Vandellòs i l'Hospitalet de l'Infant: From the mountains to the coast
A walking route to discover four of the towns that make up this Costa Daurada region
Wed Dec 10 2014
Vandellòs i l'Hospitalet de l'Infant covers more than 102km2 in the Costa Daurada, and its five towns are a perfect combination of sea and land. To enjoy both the inland areas and the beaches, we recommend a walking route that will take you to four of these towns in around three hours.
The ideal option is to walk from the mountain down to the coast, rather than the other way round, unless you are a fit, experienced hiker. If you're staying close to the sea - which is likely as the beaches have the best range of hotels and apartments - we suggest you take the free bus from l'Hospitalet to Vandellòs so you won't have to worry about collecting your car at the end of the walk, as the itinerary runs straight down back to l'Hospitalet.
Once in Vandellòs, you should head for the petrol station or public laundrette, where you'll find a path marked with white and green lines - this is the route to follow throughout. During your walk, take the time to look around each village of the Llors Valley (Vandellòs, Masboquera and Masriudoms) - each has its own charms and they're all quite peaceful compared to the places popular with summer visitors, just a few kilometres away. Continuing on your way to the coast, you'll enjoy amazing views of the sea and the natural beauty of the valley, as you descend to l'Hospitalet de l'Infant. Here, if you haven't already done so, you should visit the 14th-century gothic hospital, which gives its name to the town. Eat in one of the many restaurants you'll find, for example, in the Marina, and don't miss the sunset from the Arenal beach.
This route covers around 11km, but there are many others that you can follow around Vandellòs, both on foot and on mountain bike. For instance, there is the section of the GR92 walking path that runs along the coast of l'Hospitalet. It will take you to the Protected Natural Area of Rojala, with fantastic views over the Torn beach. There is also the La Figuerola pitch & putt course in Vandellòs, which has a spa and an excellent restaurant next door.
Where to stay and where to eat
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, (Calafell)
This old oil mill has been restored and converted into an study centre 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, (Vandellòs)