Despite its position on Catalonia’s sunkissed coast, Altafulla holidays are more than just a beach break. While the gently lapping shoreline is a worthy destination in its own right, the atmospheric Roman ruins of an aristocratic villa – a Unesco World Heritage Site – is just one of many picturesque pitstops you’ll make before succumbing to the silken sands of the town’s quiet beach. Another is the historic medieval centre.
This former fishing village has a cultural side, too – cobbled streets lead to leafy squares lined with low-lit restaurants. The resort’s peaceful promenade hasn’t lost its charm to over-development, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find somewhere on holidays to Altafulla for a late-night tipple. And once the kids catch wind that they’re within easy reach of one of Europe’s largest theme parks, you’ll be sure to have the whole family on board.
Visit the ruins
Rome’s wealthy citizens clearly shared our appreciation of a good sea view. Wander the crumbling ruins of the former aristocratic villas, located on prime land next to the beach.
Find your creative side
Sketchbooks at the ready – from Altafulla you can travel the Route of the Four Geniuses to appreciate the landscapes that inspired Gaudi, Picasso, Casals and Miro.
Step back in time
Admire the faded grandeur of the buildings, catch a recital outside the church and imagine a time before wifi in Altafulla’s walled medieval centre, Vila Closa.