The day’s return of the fishing boats to the quay is a sight that's famous in Cambrils, and of course it’s free! Every evening after a long day at sea, the boats return home accompanied by hungry gulls calling for their supper. The sight demonstrates how this fishing town maintains its traditions while embracing tourism, and visitors are welcome to chat with fishermen, who are happy to show children the many different types of fish in their catch.
Your second day begins with a ride on the tourist train, which takes you around the town’s most interesting sights, through its narrow streets overlooked by flower-filled balconies and flapping laundry. As you pass the medieval walls and the hermitage, you can hear the town’s history and information about each feature. Be aware, though, that the train only runs until October, when it stops for its winter holidays.
If you have time before a late lunch, you can visit the fascinating Molino de las Tres Eres museum, housed in an old water-driven flour mill, where you can view its two permanent exhibitions, 'Cambrils: The origins', dedicated to its archaeology, and 'The Mill of the Three Ages: A Living Witness to the Past', which explains the original purpose of the building. The mill will be activated while you're there, which is always a great curiosity, especially for children.
And now your appetite is whetted, you face the difficult choice of where to eat, with so many delicious options. Cambrils is known as the gastronomic capital of the Costa Daurada, due to its chefs who prepare traditional recipes handed down through the generations, and to the top-quality produce from the sea and the local harvests. Always recommended, though, is the local 'suquet de pescado con salsa romesco', a traditional seafood dish in sauce, 'fideos rubios', which is similar to thin spaghetti, or the local black rice.
And after lunch, there's nothing better than a gentle stroll around the port area, where you can enjoy its shops and peaceful streets.
You can't leave Cambrils without seeing the Torre del Port (Port Tower), an old defence watchtower from the 17th century, now classified as a Cultural Site of National Interest. Its location makes it the perfect viewpoint over the whole port, and after admiring the view, you can wander along the seafront to admire the beach, or hire bikes and explore the town’s 30 kilometres of cycling routes.
If you're in Cambrils between October 14 and 16, the town’s sixth wine and gastronomy exhibition, 'Cambrils: the Door to Wine Country', will be held in the Parc del Pescador, with tastings of 'denominación de origen' wine from all over Catalonia, guided tastings, gastronomic tastings from the best restaurants, plenty of local produce for sale, children’s activities and live music. Make sure to mark the dates on your calendar.
You can find details of opening hours and how to reserve your space for the above activities at the Cambrils tourist office. Call 97 779 23 07.
The Port Tower (Torre del Port), also known as the Moor’s Tower (Torre dels Moros) is an old coastal watchtower that was built in the 17th century. Its position in the middle of the port has turned it into one of the most well-known buildings in Cambrils, and since the arrival of tourism in the town, it has been an important part of the image that the town wants to project of itself. The building has been designated a Cultural Asset of National Interest, and it hosts occasional temporary exhibitions.
The Mill of the Three Ages Museum (Museu Molí de les Tres Eres) is a former hydraulic flour mill, and today the main site of the Cambrils History Museum. You can visit its two permanent exhibitions throughout the year – ‘The ancient population of Cambrils’, which is dedicated to archaeology, and ‘The Mill of the Three Ages: living witness of the past’, which explains the original use of the building. In addition, temporary exhibitions and conferences are regularly held at the museum. The site has been designed a Cultural Asset of Local Interest.
The Hermitage Tower (Torre de l’Ermita) is a medieval defensive tower whose turrets you can visit after you’ve climbed its more than 80 stairs. The view of Cambrils from this high vantage point is certainly worth seeing. Inside the tower, throughout the year you can visit the permanent exhibition ‘A place called Cambrils’, as well as various temporary exhibitions organised by the Cambrils Study Centre. The building is designated as a Cultural Asset of National Interest.
This is a site open to the public that displays remains from a villa in the immediate surounds of Tarraco, which was inhabited between 1 BC and 6 AD. The building is designated a Cultural Asset of National Interest.