Beyond sun and beach tourism, the province of Tarragona has many attractions, in which we find an enriched natural heritage where we can disconnect and be in direct contact with nature spending a weekend in a Tarragona rural house.
What to do in Tarragona?
Perhaps, the province that a priori we least associate with rural tourism is Tarragona, located in the south of Catalonia has a territory full of attractions and places of interest ideal to spend a few days and relax from day to day. Tarragona is a land that goes far beyond sun and beach tourism, in fact, it is full of culture, traditions, gastronomy, and history, ideal to spend a rural tourism stay in one of the Tarragona rural houses that you will find in the Web.
Delta de l'Ebre
The Ebro Delta is one of the largest wetlands in all of Europe, and has an incomparable, unique, and singular natural setting. A landscape with great biological richness thanks to the large amount of flora and fauna that inhabit this territory, especially migratory birds. It is a paradise for bird watchers, but it is also an ideal environment for hiking or cycling along the different paths that run through the Natural Park.
In addition, in these lands there are also a great number of traditions and gastronomy, it is typical of the Ebro Delta to eat a good rice grown in the area, on the banks of the river, or the most daring can also try the eel of the area.
PN dels Ports
Another natural charm that we find in the province of Tarragona is the Els Ports Natural Park, located between Aragón, Valencia and Tarragona, offering a great landscape richness away from the tourist crowds and the stress that cities generate. There are a large number of paths there that make Els Ports Park one of the best places in the province for hiking.
This region of the province of Tarragona offers a great variety of flora and fauna more typical of high mountain environments and that therefore the south of Catalonia can only be found in Els Ports. The mountain villages that we find in the area maintain their traditions such as crafts with vegetable fibers creating traditional everyday objects, the most outstanding towns in the area are: Mas de Barberans, Alfara de Carles, Paüls, or Horta de San Juan , the natural place where Picasso found inspiration.
Tarragona is a Mediterranean region and therefore its gastronomy cannot be other than Mediterranean cuisine. As a common denominator, the gastronomy of all areas of Tarragona is based on local natural products, with a great influence from the Mediterranean Sea. Recipes with a predominance of fish, vegetables, and sweets create a delicious offer to accompany a break in a Tarragona rural house.
The main dishes or gastronomic traditions that we recommend are the following:
Calçots de Valls
The vermouth of Reus
The rice of the Ebro Delta
The Ametlla de Mar tuna