Thanks to its extensive, stunning coastline, the Catalan Coast offers its visitors a large number of beaches.
San Salvador Beach
The Le Méridien Ra building was opened eighty years ago as the San Juan de Dios Sanatorium. The location was chosen for two reasons: firstly, because sunlight was considered to be an important factor in the treatment of tuberculosis (light therapy), and was the main part of the cure, and, secondly, due to the discovery of an outcrop of seaweed from the Laminaria Digitata family 400 metres from the site of the hotel, which raises the iodine content of the water above the average in the Mediterranean. This seaweed is renowned not only for its slimming properties, but also for its firming effect on the skin.
Apart from the benefits brought by the sea, guests at Le Méridien Ra choose San Salvador beach because of the Cabaña bar, as well as the loungers and towels that the hotel provides for their use.
Nature rules in the three kilometres of untouched cliffs around Cala Fonda, or Waikiki. This dreamland of stone pine, carob and olive trees is accessible by foot from Platja Llarga beach, six kilometres north of Tarragona. Some enjoy mud baths, and most take the opportunity to strip off in this privileged ecosystem managed by DEPANA (natural heritage protection league).
Playa del Torn
An uplifting, unspoiled picture postcard awaits visitors to Playa del Torn beach (l'Hospitalet de l'Infant), thanks in no small part to Manel Mondéjar, chairman of the naturist association dedicated to protecting these pine tree-lined sands. Do not miss the entrance at kilometre 1,125 on the N-340, which leads to the beach viewpoint.
An almost perfect succession of different natural systems: wild beach, 3.2 kilometres of grass-covered sand dunes, marshes and, finally, three campsites.