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Getaway to Cambrils: Perfect for couples, families... and gourmets

Take your time to get to know the gastro capital of the Costa Daurada

By Xavier Amat |
Port Vogadors Cambrils

Here's a trip you're sure to enjoy. For 48 hours, you'll really get to know Cambrils, but while taking things slowly, with the time to enjoy meals in one of the Costa Daurada's food havens, as well as to relax on the local beaches, stroll through the old town, visit the remodelled botanical garden Parc Samà, and later, feel the gentle marine breeze caress your face as you watch the arrival of the fishing boats.

Peixateries de Cambrils
© Rafael López-Monné

Afternoon day 1: The Torre del Port balcony

On this, your first afternoon in Cambrils, we encourage you to head to and go up the Torre del Port, an old defensive watchtower built in the 17th century and currently catalogued as a Cultural Asset of National Interest. Its position, in the heart of the port, makes it the perfect place from where to watch the fishing boats return to dock – a fantastic sight not because of the boats themselves but also for the many seagulls that accompany them on their journey. You should also check out the local fishmongers, especially if you’re travelling with children, and discover the numerous species of fish that are caught in local coastal waters.

Plaça barri antic de Cambrils

Morning day 2: Miniature train, museum and lunch

A good way to get to know the most interesting places in town is to climb on board the Tourist Train. (If you've got kids, this is a favourite for them.) A spoken commentary points out the key sights as you head along narrow streets overlooked by balconies full of flowers and drying clothes, discover the medieval wall, the hermitage... Where the miniature train can’t go, however, and where instead you can go on foot once the train ride is over is Cambrils’s Agricultural Museum, found in the spectacular building designed for a wine co-operative by architect Bernardí Martorell in 1920. It’s certainly worth getting to know the building, with its arches that are clearly influenced by Antoni Gaudí and permanent exhibition entitled ‘The production of oil and wine’ – this follows the various steps involved in creating these two archetypal Mediterranean products, from the arrival of the raw materials to the final extraction.

If you have some time before lunch, head to the Mill Museum of the Three Ages, located in an old hydraulic flour mill and with two permanent exhibitions: ‘The ancient population of Cambrils’, dedicated to archaeology, and ‘The Mill of the Three Ages: living witness to the past’, which explains the origins of the building. During your visit you can see the mill working, making it a great place to take the whole family.

When it’s time for lunch, it won’t be easy to choose from all the great restaurants in town. However, wherever you go, we recommend you try the fish stew ('suquet de peix') with romesco sauce, the ‘golden’ noodles ('fideus rossos') or the black rice ('arròs negre'). Heavenly cuisine!

Port de fons i bicis Cambrils

Afternoon day 2: Ice cream and bicycles

For a relaxing time, we suggest you take a walk around the streets of the port, where you’ll find shops and quiet surroundings, and perhaps have an ice cream on the Escales Reials, while listening to the sound of the boats on the quay. An alternative is to rent bikes and take a ride around the town: Cambrils has some 23 kilometres of bike lanes. Safe routes for riders of all ages to discover the town.

Parc Samà Cambrils
© Rafael López-Monné

Day 3: The sea and the park – fall in love with the region

For your last day, we suggest making the most of the beaches of Cambrils, and visiting Parc Samà. When you head to the beaches, you will find out for yourself why they’re so popular and well-known. The town has nine beaches, which extend for about as many kilometres, and all share fine sand and a gentle slope into the sea, making them excellent for children. And if that wasn’t enough, the kids can also enjoy the ‘children’s oases’ – shaded activity spaces both on the beach and along the Passeig Marítim.

As you may well imagine, the beaches of Cambrils offer all the services you need to spend a whole day. Among the water sports that the Estació Nàutica Costa Daurada offers are windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking and diving.

Later in the day, we recommend a visit to Parc Samà, located 5 km from Cambrils in the direction of Montbrió. Samà is a majestic historic garden listed as a Cultural Heritage of National Interest, which was completely renovated in 2017 and is located within a unique natural space, with a modernista design and urbanism that recalls the park's Indian past. You'll fall in love with the romanticism of a garden that boasts history, exceptional flora, a lake, a waterfall, exotic birds and so much more.

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