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Calafell is a delightful gateway to the breathtaking Costa Dorada. Its sparkling golden beaches and calm swimming waters are unrivalled, with plenty of beachside facilities for families. Away from the beach, you can explore Catalonian history in the town’s historic fortifications or make a splash in a thrilling waterpark.
Choose from a wide number of excellent hotels in and around coastal Calafell.
Neighbourhoods of Calafell
Explore Calafell’s delightful districts:
- Platja Calafell: Calafell's beachfront area is where you’ll find a wealth of excellent activities. What’s more, the town's major cultural sites, like the Museo Casa Barral and La Confraria are found here along Av. Sant Joan de Déu.
- Calafell Pueblo: The northerly area from the beach is home to some excellent shopping and eating establishments, a fine number of tucked-away hotels and a charming old town area. Heading north, you'll find a cluster of delightful historic attractions, including Castell de la Santa Creu de Calafell and Cal Perico, as well as the town's pretty pedestrianised square, Plaza Mayor.
- Mas Mel - Bellamar: This large residential district is home to some excellent bars and restaurants, as well as the must-visit Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell. To the north, you’ll find excellent hiking areas with views across town.
What to see and do in Calafell
Calafell is first foremost a fantastic beach town with large swathes of golden sandy shores and a number of excellent seaside activities. The main beaches include Platja de les Madrigueres and Platja Segur de Calafell. Children's amusements, like Calafell Aventura and Calafell Slide, make this destination ideal for families, and there's a fine waterpark, Aqualeon, moments from the town centre as well. Historical attractions are also abundant, with Monumento al Pescador, Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell, Castell de la Santa Creu de Calafell and Mas Romeu all making excellent visits. For hiking, Cova Foradada and the Massís de Bonastre parkland provide excellent trails with leafy sections. You’re also moments from exciting towns and regions like Tarragona city.
What to eat in Calafell
The cuisine of Calafell reflects the best Mediterranean flavours, with abundant seafood and fresh fish prepared simply but deliciously. Some standouts of the region include Romesco de peix (Catalan fish stew with clams and monkfish), Arossejat (seafood rice simmered in stock), Arròs negre (rice cooked with squid ink) and, of course, seafood paella. This region also produces a fine array of wines that pair well with the local cuisine. There are also fine beachside holiday favourites as well, including ice creams and snacks.
Typical events and festivals in Calafell
Calafell experiences a number of alluring festivals and celebrations throughout the year, including classic Catholic staples and more unique local festivities. In February, the Carnaval is an unmissable event with colourful parades and parties. Festes Majors de Calafell is one of the town's signature events which runs for several months through summer. Calafell Festival Rostada Popular de Calafell is another key event in November with horse racing and local harvest feasts. The maritime Virgen del Carmen festival also takes place in town in July with boat processions and beachside parties.
How to move around in Calafell
Calafell is an easy town to navigate on foot. What’s more, it’s well connected to other beachside areas by a convenient coastal railway. Trains connect to hubs like Barcelona and Tarragona. If you’d like to explore the surrounding region at your own pace, rental cars are convenient.
The climate in Calafell
Calafell has a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot summers and mild-to-moderate winters. You can expect highs of 30°C in summer months with lows of 4°C in winter. You can expect a couple of rainy days per month year-round.
More interesting facts about and sights in Calafell
Calafell is the perfect base for day trips. Historic Tarragona is among the top sites to visit in the area as it's easily accessed via train. Here, you can expect a wealth of alluring Roman ruins and bustling port-side markets and seafood bars.