The setting, next to 17th-century Altafulla Castle (the Baroness still spends her summers there), is historic and the view over the rooftops marvellous. All the Costa Dorada is within your grasp and wonderful Tarragona is 20 minutes by train. This “boutique” hotel, comfortable, charming and created from an 18th-century nunnery and cloisters, has been ingeniously woven into a complex of ancient alleyways, with Reception and 19 extra bedrooms in a new wing. Next door is a friendly restaurant where the locals go, and you can walk to the sweet beach with its cafés, but don’t miss dining in the hotel’s own restaurant, headed by Jaume Drudis; the menu is regional, the kitchen open-to-view and the bouillabaisse exceptional. Bedrooms are boutiquey in style and we liked those in the old part best, with their unusual shapes, old paintings and restored shutters and beams; away from the street they’re also quieter and have the best views. However, the sober new rooms are to be cheered up (2016). Bask by the small, beautiful decked pool; gaze on the turquoise sea from the top-terrace jacuzzi; spend the day at the beach.