Friday, December 12, 2014

CATALONIA: MIAMI PLAYA

Below you can see some pictures of the two days we spent in Miami Playa, near Cambrils in Tarragona.

Miami Playa in Catalonia
Long beach in Miami Playa


The first day in the afternoon we were in a long beach located near Hospitalet de l'Infant. The second day we walked along the promenade beside the previous beach until some beautiful small beaches, were we spent that morning.


Day 1

Beach in Costa Daurada
Palms on a beach in Hospitalet de l'Infant


Miami Playa in Costa Daurada
This wooden bridge links Miami Playa with Hospitalet de l'Infant


Snack bar on a beach in Miami Playa


Umbrellas on a beach of Miami Playa in Catalonia


Miami Playa in Catalonia
Beach in Miami Playa


Day 2


Miami Playa in Tarragona
Promenade of Miami Playa in Tarragona


Miami Playa in Catalonia
Overview of the longest beach in Miami Playa


Miami Playa in Catalonia
Quiet and small beach in Miami Playa


Miami Playa in Tarragona
These small beaches of Miami Playa are similar to some beaches in Costa Brava


Miami Playa in Tarragona
Luckily the beach wasn't crowded and the day was lovely, so we enjoyed a lot these beaches in Miami Playa


Below you can see the places we visited during the three days we spent in Miami Playa and Hospitalet de l'Infant:


Day 1

  • Hospitalet de l'Infant
  • Miami Playa



Day 2

  • Miami Playa

Day 3

  • Castle of Tamarit
  • Roc de Sant Gaietà

Along Costa Daurada you can also visit more interesting places, villages ans towns:

Costa Daurada




More beautiful beaches in Catalonia are:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CATALONIA: MIAMI PLAYA, TAMARIT AND ROC DE SANT GAIETA



This summer we spent three days in the towns of Hospitalet de L'Infant and Miami Playa in Tarragona. We stayed in a hotel of Hospitalet de l'Infant, but we enjoyed the beaches of Miami Playa.


Taking advantage we have a friend in this area of Catalonia, this time we decided to enjoy the beaches of Costa Daurada, located in the south of Barcelona. Usually we'd rather go to the Costa Brava because of its beautiful beaches and since I had vacationed much as a teenager in Tarragona. Specifically on the beaches of Cunit.

As well as enjoying the beaches of Miami Playa, we visited the Castle of Tamarit and Roc de Sant Gaietà.


Miami Playa in Catalonia

Miami Playa in Catalonia


Below you can see the places we visited during these three days:


Day 1

  • Hospitalet de l'Infant
  • Miami Playa

Day 2

  • Miami Playa


Day 3

  • Castle of Tamarit
  • Roc de Sant Gaietà




Day 1


Hospitalet de l'Infant


Meridia Mar Hotel in Tarragona
Meridià Mar Hotel in Hospitalet de l'Infant in Tarragona



Meridia Mar Hotel in Tarragona
Some rooms of Meridià Mar Hotel in Hospitalet de l'Infant in Costa Daurada


Beach in Hospitalet del Infant in Tarragona
Palms on a beach of Hospitalet de l'Infant in Tarragona



Miami Playa



Miami Playa in Tarragona
Beach of Miami Playa in Costa Daurada


Miami Playa in Catalonia
Umbrellas on a beach of Miami Playa located near Hospitalet de l'Infant in Tarragona


Day 2


Miami Playa




Miami Playa in Catalonia
This beach in Miami Playa is two kilometers long


Miami Playa in Catalonia
In Miami playa there are smaller beaches too, like this one


Miami Playa in Catalonia
The beach I like the most in Miami Playa


Snack Bar in Miami Playa
Snack bar beside one of the beaches of Miami Playa


Castle of Tamarit


Castle of Tamarit in Tarragona
Castle of Tamarit near Altafulla in Tarragona




Castle of Tamarit in Tarragona
Castle of Tamarit from another beach in Tarragona




Cala Jovera and Castle of Tamarit
Cala Jovera and Castle of Tamarit in Costa Daurada


Roc de Sant Gaietà




Roc de Sant Gaieta in Tarragona
This Islamic door is the main entrance to Roc de Sant Gaietà in Tarragona


Medieval tower in Roc de Sant Gaieta
Medieval tower in Roc de Sant Gaietà




Roc de Sant Gaieta in Tarragona
Nice corner of Roc de Sant Gaietà



Roc de Sant Gaieta in Tarragona
Patio andaluz (Andalusian courtyard) in Roc de Sant Gaietà in Tarragona


Along Costa Daurada you can also visit more interesting places, villages ans towns:

Costa Daurada




More beautiful beaches in Catalonia are:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BARCELONA: VIC

For a long time I wanted to visit and stroll through the medieval square of Vic, called Mercadal, looking at all the medieval Gothic buildings and palaces that surround it. It was a pity that in the afternoon it rained heavily and we could not stroll through the narrow and sinuous streets of the historic center of Vic all that we would have liked.



Mercadal Square in Vic with the City Hall in the background


Vic is known for its "fuets", such as the "fuets" of Casa Riera Ordeix (www.cro.es), and their typical markets. Some markets are as unique as the Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (Live Music Market of Vic). Besides, when Christmas is coming there is a medieval market with hundreds of drawn characters, artisans and taverns. The first Saturday of each month the antiquities market and the second saturday, a painting market is organized. In the Mercadal square, there is a market on Tuesdays and Saturdays with local products, flowers and all kinds of complements.


Below you can see the most interesting places you can visit in Vic:

  • Mercadal (Medieval Square)
  • City Hall
  • Casino of Vic
  • Roman Temple
  • City Walls
  • Cathedral
  • Episcopal Palace and Museum




Mercadal Square in Vic
City Hall of Vic


Medieval Square in Vic
Every tuesday and saturday there is a lively market takes on Mercadal Square in Vic


Mercadal Square in Vic
Sardana, the traditional dance of Catalonia, in the medieval square of Vic, called Mercadal



Mercadal Square in Vic
One of the palaces you can see from Mercadal Square in Vic





Mercadal Square in Vic
Medieval buildings beside Mercadal Square in Vic





Casino of Vic
Casino of Vic, located near the Mercadal Square


Roman temple in Vic
Roman temple in Vic


Gothic Building in Vic
Gothic building beside the roman temple in Vic


City Walls of Vic
City walls of Vic


Cathedral and Episcopal Palace in Vic
On the left, Cathedral of Vic. The redish building is the Episcopal palace


Cathedral of Vic
Inside the cathedral of Vic


Crypt of the cathedral of Vic
Crypt of the cathedral of Vic


Cathedral of Vic
Queralt Bridge and Cathedral of Vic with its romanesque bell tower


Mercadal Square in Vic
Our last image of Vic was the Mercadal Square wet


If you are interested in guided tours around the old town, there is one on saturdays at 5pm o'clock. Reservations: turisme@vic.cat

You can get more information of the city of Vic clicking on www.victurisme.cat

I can suggest a restaurant in Vic:

  • Restaurant Magda Subirana
  • Address: Sant Sadurni, 4


Other interesting places you can visit near Barcelona are:


Besides If you like medieval villages or towns or maybe medieval architecture, in Catalonia you can visit:


Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to other beautiful places in Catalonia.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

CATALONIA: ROC DE SANT GAIETA

Roc de Sant Gaietà is a picturesque urbanization built between 1964 and 1972. It was designed as a sort of fishing village with buildings decorated using old architectural styles (Gothic, Moorish) or imitating corners typical of several areas of Spain or Europe (Andalusian courtyards, Galician granaries, Sardinian houses  ...).

In the streets of Sant Roc Gaietà you can find wonders of Romanesque, Arabic, Gothic styles and more interesting buildings from other areas of the Spanish geography, which give an air of typical Mediterranean village, such as:


  • Islamic style door called "Porta Mora" with more buildings in Islamic and Moorish around it.
  • Passage of the Arches: This corridor or passage is a replica of the style of the "Emerald Coast" north of the island of Sardinia.
  • Gothic building
  • Patio Andaluz (Andalusian courtyard)
  • Replica of a typical City Hall
  • Replica of the main door of the Cathedral of Avila
  • Facade built in a style of northern Spain
  • Romanesque cloister

Below you can see some pictures of some of these buildings and corners of Roc de Sant Gaietà:


Islamic Door



Porta Mora in Roc de Sant Gaieta
Islamic style door called "Porta Mora" in Roc de Sant Gaietà



Islamic door of Roc de Sant Gaieta
A closer view of the Islamic door of Roc de Sant Gaietà


Gardens beside Roc de Sant Gaieta
Gardens beside the entrance of Roc de Sant Gaietà




Sardinian House



Roc de Sant Gaieta in Costa Daurada
The white arches of Roc de Sant Gaietà are typical of Sardinian houses


Masia Catalana



Masia Catalana in Roc de Sant Gaieta
On the right a typical Masia Catalana (Catalan Farmhouse) in Roc de Sant Gaietà


Gothic Building



Gothic building in Roc de Sant Gaieta
Gothic building in Roc de Sant Gaietà


Andalusian courtyards




Roc de Sant Gaieta in Tarragona
Nice corner with a well in Roc de Sant Gaietà




Andalusian courtyard in Roc de Sant Gaieta
Patio Andaluz (Andalusian courtyard)



Beach of Roc de Sant Gaietà




Beach of Roc de Sant Gaieta
Beach of Roc de Sant Gaietà in Costa Daurada



Beach of Roc de Sant Gaieta
Umbrellas on the beach of Roc de Sant Gaietà


As well as Roc de Sant Gaietà we also visited the following places during the days we spent in Costa Daurada:


Day 1

  • Hospitalet de l'Infant
  • Miami Playa

Day 2

  • Miami Playa


Day 3


  • Castle of Tamarit
  • Roc de Sant Gaietà

In Costa Daurada I visited these places too:


Costa Daurada



In Tarragona, and near Costa Daurada, you can spend the day visiting: