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78Regional Information - Spain78thomsonalfresco.co.ukPlaces Of Interest & Things To SeeSalou The large resort of Salou is home to lively beacheswith many English cuisine pubs and restaurantsspread around the seafront. Salou's main beach rimsa sweeping bay andis backed by a promenadeofpalms. There is even atheme park intheresort,Universal MediterraneaTM. Salou stretchesfor4 milesfrom Cambrils to the wide sandy beach of PlayaPineda.La PinedaLa Pineda, a resort that's quieter than neighbouringSalouis home to an incredible waterpark. You'llfindsafe,sandy beaches, and a variety of bars,restaurants andother eateries that cater for bothSpanish and international tastes. TarragonaThe attractive coastal town of Tarragona, has almostdoubled in size during the last few decades and itsresidential districts continually expanding around themedieval core. Remnants of its past still remain in theform of ruins of a Roman amphitheatre and ancientwalls. A popular outing for visitors is to explore theold harbour, known as El Serrallo, to watch thefishing boats arrive and auction their catch. The cityalso sports some excellent beaches on its doorstep,including Playa Llarga, regarded as one of the biggestand best on the Catalonian coast. Among the manymuseums is an archaeological museum devoted toRoman antiquities; the Diocesan Museum displayingGothic paintings, sculptures and tapestries; and ahouse museum detailing the life and career ofrenowned cellist, Pablo Casals. CambrilsSouth of Salou, the charming town of Cambrils,approximately 4km from our featured parc in theCosta Dorada, has a fabulous sandy beach. Amblearound the narrow, cobbled streets that ooze bags ofcharacter and try local fish in one of the restaurantsor visit the market held in the town weekly to pick upa souvenir or two. Cambrils holds a flea market everyweek in the centre ofthe old town.Sitges Sitges is a sophisticated and attractive town lying justsouth of Barcelona and is one of the most popularresorts on the Costa Dorada. A palm-fringedpromenade lined with tapas bars and restaurantssweeps past a long, sandy beach. There are a fewmuseums too including the Romantic museum thatpresents a perfectly preserved 19th Century house.In Sitges you will find a mixture of old and newplaces of interest to discover. Fun For All The FamilyUniversal MediterraneaTM, SalouIt's Universal Studio's European theme park. Hereyou'llfind lots of rides that range from fun to feartopackin a full day of fun. There are over 30 rides,90shows and plenty of places to eat. The park'sexotically-inspired themes are of five world's; Mexico,Polynesia, Far West, China and the Mediterranean.Thereare also theme characters from Popeye toWoodyWoodpecker.Aquopolis Water Park, La PinedaFor more family fun make your way to La Pineda'swaterpark. Aqua Parc Safari Aqualeon, Salou A natural wild safari park home to more than 600animals,marine life, reptiles and birds of prey. Theaquaticpark has spectacular slides, a wave pool,foamslide, crazy river and for a bite to eat there'sarestaurant, cafeterias and shop.Aquabrava Water park, Roses The largest wave pool in Europe, Aquabrava has giantspiral water chutes, free fall slides and water rafting. Things To DoDelta de l'Ebre National ParkThe Ebro Delta National Park is a vast nature reserveofflat landscape of reedy marshes and lagoons, andis popular for walks, fishing and bird watching. Thearea is aprotected zone so access is limited and iseasier with your own transport.A visit to the area makes for a peaceful getawayfromthebusy resorts up the coast.Local Specialities. Chanquetes - tiny fish delicately fried . Chilled Gazpacho soup. Zarzuela - Fish stew. Crème Catalana - a caramel custard. Wines - Cava sparkling white and Rioja plummy redCosta Dorada

Regional Information - Spain7979Places Of Interest & Things To SeeGerona (Girona)Once known as Gerunda by the Romans, this is ahandsome city on the south side of the Riu Onyar. Theancient capital of Catalonia has much to offer from amagnificent 14th century Gothic cathedral built on tothe hill side, Arab baths and an ancient Jewish quarter.There is a fascinating archaeological walk that runsright around the city, through a maze of cobbledstreets and alleys. Once home to the oil and winetrade with many silversmiths, fishmongers andmerchants, the old town is now full of little shops,trendy cafés and boutiques. 'The Museau d'Art'located in the restored 'Episcopal Palace' displaysRomanesque art and relics from the monastery of'Sant Pere de Rodes'.BarcelonaBarcelona is famous for its art, history and architectureand it is also one of the world's greatest cities forshopping. Port Vell is crammed with shops andeateries and there's bags of atmosphere in the city'snarrow streets and little squares. Its main boulevard,Las Ramblas running from the port to the Placa deCatalunya, is lined with open-air cafés, bookstalls,flower stalls and street artists. The best food market inBarcelona is La Boqueria in La Rambla. This Jewelinthe crown of the Catalan coast is home to manygalleries andmuseums. The highlight is Gaudi'sincredible unfinished cathedral - La Sagrada Familia.Othersights include, the 14th century streets oftheGothic quarter 'TheBarri Gòthic' just behind theharbour. Museums range from, Museu Picassowhichishoused in a Catalan-Gothic palace, the Maritimemuseum or the Zoological museum. Sports fansshould not miss the Olympic Stadium and the NouCamp, home of Barcelona football club.SitgesSitges was developed as a summer resort for thewealthy citizens of Barcelona. Now it is one ofthemost popular resorts on the Costa Dorada, knownfor its attractive promenade, beaches and museums.Here you will find a mixture of the old and the new,explore its old quarter and fine museums, and in theoriginal old town you will find the baroque parishchurch, and some very fine mansions.L'EstartitThe resort started life as little more than a fishingharbour and is now a bustling, modern holiday resortfantastic for families with young children. Nestling atthe foot of the impressive Montgri mountain rangeand presided over by a 13th century castle. Estartit'sposition, between the mountains and the plain of theRiver Ter, gives it the dual advantages of 15 kilometresof beautiful rocky coastline together with one of thelongest sandy beaches on the Coasta Brava. Theresort has a great reputation for its watersports,andwith the rocky inlets along the beach it makesitperfect for snorkelling or boating.La BisbalThis is a medieval market town located by a river.Since the 17th century Bisbal has specialized inproduction of Ceramics and pottery shops line themain road.Its old centre retains many impressivemansions, the architectural remnants of a once thrivingJewish quarter, and parts of a medieval castle built forthe bishops of Girona.FigueresThis is the birth place of Salvador Dali, and as youwould expect it is home to the 'Museau Dali'. This isthe most visited museum in Spain containing some ofhis finest works. You can not miss the museum as it istopped by a huge metallic dome and decorated withluminous giant egg shapes on the roof! There is alsoaliving room designed as Mae West's face, completewith red lips sofa. Figueres is a provincial town withapopulation of some 30,000 and is a great startingpoint to visit the Albéres mountains, which form theborder with France. LlafrancAn attractive Spanish village with a relaxed, leisurelyatmosphere. The village sits on a picturesque sandybeach backed by a tree-lined promenade.Try one of the tempting fish restaurants along theseafront, sipping chilled wine and enjoying freshlyprepared seafood.There's a good choice of shops locallly, although a triptoGirona Market is worthwhile for a colourful andvariedchoice.Platja d'AroA lively, cosmopolitan resort that has developedaround a fantastic sandy beach, one of Costa Brava'sfinest.The clean, golden expanse of sandy beach stretchesthe length of the resort. The pretty marina and themonolith rock, Cavall Bernat, add to the charm.Nearby places of interest include the busy fishing andtrading port of Palamos, and the charming old harbourtown of Sant Feliu.There's an excellent choice of restaurants serving awide variety of Spanish and international cuisine.CadaquésIs a picturesque harbour which has been dubbed the'St.Tropez of Spain'. The beach is wonderful and thetown has quaint narrow streets where you can enjoyadrink in one of the tiny cafés.Fun For All The FamilyUniversal MediterraneaTM- SalouIt's Universal Studio's European theme park. Hereyou'll find a feast of rides that range from fun to fear,there are over 30 rides, 90 shows and 75 places toeat.The park is themed on five worlds, Mexico, Polynesia,Far West, China and the Mediterranean.Aquabrava - Roses This is the largest wave pool in Europe, which has giantspiral waterchutes, free-fall slides, rafting and races. Waterworld - In Lloret de MarHas giant 77m waterchutes, soft slides, waterfalls anda pool with waves up to 2m tall.AquapolisIn La Pineda has slides, rides and wave pool.Medés IslandsYou can take a glass bottom boat from L'EstartittotheIlles Medes. These seven rocky islets areprotected nature reserves hosting the importantcolony of herring gulls. From the boat you can observethe marine life along the way. Scuba divers come fromall over Spain to swim along coral reefs and caves.Los Picos de EuropaTake a cable car 6000 feet to the top of thosetowering mountains for superb views.Beaches to visit:. Tossa de Mar. Lloret de Mar. Calella de Palafrugell has a string of small covesLocal Specialities. Seafood - Grilled sardines to tapas chiperones(babysquid). Crème catalana - a caramel custard. Wines - Cava sparkling white and Rioja plummy red. PaellaCosta Bravathomsonalfresco.co.uk