Cambrils Spain

Cambrils, guide to the Costa Dorada holiday resort of Cambrils.

Costa Dorada Resorts - Cambrils

Cambrils Spain - Located in the Baix Camp district of the province of Tarragona in Catalonia, Spain, the coastal resort of Cambrils, along with Salou, is one of the best loved holiday destinations on the Costa Dorada coastline. With a population of around 26,000 and a municipal area of 34.76 square kilometres, Cambrils is smaller and less spoilt than its brasher neighbour, Salou.

Though there is evidence that Cambrils experienced human activity long before the arrival of the Romans in the 3rd century BC, it was the Romans who established the first true settlement there. Much evidence remains of the Roman activity in the areas around Cambrils including some significant ones around the city of Tarragona (the ampitheatre and the aqueduct in particular), other include the Roman Villa at La Llosa, which stands beside the important Roman road - the Via Augusta.

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After the fall of the Roman Empire, the area fell into decline and it was not until the 12th century as the Moors were driven out of Catalonia, that a permanent settlement was established there. The beaches of Cambrils and Salou saw some action a little later as they were the point from which troops under Jaime I set off to free Mallorca and the Balearic Islands from Arab control.

The Crown kept title over Cambrils and established a feudal lord to control it, with a detachment of soldiers stationed in the town, fortified walls and defensive towers were constructed to protect both Cambrils and other nearby villages.

One of the biggest events in the history of Cambrils occurred in 1640, when during the Guerra dels Segadors (war of the Reapers), Cambrils underwent a horrific 3 day siege, the town and its inhabitants suffered greatly both during the siege and after surrendering, many were killed and most of the town's walls were destroyed. The ruins of the walls are the site of a ceremony each year in the Pla├ža del Setge.

Cambrils survived economically over the centuries mostly due to its fine fishermen and fishing is still important to this day, the fishermen still landing their catch in the harbour, supplying the seafood restaurants for which the town is so well known.

The face of Cambrils changed somewhat after the arrival of tourism during the 1950's and 1960's, though the town still retains much of its 'fishing village' charm, and is much more laid back than its neighbour Salou. Cambrils attracts a larger percentage of Spanish tourists and many wealthy Spaniards have summer houses in the town.

Amongst the biggest attractions of the town are the fine beaches which extend for many kilometres and are of a high quality, the town has good facilties and plenty of accommodation possibilities, sports are well catered for and aside from water sports there are plenty of opportunities for golfers, hikers, cyclists and horse riders. For the younger generation, a trip to Salou's Port Aventura theme park will no doubt be on the cards, and you can learn more about this amazing attraction here: Port Aventura.

Cambrils Hotels: Cambrils has a good choice of hotels, you can pick from the Hotel Best Cambrils, the Cambrils Princess Hotel, the Cambrils Playa Hotel and the Daurada Park Hotel Cambrils.

Cambrils Markets: The main weekly market in Cambrils is on a Wednesday, Salou's weekly market is on Mondays.

Cambrils Fiestas: Cambrils fiestas include the Fiesta de San Juan takes place in June, the La Virgen del Carmen fiesta in July and the Catalan National Day in September. Real fiesta fans might like to visit Tarragona the provincial capital where you could enjoy the Carnival (February), the Fiestas de Santa Tecla (September) and the Fiesta of St Magi in August.

Cambrils Camping: There are plenty of camping facilities near to Cambrils, try the Cambrils Park Camping Resort in Av. Mas Clariana, s/n, 43850 Cambrils -Tarragona) - Tel: (0034) 977 351 031.

Cambrils can be reached by way of the N-340 and can also be easily accessed from the A-7 and AP-7 motorways, it is close to the cities of Reus and Tarragona and is in fact only 15 kilometres from Reus airport, Barcelona is around 85 km away.

Cambrils airport driving distances: Reus airport to Cambrils is a driving distance of 15 kilometres (9 miles), Barcelona airport to Cambrils is a driving distance of 106 kilometres (66 miles).

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Costa Dorada Attractions: Port Aventura - River Ebro Fishing

Costa Dorada Golf: Golf Bonmont Terres Noves - Spain Golf Courses

Costa Dorada Places: Altafulla - La Mora - La Pineda - Sitges - Tamarit - Torredembarra - Tortosa

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