Cambrils, tourist destination of the Costa Dorada

Cambrils, 20 km South of Tarragona, is one of the most beautiful cities of the Costa Dorada, and it is without doubt a very good choice for your holidays, especially if you come with your family. Cambrils means sea, beach, gastronomy, family tourism, sports and water tourism, leisure and relaxation.

Cambrils is located in Comarca del Baix Camp, in the province of Tarragona, and it has some thirty-three thousand inhabitants. It is located just six kilometers from Salou, ten from Reus, sixteen from Tarragona, sixty from the Delta del Ebro natural park and one hundred from Barcelona. Thus, we can say that it is a privileged location to welcome visitors during their summer holidays..

It is one of the few Catalan coastal cities that can boast of its sea and mountains, since it is surrounded by the mountains of Llaberia, Argentera and La Mussara

A little history about Cambrils

Cambrils remains one of the oldest agricultural and livestock Neolithic communities of the Iberian Peninsula that have been discovered. During the Iberian period, Cambrils was integrated into the territory of the íberos Cosetanos, but it was not until Roman times in the third century BC that we can say that Cambrils became populated.


Like the ancient Tarraco, the place that is now Cambrils suffered the same fate and, in the year 476, after the fall of the Roman Empire, Tarraco and all its territory was occupied by the Visigoths and King Eurico. It is not until 1184 that the Cambrils term is written, for the first time, in a letter that certifies delivery of the municipality to Berenguer de Cambrils, which is the origin of the name of this place.

Leisure in Cambrils to enjoy your holidays

In Cambrils, you can find all kinds of leisure activities so there’s no room for boredom throughout the summer. For example, Cambrils offers its visitors different routes to experience on foot or by bike: from the nine kilometers of promenade to all kinds of rural routes, so you can enjoy the views and nature to the fullest.

Not only that but in Cambrils, you can take a multitude of dramatized, guided visits so you don’t miss any sites of interest and do so in the most original and fun way possible! What deserves a whole new chapter is the immense offerings in aquatic leisure activities: sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, but also on land: mountain biking, golf, hiking, spas... so if you come to Cambrils with energy, you will find no excuses not to spend it!


And if you’re looking for cultural suggestions, Cambrils will not disappoint you either. The history museum and the Cambrils Music Festival that every year features first class artists are two of our recommendations.

As for nightlife, in Cambrils you will not miss anything either. There are all kinds of places to enjoy the nightlife of the Costa Dorada: restaurants of all kinds, bars, chiringuitos where you can spend your evenings by the sea, pubs, karaoke, live music and discos. In addition, the climate and the pleasant temperatures of the city invite you to walk, dine and enjoy the lively nightlife.

Gastronomy of Cambrils

If you have a demanding palate, you are in the right place to spend your vacations, since Cambrils is the gastronomic capital of the Costa Dorada; recognition obtained thanks to the delicious recipes that cooks have inherited from their ancestors and now offer their guests. And in Cambrils, there is a great culinary tradition, demonstrated by its more than 150 restaurants, which boast two Michelin stars.

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With the aim of promoting local and seasonal products, in Cambrils you will enjoy good food like no other place on vacation and we take it very seriously here. So serious that in Cambrils, we even have a gastronomic calendar in which gastronomic days are celebrated every month of the year.

Who overcomes that? Just so you know, the first thing you have to do when you get to Cambrils is to get the gastronomic guide of the city, for example, from the tourist office of Cambrils to discover all the restaurants, classified by types, areas and products so that your holidays, in addition to sun and beach are of an exceptional gastronomic level.

The best beaches of Cambrils

In parallel to the beaches, you will find the beautiful Paseo Marítimo, where you can enjoy, on foot or by bicycle, the tranquility and landscape of the Cambrils coast..

Cambrils has 10 first quality beaches that stretch along 9 kilometers of fine golden sand, where you can enjoy the fantastic Mediterranean climate. All the beaches of Cambrils are Blue Flag, granted by the European Union. This, along with a gentle orography, makes the Cambrils beaches very safe for the little ones..

And not only that, but on the beaches of Cambrils, you can find different children's oases; that is, recreational sites located on the beaches or on the promenade along the coast, which have shaded areas and playgrounds for the enjoyment of the little ones

The beaches of Cambrils are:

  • Playa de l'Ardiaca, the furthest from the urban core, but crowded by the holiday makers from the nearby Urban infrastructure. It features small coves separated by breakwaters.
  • Playa El Dorado, a beach of more than a kilometer of fine, golden sand that is south of the port of Cambrils. It is very quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
  • Playa de la Llosa is perfect if you want to escape the crowds but nevertheless do not want to give up all the amenities like showers, toilets, red cross, rental of sunshades, sunbeds and beach bars in one of the least crowded and most pleasant areas of the municipality.
  • Playa Horta de Santa María, to the south of the fishing port, we find this beach with rather thick sand and semi-rocky bottoms. Come here to enjoy a great paella at El Marino Chiringuito.
  • Playa La Riera is the smallest and most central beach of Cambrils. You can take your pet here.
  • Playa del Regueral, the most popular beach, in the center of Cambrils, 1.2 kilometers long, here you can do all kinds of water and beach activities, and this includes drinking a mojito at the beach bar.
  • Playa del Cavet is the perfect beach for paddle surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and snorkeling.
  • Playa del Esquirol is one of the best beaches in Cambrils because it is close enough to go walking and far enough from the center so that it is not overcrowded. Also, it has all the amenities necessary to have a comfortable holiday.
  • Playa de Vilafortuny is in the urban infrastructure of the same name. It has very good services and a calm atmosphere by being located between Salou and Cambrils and not in the center of the city.
  • Playa de Cap de Sant Pere is the northernmost beach of Cambrils and borders on Salou. With a length of 1.2 kilometers and fine sand, along with all the services offered, make it a very good option to visit with your family.


Map of the beaches of Cambrils

Discover the best beaches in Cambrils with bird's-eye view imagery


If you are thinking of being a tourist in Cambrils, this bird's-eye view video made with drones will surely convince you to spend your holidays here.



What not to miss during your holidays in Cambrils

If you do not know what to do in Cambrils, there are several things you cannot miss. And so we recommend the following for you.

One of them is the Cambrils fiestas, or the Festa Major, as it is known in Catalan. The festivities take place in honor of San Pedro, patron of the fishermen, from the end of June to the beginning of July, so if you're here, do not miss the parades of giants and "capgrossos" and all the other events that take place in Cambrils. It is a big party and, if you come on holiday at the end of summer, you will find the festivities of the Mare de Déu del Camí, where all kinds of events take place, featuring fairs, concerts, parades, workshops, exhibitions, and much more.

The beautiful old town of Cambrils, also known as "la vila", is another must-see. Do not even think about going on holiday in Cambrils and not spending an afternoon strolling through its old town, because you'll be missing the most beautiful part of Cambrils. With cobbled stone streets and hidden squares, you will discover a city different from what you were expecting that will surprise you. If you like history, another of the places you cannot miss is the Roman site of La Llosa, where you can see archaeological remains of the I and VI century.

You will also like to visit other places of interest such as Castillo de Vilafortuny, Plaza del Setge, or the Samà Park, which is a majestic colonial garden declared a cultural asset of national interest. Created by the same creator of the park garden of the Ciutadella de Barcelona, this garden complex is located between the municipalities of Cambrils and Montbrió del Camp, four kilometers from the coast. His promoter was a man named Salvador Sama Torrens, Marqués de Marianao who, when he returned from Cuba, decided to imitate its exotic environment in Cambrils.

What to do in Cambrils with children

Cambrils is one of the main destinations in terms of family tourism. And the city seems designed to be enjoyed as a family. Cambrils is a tourist municipality certified with the seal of quality granted by the Generalitat of Catalonia as a Family Tourism Destination. Thus, the city is equipped with playgrounds and children's oasis on the beaches, parks, safety guides and children's entertainment.

Not only this, but in Cambrils you can even find many restaurants and bars adapted to be children friendly, featuring identification bracelets, children's menu, highchairs and adapted chairs, children's pool, diaper changer, bottle warmer, plug protection, etc. Likewise, Cambrils offers a wide range of recreational activities for children with many activities, especially in summer, cultural and sports activities aimed at children.

Children's shows on the street, facilities for practicing sports, nautical bases for kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, in addition to theme and water parks.

And speaking of theme parks, Cambrils is only fourteen kilometers from PortAventura. It is also connected by train with the theme park which all children dream of visiting one day.

But let's continue with the activities to do with children in Cambrils: a good way to go sightseeing together is to take the tourist train that will take you through the most peculiar neighborhoods without getting tired and without anyone getting bored.

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If you don’t want to go every day to the beach during your holidays in Cambrils, a good alternative is to spend the afternoon at one of its beautiful parks, Like the Parc del Pescador. Located next to the port and in front of the beach, it is the oldest and one of the most frequented parks by tourists and visitors. You can also go to Parc del Pinaret, the largest and newest park in Cambrils.

And if you want to practice some sports, go to Parc del Nou, which has a sports area with a track with goals, baskets and playgrounds for children from 2 to 6 years old.

Excursions for tourism in Cambrils and surroundings

Surely if you spend your summer vacation staying in an apartment in Cambrils, besides going to the beach and enjoying the many activities that summer in Cambrils awaits you, you will want to do some excursions in the area with your family or friends.

There are hundreds of things to do, both on the Costa Dorada and in Catalonia on short day trips, which is what we'll show you.

A must see is PortAventura and Ferrari Park, a few minutes from Cambrils and with access by train and road. Do not forget your sunscreen and swimsuit. Although if you want to be well prepared, you’d better read this blog entry.

If you like Modernist art, you are in the right place, because very close to Cambrils is the city of Reus, where you can take a Modernist route that will leave you speechless.

Speaking of routes and must-see excursions, Ruta Romana de Tarragona is well worth a visit. From the walls to the Roman circus passing through the amphitheater, you will get a real idea of what Roman Tarraco was like at its peak.

There is another interesting route if you like architecture: Ruta del Císter, which will show you the numerous Cistercian monasteries of the area.

Finally, if you have come to Catalonia from other parts of the country, do not leave without visiting Barcelona, the perfect city to go shopping, appreciate the numerous art exhibitions, the spectacular modernist architecture, attend concerts, stroll along the Ramblas, taste Catalan cuisine in one of its fantastic restaurants and return by car or train to sleep in your holiday apartment in Cambrils after having spent an unforgettable day with your family.


Useful information about Cambrils: Cambrils Tourist Office

In addition to all the tips we give you on our Litoral Costa Dorada website, if you are spending a few days on vacation in Cambrils and want different information on where to eat, what to do with children, where to go shopping, leisure, water sports, schedules trains, buses, activities, local parties, beaches to go with and without pets, , excursions, etc. Anyway, everything you might need to know while on vacation in our city as a tourist, we advise you to go to the tourist office of Cambrils (Patronat de Turisme de Cambrils). It’s found in:

Cambrils Tourist Office

  • Address: Passeig de les Palmeres, 1, 43850 Cambrils, Tarragona.
  • Opening hours: from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If you prefer, you can also contact them by phone at 977 79 23 07, so you can save the queues, since in summer it is usually a bit crowded, especially around midday and five in the afternoon, which are peak hours. For your information, users usually spend between 10 and 45 minutes in the Tourism Office of Cambrils, so it’s best if you’re not in a hurry. Ask everything you need and leave with all kinds of pamphlets so you can choose the activities that catch your attention which you can do during your vacation in Cambrils.

Accommodation in Cambrils

Cambrils is one of the most popular destinations of the Costa Dorada and therefore has developed around a very important tourism industry and a very wide range of accommodation. In the center and on the seafront, the rental of apartments in Cambrils is the most important feature and where you can find accommodation of all kinds and any budget. On the other hand, in the areas of LLosa or El Dorado, you can find a wide range of rental houses in Cambrils that are very spacious to accommodate several families. But without a doubt, the star product and the most popular is renting a villa in Cambrils.

How to get to Cambrils

Cambrils is connected by road (AP-7, A-7 and N-340) to the north (Barcelona), and to the south (Valencia), but also by train, since it has a train station in the center of the city, and also has a regular network of buses (Plana) that connect the different municipalities of the Costa Dorada with high frequency trips. Also, the AVE station of Camp de Tarragona is only 32 kilometers away and is connected via bus.

The airport of Reus is only 10 kilometers away and about 100 from the airport of El Prat de Barcelona.

Climate and temperatures in Cambrils

Cambrils enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate where you can enjoy warm and sunny summers with an average of about 300 days of sunshine per year.

The winters are moderately cold, with temperatures between 7 and 12º C normally, and often windy with a northwest air known as Mistral, or as the inhabitants of the area call it, "vent de dalt" (wind from above, literally) , a feature that often gives you intense blue skies during the cold season, with little humidity and few days of fog.

The average temperature in summer in Cambrils is 23 to 35º, depending on the year, since there are some years warmer than others. What is clear is that in Cambrils, you will always have the sea nearby to cool off!

The majority of rainfall in Cambrils occurs in spring and autumn; in summer they are not at all common. The average rainfall in Cambrils is between 375 and 700 mm per year. The driest month of the year is July (perfect to come on holiday if you are looking for sun and beach), with only 16 mm of rain on average. In contrast, the rainiest month of the year in Cambrils is October, with an average of 82 mm.

Like any seafaring city, the climate of Cambrils is characterized by humidity during the summer months, with humidity percentages between 66 and 69%, so do not expect to find a dry heat but rather a moist heat.

With these mild and pleasant temperatures, it is not strange to come to spend the summer in Cambrils and want to stay all year.

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