Beyond the warmth and beaches of the Costa Dorada, there are also plenty of activities to do in the cold and winter. Every season of the year has its own charm and winter on the Costa Dorada is no exception. In the same way, many activities can also be enjoyed in these first months of the year, or even more than in the others. The colours, the best sunsets and the charms of its villages make it a very different experience from the summer.
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Walks along the “Camino de Ronda”
In many of the coastal towns there are paths by the sea that offer a very pleasant walk with spectacular views. Every “Camino de Ronda” were once used to link different watchtowers that were used to keep watch from the coast for any boats or any danger from the sea. Nowadays they are used as undemanding hiking routes that cross beaches, forests and cliffs.
The one we recommend is the Camino de Ronda of Tarragona, which is about 20 kilometres long, although you decide how many kilometres you want to do. This particular one starts in the north of Tarragona and ends at Tamarit beach, in Altafulla. It is ideal to do during the first months of the year due to the high temperatures in summer.
On the other hand, another well-known route is the Camino de Ronda of Salou. This one is flatter than the previous one and has a distance of 2 kilometres linking the Pilons area with Replanells. The path offers spectacular views of the sea with coves such as Capellans Beach, where you can see the remains of some old bunkers from the Civil War. And, if you want to finish off with a spectacular sunset, you can do so at the Faro viewpoint.
Vermouth in a square in the city
Choose a square, sit down on one of its terraces and relax with a vermouth and some tapas while you are relaxing under the winter sun. Vermouth is a drink, which consists of wine macerated in different aromatic herbs, plants and spices. If you are wondering where you can enjoy this drink, don’t hesitate to visit Reus, the capital of vermouth. In this city on the Costa Dorada, vermouth has been made since ancient times and has been handed down from generation to generation. Reus has incorporated this drink into its history and it is very typical to make the well-known Vermouth Route, which consists of tasting the drink from many locals and you can also finish it with a visit to the Vermouth Museum. If you want to know a little more about what to do in this city, read our blog “Walking around Reus” and discover what else the capital of Baix Camp has to offer.
One of the obligatory stops in this seaside town is its castle. Altafulla Castle is located in the old town, next to the Plaza de la Iglesia, and is one of the most recognisable buildings in the municipality. It dates back to the 11th century and was last used during the Spanish Civil War to house troops and militiamen. The castle has green areas all around it and is an ideal place to relax, take in the fresh air and let the children play.
And that’s not all, after a pleasant stroll along the golden sandy beach and its fishermen’s houses along the promenade, you can find its little brother, the Tamarit Castle. This castle is smaller than the previous one, but it is located next to a small and quiet cove that is well worth a visit.
Tarragona was one of the most important cities during the Roman Empire, thanks to its port as a strategic point. It was founded in 218 BC as a military camp. The city grew very fast and became the most important Roman city in the peninsula, even Caesar gave it the title of colony during the civil war against Pompey. One of the most emblematic monuments is the amphitheatre. It was the site of spectacles of all kinds where gladiators fought each other and wild animals to make a name for themselves throughout the Roman Empire.