Platja del Canyadell, Torredembarra, Tarragona
Watch the children build sandcastles or simply laze and gaze out to the fantastically clear sea (this is a Blue Flag beach). Alternatively, go for a swim, hire a kayak or sign up for a course at the sailing school.
The pretty promenade, where 19th-century villas are book-ended by tall pines, is the place to find sea-view restaurants and bars, the most famous of which is Can Gelpi.
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