Today you can explore Calafell’s medieval old quarter and the 11th-century Santa Creu Castle that reigns above it all, and where there are also remains of peasant dwellings and grain storage from the 8th century. The guided tour will tell you about how the castle was destroyed in the 17th century, although the church, its Santa Cruz altar and its anthropomorphic tombs are still in fairly good condition. The bell tower, underground cells and water cistern are also well preserved, and visitors can see graffiti written by the prisoners.
Another local place of interest is the Casa Barral Museum, housed in an old fishing shop where the poet, editor, writer and politician Carlos Barral lived. Since it opened a little over a decade ago, the house-museum has welcomed some 10,000 visitors and has hosted loads of activities, among them concerts, book presentations, talks, conferences, poetry readings, literary days and writing workshops. The mission of the Casa Barral Museum is to study and advocate literary and publish works by Barral and about the maritime past of Calafell, but it's alsoa space where people interested in literature and culture in general can meet up – a good place, with the flavour of the sea, to end your getaway to Calafell.