Discover historic cities, glorious coastline, pretty fishing villages, and plains, mountains, and valleys in this bohemian province of art, culture, and wine.Browse property
Move to this land of plenty to experience a feast for your mind, senses and soul with a cornucopia of history, art, culture, gastronomy and breathtaking natural scenery.
Located in eastern Spain in the region of Catalonia, the province of Tarragona is known for its beautiful cities, culture and rich history. The province has a Mediterranean bordering on subtropical climate, with mildly cool winters and hot, sultry summers. Tarragona is lined with gold in the form of its beautiful coastline, the Costa Dorada, or ‘Golden Coast’.
Though this part of Spain is less well-known to tourists, the province has a number of blue flag beaches and is one of the go-to family holiday destinations for native Spaniards. With pretty fishing villages, award-winning beaches of fine golden sands, clear turquoise waters and secluded, picturesque coves, it’s not hard to see why those in the know choose to holiday here.
Another draw might be the dizzying number of festivals and fiestas that take place here – gastronomic, religious, traditional, historical re-enactments and carnivals all provide a feast for the senses. Here, you can view stunning pyrotechnic displays, dance the night away to live music and enjoy local specialities such as the calçotada (grilled spring onions) and xató (cod and escarole salad).
Abundance and plenty seem to typify the area, as this part of Catalonia is steeped in history and culture, including several UNESCO world heritage sites such as the Roman civilisation of Tarraco. Incredible medieval architecture seems to emerge wherever you look – it’s unsurprising then, that this province was the birthplace of legendary architect Antoni Gaudi.
Love art? This could be the place for you, as these fertile lands nurtured the creative talents of Picasso, Gaudi, Miró and Casals. You can quite literally follow in their footsteps on the ‘Four Geniuses’ route, which takes you through Reus, the city of Gaudí’s birth, onto Horta where you can spot some of Picasso’s paintings, through the Mont-Roig, where Miró claimed all of his work was conceived and finally El Vendrell, homeland of the legendary musician, Pablo Casals.
Perhaps the wealth of creative talent in the province is connected to the Dionysian juice which flows in abundance here – namely, cava and wine. This is wine country – with a multitude of excellent wine routes to discover. If the epicurean art and wine routes leave you feeling somewhat over-indulged, you can revive yourself with a brisk hike through plains, mountains and valleys to explore the Cistercian monastery route, where you will discover the haunting medieval cloisters of Catalonia’s most emblematic monasteries.
You don’t need to walk though, as with other parts of Spain, transport is excellent. With Reus airport just 7 kilometers outside Tarragona city and regular, air-conditioned buses and trains, you are well connected to the rest of Spain and beyond.