A culturally rich coastal resort

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.

Your Altafulla questions, answered

If nature and wellness are top of your list, head to the mouth of the River Gaia for the protected pine forest, community allotments, therapeutic garden and turtle rescue centre.
At 1-kilometre long, the beach is large enough to find some private relaxation without feeling isolated. A couple of restaurants with sea views also serve delicious dishes close by.
History buffs with a penchant for Roman ruins should visit the city of Tarragona and its well-preserved amphitheatre, while there are more seaside resorts further up the coastline.

Best things to do in Altafulla

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.