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The town of Cambrils is in north-eastern Spain, in the autonomous region of

Catalonia

. in the province of Tarragona and the county of Baix Camp. It is in the heart of the

Costa Dorada

surrounded by the Llaberia, Argentera and La Mussara Mountains that slope gently down to the sea. The municipal area is 34.76 square kilometres and it has a

benign climate,

with average temperatures of 25ºC in summer and 12ºC in winter. It has a typically Mediterranean climate, although the characteristic humidity of the coast is offset by the dry north-west "Mestral" winds. One of Cambrils’ most popular attractions is its nine kilometres of golden sand

beaches

. The area has been populated for millennia and many

archaeological sites

have been found in the town. The oldest are from the Palaeolithic and especially the Neolithic, including that of El Cavet, which is the earliest known agricultural and stockbreeding community on the Iberian Peninsula. Of the ancient

walls

that protected the town, only the gate, restored in 1932 by the famous architect Cèsar Martinell, is preserved. You can also see one of its towers, the Torre del Bou (also erroneously known as the Prison Tower). In the port there is a watchtower built in 1664.
The parish church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It has a single nave and a rectangular ground plan and its construction began in 1550. According to a document dated 1154 the

Chapel of La Mare de Déu del Camí (Our Lady of the Way)

> was then the parish church; the present-day building, which dates from 1575, is not very large and has its own small cemetery. Cambrils celebrates its summer festival in June, on St Peter’s Day. The festival of Our Lady of the Way is held in September.
For many years most of the townspeople earned their living from fishing and farming. However, since the arrival of the first holidaymakers in the mid-1960s, tourism has become the town’s main source of income.
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