Photographer: Anton Glavas © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Photographer: Anton Glavas © 2018 All Rights Reserved
You have your beautiful vacation rental in Costa Dorada. You already know you love the city, but what about its history? Here are four of the most interesting museums in Costa Dorada that will help you understand the city and its culture so that you’ll enjoy your stay even more!
1. Gaudi Centre Reus
One of the most famous artists to come out of Costa Dorada is Gaudí. This museum showcases his life and artwork using audiovisual technology and interactive displays. Go on a guided tour or on your own with an audio guide. Learn all about the amazing genius of Gaudí, the period when he lived, his inspiration for his work, and so much more. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the amazing artwork and architecture that you’ll find in this museum.
2. Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona
If you want to learn about the history of Tarragona and the Romans that once lived there, you’ll want to check out the Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona. Make sure you purchase the combined ticket, so you can view all four parts of this amazing museum. You’ll find Roman artifacts, view objects that were once part of the local’s everyday life, and beautiful Roman mosaics. There is so much to see you’ll be glad you visited!
3. Pau Casals Museum
Small but beautiful, the Pau Casals Museum is right on the beach, so it has a perfect view. The architecture is a mixture of Mediterranean and Spanish with stunning colors and lovely foliage. You can view outdoor concerts from time-to-time, inside you can see educational and historical presentations that show you the history of the place and the area. You’ll also find amazing sculptures, a lovely garden, paintings, historical documents and more. You are certain to enjoy your visit and there are a lot of photo opportunities of which to take advantage!
4. Early Christian Necropolis and Museum
The early Christian necropolis of Tarragona is a late Roman funerary complex used between the middle of the 3rd and the 5th centuries AD. It was discovered in 1923 when the foundations for the new tobacco factory were being laid. The cemetery has 2,051 tombs in a wide diversity of styles, making it the most important early Christian necropolis in the Western Mediterranean. The site is managed by the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona and is part of the Roman Tarraco archaeological complex declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
If you want to hang out outdoors in Costa Dorada, there are certainly plenty of places to do it. Of course, if you’ve rented a private villa with a pool, you’ll want to spend time there. But if you want a change of pace, check out these four beaches!
1. Llevant Beach
This gorgeous beach is near Salou and has beautiful sand, gorgeous water, and a stunning view of the city. Go swimming, get a floating device (some look like giant inflatable slides or water rides), or find a place for boating, diving, and snorkeling. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and nightclubs nearby if you get hungry or want a little more amusement when you’re done with the beach. This beach is perfect for families of all shapes and sizes.
2. Llarga Beach
At the top of Salou is another amazing beach, this one a little more isolated and not as crowded because it is further from the city. They have a beach bar, a banana boat, plenty of sun loungers, and beautiful surf and sand. You can admire the view of both the ocean, the tropical vegetation, and the rock formations around you as you relax in the sun.
3. Playa de la Pineda
A quiet resort beach, Playa de la Pineda is most well-known for the giant plastic plant sculptures nearby. This area is great if you want to get away from the crowds and sunbathe in peace and quiet. The area is surrounded by trees, the water is warm and wonderful, the sand is perfect, and the view is stunning. There are still plenty of restaurants and shops around if you get peckish or just want to get out of the sun.
4. Capellans Beach
Busy yet clean, the Capellans Beach is surrounded by resorts and hotels, so you’re certain to have company at all times. The view is amazing though, part tropical island, part city, all beautiful. You’ll find plenty of sun loungers, some in the sun, some under umbrellas, and some under awnings. There are several restaurants, shops, and nightclubs nearby if you want some extra fun. And, of course, this beach offers a lot of watersports that you can check out if you’re tired of sunbathing or just swimming in the gorgeous waters.
Did you get a sunburn? Hopefully not! Either way, we’re certain you had a great time! Now you can head back to your vacation rental in Costa Dorada to think about what an awesome time you had and maybe plan what you’re going to do tomorrow.
June is the month when Barcelona really starts to come alive for the summer with a huge range of events and celebrations to kick off the season. Booking a family villa in Barcelona just before the mass of summer tourists flock in is a wise move as the city exudes a festive atmosphere and gorgeous weather.
On the June 23, Barcelona residents celebrate the festival of Sant Joan. On the night itself the street lights up with a huge display of fireworks and bonfires all over the city, but especially on the beaches. It is not unusual for these displays to last until the early hours of the following morning. You can enjoy the spectacle from the comfort of your Barcelona accommodation while sampling a glass of cava and piles of coca, a type of seasonal bread that is topped with candied fruits.
One of the most colorful events on the Barcelona events calendar is the Pride Festival, a 10-day festival where Barcelona shows its gay pride. You can find parties, concerts, and more, all topped off with a spectacular parade.
This three-day international music festival is a must-see for anyone who loves electronic music and contemporary arts. The festival is celebrating its 25th year and the days include record fairs, art displays, exhibitions, and conferences, while at night concerts and DJs perform at multiple venues just outside the city.
Musica als Parcs
Another great reason to have a Barcelona vacation rental in June is the free al-fresco concerts that run throughout the summer in some of the city’s main parks. There’s jazz, various classical music, and bands, so pack a picnic and enjoy a few blissful hours under the sun.
Standing at 357 metres tall, the mountain of El Toro is Menorca’s highest point and can be seen from miles around. Regardless of the town in which your Menorca vacation rental is located, you are likely to be able to spot its towering silhouette somewhere on the horizon.
The view from the top brings tourists and locals alike to its summit. From the top, the whole island unfolds before your eyes, and if the weather is very clear, you may even be able to see the Tramuntana mountain range of Mallorca.
Many locals claim that the mountain is the spiritual centre of the island, and it has been a place of
pilgrimage since the 13th century. They also claim that it earned its name from a bull (el toro) that led a group of monks to a statue of the Virgin Mary, which was in the rock face. Others claim that the name’s origin stems from the time the Moors inhabited the island, coming from the Arabic ‘al tor’ which means mountain.
Although a relatively small mountain, a range of buildings cluster at its peak. In the 15th century, a
watchtower was constructed there, with a defence tower later added. There are also the remains of a monastery that was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, a convent, and an army station. Today,
masts, transmitters, and satellites that are used by the people of Menorca.
The easiest way by far to reach the mountain’s summit is by car, and the journey
itself is quite an adventure! If you don’t have a hired car, another option is requesting a taxi to
pick you up from your villa in Menorca, and then taking the winding roads down by foot. There are also organised excursions that will take you up the mountain as part of the trip.