Tuesday, March 10, 2009

CATALONIA - COSTA DAURADA: SALOU BEACH, REUS AND TARRAGONA

In march, when the spring was about to come and the weather was becoming better, we spent a lovely and really sunny weekend in Salou and La Costa Daurada. We stayed in a comfortable hotel in Salou and, from here, we visited the following beautiful places:

Day 1:

  • Ermita de Santa Maria de la Roca (Mont-Roig del Camp)
  • Pratdip
  • The modernist town of Reus
Day 2:

  • Beach of Salou
  • Ancient Roman Tarraco
  • Tarragona old quarter

Saturday, 7th March 2009

Hotel in Salou



Hotel Sol Costa Daurada in Salou
This is the hotel Sol Costa Daurada, where we stayed the weekend we spent in Salou and surroundings. The weather was lovely during all the weekend. That days seemed actually summer days

Hotel Sol Costa Daurada in Salou
This hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and an indoor one. We enjoyed a lot the indoor swimming pool in the evenings

Hotel Sol Costa Daurada in Salou
I really liked the colourful and really spacious hall. You can see on the right corner another person who loved this hall too because she was also taking a photo in front of me :)


The view from our room in the second floor was quite interesting to relax our sight. In the background, on the left, it can be seen one of the most exciting attractions of Port Aventura funfair: a 100 meters free fall



Mont-Roig del Camp (Mare de Déu de la Roca)


Mare de Déu de la Roca in Mont-Roig del Camp
After a wonderful all-you-can-eat breakfast in the hotel, we drove to the chapel Mare de Déu de la Roca, located on the top of a hill in a nearby small town called Mont-Roig del Camp


Mare de Déu de la Roca in Mont-Roig del CampThe chapel Mare de Déu de la Roca was quite small but I really enjoyed the view from the square. From here, we had beautiful views of the sea and some towns like Salou and Cambrils. Because of the wind we suffered up there, we couldn't stay much time, but the necessary time to take some pictures :)

View from Mare de Déu de la Roca in Mont-Roig del CampFrom here we could see Salou and Cambrils and the petrochemical industry near Reus. We were really lucky to have such a sunny day because the view was really lovely covered with the sunshine


View from Mare de Déu de la Roca in Mont-Roig del CampAnother picture from this square swept by the wind. I even though that my light glasses could fly away


From a nearby point we can enjoy an overall view of the place where we were spending that morning


Pratdip

Castle of Pratdip
From this little church in Mont-Roig del Camp we drove to Pratdip, a village located a few kilometers. This picture shows the remains of a Castle in the highest point of this small town

And in the surroundings of Pratdip, beside the road, another chapel appears, called Sta. Marina

Reus



City hall of Reus
From Pratdip we went back to the north to visit Reus, the most important town of the province of Tarragona together with the city of Tarragona. In this picture, the city hall of Reus


Church of Reus
Near the City Hall is located the church of Reus, in the heart of the old quarter of this town


Navas House in Reus
One of the best cultural activities to do in Reus is a walk called Modernist route. While you walk you can see Modernist facades like this one of the Navas House, located in the City Hall Square

Market of ReusThis picture taken from the market of Reus shows the side façade of an almost neglected church. This façade reminded me the side façade of the main nave of the Sagrada Familia in
 Barcelona

Gasull House in Reus
Next to the Sant Joan Hospital in Reus we saw this house called Gasull House, which was designed by the well-known modernist architecht Lluis Domènech i Muntaner

Rull House in Reus
Next to the Gasull House is the Rull House, also designed by Lluis Domènech i Muntaner, one of the most important modernist architechts

Sunday, 7th March 2009

Salou Beach


Beach of Salou

The beach of Salou in another really lovely day. It was incredibly pleasant to feel the sunshine warming my face again

Beach of SalouThe beach of Salou again, but this time to the left


Palm trees in Salou promenade
The Salou promenade flanked by palm trees


Palm trees in Salou promenadeMore Palm trees which give a Caribbean aspect to the Salou beach


Tarragona


Arrabassada beach in Tarragona
After a brief promenade in Salou we drove to Tarragona to visit the roman remains of the ancient city of Tarraco. We parked our car next to the Arrabassada beach and from here we walked twenty minutes until we reached the roman amfitheater



Ancient Roman Tarraco


Roman Amfitheater in Tarragona
The roman Amfitheater is one of the best preserved monuments of the ancient Tarraco. This building is one of the three entertainment buildings of an important roman city together with a Circus and a Theater. In fact, Tarraco was the capital of one of the imperial provinces of the Roman Empire


Roman Amfitheater in TarragonaThe amfitheater has an elliptical floor. The arena, the place where the spectacle took place, is 62,50 meters long and 38,50 meters wide. It can be seen in the arena the remains of a romanesque church, called Santa Maria del Miracle, built during the XII century


Roman Amfitheater in TarragonaThe amfitheater was located outside the walls, but quite close to the city and to the Augusta Way. It was also located close to the beach, where the animals used for the fights were unloaded


Flowers next to the amfitheater of TarracoLovely flowers next to the amfitheater of Tarraco


Praetorium in TarragonaThe Praetorium is a Roman-era tower that once housed the stairs that connected the lower city to the provincial forum by way of the circus, to which it is connected by means of underground passageways. It stands at one of the corners of the vast rectangle of the provincial forum square. In the 16th century, it was transformed into a palace for the monarchs of the Catalan-Aragonese crown. It was subsequently used as a prison


Circus of TarragonaLocated between Via Augusta and the provincial forum, Tarragona's circus was once used to hold horse and chariot races. An elongated structure measuring 325 by 115 metres, its original capacity has been estimated at 30,000 spectators

Circus of TarragonaThe complex was built in the 1st century. Unusually, it was located within the city limits and is thus endowed with several atypical architectural features. It is considered one of the best-preserved circuses in the West, although some of the original structure remains hidden under old 19th-century buildings

Tarragona Old Quarter


City hall of Tarragona
The city hall of Tarragona at the end of a square. An ideal place to drink something under the warming sunshine

We wasn't alone drinking a cold drink


Cathedral of Tarragona
Dedicated to Saint Mary, the city's cathedral was built on approximately the same site of what was once the Roman temple. Its construction began in the 12th century in the Romanesque style and continued throughout the Gothic period. The building was consecrated in 1331. The soaring entrance and rose window of its façade are one of the city’s most emblematic images

Gothic archs next to the Cathedral
Gothic archs next to the Cathedral of Tarragona

Cathedral of Tarragona
The Cathedral from another point

City Walls of TarragonaIn the 2nd century B.C., a great wall was built around Tarraco, delimiting the municipal boundaries. The wall originally ran some 3,500 metres. Today, approximately 1,100 metres remain, bordering present-day Tarragona's Old Quarter. The walls are the oldest Roman construction still conserved outside Italy


City Walls of TarragonaSpecial attention should be paid to the Archbishop's Tower, which underwent considerable alterations in the Middle Ages, and the Minerva Tower, which is the site of the oldest Roman sculpture and inscription in the Iberian Peninsula

Rambla Vella in Tarragona
The Rambla Vella is a wide promenade which links the Imperial Tarraco square to the Mediterranean sea. This boulevard ends in a viewpoint called Mediterranean Balcony

Aqueduct in Tarragona
In the forest a few kilometers north of the city, a Roman arch bridge carrying an aqueduct has been preserved

Aqueduct in Tarragona
It is known locally as "Devil's Bridge" and is a magnificent aqueduct, which spans a valley about 4 km north of the city. It is 217 m in length, and the loftiest arches, of which there are two tiers, are 26 m high



Arc de BeràDriving to Barcelona we could see the Arc de Berà. This arch is a triumphal arch some 20 km north of the city of Tarragona. It stands on the line of what was the Via Augusta, now the N-340 road.





Other interesting places to visit or things to do in la Costa Daurada are:



Finally, cliking on the next link you will find links to other beautiful villages and places of Catalunya.



2 comments:

Silvia B said...

Molt xulo I molt complet el reportatge de la meva terra. Molt maques les fotografies de Reus!

Frank said...

Moltes Gràcies Silvia!! La veritat és que la ruta modernista de Reus val molt la pena :)