L’Ametlla de Mar is located on the southern end of the Costa Daurada, near the Terres de l’Ebre about 45 minutes drive from Reus airport and it’s also reachable by train from Barcelona (1h45′). The principal industry in L’Ametlla de Mar is fishing, the town incorporates the largest tuna fishing fleet in the Mediterranean. The fish auction takes place in the harbour every working day from 4pm. Except during May and June.
It’s worth to visit the Museum of Popular Ceramics whose collection is made up of ceramics from all over the Iberian Peninsula and is considered to be the largest collection of its kind in Europe. There are about 4,500 permanent exhibits. The Castle of Sant Jordi d’Alfama was built in the XIII century, and was the headquarters of the Sant Jordi d’Alfama Order (templars). The present castle is the restored building of another castle built between XVII and XVIII century. The Order of Sant Jordi d’Alfama was founded in 1201 by Pere the Catholic, king of Aragon and count of Barcelona. This name was given to it because the order was given the desert of Alfama, just 5 km north of L’Ametlla.
L’Ametlla de Mar has a 14 km long coastline, magnificent cliff structures, little bays of crystalline, blue water surrounded by rocks and pine trees, bays with fine, white sand like Cala del Trevol, Calafat, Sant Jordi and pebble beach coves such as the Xelin. Other scenic coastal spots include Llenya, the natural harbour of L’Estany and the secluded Baix Ebre coast, where you will be able to find peace and quiet away from the crowds.
How to get there from Barcelona
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