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Cambrils Spain

Cambrils is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia on the Costa Dorada. The town has developed as a modern, international tourist destination whilst managing to retain the charm of a traditional Spanish fishing village. Its three biggest attractions are without doubt its golden beaches, its fabulous seafood restaurants and its proximity to the Universal Studios Port Aventura theme park. You'll find plenty to see and do here but this is a fairly relaxed resort if it's frantic activity you're after, you'll be better off in the next door resort of Salou!

The resort is at the south western end of the Costa Dorada (known locally as the Costa Daurada). The name literally means "Gold Coast", taken from the endless miles of fine, golden sand which stretch north east beyond the city of Barcelona to the start of the Costa Brava.

Cambrils is easily reached via two international airports Reus just 12 kilometres away and Barcelona which is about an hour's drive north east.

The many beaches here extend over nine kilometres. With fine sand gently shelving into the warm waters of the Mediterranean and plenty of watersports and beach activities, Cambrils is an ideal destination for families and beach buffs.

This is still a working fishing port and you can see the day's catch being landed and auctioned in the early evening. The town's seafood restaurants are renowned throughout Catalonia and the Spanish come to dine here from far and wide. Expect to pay above average prices in some of the better restaurants but compared with UK prices they still represent excellent value for money given the high quality of the cuisine.

 

Unlike Salou, a totally modern resort dedicated to the pleasure of international visitors, parts of Cambrils are still very Spanish in character with narrow, cobbled streets, ancient buildings and typical tapas bars.

You can pick up some great bargains and wonderfully fresh fruit and veg at the street markets, enjoy one of the many traditional fiestas which take place throughout the year or watch the famous Catalonian Sardana dancing during the warm summer evenings.

If you're holidaying with youngsters, a visit to Port Aventura just three kilometres away is an absolute must. Ideally you should allow at least two days to take in all the attractions and entertainment at this Disneyworld style park. Its most famous ride, the death defying Dragon Khan roller coaster, dominates the skyline for miles around with its eight loop the loops. There are thrill rides, water chutes, shows and activities enough to keep everyone in the family happy.

The kids will also enjoy a day out at the water park at La Pineda, a resort six kilometres up the coast from Salou.

Cambrils is well placed for many fascinating day trips and excursions. Try to fit in at least one day in Barcelona which must surely rate as one of the world's most exciting cities with its Gaudi architecture, famous fountains, Olympic stadium and wonderful zoo.

The historic city of Tarragona, with its Roman aqueducts, monasteries and amphitheatres, is 17 kilometres along the coast.

The Salvador Dali museum at Figueres is a favourite tourist destination as is the breath taking Benedictine monastery perched high in the mountains to the north west of Barcelona.

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