Colourful Calafell holidays 2020
If you’re looking for the right destination for your 2020 holiday on the Costa Dorada, Calafell deserves a place at the top of your list. Situated on a hilltop, Calafell is a picturesque town steeped in a rich history that is just 1.5 kilometres from its neighbouring coastal resorts, Calafell Beach and Segur. The town has become a popular holiday destination thanks to its gorgeous scenery, pleasant weather and convenient location between Tarragona and Barcelona. Calafell is set around a medieval castle and was formerly a traditional Roman villa which is thought to originate from some 2,500 years ago. During the Roman occupation, the area underwent a significant development, substantially increasing the size of the town. This charming resort offers all the usual holiday amenities and facilities of a small Spanish town, including a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops. If you prefer more options, take a trip down the hill to neighbouring Segur and Calafell Beach for a larger shopping centre, range of outdoor markets and plenty of tourist-friendly shops at the La Platja, or old fishing quarter.
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Acting as a gateway to the Costa Dorada, Calafell has about five miles of beautiful golden sand and a variety of local attractions to keep all the family entertained during your Calafell holiday. Taking a holiday in this area opens your eyes to a huge amount of history and the wonderfully rich heritage of the Costa Dorada, making this an ideal place to take a step back and appreciate history, as well as teach your children about some of the fascinating cultures that have inhabited the Calafell area throughout the ages. Calafell has a variety of places of interest that are well worth a visit if you’re a history lover, including the Iberian Citadel, Romanesque church and medieval castle. The Citadel is both physically and culturally majestic, with over 20 years of excavations taking place on the site that have unravelled layer upon layer of history and culture. The Santa Creu Castle has wonderful views over the local area, nestled atop a hill where it was fortified in the earlier half of the 11th century. Today, the remains of the castle stand as a testament to the history of the area, also providing some fascinating examples of tombs carved into the rocks. Saint Michael Church in Calafell is considered one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the area, with some crossover into the Gothic era. While the church is not frequently open to the public, the exterior is the real point of interest due to its incredible architecture.
Calafell itself has a beautiful five-kilometre long expanse of golden sand, which has been awarded the European Blue Flag Award for its cleanliness and excellent facilities. The water here is so good that the beaches have been nicknamed ‘the baby-bottle beaches’ thanks to how family-friendly they are. Whether you’re travelling on your own, with a group of friends or with your family, this beach is ideal for relaxed days at the beach lounging in the sun, paddling in the shallows or heading out a little further for a pleasant dip in the sea. All the beaches along the Costa Dorada are worth a visit, with warm sands, clean and clear waters, and all the facilities you could want for a beach holiday, including plenty of parasols and deck chairs. At many of the local beaches you’ll find watersports facilities, including places to rent equipment for all types of aquatic activities. There’s a sailing school at Calafell which offers courses for all ability levels, as well as the chance to head out on sailing tours, one-on-one lessons and courses, and kayaks and catamarans for hire.
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