Cambrils is a wonderful Mediterranean resort with many attractions. The city is located in Spain in the autonomous Catalonia, on the famous Costa Dorada (Gold Coast). Cambrils is home to about 32,000 people, and tens of thousands of tourists come in the summer.
Top 10 attractions in Cambrils
The resort has a beautiful Mediterranean climate, its beach season lasts at least six months, peak high season falls in August. There is a medieval Old Town and a modern tourist area with hotels and excellent restaurants.
Halfway from Cambrils to Salou, you can see the ancient castle, built in the 12th century and formerly owned by the famous Spanish Fortuny family. Today it is one of the most famous attractions in Cambrils.
The castle has a restaurant with excellent Mediterranean cuisine, which enjoys well-deserved popularity among citizens and tourists who like to eat in three ancient halls of the Middle Ages, where the real marquises lived.
From the windows of the castle offers a beautiful panorama of Cambrils. Nearby is an ancient chapel, where various ceremonies are held: engagements, weddings, christenings, etc. Also, banquets are often ordered here for various festive occasions.
St. Mary’s Church
This temple is located near Castle Vilafortuna. It was built in the 15th century and since then has been rebuilt several times, the last reconstruction happened in the 18th century. Today the architecture of this Catholic church has a neo-colonial style.
It is an active temple where church services are constantly held, and in its crypt are the relics of St. Placido. Tourists from the surrounding Costa Dorado resorts come here on tours to breathe in the spirit of old Catalonia.
Shrine of Our Lady
It is a Catholic parish church built in the 12th century in the Gothic style. The stone for the building was quarried on Mount Montjuïc in Barcelona. In the 17th century, the church was reconstructed in the style of the Catalan Renaissance.
It remains in this form today, undergoing periodic restorations. The locals are extremely venerated by the Virgin Mary, like all Catholics, so every year in September this church celebrates the day of this saint.
According to local legend, in the early 13th century the Virgin Mary passed through Cambrils and sanctified the city with her presence. The day of her coming has been celebrated ever since. There is also a small museum in the church.
This tower and the remains of the fortress wall of Cambrils are located next to the Church of the Virgin Mary. The tower was built in the 14th century to protect the nearby Royal Road from robbers and pirates, of which there were many in the troubled Middle Ages.
Today, the Watchtower is considered a cultural monument of Catalonia. It is in excellent condition and is a success with tourists. In the tower is organized museum exhibition, which tells about the life of medieval Cambrils.
This is another ancient tower that was built in the 17th century in the heart of the city’s port to protect the city and coast from pirates who often attacked merchant ships in the port.
The harbor tower is also part of the Cambrils Historical Museum. There are exhibits on display that tell the history of the town’s seafaring. In the souvenir shop by the tower you can buy goods made by local craftsmen.
It is the largest museum in the city, and its collection is housed in several buildings. In addition to the aforementioned watchtowers, museum exhibits can also be viewed in the old wooden mill and wine cellar.
In the mill you can see the most ancient artifacts from Roman times. The Iberian Peninsula, where modern Spain is located, was a colony of ancient Rome. Even today, the ruins of the amphitheaters and temples of those times continue to be found here.
In the wine cellar you can learn about the formation and development of winemaking in Catalonia, as well as the production of olive oil. The history museum’s exhibits also include the ancient Roman settlement of Llosa, founded in the 1st century B.C.
This park is located on the outskirts of Cambrils, it was founded in the late 19th century by a Cuban aristocrat who lived here, Salvador Sama, and was named after him. The Cuban missed his homeland very much, so he created a park with the flora of the island of Cuba.
Today, Sama Park is one of the most visited by vacationers on the Costa Dorado natural attractions in Cambrils. Many local trees: lindens, chestnuts, were planted back in Sam’s time, i.e. a century and a half ago.
The park covers an area of almost 15 hectares. In its center stands the villa of the former owner of Sam. Near the house – a beautiful pond with a fountain. On the main avenue grow sycamores, oaks and mandarins, near the fountain – different types of palm trees. There are peacocks walking around.
It is one of the symbols of Cambrils, its calling card. The lighthouse builds in the city port and serves a navigational function, helping ships move. There is also a green lighthouse in the port, but it is not so popular with tourists.
The Red Lighthouse is located on the west side of the port. It can be climbed at any time and completely free of charge to see the magnificent panorama of the Mediterranean Sea and the Costa Dorado, to take selfies, etc.
From the lighthouse you can see the bustling life of the Catalan resort, the work of local fishermen, historical and cultural sites of Cambrils, if you want to make a lot of photos or organize a unique video.
Emeralds are some of the most expensive gems in the world. They are not mined in Catalonia, but were mass imported in colonial times from South America. Emeralds were used to decorate royal robes, weapons, etc.
The collection of the Museum of Emeralds in Cambrils contains untreated stones as well as a variety of emerald jewelry. Here the guide will tell you about the mining and processing of stones, how they were brought from far away America, etc.
Next to the museum there is a jewelry store, where you can buy jewelry made of emeralds of the highest quality or repair the existing ones, a jewelry shop is located next to the museum and the store.
In addition to sightseeing tourism, the resort offers a wonderful beach holiday. This beach is the cleanest and most well-organized in Cambrils. It has long had the Blue Flag, testifying to the environmental friendliness and comfort of Vilafortuni.
The beach is almost 1,800 m long and about 40 m wide on average. It is covered with fine, soft sand of a golden hue. Enter the sea comfortably, there are no stones, barnacles and deep water. The beach is ideal for families with children.
Vilafortuni has no waves during the season and has an excellent beach infrastructure: there is parking, umbrellas, sun loungers, showers, toilets, etc. For safety, a police patrol is on duty. Developed a variety of water sports.