Food, travel, life and culture: Tarragona Blog, your alternative guide to Tarragona and beyond!
  • The starting point of an amazing journey

    The starting point of an amazing journey

  • From rugged coast...

    From rugged coast...

  • ...to abandoned places

    ...to abandoned places

  • to the roof of Monsant...

    to the roof of Monsant...

  • ... to the fertile hills of Montferri

    ... to the fertile hills of Montferri

  • happiness is less than one hour away

    happiness is less than one hour away

Beyond Tarragona

  • The wine trail

    The wine trail

    Tarragona is surrounded by a fertile, complex and diverse soil from which wine has been grown for a thousand years. Priorat, Conca de Barberà, Monstant, Terra Alta are some of the iconic regions surrounding Tarragona easily reached in less than one hour drive and explored on foot.

  • The architectural journey

    The architectural journey

    From vernacular, to medieval hamlets, grandiose monasteries, castles and towers, Baroque Catalan, to gems from the Modernista movement, the Camp de Tarragona has it all.

Jujol and Casa Bofarull

Jujol and Casa Bofarull

Meeting Jujol is like taking a leap in to a playful universe, where ergonomics, nature and architecture collide in to a space full of movement and changing lights. It’s like a visual symphony and Casa Bofarull is no exception.

Historic snowfall in the mountains of Prades

Historic snowfall in the mountains of Prades

As Tarragona was hit by a deluge of water, in the mountains of Prades the bad weather front was taking a different shape. Tweets started reporting about a world turning white, with the snowfall continuing through the night.

Jujol’s Hermitage

Jujol’s Hermitage

You are walking through a fields, your feet sinking deep into the rich brown earth until you yes meet, in the far,  Jujol’s understated declaration of love to this place: the Mare de Déu de Montserrat de Montferri.

From Tarragona to Torredembarra

From Tarragona to Torredembarra

One of best way to understand a city than to look at its territory and geography and Tarragona is no exception. 

Hiking through the Serra del Cardó

Hiking through the Serra del Cardó

Tarragona is surrounded by rugged countryside and the Serra del Cardó makes for the perfect hiking experience.

In the gorges of Siuranella

In the gorges of Siuranella

Winter is one of the best times of the year to go and explore the fantastic landscape hidden away less than one hour drive from Tarragona.

The monastery of Poblet, Catalonia

The monastery of Poblet, Catalonia

You get a sense of chill when entering the portal of the monastery of Poblet, a sense of secrecy and silence  which permeates every step of your way. Poblet lies a mere 30 minutes drive from Tarragona, beyond the industrial landscape  and deep into the foothills of the mountains of Prades, surrounded by peace and the past.

Walking the Parc Natural de la Serra de Montsant

Walking the Parc Natural de la Serra de Montsant

The Parc Natural de la Serra de Monsant is an outstanding rock formation,  the result of a process of a erosion caused by a river flowing past and to the sea in prehistoric times. A heaven for climbers and hikers it is reached from Tarragona in less than an hour drive to La Morena del Monsant  from which the exhilarating ascent  begins.

Touching the sky at Siurana

Touching the sky at Siurana

Siurana, is a hidden, breathtaking and unexpected place, located on top of a massive cliff overlooking  the muscular Serra de Monsant and the rising mountains of Prades.

Torredembarra’s urban beach stretch

Torredembarra’s urban beach stretch

Get the bus or train from Tarragona and you are in Torrendembarra in less than 15 minutes. From there, head south-west till you get to the beach and when you do get ready to take a leap in to the wide deep blue.

A country walk around Renau

A country walk around Renau

There is no better way here to spend a Sunday in spring than taking a walk around the ancient countryside surrounding Tarragona. After the recent rains everything is in bloom, the blue sky is a buzz and the world turns in to technicolor.

Discovering the Priorat, walk to Gratallops

Discovering the Priorat, walk to Gratallops

The Priorat, located a mere 40 minutes drive from Tarragona, has undergone a wine renaissance over the past twenty years, becoming a magnet for any  serious wine buffs and would be wine maker.

Walk to Punta de la Mora

punta-de-la-mora

Despite all the industrial, urban and tourist developments in this area, the magnificent woodland and coast strip around Punta de la Mora has been largely left to its natural habitat.

A walk to Riera de Gaia

Mas dels Arcs - Tarragona

One would be forgiven to think that the landscape surrounding Tarragona has been tampered to death by heavy industry. As you make your way in from the Reus airport it looks just like that, with the Repsol chemical works belching out smoke, warehouses, and motorways clogging up the horizon as you make your way towards the city.  Yet a great initiative by local conservationists is taking place  putting the many secluded walks one can take around the Tarragona countryside on the map. 

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