For your first morning in Calafell, don’t leave it too late to get up and ready, so that you’ll have the time to try out Nordic walking, which has really taken off here and other local spots in the past few years. The Regidoria Municipal de Turisme de Calafell is a member of the Active Tourism Club (part of the Catalan Tourism Agency) and promotes this free activity, which essentially involves using special sticks when out walking – aerobic exercise that's good for the heart. And don’t worry about getting your own walking sticks. Trained monitors will provide them for you as well as explain the technique of Nordic walking.
The meeting point is Plaça dels Països Catalans, every Saturday and Sunday in March, April, May and October at 9am, as well as weekends in June, July, August and September, at 8am.
If you're more into water sports, Calafell is a great place to indulge your hobby. The sailing school gives you the chance to discover the emotion of regattas thanks its offer of a solid technical grounding as well as practical experience. In addition, the school offers outings on sailboats, individual courses and classes, and the hire of catamarans, kayaks, etc.
But perhaps what you’re really interested in, especially if it’s a sunny day, is relaxing with your towel by the sea. In Calafell, there are five kilometres of golden sand and iodine-rich waters. The three beaches and seafront were the first in Catalonia to receive the ISO 14.001 certificate from the AENOR Certification Organisation in 2003. The blue flag has flown over all the beaches there since 1992. They're great for families (in fact, the've been nicknamed by some as ‘the baby-bottle beaches’) thanks to the quality of the sand and water, the calmness of the sea, and the gentle slopes down into the Med.
For lunch, we recommend you try cod salad ('xató') and rice dishes ('arrossejat') in any of the good restaurants you’ll find around the town.