum, and which, in the sixteenth century, became the palace of the kings of the Crown of Aragon.
- Pl. del Rei - Rambla Vella, 43003
El Vendrell and Coma-ruga
This house-museum near the sea is where the musician Pau Casals rested during his breaks between world tours and where visitors can now explore his career and the gardens, sculpture gallery and music room of the house, which was reformed by architect Antoni Puig i Gairalt in the 1930s.
- Av. Palfuriana, 67, 43880
This is one of the most important art collections open to the public in Catalonia, thanks to the donations of the notary Antoni Deu. The ground floor rug room is exceptional, as are the upper floors with valuable examples of sculptures, jewellery and blown-glass.
- Plaça Nova, 6, 43700
In the centre of Vendrell we can visit the house in which Pau Casals was born and where he spent his childhood and youth. It’s a humble house with furniture dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. The guided visits allow visitors to learn about the human side of Catalonia’s greatest cellist and explore his origins and how his home town greeted the news of his death.
- C/ de Santa Anna, 4, 43700
Located in the artist’s summer residence and studio, a restored 16th century building with a beautiful Mediterranean garden, the Foundation’s museum contains an important collection of original sculptures in terracotta and plaster, as well as a selection of monumental bronzes.
- C/ Major, 25, 43700
Vila-seca and La Pineda Platja
Located to the north of Vila-seca, the castle is neo-medieval in style and was acquired by the town council only a decade ago. Highlights include the Olzina Tower, which is believed to be of Roman origin. The tower is quadrangular and has an inner perimeter of 5.10 x 4.25 m. and its outer walls are built of large ashlars, with a thickness of six feet. The only way of seeing inside the building is to attend the acts that are held here since it isn’t usually open to the public.
- Carrer del Castell, s/n, 43480