Torre de la Mora Location
During hot Barcelona summers sometimes you have to load up the car, pack the tent, polish the kids and head for the coast. Torre de la Mora is near Tarragona – 90 minutes or so from Barcelona – and is a perfect retreat from the city.
Carretera Nacional 340, KM 1171, 143, 43080
AP7, exit 32 (Altafulla)
The location of the campsite at Torre de la Mora is stunning. Random tiers with numbered but higgledy piggledy plots overlook the beautiful creamy sands of a fat beach. The other side of the campsite there is a beautiful wooded area that leads to tiny coves where you might find plenty of sun worshippers lolloping around with nowt on.
The woods aren’t massive but big enough to get a little bit lost in. Good lost, not airlifted out three days later suffering from hypothermia and dehydration, lost. You can easily spend a few hours walking around, lazing on one of the little beaches and then seeking respite from the sun back in the woods, where you can look down on to the cheezily azure waters.
At the other end of the beach, you can climb across rocks and arrive at a beautiful cathedral and beyond that you will find Altafulla where another stocky beach awaits you. Altafulla town has a wider choice of restaurants and shops and a train station where you can get trains to Tarragona in one direction, and Barcelona in the other.
Apparently, and not surprisingly due to its location, Camping Torre de la Mora gets very busy during the high season but in low season it is a very pleasantly quiet site.
Facilities near Tarragona
The facilities are great; well taken care of by a workforce of industrious cleaners. The staff at the reception are friendly and very professional and all speak good English. They will also recharge your computer and phone at reception, if you are camping and don’t have power.
There is an onsite shop that has the basics but there is a little corner shop in La Mora (near the bank and next to the pharmacy), which has a better range of foods, but even better, there is a massive Carrefour near Tarragona if you have transport that sells everything.
Beautiful site, and although the staff at the campsite were pretty Draconian about dogs, there are plenty of great walks for them in every direction, but best to take them on the beaches very early morning during the summer because it is illegal – go figure.