The name given to the coast of Tarragona province, the Golden Coast, comes from its colour when the sun shines on the beaches of fine sand that slope gently into the blue waters of the Mediterranean.
History, art, monuments, nature, sports, tradition, gastronomy, quality accommodation, etc. On the Costa Daurada you’ll never run out of ideas of things to do as you discover all its delights!
Tarragona is one of a privileged group of cities that have made their heritage a symbol of their identity. On 30 November 2000 UNESCO awarded the archaeological remains of Roman Tarraco the status of World Heritage Site.
When the Romans had completed their conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, Tarraco became the capital of the administrative province known as Hispania Citerior. Its importance as a Roman colonia has left numerous vestiges in Tarragona and the surrounding area and the city’s buildings and museums are full of history.
Tarragona’s most interesting sites include the Roman Circus, the Amphitheatre, the Mercantile Forum and the Provincial Forum, Scipios’ Tower, the Aqueduct/Puente del Diablo, the Praetorium, the ruins of the Plaça Palloll and the Roman Theatre.
The territory surrounding the River Ebro is home to numerous vestiges of the Iberian civilisation, which developed mainly along its banks as a result of contacts between the indigenous population and Greek and Phoenician traders.
The Iberian settlement of Calafell has been completely restored.
The austerity of early Romanesque and its transition to Gothic are manifested in the Cistercian monasteries. In the 12th century there was a reaction in the Cistercian Order against the Cluniac exuberance and a move to return to austerity in life, the liturgy and the decoration of churches. The architecture is characterised by the simplicity of its lines and its decoration. The monasteries of Poblet and Santes Creus are the most important manifestations of this art.
Monastery of Poblet. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992, its history dates back to 1151. The complex was built between the 12th and the 18th centuries in Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles.
Monastery of Santes Creus. Built between the 12th and the 18th centuries in Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles.
The first years of the 20th century were a time of great industrial and agricultural prosperity. They brought with them an economic and cultural renaissance and Reus was one of the towns most influenced by this. With the rise of the urban bourgeoisie many buildings and private houses were constructed in the artistic style of the time known as modernism. The architecture of Lluís Domènech i Montaner influenced other modernist buildings in the town, particularly those designed by Pere Caselles, Joan Rubió i Bellver and Pere Domènech i Roura. You can discover this modernist heritage on the Reus Modernism Itinerary, a pleasant stroll through the town centre shopping and leisure area. The route is signposted and the most interesting modernist buildings are indicated by plaques on their façades.
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The Ebro Delta covers 320 square kilometres and it is the second most important wetland area in the western Mediterranean after the French Camargue. It comprises numerous natural habitats rarely found in the rest of Catalonia: large salt water lagoons such as La Tancada, sweet water lakes such as L’Encanyissada, kilometres of beaches with dunes, El Fangar Point, salt flats such as those of La Tancada and La Banya Point, suggestions of fresh water in Els Ullals, shallow bays such as El Fangar and Els Alfacs, and riverside woods and fluvial islands that, together with ecosystems created by humankind –rice paddies and salt pans–, constitute a unique landscape of great natural wealth.
In the interior of Priorat County and visible from any of the coastal hills and mountains is the imposing relief of the Montsant, the “Mountain of Peace”, that since the 12th century has sheltered the Carthusian monastery of Scala Dei. The range reaches its highest point (1,163 m) at the Corbatera Rock. The La Llena Mountains between La Conca de Barberà and Les Garrigues are the natural route between the peaks of the Montsant and the more easterly Prades Mountains.
The Montsant Mountains are almost 20 km long and are formed by very high crags crowned by rounded blocks of conglomerates, austere rock formations that hide, despite the apparent lack of vegetation, very rare plants and all types of wildlife. To observe the flora and fauna of these distant, wild mountains you will have to seek out tracks, caves, hermitages and ravines.
The Prades Mountains cover an area of 260 square kilometres that rises abruptly from the north of the plains of Tarragona in four different counties, Baix Camp, Alt Camp, Conca de Barberà and Priorat.
They are an excellent example of a Mediterranean mountain range, dominated by a tabular relief with high flat areas such as Els Motllats broken by cliffs and ravines built on a complex geology with such surprising materials as red sandstone and the white limestone of the cliffs, or the granite and shale of some of the slopes. There are deep caves and chasms and several major rivers rise here, including the Francolí, the Brugent, the Siurana and the Glorieta, fed by a relatively high rainfall and many torrents that flow towards the Tarragona plains.
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