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The Costa Daurada beaches are the great attraction of the area. They are of different kinds: shallow beaches with fine sand as in Salou, small bays in Mont-roig del Camp, highly iodised beaches in Vendrell and Coma-ruga and nude beaches in Hospitalet de l’Infant. Some, such as Creixell, are accessible to handicapped people; others have been declared family tourism destinations, such as Calafell, Salou and Cambrils.

One of the most deeply rooted traditions in the area, that has progressively spread all over Catalonia, are the Castellers, human castles of different heights with a child at the top called “anxeneta”.

The Natural Parc of Serra del Montsant and the Mountains of Prades show a great variety of mountain Mediterranean vegetation, being the habitat to a large number of mammals and predators.

Delta de l'EbreDelta de l’Ebre is the most important wet area of Catalonia. Its geographical features and the high natural value of its flora and fauna make it a very special place to discover nature. Grey herons, nightingales, white magpies, serins, white wagtails, goldfinches, great bustards, cuckoos, barn owls, hoopoes, little owls and sparrows co-exist there, as well as gulls, cormorants, egrets, coots and different kinds of ducks; even flamingoes have their place. Fish fauna is as rich as bird fauna, mostly due to the water quality of the affluents, in particular at the head waters, where there are brook trouts, elvers and eels, native crayfish, barbels, tenches, carps and soufies.

Delta de l'Ebre This is the natural reserve most southerly of Catalonia and Europe. The most spectacular aspect of the massif is the large population of wild goats —an endemic species in the Iberian Peninsula; the Eurasian otter and the wild cat. In Els Ports, birds find shelter and perfect conditions to survive. Worth mentioning are big birds of prey such as the vulture, the golden eagle, the hawk eagle, the goshawk, the peregrine, the eagle owl, etc; as well as species that stay temporarily like the short-toed eagle and the booted eagle; and protected species such as the blue rock thrush, the golden oriole, the nuthatch, the short-toed treecreeper and the dipper.

Pont del diableThe heritage from ancient Romans is very present mainly in Tarragona, where UNESCO has declared an architectural complex World Heritage. It includes the amphitheatre, the forum, the circus and the famous wall. Modernism has a fundamental enclave in Reus, birthplace of Antoni Gaudí, which has several outstanding Modernist constructions —Casa Rull, Institut Pere Mata by Domènech i Montaner. Pau Casals, the famous violoncellist, was born in El Vendrell and the house were he was born can be visited. The house holds the annual music festival that bears his name.

Monestir de Santa Maria de Vallbona

The Cistercian Route takes the visitor to three monasteries where Cistercian monks settled: Poblet, Santes Creus and Vallbona de les Monges. The Santes Creus monastery was founded in 1150, and is the only one that has no monastic life nowadays; the advantage is that visitors are allowed into places that are closed to visitors in other monasteries, such as bedrooms, where nowadays classical music concerts are held. Other places to visit in Santes Creus are the Vila-rodona columbarium, the tomb of Peter the Great, and the Romanesque church of El Pla, dedicated to Saint Mary. Poblet monastery, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, was one of the main centres in Catalonia, as several kings lie in there. The monks' community in Poblet is one of the most important in Europe. Vallbona de les Monges monastery joined the Cistercian order in 1176 and it is a convent. Its community has been there for more than 800 years. 

Hazelnuts from Reus, oil from Siurana, spring onions from Valls, potatoes from Prades and wines with Guarantee of Origin from Priorat, Montsant, Penedès, Conca de Barberà, Tarragona and Cava, are only a few of the typical quality products from the Costa Daurada region. Many recipes are based on them, like Xató (escarole, tuna and cod salad), boar civet, white pudding and noodles cooked in fish broth. Furthermore, all these products are the reason for mass gastronomic events, such as the Calçotada de Valls, the Xatonada Popular del Vendrell and Calafell, and the Wine Fair of Falset. Celler cooperativa de Gandesa

The gastronomic tradition in the Ebro lands is very rich. Specialities worth mentioning are the blood and rice sausage, the blood and onion sausage, the “angel’s hair pie” (a sweet made of pumpkin and syrup), Paracotes (dried figs dessert), and typical dishes such as Rice a Banda (a kind of paella where fish is served separately), black rice (a type of paella cooked in squid ink), rice with cabbage and white beans, noodles paella, cooked duck and frog’s legs.

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