Cambrils – Costa Dorada
Cambrils is a coastal city in the province of Tarragona, Catalonia. The city is close to Salou, the popular holiday destination; however is only 120km from Barcelona and 90km from Sitges. Cambrils is a popular destination with the Spanish as well as with international tourists; certainly those who come to enjoy the wonderful beaches, the unique architecture and the delicious Mediterranean food. It’s hard not to fall in love with this city! If you plan to visit Cambrils, we can also help you find accommodation in Barcelona and Sitges.
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History of Cambrils
Most importantly, the history of Cambrils dates back to prehistoric times. Many relics from each era in its history can still be found in the city. There are several buildings from the Roman period, the most important being the Villa Romana de Llosa. The history of Cambrils is very similar to that of Tarragona, which is quite close. During the Civil War in the years 1936 to 1939, the city was bombarded by the Italians, who forced the inhabitants to build bomb shelters in the part of the city that is now considered the historic center. These shelters can still be visited. The two industries that have traditionally characterized Cambrils are fishing and agriculture, but today tourism is the most economically important industry.
What to do in Cambrils
As in all coastal cities, the most popular activity is spending the day on the beach enjoying the sun. Cambrils has 9km of spectacular beaches with golden sand; giving you plenty of choice to choose the perfect space to spend the day. All Cambrils beaches have a blue flag, which serves to represent an award given to the city by the European Union because the waters are safe and perfect for children to swim.
We recommend visiting Platja del Regueral, which is about 1200m long and 80m wide. It is one of the best beaches in the area, with very fine and clean golden sand. The shallow waters make it the perfect beach for families. The beach also offers a variety of water sports for the brave, as well as shops, bars, restaurants, and the rental of chairs and hammocks for those who prefer to relax.
Address: Av. de la Diputació, 6, 43850 Cambrils, Tarragona
Opening hours: Every day for 24-hours
Cambrils is also a popular place for cyclists, as the city guarantees services adapted to those who practice this sport in a group. The benefits include accommodation with bicycle parking, workshops or spaces to wash them, adapted menus and more! In addition, the city provides a wide range of routes with incredible views for cyclists of all levels (from beginners to professionals). In total there are about 10 itineraries, and we recommend them all!
For those who simply want to learn more about the city and its history, there are several monuments and sites that cannot be missed. The church of Santa María is one of our favorite monuments in Cambrils. Characterized by the styles of the Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Gothic. The church is located in the old quarter of Vila (which in Catalan means ‘city’) and has existed since medieval times.
Address: Plaça de l’Església de Santa Maria, 6, 43850 Cambrils, Tarragona
Another site worth visiting is the Sama Park, a small palace accompanied by a romantic garden, which was declared a historical garden in 1992. It was created by the architects Josep Fontseré and Mestre, and also with the help of Antoni Gaudí.
Address: Carretera de Vinyols, s/n, 43850 Cambrils, Tarragona
Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 to 21:00
The port of Cambrils is another place that you should visit if you want to understand the reasons why it is the economic center of the city. We recommend going in the morning to have the opportunity to buy food, fresh fruit and fish. It will make you feel like one of the city!
Address: 43850 Cambrils, Tarragona
How to get there
By car – Go on the B-20 / C-32 from Carrer Aragó, taking exit 195A. Follow the C-32 and the E-15 / AP-7; until the T3-312 in Cambrils, taking exit 37. Continue with the N-340, Passeig Sant Joan Baptista la Salle and Rambla de Jaume 1; until Carrer de Pau Casals. Starting in the center of Barcelona, the trip takes approximately 1 hour and a half.
Bus – There are buses from Barcelona to Cambrils starting at 9:10 in the morning, ending at 23:55. The trip takes approximately 2 and a quarter hours. It costs about € 15 per person or € 27 for a round trip ticket.
By train – To get to Cambrils with the train you can go from Barcelona Sans. The first train is at 9.30 in the morning and the last at 17:00. It takes about 1 hour and a quarter and costs between € 9 and € 15.
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