Despite its small size the town of L’Hospitalet de L’Infant is an important tourist centre on the Costa Dorada. Within easy reach of cities such as Salou, Tarragona and Barcelona, and with excellent transport links to all of them, the town is a great base for those who would like to explore the region. L’Hospitalet itself has modern facilities, but retains its ‘small and friendly’ vibe, making it a particularly suitable destination for families.
L’Hospitalet de L’Infant is a busy, yet fairly small, port town, which has its numbers greatly increased during summer months as visitors flock to its beaches. As with most of the beaches on the Costa Dorada the stretches in L’Hospitalet de L’Infant have fine, golden sands and shallow, clean waters, making them ideal for families. Many of the tourists here are Spanish, which in itself is a fine recommendation to any international visitor.
The town is one of art and culture, and a number of musical shows and events take place within its boundaries every year. One of the top attractions in L’Hospitalet de L’Infant is the outdoor cinema, which broadcasts a selection of the latest films to cater to all ages, and when it comes to nightlife, the town is friendly and fun without being too hectic. Restaurants and cafes here cater to a variety of tastes, and there is of course always the excellent tapa which the region is famous for.
The name of the town relates back to the name of the old hospital which was built here to house pilgrims. Several pieces of this historic structure still remain today, including some of the wall, a tower and several arches, and these are visible as you wander around, providing a tiny glimpse into the town’s past.
Visitors to L’Hospitalet de L’Infant can use the town as a base from which to explore the Costa Dorada. Salou (31km) and Tarragona (40km) are two of the principle cities in the region, and offer more in the way of tourist facilities and nightlife. It would also be a shame to visit the area and not pay a visit to the wonderful city of Barcelona, which literally has something for everyone, and can be reached in under an hour and a half by car.
It is hard to knock the weather in L’Hospitalet de L’Infant, with plenty of summer sun and mild winters. July and August are the hottest months in which to visit, and the average temperature for these months is 27C. January and February are the coldest months in which to head to the region, but even then the average is a little over 11C.
Over the last few years the emergence of Reus Airport (REU) as a major Spanish destination has made getting to Costa Dorada considerably cheaper and easier. The airport is 38km from L’Hospitalet de L’Infant, and receives flights from throughout the UK through a number of airlines. Thomson Airways are a recommended operator for this route, and provide flights here from 15 different UK airports.