L’Ametlla de Mar and its beaches

L’Ametlla de Mar, called La Cala by its inhabitants (formerly called Cala de l’Ametlla), is a municipality in Catalonia belonging to the Baix Ebre region, Spain.

Fishing continues to be one of the principal activities of the town. The port area of Ametlla has a large fleet of fishing boats which fish using various methods and also has the principal fleet of tuna fishing boats in Catalonia.

The port has a sailing club with 225 berths.

Tourism and main attractions

The promenade. It is here where we find the Mare de Déu de la Candelera church, built in the 19th century. It is interesting to visit the restored Sant Jordi d’Alfama castle, near the town on the coastline. It was built in the 13th century, bombed and destroyed by the Castilian troops during the War of the Reapers in the 17th century and built again in the 18th century.

The Order of Sant Jordi dâ’Alfama was founded in 1201 by Peter the Catholic, king of Aragon and count of Barcelona.

The fishing port of L’Ametlla is worth a visit to observe the fish auction, next to the Nautical Club.

In the middle of nature and surrounded by pine, carob and olive trees, is the Museu de Ceràmica Popular de L’Ametlla de Mar.

The Calafat Circuit is a race track or racetrack located in the municipality of L’Ametlla de Mar, specifically in the Calafat urbanization. It is located between the N-340 national road and the AP-7 toll road, about 800 meters from the sea. It has a paddock of 16,000 m² and, apart from the speed track, has a circuit-school (with sliding asphalt) attached. Currently it is only used for private rounds, vehicle tests and for the Catalan Speed Championship for motorcycling and motorsport.

Beaches 

L’Ametlla de Mar’s coastline is 16 km long and is made up of 30 bays and beaches where everyone can find something to like. Located between Costa del Azahar and Costa Daurada.

L’Ametlla de Mar is the second municipality in Catalonia with more blue flags and the first on pristine beaches.

Some of the beaches have fine, white sand whilst others are pebbly. They are surrounded by pine trees and have crystal-clear water due to the abundance of Posidonia found here.

Nudists can go to the “Torrent del Pi” bay and those who like going to the beach with their pets can go to the “Bon Caponet” bay. Some of the beaches are accessible to people with disabilities.

Local festivals

The village of L’Ametlla celebrates its patron saint in February, Corpus and Saint John in June, and also has special events throughout the summer.

Cuisine and restaurants

One of the things that gives l’Ametlla de Mar its stamp of identity is its seafood cuisine. A lot of restaurants serve typical, regional dishes made with the fish and shellfish caught by the local fishing fleet. The catch is auctioned in the fishermen’s co-operative every afternoon. Gastronomic days to promote these top-class, local products (galeras “a type of shrimp”), red tuna, oily fish, locally-caught fish, fideos “rossejats” (a local dish of noodles cooked in fish broth) and “l’Arrossejat” (a local rice dish) are held throughout the year.

There is one Michelin list restaurant in the city: La Llotja, Sant Roc 23, 50 – 70 EUR • Traditional Cuisine, Seafood

Transport

L’Ametlla is well communicated and served by the AP 7 (exit 39) motorway, the N-340 main road and the main line Barcelona – Valencia or Barcelona – Tortosa regional train.

The train can be caught from the Estació de França, near the “Born” district of Barcelona, the Passeig de Gracia or Sants station.

By car:

From  Valencia 2 hr 4 min (206 km) via AP-7

From Barcelona 1 hr 43 min (146 km) via C-32 and AP-7

From Madrid 5 hr 40 min (552 km) via A-3 and AP-7

Nearest international airport is in Reus.

Main information

Area: 67 sq. km (municipality)

Coordinates: : 40° 53′ 02″ N, 0° 48′ 09″ W

Population: 6.866 (municipality)

Languages: Spanish, Catalan

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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