Once we arrived back to Catalunya, we were hesitating where exactly to stop next. Since we were on the road for many hours, and we wanted to refresh ourselves, we picked on the map and randomly chose a village on the coast, in order to take a bath on Costa Daurada too. 😎
This coast is outstanding, especially in summer. The water is always at the perfect temperature and the cute, white and light brown Mediterranean architecture is visible everywhere. One of my favorite plans is to take a bath and admire the coast frontline from the water and then after just have some tapas, and something to drink nearby wherever you can see the sea. Sounds good, right?
Even you could think that this part of the coast is overcrowded, and actually could be this way during summer weekends, but it’s still quite fine all year long during weekdays, especially comparing with some other areas along the Catalan coast. There are some places to stay for the night, from cute beach hotels to many apartments to rent, if you would like to stick around and enjoy the beach and the surroundings, since it’s a very rich area in terms of things to do. Tarragona is very close and its province has plenty of possibilities.
El Roc de Sant Gaietà is located in Roda De Berà, and it is basically a fishing village, developed in a typical Mediterranean style. The village is reach in natural beauty, and the presence of the rocks and the sandy beaches are welcoming many tourists during summertime.
Actually, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations for most people coming to Catalunya. Besides that, the village is particularly known for its architectural styles, as there is a number of amazing structures in the village.
But the history of El Roc de Sant Gaietà is not so old. It dates back to the year 1964 when the development of this unique architectural village started. The development of the village was completed in 1972. Due to nearness to the sea and the presence of the coastline, it quickly developed into a fishing village. In parallel, significant development took place in the village all through these years to reach its current state. At the same time, the tourism industry also became a good source of income for many people in the village. Mostly, there are people from other cities and towns who have settled here on a permanent basis.
Luis del Olmo Marote is a famous Spanish journalist and radio announcer. For 40 years he directed and presented the radio program “Protagonistas“, the longest-running radio show in the history of Spanish radio with more than 12,000 programs, which began in 1969. The Radio Museum “Luis del Olmo“ is located also in El Roc de Sant Gaietà, and all the devices belong to the private collection of Luis del Olmo, pieces that the journalist has given to the City Council for the creation of this museum. It was inaugurated in 2012 and expanded with one more floor in 2019. This is the first radio museum promoted by the journalist in Catalunya and the second in Spain, after the “Museo de la Radio Luis del Olmo” in Ponferrada (his birth-town) was inaugurated in 2003. The museum also has a room dedicated to the architect and artist Josep Maria Jujol (a close collaborator of Gaudí).
That time we thought only about enjoying the sun and the beach and we really did. Do you want a guarantee that was a good choice? Let me tell you that five months later, due to a job opportunity near Roda de Berà, we decided to take the chance and we moved to live here. 😎
Soon, we expect to write deeply about this marvelous area and let you all know about it on Besides the Obvious. Stay tuned, is really worth it!