Reconnect with Altafulla
Located in the Tarragonès region is one of the most picturesque and unique coastal towns on the entire Costa Daurada, Altafulla. Golden sand, an intense blue sea that shines with the sun's rays, fishermen's houses by the sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Roman villa, the beauty of the mouth of the Gaià River... Sounds good, right?
With just over 5,000 inhabitants, this small municipality is located between the left bank of the Gaià River and the mountains of Sant Joan and Sant Antoni. If what you are looking for is a quiet town far from the boiling and overcrowding where you can enjoy a getaway with family or as a couple and a wide range of activities for all tastes, let this town surprise you with its infinity of options that combine culture with nature, sports with disconnection and gastronomy with history.
With crystal clear waters and golden sand, you will find two beaches in the town: the urban beach of Altafulla, shaped like a perfect half moon and more than a kilometer long. From the beach and with your feet covered in sand, you can admire the uniqueness of the Maritime Quarter, characterized by the white ground-floor houses that were once fishermen's barracks and warehouses. And the beach of Canyadell, a small cove away from the urban center where you can enjoy the tranquility and a more virgin landscape and where at the end of it, you can admire the last lighthouse built in the State.
CULTURE AND HERITAGE
History and the passage of time are present witnesses in every corner of the municipality and proof of this is the fact that it can boast of being distinguished as a cultural asset of national interest by the Government of Catalonia since 1998. From Roman remains along to the sea, such as the Roman town of Els Munts, one of the most important residential Roman settlements known in 'Hispania' and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing through the medieval heritage of the walls of Vila Closa -today today the old part of the town-, the medieval castle of Altafulla, with a construction date of the s. XVII and several houses built from the s. XVIII, until reaching the consequences of the Spanish Civil War, very present inside the parish church of Sant Martí.
ACTIVE TOURISM AND NATURE
Due to its privileged location surrounded by river, sea and mountains along with an exceptional climate, Altafulla is an excellent destination for lovers of outdoor activities of all kinds, both on land and water.
If you like water sports you can enjoy in the summer season, in addition to kayaking on the Gaià or by sea, scuba diving where, in addition to a vibrant aquatic fauna, you will have the opportunity to see boats from the early s. XX sunk by the attack of several missiles.
On the other hand, if what you prefer is nature on the mainland, the options for excursions and hiking trails are also inscrutable and adaptable to all levels. You can choose between short excursions to enjoy with your family, following, for example, the path from Sant Antoni to La Coma, where you will enter the green lung of Altafulla until you reach the hermitage of Sant Antoni. If you are looking for a landscape that combines vegetation with water, an excellent option could be the Llera de Gaià path, where you will follow the river during its course down to its mouth - included in the network of wetlands of southern Catalonia - and you will understand the importance and influence of this on the municipality, as well as you will be able to observe a large number of animal species. Lastly, another good option is to walk one of the sections of the coastal path in the municipality, both towards Torredembarra and towards Tamarit.
For the most experienced hikers who want to do a good route on foot, the Ronda Verde del Baix Gaià is a circular itinerary that passes through different municipalities and towns that make up the Association of Tourist Municipalities of Baix Gaià, or the Route of the Castles, in which you will find various Romanesque and medieval fortifications.
Gastronomy is something that cannot be missing when we talk about Altafulla. Despite the small size of the municipality, it has a large number of establishments dedicated to seafood cuisine in which tradition is fused with innovation based on local products and recipes from the area.
In addition, throughout the year they have several gastronomic campaigns, which becomes a good excuse to return to the municipality and experience through the palate how gastronomy follows the course of the seasons of the year.
In spring, the Tapas Route and the Fiesta de la Olla; in September, the Festival of Cultures and in autumn, the Altafulla Gastronomic Days.
TRADITIONS AND IDENTITY
The small town of Altafulla is a land where festivity, tradition and authenticity merge with the welcoming spirit of its people. And it is precisely through the local traditions and festivals that the visitor can connect with the identity of the town. So, write down the following dates in your diaries to experience first-hand the identity and culture of the town:
Halloween Night (Last weekend of June)
Craft Fair (2nd half of August)
Small Major Festival of San Antonio (September 11)
Major Festival of Sant Martí (November 11)
High tide Vintage (Saturday of Holy Week)
Altafulla International Music Festival (summer season)
Altafulla is a small town in dimensions but enormous in sensations.
We encourage you to visit this picturesque town and enjoy its best landscapes through the full range of activities and experiences available.
GHT Balmes Hotel, Aparthotel & Splash (Calella)