Visit the Poblet Monastery

The Poblet monastery, where the mortal remains of several kings of Aragon rest, is probably the most emblematic place to visit in the province of Tarragona. Located in the Conca de Barberà region, it is one of the most important abbeys in Catalonia and throughout Europe. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1991. Although today it is still inhabited by a community of about thirty monks, a good part of the spaces of the enormous monastic complex are open to the public.

In addition, the Poblet monastery is the central point of the cistercian route, a journey through three Catalan Cistercian monasteries that also includes Santes Creus, in Tarragona, and Vallbona de les Monges, in Lleida.

 

Brief history of the Poblet Monastery

The origins of this Cistercian monastery date back to 1149 when Ramón Berenguer IV handed it over to the monks of a French abbey. It was a site that met the standards of the Cistercian order. In other words, to be located in an isolated place, to be surrounded by land suitable for agriculture and to have a water supply. Its greatest peak was during the 14th century, when it was home to up to 140 monks, plus the lay brothers who worked for them. It was at that time, specifically in 1340, when Peter the Ceremonious ordered the monastery to become a royal pantheon. In this way, and until the 15th century, it came to house the tombs of the kings of Aragon and Counts of Barcelona, ​​specifically, up to eight kings and three queens. In 1835 the Poblet monastery was abandoned after the Mendizábal Confiscation. A century later, in 1930, the reconstruction of the monastery began, and after ten years the first monks of this new era arrived. Reconstructed and protected by UNESCO, the Poblet Monastery is today a must-see in Catalonia.

 

The monastery

As soon as the Monastery is accessed, it is divided into two parts: one exterior and one interior (both beautiful). In the outdoor area you can see the Chapel of San Jorge (15th century), the Golden Gate (15th century) and the Chapel of Santa Catalina (1250), as well as several more modern buildings, such as the cafeteria or the Hospedería de Poblet. On the other hand, in the interior area you can see the wine press and the vault, the main cloister, the kitchen and the heater. You can also admire the chapter house, the cloister, the library and the monks' bedroom.
The entire monastery is worth admiring and visiting, but the Church of the Monastery is worth noting. This consists of three naves with a transept, in which the Romanesque and Gothic styles are combined. Thus, the lateral naves have ribbed vaults and the central one, with a pointed barrel. Something that undoubtedly draws attention is the imposing alabaster altarpiece made in 1529 during the reign of Carlos I, although in reality it is a reconstruction of the 20th century since the original was almost destroyed after the monastery was abandoned.
However, the most distinctive element of the church of the Poblet Monastery is, without a doubt, the set formed by the royal tombs located in two large blocks on both sides in the center of the transept.
Besides, in other places of the church and of the monastic enclosure there are tombs of nobles and abbots.
Located less than an hour from Hotel Kursaal Calafell, the Poblet Monastery is a must-see and will not leave you indifferent. What are you waiting for? Visit the Monastery of Poblet!

 


Best sites in Calafell

Ciudadela Ibérica of Calafell

The Iberian citadel is located in Calafell or also known as the Iberian citadel of Alorda Park or de las Toixoneras. It is an archaeological site that reflects an architectural reconstruction in situ thanks to an experimental archaeological methodology. It is located on a hill in front of the ponds of Calafell beach. Throughout this visit, the visitor can walk the streets, houses, walls, ... of the town of the Iberian Cosetans itself.

Castell de la Santa Creu

Calafell Castle was built in the 11th century to defend the Franco empire from the Muslims, and was later used as a stately residence. Currently the Romanesque church is preserved since its walls were destroyed in the seventeenth century. In 2014, improvements have been made to the accessibility of the site and a mobile application has also been created to complement your visit.

La Confraria

The building of the old Fishermen's Guild has become, since 2016, the interpretation center of the fishing Calafell. In this place you can discover past anecdotes about the maritime district. The center allows the visitor to know the lifestyle of the fishing community.

Parròquia de Sant Pere

In the past, the Parròquia de Sant Pere was the fisherman's chapel, built more than 80 years ago and renovated in the 70s of the 20th century.

Calafell Slide

Calafell Slide is a giant summer slide with a length of 700 meters and is located on the Escarnosa Mountain near the old town of Calafell. If you go with children it is an ideal space to share with the family.

 

Pau Casals Museum

It is the house of the famous musician and composer Pau Casals built in 1909 facing the sea on the beach of Sant Salvador. It offers a spectacular tour of his life both professionally and privately.

Calafell market, sunsets and sunrises

Also, if you want to enjoy a good local fish, don't miss the Mercat de Calafell where the charm of the residents will make you feel at home. Finally, you can never deny a good sunset or sunrise, so do not think twice and even if you are on vacation, enjoy a good sunrise or sunset with your loved ones.

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Best beaches in Tarragona

The best thing about the beaches of the Costa Dorada is their spaciousness, their extreme fine sand and their shallow waters. Tarragona is one of the provinces with the best and most stable climate in all of Catalonia. Fact that increases the probability of being able to enjoy wonderful sunny days and be surrounded by a good temperature.

Similarly, another great advantage of the Costa Dorada is its ease of reaching it by train from Barcelona; lines R13, R14 and R15 run along the entire coastline from the metropolis.

This article will discuss some of the best and best positioned beaches on the Costa Dorada, with special emphasis on the field of family tourism.

In the first place, there is the beach of Calafell or also known as the Playa del Biberón since it is characterized by being one of the shallowest beaches of the entire coast and with finer sand. It is the one that is closest to Barcelona, a fact that facilitates your arrival. It is a long beach where there are a wide variety of beach bars and different play areas for children. Calafell is undoubtedly one of the towns most oriented to family life. Specifically, in 2006 it received the seal of family tourism by the Catalan Tourism Agency.

Continuing with the route, we find Comarruga beach in El Vendrell. In this case, the atmosphere is calmer and more traditional, there is not so much diversity of recreational activities. Within the same beach you can find the famous Riuet, a stream created by water from a spring that flows directly from the beach itself where one can bathe and rest without any fuss.

Thirdly, the beach of La Paella in Torredembarra is characterized by its crystal clear and calm waters and its easy access. A few kilometers, following the south direction, is the beach of l’Arrabassada, a beach with a blue flag, fine white sand, right next to the promenade. You can park your car just two minutes from it.

Following the philosophy of Calafell, La Pineda beach in Vila-Seca is also known for being a leader in family tourism, shows, activities for children,...

Also, Salou has mainly two coves to highlight. On the one hand, Cala Crancs, near the Salou lighthouse and surrounded by greenery. It can be reached by car or by the coastal path from Salou (6 km walking). On the other hand, if you prefer a longer beach, with more atmosphere and more central (5 minutes from Salou), Playa Llarga is the ideal one.

Finally, l’Ardiaca beach stands out for being the last beach in Cambrils, located specifically in the La Llosa area. It is one of the quietest and least crowded beaches on the entire Costa Dorada and is surrounded by large rock spikes that protect it from the waves forming an "M".

And you, which beach do you prefer?

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Come and enjoy the Costa Daurada

Get to know all the coves by doing the Camino de Ronda

You are in a beautiful area famous for its beaches. In particular, you cannot miss the Salou beach. Salou is considered the tourist capital of the Costa Daurada and in fact it is the one that offers the most leisure offer to the visitor. An activity that is very worthwhile are the small coves along the coast. In order to get to know them and enjoy them to the fullest, you have to walk the Camino de Ronda.

The Camino de Ronda is a path made of footbridges that runs along the entire coastline of Salou. You will be able to enjoy beautiful views and you will not be able to resist bathing in the coves that you will find, such as Cala Llenguadets, Cala Font, Cala Vinya, Cala Crancs or Cala Penya Tallada (the most beautiful). Thanks to its difficult access (only on foot), this cove is little crowded and that the disconnection is total. In addition, the water is usually very clean, crystal clear and calm. It has a very shallow depth (ideal to go with children) and a location in a natural environment.

In addition to Salou, you can also enjoy other beaches such as Cambrils, Torredembarra, “Els Muntanyans”, Roca Plana beach and the virgin beaches of the Punta de la Móra Natural Park.

If you are passionate about the sea and the beach, you are in the perfect place!


Come to know Montblanc

Montblanc is one of the great medieval towns in all of Catalonia. It is located in the region of the Barberá Basin, in the interior of Tarragona, and its medieval historic center is a true marvel.

Its origins date back to the year 1080 and at the beginning of the 14th century its greatest development took place. At that time the great wall that makes it famous today and most of the main civil and religious buildings were built.

The main activity that you can do in Montblanc is obviously touring its walls. In fact, there are guided tours offered by the town hall, and that you can sign up for. These have as a central point the walk through the walls and the climb to one of its towers. In July and August, there are also guided tours but even better because there are night tours at 10pm, which are highly recommended. Guided tours last about an hour and a half and you will not only visit the walls but also the old town. Without a doubt, an activity that you will not forget easily!

Other activities that can be done in Montblanc is to visit the Convent of San Francisco. With an amazing history, this convent is a building from 1230, in the Gothic style but without transept, with arches and a wooden roof. Currently, it is a multipurpose room used by the town hall and from which one has some of the best views of the medieval wall.
Finally you can also visit the Church of Santa María de Montblanc (cathedral and main church) and walk through the main street of the town where you will find the Church of San Miguel.

You certainly have a fantastic day trip just 40 minutes from Kursaal Calafell Beach Hotel!


The best plan to do in Tarragona with children

Whether you come to spend a few weeks or a few days in Tarragona or nearby, from Hotel Kursaal we propose one of the best plans if what you like is adventure and full fun. It is ideal for all types of audiences passionate about strong emotions.

PortAventura World

Get to know the famous Tarragona amusement park, PortAventura!

In PortAventura you can explore a whole world made of fun and get to know all its theme parks. Whether you go with children, with friends or as a couple, you are guaranteed fun. It is a place where you will experience unique emotions.

In PortAventura Park you can enjoy not only its attractions (including the Shambala and the Dragon Khan) but also its incredible shows (check the schedule of the day) and theming.

Along with PortAventura Park you will also find the Caribe Aquatic Park and Ferrari Land theme parks. Caribe Aquatic Park is the PortAventura World water park where you can enjoy huge pools and slides with the whole family. Ferrari Land on the other hand offers you endless attractions where you will not lack adrenaline, excitement and fun. You will live a unique experience!

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Don't miss a unique experience 37 minutes from Kursaal Calafell Beach Hotel!


Visit Roman Tarragona!

Immerse yourself in a journey back in time to Roman times!

Tarragona was the capital of the Roman Empire for two years, known as Tarraco, which was the name given to it by the Romans. This city is so alive and well preserved that in 2000 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

It is a wonderful city that presides over the entire area of ​​the Costa Dorada. It was the origin of the Romanization of the Iberian Peninsula.

You cannot leave Tarragona without having visited the amphitheater (the city's most iconic monument), the cathedral (where with a guided tour you can enjoy the views of Tarragona from the bell tower), the old town where despite its evolution continues to breathe the Roman essence, the Balcony of the Mediterranean, the promenade and its beautiful beaches.

Every year, a festival known as Tarraco Viva is held in Tarragona. The best Roman festival in the world in which historical re-enactments, exhibitions and gladiator fights take place in the amphitheater for a week.
Another of the monuments to visit is the Les Ferreres aqueduct, also known as Pont del Diable. This is located on the outskirts of the city and surrounded by a spectacular natural landscape.

Do not miss all this and more 30 minutes from Kursaal Calafell Beach Hotel!


Come visit one of the most beautiful places in the world

And you may be wondering which is one of the most beautiful natural places in the world ...

The Ebro Delta is a natural park located in Tarragona. It is famous for its rice fields, the kilometer-long beaches, the nature reserve, the different species of birds such as flamingos and obviously the majestic river Ebro.

In this place you can perform multiple activities such as observing the great natural reserve. For this, most lagoons have areas adapted for sighting, from small huts to observation towers where you can stop the car and enjoy the views.

Another activity you can do is stroll through Punta del Fangar, located north of the Ebro Delta. This has desert-like dunes and terns and gulls typical of the area. Also, if you like to walk you can walk to the “Far del Fangar” (an hour and a half walking).

If you are passionate about sports, do not miss doing a kayak on the Ebro, it is a fantastic experience.

Also a mandatory visit is "La platja del Trabucador", south of the Delta. It is a beautiful place where you are surrounded by sea water. In this place it is highly recommended to see the kitesurfing show. You will always find people practicing this sport regardless of the time of year.

Finally, you cannot say goodbye to the Ebro Delta without having tried a good rice (the specialty of the area). You will find many restaurants and your real challenge will be to choose one!

As you can see, there are endless activities to do waiting for you very close. Do not miss the experience, it is very worth it! If you are looking for accommodation to visit this wonder of nature up close, Kursaal Calafell Beach Hotel is your best accommodation option. We will wait for you!