Last week we packed our suitcases and headed for a week in sunny Vila Seca, in the Catalonia region of Spain. Vila Seca is in a great location, not only just over an hour away from Barcelona but also neighbouring loads of amazing towns to visit in the surrounding areas. This is a little breakdown of the holiday for you and to see our full Barcelona city guide click here...
Tarragona is a port city located in Costa Daurada. In this city Roman history collides with mesmerising sandy beaches (one even overlooking an amphitheatre) gorgeous markets and a food scene that fills the narrow streets with glorious freshly prepared meals.
We first visited in the evening for dinner as we were keen to check out El Vergel, a vegan restaurant opened in 2014 (check out our review of El Vergel here) which was absolutely stunning and made us feel very healthy and smug indeed! Driving into this Roman city at night was spectacular, slightly scary but never the less incredible! As it left such a huge impression on us in the evening, we deiced to visit again the next day as it was only a 15 minute drive from our hotel. Just as expected it was pretty as ever and we had a good wander around the many Roman remains scattered across the town. This town is definitely worth a visit if you get time, day or night!
PLACES OF INTEREST
Carrer Major, 13, 43003 Tarragona, Spain
Museu D'Art Modern De Tarragona
Carrer de Santa Anna, 8, 43003 Tarragona, Spain
Carrer Ventallols, 13, 43003 Tarragona, Spain
Carrer August 21, 43003 Tarragona, Spain
Just seven miles south of elegant Tarragona comes the compact
town of Salou. Salou hosts a string of gentle beaches with many rocky coves, perfect for snorkling. In the part, Salou has been used as a port by Greeks and Romans and was once a nest for pirates. The closest airport to Salou is Reus although Barcelona is not too far away. There are loads of lovely walks to take in Salou, some along the sea front with beautiful views. On our last night we walked all along the man-made paths and trails and we're not disappointed by the views. Also along these trails are dozens of homeless cats which doubled our walking time by nearly half! The locals do feed these cats and they seemed pretty healthy and happy FYI :)
Between the 15th and 18th September, Passeig Jaume in Salou became the ultimate paradise for our bellies thanks to the Nomad Festival; 3 days full of music, fashion and THE BEST food trucks we've ever seen! The perfect start to our holiday. See over favourite participating food trucks below:
COOK AND TRAVEL
Hotel Regente Aragón, Carrer de Llevant, 5, 43840 Salou, Tarragona, Spain
We went to this contemporary restaurant looking for something different and boy, that is what we got! The menu is very interesting with choices from all over the world, continents and wonderland. We started the night with a kind of bizzare, complimentary sharing entree, which consisted of five (again rather bizzare) canapés full of flavour. The bites were experimental and very unique; pork crackling covered in dark chocolate, a crispy melted cheese wafer and a tomato jus in a test tube.
For our mains we had burgers made from Wayu meat, the Japanese beef well known for it's interesting farming techniques such as massaging the cow and playing it soothing music. It's considered the best beef in the world which makes for a very eccentric burger! The menu was diverse, tasty and theatrical with the dessert menu being equally impressive and delicious. It was incredibly exciting to watch what everyone else in the restaurant chose as it was all served so differently and aesthetically fascinating.