Spain Guide


Cambrils Nightlife

You don't come to Cambrils for laser clubs and all night foam parties. If that's your scene, stick with lively Salou next door. But late night bars and restaurants abound here, traditional fiestas take place throughout the year and if dining out at fine seafood restaurants is your particular passion.well, you've just landed in paradise!

Cambrils is famous throughout Catalonia for its fish restaurants which are without doubt some of the best in the best in Spain.

For centuries, local fishermen have landed their day's catch cod, bream, bass, squid at the quayside of Cambrils. You can still see the public fish auctions even today; and you can bet your bottom dollar that the cream of the catch will be going to the Michelin rated restaurants which have put this town firmly on the map of the culinary world.

Now we're not talking fish and chips here! But if that's your preference, worry not, because there are enough restaurants and cafes here to suit all tastes and budgets. You'll find plentiful of pizzerias, cheaper Chinese restaurants, international restaurants and cheap, good quality menus of the day.

However, if you've got some money to spend, you're trying to make an impression on someone or you simply love good food then head for one of the internationally renowned seafood restaurants which have earned accolades from some of the world's greatest gourmets.

Topping the bill are the famous Can Bosch in Rambla Jaume and Joan Gatell in Paseo Miramar. The former opened originally as a rather basic fishermen's bar, serving simple but fresh seafood tapas. Its founder, Joan Bosch, owned a fishing boat and found he had a natural talent for turning his catch into culinary delights. By the time he handed the restaurant over to his son in 1988, it was Michelin rated with a devoted clientele.

The younger Bosch, who goes by the same name, can take a fresh octopus and a sea cucumber and create culinary works of art which leave restaurant reviewers drooling for more!

Equally mouthwatering dishes are served at the Joan Gatell restaurant on the Paseo Miramar seafront promenade. The name of the Gatell family is revered by connoisseurs of all things culinary.and rightly so. This was one of the first restaurants in Spain to be awarded the coveted Michelin star rating. Owner Joan Pedrell Font trained in Switzerland and returned to Cambrils to delight his clientele with such delicacies as baby eel, the freshest of sea bass and octopus and "datiles del mar" which live in the rocks on the ocean floor.

Serving food which is not completely fresh is on a par with mass genocide in Señor Pedrell's book!

The great thing about these wonderful restaurants is that you'll pay considerably less than average UK prices for vastly superior food.

For late night entertainment after your meal, take a cab to Salou if you fancy a spot of all night partying or check with the local tourist information office in Paseo les Palmeres to see if there are any local fiestas taking place during your visit.

There's a fiesta here practically every month of the year in Cambrils including a big international music festival in August, the local fair in the first week of June, the St John's eve celebration on June 23rd (with much partying and a big fireworks display) and the Fiesta Mayor Mare de Deu del Cami which is one of the biggest fiestas of the year held in early September.

You may want to spend an evening at Port Aventura which has live shows and a spectacular firework display at midnight.