With more than 33,000 inhabitants, Cambrils is the fifth largest city in the province of Tarragona and one of the most popular destinations in Costa Dorada. In half a century, Cambrils has gone from a farming and fishing village to becoming a benchmark in quality tourism, especially well known as a destination for family and culinary tourism. The also known as the culinary capital of Costa Dorada, combines excellent seafood cuisine with a geographical proximity to El Priorat and its magnificent wines, turning Cambrils into a premier destination for gourmets.
Its long sandy beaches, a fishing port that has managed to maintain the reminiscences of old times, a well preserved old town and a wide range of holiday accommodations, restaurants and local shops, combined with an excellent temperature all year round, make Cambrils a top family holiday destination.
The following are some of the not-to-be-missed attractions that every tourist should visit:
Cambrils Old Town
The Old Town of the City of Cambrils is a small network of narrow streets where the village was founded and grew during the Middle Ages, after the Reconquista. The town was fortified with a wall and some of its vestiges still remain. It is now a lively pedestrian area, holding some of the most popular events, such as the Medieval Market, giant parades, the Christmas market, etc. Is approximately one kilometer away from the fishing port and the sea.
Cambrils has one of the most attractive promenades in Costa Daurada. Street markets, exhibitions, culinary events, sporting events and so on, are held on this promenade throughout the year. In its most central section, it accommodates multiple restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops and stores.
El Mollet del Rec
The quay known as Mollet del Rec, is located in the heart of the port of Cambrils, in front of the Torre del Puerto. In 2011, a sculpture called “En el pla de les Serenes” by local artist David Callau Gené was placed at the foot of the Escaleras Reales staircase.
The Red Lighthouse
This is an exceptional location to enjoy sunsets and witness the daily bustle of the harbor. The Red Lighthouse is one of the most photographed structures of Cambrils. It is located at the end of the harbor’s breakwater and is considered one of the most characteristic elements of Cambrils.
El Pino Redondo
The Round Pine – el Pino Redondo- is located on the western promenade. This hundred-year-old tree has been declared of Local and Regional Interest. Definitely it is worth a visit to the Avenida Diputación, with Avenida de Juan XIII to appreciate its uniqueness.
Torre de L’Esquirol
This military telegraphic tower, with its square base, was built in the nineteenth century to improve communications between Barcelona and Valencia by optical telegraphy. Its most important value is that it is one of the best preserved of the peninsula. In 2005 it was appointed to the History Museum of Cambrils.
Torre de la Ermita
Of Military Gothic style, this tower is located within the grounds of the Shrine of the Virgen del Camino, built in the fourteenth century. Like Torre de l’Esquirol, it belongs to the History Museum of Cambrils. Its halls host an exhibition about Cambrils in the Middle Ages.
Torre del Puerto
Built in the seventeenth century, it is the oldest in the city. Its main purpose was to defend against pirate attacks and it was also known as the Tower of the Moors. Its location in the middle of the harbor has turned it into one of the most popular buildings in Cambrils and a true tourist symbol.
Vilafortuny Castle has been a listed as a building of National Cultural Heritage. It is located within the residence area of Barony, a few meters away from the beach and the Hermitage of Vilafortuny.
The Samà Park
The Samà Park is a botanical and historical garden of about 14 hectares that accommodates exotic flora and fauna. It is located on the road to Vinyols i els Arcs, between Cambrils and Montbrió del Camp, about 6.5 kilometers away from the center of Cambrils.
This unique area was created by Josep Fontseré (same man who created Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona) in 1882, by commission of Salvador Samà, Marquis of Marianao. All different types of flowers and plants were brought from countless places around the world and began to grow in 1881. In Samà Park there is a huge palace and an artificial pond surrounded by high walls. It is currently considered one of the best examples of a romantic Mediterranean garden.