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Torredembarra is a very popular and commercial spot. Its location, in the heart of the Costa Daurada, is excellent and it is very well communicated: by road (N-340), highway (AP-7, exit nr. 32) and train. Very close to Tarragona (well-know thanks to its Roman legacy) and Reus (which has a lovely route paying attention to the main buildings of the Catalan Modernism that exist in this town). Torredembarra is also very close to Barcelona, 80 km approximately. Its surroundings go from the calmness and the natural charm of the Delta de l'Ebre, the Cistercian monasteries route, the medieval town of Montblanc,... to the lively cities of Salou, La Pineda and Cambrils, which are basically known thanks to their night life.

If you want to know Torredembarra you'll have to take some time to have a walk and you will discover the beauty of Els Muntanyans(one of the most important humid areas of Catalonia), the Mediterranean nature surrounding the cliffs that hang over the sea, the charm of the old fishing quarter and the marina, where people usually go for a drink and where you can find restaurants, pubs and discos. Torredembarra is not as big as a city can be, but it is divided into different quarters: Clarà, Els Munts, the fishing quarter "Baix a Mar", Babilònia, Sant Jordi and the old town.

INTERESTING PLACES

In the old town we can find many remarkable buildings or constructions: the Castell dels Icard (the Castle), built in the XVI th century, the Torre de la Vila(the Tower) built in the XII-XIII the century and the XVII th century church. Inside the church we will find a picture of Santa Rosalia, the saint patron of Torredembarra (who saved the town from the Black Death) and the baroque organ. In the old town we can also find the Portal de Padrines and the Portal de la Bassa , which are two gates of the old defensive wall that surrounded the town in the XVIIth century.

In the fishing quarter, Baix a Mar, you can find the old fish market house, also called Societat Industrial de la Pesca (the Fishing Industrial Society) built in 1929. In Indústria street we can also find a XIXth century building (Catalan Modernist style) which was the headquarter of the Cooperativa Marítima, the Shipping Cooperative.

The promenade will lead us from the fishing quarter to the marina. The marina is a recent construction, providing 820 moorings for motorboats, sailing ships and other types of ships. Very close to the marina we can find one of the last lighthouses that were built in Spain in the XXth century and inaugurated on January 1st, in 2000. The Torredembarra lighthouse is the tallest in Catalonia.

The most important natural areas of the town : the beach of "Els Muntanyans" (which is a typical beach of the Catalan coast with sand dunes and salt-marshes), the "Roquer" (between the beach of La Paella and the beach of Canyadell, with its amazing cliffs over the sea) and "Les Antines" (submarine rock bars).

FIESTA AND TRADITIONS

Torredembarra is a not only a quiet town. There are many events over the year, some of them are the own fiestas of the town, others are national celebrations:

  • 20th January: Sant Sebastià (Saint Sebastian) – celebration day of Sant Jordi's district
  • February: Carnival
  • 23rd April: Sant Jordi (Saint George's day) – there is a Catalan tradition which consists on an exchange of presents between the two of the couple: the woman offering a book to her man and the man giving her a rose.
  • 24th of June: Sant Joan (Saint John) – celebration day of Baix a Mar (fishing quarter)
  • 15th of July: Festa del Quadre de Santa Rosalia (celebration dedicated to the Picture of Saint Rosalia)
  • 4th of September: Santa Rosalia, Major celebration of the town
  • 11th of September: Diada Nacional de Catalunya, celebration day of Catalonia

One of the features that makes Torredembarra a Mediterranean and Catalan town is the way in which the traditions and celebrations have been maintained. Nowadays, Torredembarra has got an important "seguici", which is formed by all the popular groups, who make street processions and performances: "Colla castellera Nois de la Torre" (the ones that make "human towers"), "Ball de diables" (the ones that walk, jump and go around holding a stick with firecracker, pretending they are devils who come from Hell – "diable" is the Catalan word for "devil") ; "Virgilia" (a female dragon that comes from the sea), "Àguila" (the eagle), "Ball de Bastons" (group of people who performs dances with their wooden sticks, hitting the ground or the partner's sticks with them, always following the music), "Ball de Pastorets" ("pastoret" means little shepherd), "Ball de Cavallets" (group of fighting people who are divided, pretending to be Arabs and Christians), "Ball de Serrallonga" (group of people who fire their blunderbusses in the air), "nans" (the dwarfs) and the "gegants" (giants), who are called: Joan (male giant) and Rosalia (female giant).

THE BEACH OF TORREDEMBARRA

The main entertainment in summer in Torredembarra, both for its inhabitants and visitors, is to go to the beach, enjoying the different activities and landscapes it offers.

The beach of "La Paella" is the one which is closer to the marina . It has got an area in which you can practice different beach sports. Many sport competitions (beach volleyball, tennis, etc) are celebrated in this area, above all in summer. This beach is very wide, up to 90 metres at some points.

The beach of "Baix a Mar", which is not as wide as "La Paella", is located in front of the fishing quarter, and it has also got some sport facilities to practice beach volley or tennis.

The beach of "els Muntanyans", approximately 85 metres wide, has got many sand dunes and salt-marshes. This beach is included in the PEIN, which protects the natural areas of Catalonia and is promoted by the "Generalitat de Catalunya" (the Catalan government).

The beach of Torredembarra gets the Blue Flag almost every year. This means it is awarded by the European Union for its quality. A special attention is paid to the maintenance and hygiene of the beach. All the objects and litter which has been deposited in the sand during the day is swept every night in summer, so that the sea water does not get dirty.