The Camí de Ronda in Salou: A journey by the sea
A walk that's ideal for a bit of exercise and panoramic photos of the Costa Daurada
Wed Dec 10 2014
The Costa Daurada's top destination for family tourism is Salou, which offers a host of attractions and activities for all ages. If you're looking for a healthy option, out in the open air, seeing pretty, historic sights, and all for free, then you should head to the Camí de Ronda, a coastal path that's almost two kilometres long; it's not a difficult walk but will give you a good workout. Facilities put in place a few years ago, in harmony with their surroundings and respectful of the environment, allow walkers to overcome rocky obstacles, and easily move between beaches and coves.
A good place to start your outing is at the end of the Carrer Colom, an area known as the esplanada dels Pilons. You can admire the beach of Llevant and look south towards the Delta de l'Ebre. Take the path, which is reserved for walkers only, in a northerly direction. Shortly after starting, you will come across a collection of rocks known locally as the Chair of King James (Cadira del Rei en Jaume), as well as the remains of a building where boats were held in quarantine when they arrived from places affected by epidemic. The beach of Capellans is one of the prettiest coves on Cape Salou and, just beyond it, the path rises some 77 metres above sea level before arriving at the Punta del Po-roig, which offers splendid panoramic views. From this spot, we can imagine how King James I set sail from the natural port of Salou, one of the few of its kind on the Catalan coast, heading with his boats to conquer Mallorca in 1229, or envisage the triumphant arrival by sea of General Prim following the war in Africa in the mid-19th century. Moving on to the Llarga beach, which is practically unspoiled, make a detour to the area of the Replanells (landings), where the Camí de Ronda comes to an end. However, if you want to see more, it is now possible to visit the local lighthouse, providing the weather is clear, just at the end of the Camí.
This walk can be done as slowly or quickly as you like, but as a general guidance, you will probably need a couple of hours to complete the round trip. If you're looking to spend more time in Salou, you could head to the Adventure Forest (Bosc Aventura), with circuits among the trees, the easiest of which is suitable for children aged three and up. Or, of course, there's PortAvenura, open until January 6 before closing for a few weeks to prepare its new features for the upcoming season.
Where to stay and where to eat
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, (Salou)
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, (Salou)
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, (Salou)