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Cambrils Beaches

The beaches of Cambrils stretch for nine golden kilometres from the south of the port to the neighbouring resort of Salou. In the summer months they're transformed into a giant playground for children and adults alike with beach games, watersports, boat excursions and evening entertainment down at the seafront promenade.

You can fish, sail, windsurf, water ski, hire a sea kayak or pedalo and view the underwater world from the safety of a glass bottomed boat.

The beaches are divided into two sections by the fishing port and marina. The busier beaches with most activities are beyond the port to the north east you may find them a bit crowded in peak season in which case try the quieter beaches which lie to the south west of the town.

The biggest and most popular beach is Regueral which starts at the marina and stretches as far as the Torre de l'Esquirol, the rectangular tower which is a famous local landmark. The beach is packed with activities in the summer and has good tourist facilities including showers, a first aid post, sun beds and shades, bars, restaurants and ice cream kiosks. You can take a mini boat cruise from this beach, hire a pedalo and even learn to sail.

 

Further north along the coast you'll find the sandy beaches of El Cavet (next to Regueral), L'Esquirol, Vilafortuny and El Cap St Pere. The facilities at these beaches are not as extensive but most have the basics such as drinks kiosks, showers and sun beds and shades for hire.

To the south of the port there are four sandy beaches L'Horta de Santa Maria, La Llosa, L'Ardiaca and El Mas de l'Arany. These beaches are ideal for families with young children and those wanting a more relaxed day down at the seafront than you're likely to find at the main beach in peak season. You'll still find facilities such as showers, children's play areas and sun beds here but not the wealth of watersports and activities available at Regueral beach.

If you're feeling energetic you could embark on a walk or cycle ride to the next door resort of Salou, the Costa Dorada's undisputed tourist capital eight kilometres up the coast from Cambrils.

Bikes are available to rent all over town and there's an easy going cycle ride all along the coast to Salou. It's a beautiful trip over flat land so you won't suffer too much even in the heat of summer. There are plenty of bars and restaurants en route if you need to take a break. And if you get over heated, the sea is rarely more than 10 metres away from you on the right.

Cambrils has a long history as a sea faring town and you can still see the day's catch being landed at the port in the early evening. The fish are sold at public auction on the quayside as they have been for centuries (though these days it's all done by computer).

Having watched the boats come in why not sample some of their cargo, beautifully prepared in one of the internationally renowned seafood restaurants which have made Cambrils famous throughout the culinary world?

Check with the local tourist information office in Paseo les Palmeres to see whether there are any local fiestas or cultural events taking place down at the seafront during your visit.

In mid July you'll be able to see the religious procession of the "Verge del Carme" when a statue of the Virgin is carried out to sea followed by a flotilla of small boats. The solemn procession is followed by a night of dancing and partying on the Passeig de les Palmeres.

Throughout the summer months you'll be able to enjoy the soulful folk songs of the "Habaneres", traditional Sardana dancing and other entertainment down at the seafront on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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