Mercè Pérez is a mother, doula, journalist and the communication manager of Tecletes, an association of mothers in Tarragona, which arose in order to get that kids and adult can share alternative leisure spaces. Once a week, they send the users an e-mail with the information of the most interesting activities of the week, both in Tarragona and the surroundings. They also write a weekly recommendation in a local newspaper for the readers with kids. From child friendly coffee shops and restaurants, to indispensable expositions, books and movies, stores and markets, short excursions and great trips… Their dream: making a book with all the recommendations. “Maybe someday we decide to do it. We just need a little boost” they ensure. “Tarragona adopted me ten years ago, and two years ago, I’m rediscovering it with my daughter Juno in a trolley or with a backpack”.
1. Have a walk by one of the beaches that conform the 161 km of litoral, on a Saturday morning during the winter to recover strength and relax. Stop by one of the beach bars that open the whole year and have a vermouth while kids play in the sand is a classic.
2. Visiting the uncountable monuments in the Tarraco Romana, from the circus to the amphitheater or the forum, through the fantastic audio guided visit, specially thought to enjoy in family “Lo secretos de Tarraco”
3. Go to the Pont del Diable and visit this clue of the Roman presence in this city. Lots of people choose this wonderful place to celebrate a birthday party.
4. Explore la Rambla having a walk, without a target, just after a good meal to help with the digestion or to taste an ice cream, it is almost a sport in this city. It ends in a glorious balcony to the sea, el Balcó del Mediterrani. Among the population of Tarragona, it is a classic to go to “touch el ferro” to be lucky.
5. Do you like the flea markets? In Tarragona there is an authentic one on Sunday mornings around the cathedral. Forget about the watch and get lost with your kids among the stands in the alleys of la Part Alta. Kids will be amazed, and your mouths will be watering while recovering old football cards, games and dolls from your childhood… that you would be able to share.
6. The Neighborhood of Serrallo has a special charm. Small boats of fishermen reaches the port, and excellent restaurants where you can taste fresh just-fished fish. Another option is taking one of the boats that takes a tour and see the city from the other side.
7. Know Tarragona in the summer, and concretely during Santa Tecla, at the end of September, it is a luxury that you shouldn’t miss if you want to know the most highlighted traditions and sneak in them, like you were an authentic tarraconensis. You’ll see giants, large-head people, folk dances, concerts, vermouth… it is also an option to visit La Casa de la Festa that gathers all the figures that are shown during the holidays by the capital.
8. The renewed park of Francolí, around the river that gives its name, is a new space in the city, suitable for almost any sport. From skating to riding a bike, even a relaxed football match in the grass. The ideal culmination: picnic in a red checkered blanket.
9. A unique chance to put the adrenaline to the limit is to go to a practice of one of the four colles castellers of the city. With some luck, they will allow you to help building the castle they are practicing.
10. Obviously, to join to some activity of the program Tecletes, always are funny and original to do with the family: roller-skating, yoga for mums and babies, creative workshops, pop concerts…