The cove: Your child’s smile on a day at the beach
Mask, snorkel and in the water! If there is one holiday activity that your children will love, it is a family day out at the beach. Come and enjoy a day at the beach in Catalonia. There are so many things to do… Here is a suggestion that is sure to put a smile on your child’s face.
The sea is a glassy-smooth, crystal-clear blue expanse and the temperature is mild. In you go—no gasps or goosebumps here—and stride forward fearlessly, as the beach barely slopes. Could there be better conditions for snorkelling? So, go on, dive in!!!
Explore the coast of Catalonia in a kayak and a whole lot more
After snorkelling, the next morning, you hop aboard a kayak and take a relaxed tour along the coastline. If you want to learn sail, the Estació Nàutica at Sant Carles de la Ràpita has sailing dinghy courses and many other activities both on and off the water. Obviously, you’ve also made plans for dry land, such as the bike trails, walking the coast path, tennis, horse riding, or a day out at the amusement park.
At the end of an active day, time to relax in a family hotel
Later in the afternoon, the morning’s energy levels have dissipated. Soon, it’ll be time to end this day on the beach and take a breather at the hotel. It’s really close to the beach, and you could walk there, but today you’ve decided to make it a bike ride. The hotel provides a respite from the day’s adventures. You’ve got a family room and the beds have safety rails. The entire establishment is designed to make you feel at home when you stay with your children. The restaurant has a kid’s menu and the hotel’s children’s entertainers are always ready with some activity to keep them busy.
With so many ways to enjoy a family day out at the beach in Catalonia, whatever you choose to do we are sure it will begin and end in the same way, with a big smile on your child’s face.
If you want to enjoy a family day out at the beach in l’Ametlla de Mar, here are some links that will help you to organise it:
If you are looking for other family activities in Catalonia:
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Sailing with the family in Cambrils
The people at the Cambrils nautical centre are passionate about the sea and would like to share this love with you and your family. How? They suggest you embark on a family water-sports adventure. You’ll learn paddle surfing, kayaking and sailing in a catamaran all in one day. Difficult? You’ll be supervised by an instructor at all times, who’ll teach you the basic techniques to bring out the sailor in you. Where do you want to start, paddle surfing, kayaking or in the catamaran?
Have your children ever walked around an ancient citadel?
Spent a couple of days on the beach and fancy a change? How about some history? The Cossetani were an Iberian tribe who, in the 6th century BC, inhabited the area that is now the municipality of Calafell. The location was strategic, as it was an entryway for all kinds of products from other Mediterranean regions. This ancient citadel is in an excellent state of conservation and is open for family visits, to discover what the first Catalans were like. Younger kids will find it hard to believe these buildings are thousands of years old.
What was Roman cooking like?
Domus Apicius (‘Apicius’ place, in Latin) is a workshop that takes you to the roots of Catalan cuisine, to the times of the Roman Empire. It’s coordinated by Esther Talarn, a history teacher who has brought her knowledge of the civilisation that left such a mark on Tarragona to the kitchen table. You’ll savour the pickled fish of the time, the different types of chicken stew, and you’ll definitely be licking your lips with the hyotrima–the star dish—based on soft white cheese and countless condiments such as spices, dried fruit and nuts, celery, honey…
In search of the hidden treasure of El Priorat
To start off with, we can tell you that this treasure consists of bottles of El Priorat wine hidden amongst the vines of the Baronia de Montsant winery. Well, the reward for finding them is even better: a tour of the winery with a tasting of its wonderful wines. This is the perfect group activity, with a competition thrown in. During the search, you’ll bump into a pirate and a Carthusian monk. From their litany on life at the nearby Scala Dei Monastery, you’ll have to obtain the treasure map to help guide you.
Recover from a day on the beach with a suquet de peix fish stew
To restore your energy levels after a long day on the beach, there’s nothing better than the elixir of the fisherfolk for tackling the rigours of fishing: the local fish stew ‘suquet’ de peix. Follow these steps to make it:
In a casserole dish or large saucepan, make a ‘sofrito’ with the tomatoes and garlic. When the tomato is thoroughly reduced, add the potatoes, stir together and add the fish stock. Simmer on a low heat until the potatoes are almost done. Lastly, add the fish (monkfish, lobster, tub gurnard) and the ‘picada’ made by crushing the almonds, parsley, salt and pepper together using a pestle and mortar, and finish off cooking everything together.
- 1 kg of fish, cut into pieces
- 3 chopped tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 kg roughly cut potatoes
- Fish stock
- Olive oil
For the picada :
- 1 clove garlic
- A small handful of toasted almonds