Altafulla: historical heritage on the coast of Tarragona


Altafulla, your holiday destination in Tarragona

Many of you are sure that you have spent several vacations in the Catalan coast, is undoubtedly one of the most visited national destinations, Roses, Cambrills, Salou, etc ... are just some of the most common examples. But today we want to introduce you to another of the most emblematic places that may not be so well known.

And that's precisely the charm of this place, it's about the municipality of Altafulla, coastal place where there are with more than good beaches and full of historical heritage that makes it an ideal place for both family and couple vacations. Its beaches and old town will leave you happy and you will surely return to this holiday destination more than once.

The town was declared cultural asset of national interest in the 1998 year by the Generalitat of Catalonia thanks, mainly, to its old town, called Vila Closa, and its suburbs. Two years later, at the 2000, it was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its Roman Village from Els Munts.

Where is the municipality of Altafulla?

Altafulla is a coastal municipality of Tarragona located on the southeast slope of a mountain of 52 meters of altitude. Belongs to the Tarragonés region, framed in the natural and historical region of Campo de Tarragona (Spain).

Its municipal term limits to North with La Nou de Gaya and Puebla de Montornés, at This with that of Torredembarra and West with that of La Riera and Tarragona. To the Public chat It borders the Mediterranean Sea, with a beach that stretches from Cap Gros to near Roca del Gaià and a marina.

How can we get to Altafulla

En plane: the Reus airport is at 20 minutes and the Barcelona-El Prat, to 45 minutes.

En train: the high-speed train station is 20 km away, with trains every hour in the direction of Barcelona (30 '), Madrid (2 h 45 ') and Sevilla (4 h). Altafulla also has a halt for the conventional train line that each 30 minutes joins with the center of Barcelona in less than an hour; with Tarragona, in five minutes, and with Port Aventura and Salou, in 30 minutes.

En car: you can take the 32 exit of the AP7 highway and with direct link to the A7 highway.

En bus: Altafulla has regular lines to Barcelona with the company Planas, and Lérida and Zaragoza with the company Hife. The 9 line of the Tarragona city bus also circulates through the Aiguamolls del Gaià stop (from Altafulla to the Roman circus and the walls of the Imperial Tarraco), as well as the El Penedès bus line, towards Tarragona, Salou and Port Aventura .

Where can we stay in Altafulla?

Altafulla - Overview of the Church with the Castle
Altafulla - Panoramic of the Church with the Castle
(c) Can Stock Photo / KarSol

Altafulla is a small municipality that has few accommodations, yes, the great majority of great quality although there is one that we believe that stands out above others Due to its good facilities and the quality of the service it offers, it is the Gran Claustre Hotel.

This hotel in Altafulla It is located just 12 minutes walk from the beach, in the historic center of Altafulla. Dispose of Outdoor pool and rooftop terrace with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and the castles of Tamarit and Altafulla.

With regard to the services offered by the hotel, it has jacuzzi where you can enjoy a moment of intimacy and relaxation while you can choose from a wide variety of a la carte services. Another service that you can find in this hotel is the spa with circuit of waters, massages and therapies based on oriental medicine.

Another advantage that the hotel has is that, if you go by car, it has free public parking in the establishment itself.

If you have been convinced by all this that we have told you, at this moment the hotel is offering a offer in the form of a romantic getaway that you can not let it pass. Room decorated in a special way, bottle of champagne and welcome detail, romantic dinner at the Bruixes de Burriac restaurant and breakfast buffet in the room, as you can see, everything you need to make your stay a great weekend.

What can we see in the municipality of Altafulla?

The parish church of Sant Martí

La parish church of Sant Martí It was built between 1701 and 1705 in neoclassical style. It has a Latin cross plan and consists of three ships with a cruise. On the facade there is an image of Saint Martin of Tours.

El Bell tower, which is not finished, is square. Inside it is worth mentioning the chapels of San Isidro and the one of the Santísimo, and a baroque altarpiece of 1745.

The Castle of Montserrat

El castle of the Montserrat family of Altafulla is a building, declared of cultural interest, in the shape of an irregular polygon with the appearance of strength thanks to the embrasures and the sentry boxes that surround it. Although the interior has been modified on several occasions, retains an original patio and a Renaissance gallery.

The beach of Altafalla

Altafulla - Beach of the Municipality in Tarragona
Altafulla - Municipality Beach in Tarragona
(c) Can Stock Photo / nito

The Altafulla beach is an incredible corner that nobody can miss. With a fine sand and fairly clean water, this beach also has very nice views to monuments as beautiful as Casillo de Tamarit.

In addition, located one hour from Barcelona (nothing to do with the crowded beaches of Barceloneta or Mar Bella), so it's worth going to spend the day.

The Roman villa of Els Munts

Located on a small hill next to the beach you will find three hot springs that were part of the village dels Munts. You can see the changing rooms, the hot and cold water pools, the warm water area, a sauna, latrines and the ovens that allowed to heat the rooms and the water.

In the hot springs, besides having paved mosaics, the walls of the pools still retain significant traces of coatings with marble plates.

The surroundings of Altafulla

The short distances with other towns and other places of interest like Barcelona, ​​the Roman Tarraco, the Costa Dorada, Port Aventura, the Delta del Ebro, the routes of Gaudí, Picasso, the Cistercian Route, the gastronomic visits and the good wines and cavas from El Priorat, El Penedès, La Terra Alta and El Baix Gaià, make Altafulla an excellent starting point and destination for varied routes that allow you to get a closer look at part of Catalonia.

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