Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Car Hire Costa Dorada

Driving overseas is a great way to explore, Salou and the Costa dorada you can hire a car any time. The rules of the road can be very different, so it is important that you obey them.
Hiring a car enables you to visit more towns, villages and attractions within the Costa Dorada area at your own leisure.

The Costa Dorada is famous for its beaches, resorts and theme parks. With its many exciting sites to explore and easy access too many more, this area has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in Spain.

Easily the largest tourist draw to Salou is Port Aventura, a theme park. This theme park is filled with restaurants, shows, games, and of course rides. Featured, and dominating the skyline for miles around, is one of the largest rollercoaster’s in Europe, the terrifying and exciting Dragon Khan.

Salou contains several relics that stand as testament to its rich history. During the 13th century, King Jaume I conquered this city from the Moors and is still revered today. This beach town is awash in activities for holiday makers. Beyond the beautiful beach and its sunbathing and swimming options, Salou offers parasailing, golf, tennis, cycling, horseback riding in addition to its great restaurants, family Bars and clubs. Another option is the Aquopolis Water Park or Caribe Water Park. These parks have waterslides for all the family.

Salou is also well placed as a base for exploring other interesting places. Not far from Salou and easily reached by car is the town of Figueres which features the Salvador Dali Museum. It is also near the famous city of Barcelona just 1 hour by car with its magnificent Gaudi architecture and Montserrat spectacular mountain monastery. A bit closer to Salou you will find Tarragona which has many Roman ruins including the amphitheater.

You can also experience Cambrils a small fishing village just a 15 min drive away from Salou, and watch the fishermen bring home their live catch on an evening. By hiring a car you experience the Delta Ebro, with its fantastic scenery and fishing, just 25 mins down the coast.

Hiring a car gives you the freedom and choice of planning endless activities and sights for your trip to the Costa Dorada. Villa Marina is in the perfect location for you to go and explore the Costa Dorada by car.

3 well known car hire companies here in the Costa Dorada are Hertz, Europcar and Avis, and the average price for a small car for 1 week is from 230 – 300 euros.

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Friday, 21 November 2008

Tarragona Tourist Information

Tarragona is located on the Mediterranean coast, 100 KM south of Barcelona and 9 Km from salou, Spain, in the region of Catalunya and is part of the United Nation educational scientific and cultural organisation (UNESCO).
While earlier settlements may have inhabited the area, the first occupation of Tarragona is attributed to Gneus Scipio, who founded a Roman military camp here in 218 B.C. It grew quickly and was named a colony of Rome in 45 B.C. by Julius Ceasar. Tarragona is considered the most important Roman town in Spain.

Tarragona - Getting There by Train / Bus:
The Tarragona train station is in the Plaza Pedrera. There are many to from Salou and Barcelona. The station at Tarragona is close to the port and to the main street, the Rambla Nova.
The Bus station is situated at the bottom of the Rambla and bus run approx every 15-20 mins from salou

Tarragona Attractions:
Amphitheatre Romà - The Roman Amphitheatre is located near the sea, just off the Rambla Nova.
Tarragona’s has a 12th century cathedral. Inside is the Museum Diocesà, with a collection of Catalan art you can visit for 2.40 Euros.
The Archaeological Museum - At Plaça Del Rei 5, overlooking the sea. Free on Tuesdays.
Museum Necròpolis - The Necropolis Museum outside town is one of the most important Christian burial sites in Spain, used in the 3-5th centuries.

You will find some interesting bars and seafood restaurants in the Port area near the marina. A recommend place is the de la Font area for its lively cafe and tapas scene. Remember that Spaniards eat dinner very late in the evening. Often 9pm or later therefore may be quiet up till this point.

Tarragona is also a great place to get some shopping with many high street names on the Rambla and a commercial centre right next to the bus station in Tarragona, besides being a fine city full with Roman ruins and good restaurants, is a relatively cheap place to visit whilst staying at the Villa Marina in Salou, and is just 20 mins away.
Building human pyramids is a Catalonian sport. Castellers have been building human pyramids here, some as high as 5 story buildings, for hundreds of hears. You can see them in action in Tarragona during the Sant Magi festival in mid-August
Tarragona is a great place to visit whilst staying in Salou with a mountain of history and sights worth seeing

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