For those who enjoy getting to experience a taste of local life and culture when travelling then you are in for a real treat when you visit the Costa Dorada. Dotted along the golden coastline are an array of local seaside towns and villages all extremely popular with Spanish holidaymakers and buzzing with day to day Spanish realism. From the north coast of the province of Tarragona along the coast road or train line you will encounter a host of wonderful places rich in local culture and cuisine.
One of the better recommended of these neighbourhoods is the wonderful town of Calafell. Situated about 30 minutes north of Tarragona by road, this seaside town really has a lot to offer as a holiday destination or just for a day visit.
Calafell is a great family destination
Everything about this town is pleasing, from a long golden strand and bustling promenade to historic sites and family adventure. As you enter the seafront from the port side (known as Segur Calafell) you are met by little families of ducks all swimming and playing in a little estuary which runs to the sea under the walkway bridge. Time just slips by as you stand mesmerized watching them bob and dive in the water keenly observed by the mother ducks.
As you continue on along the promenade you will pass a huge assortment of shops, bars and restaurants all offering a mix of local dishes and family favourites. Choose from one of the many great “menu del dia” (daily menu) offering 3 courses of local fare at very reasonable prices.
Sports and outdoor activities in Calafell
Officially accredited as a Family Holiday Destination in Catalonia Calafell truly is a town for all the family. All restaurants and accommodation are focused on welcoming families and making their holidays stress free. Highchairs, cots and childrens menu are all readily available no matter what hotel or restaurant you choose.
As well as being a FHD resort Calafell also encourages families to take part in sports and outdoor activities. Non competitive activities for all ages and all levels of fitness are organised on a regular basis and everyone is encouraged to get involved. You will find numerous activities and events that are organised for all the family to take part in while they also run kids clubs during the tourist season.
Things to do in Calafell
For things to do in Calafell, well the list is just to long to post but just some of the things you should definitely check out are:
- Iberian Citadell where an historic iberian site is being reconstructed. You can walk the old street and see old buildings from the 6th century BC.
- Calafell Slide: 700 meters of outdoor toboggan fun.
- Calafell Port: Take a stroll around the port area called Segur Calafell. You will find some lovely shops, cafes and restaurants.
- Calafell Aventura: Children’s adventure park with the 2nd largest crazy golf course in Europe, 4 different obstacle courses, laser tag and lots more.
Calafell is full of water activities
The Spanish really know how to enjoy a family holiday so finding their favourite seaside spots is always a smart idea as you are guaranteed a fun-filled stay immersed in local culture and cuisine. Calafell should be top of your list if you are seeking a great family holiday Spanish style or just want a great day out on the Costa Dorada.