Altafulla is a coastal town in the comarca (county) of the Tarragones, Catalonia. Altafulla sits in front of the Balearic Sea, sometimes called the Iberian Sea, part of the bigger Mediterranean Sea. Altafulla is known for its warm and quiet atmosphere.
Altafulla used to be a medieval fortification on the hills beside the River Gaia. The center of this fortification is the Castle of Altafulla. Around the castle, the feudal town of Altafulla grew in the eleventh century. The vestiges of this history and past are seen through Altafulla’s medieval roads, squares, and complexes. The town of Altafulla also has a beautiful and iconic walled quarter of Vila Closa known as the Walled City. The Vila Closa is part of Altafulla, surrounded with the medieval walls.
With its position as seaside town, Altafulla holds an old fishing harbor and fishing quarter (called Baixamar or Les Botigues del Mar) that dates back to the eighteenth century. With the help of merchants and fishermen, the town prospered in this maritime district.
Beyond the town is a stretch of forest, one of the remaining forests along Catalonia that has an impressive view of the sea. People then, as it is now, lived a simple and quiet life.
Aside from the Castle of Altafulla, Altafulla is home to other historical attractions like the medieval Castle of Tamarit, eighteenth-century mansion houses, and the Roman Villa of Els Munts. The discovery of the site of Roman Villa in Els Munts in sixties reconnects Altafulla to its distant history and reconnects it with its past as part of the Roman Empire. With this discovery, Altafulla was somewhat recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
With its setting and impressive seaside view and various nostalgic attractions, the town of Altafulla draws a number of tourists every year. There are several hostels in Altafulla that provide amenities for those who seek the peaceful and tranquil experience. There are various beach resorts, seaside bars, and medieval baths and spas. Tourists can also rent boats for fishing expeditions or sailing. Staying in Altafulla is like living in an old faraway dream.
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