Costa Dorada is known as the 'Golden Coast' in Spain. It stretches from Barcelona right to the bottom of Tarragona, a total of 92 km of golden sand. This resort sees the sun for approximately 300 days of the year, perfect for a holiday throughout summer and winter. Tourists come here for the stunning golden sandy beaches and excellent water sports. The most popular beach in the region is in Salou with its Blue Flag award, shallow waters, relaxing atmosphere and a promenade flanked with bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and a play area for kids.
Cap Salou feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, but you are just 10 minutes drive away and it has a beautiful sandy cove surrounded by cliffs. In Salou you will also find Port Aventura, a fun filled theme park for everyone to enjoy.
Sitges is where a lot of the nightly entertainment happens, perfect for the young and lively. Dance all night and sleep all day! Every year there is an annual film festival attracting all kinds of celebrities and fans. Tarragona is full of Roman ruins whilst Barcelona is where you will find lots of architecture. Shopping in Costa Dorada is for everyone from those with a small budget to those who can splash out as much as they want to. Barcelona has Avenue Diagonal and Placa Catalunya to wander along. These are home to the likes of Prada, Gucci, Versace and Chanel.
Tarragona also has designer shops to explore. The other end of the scale can be found in places like Salou and Cambrils where there are weekly markets, middle of the road shops and great clothes shops. Evenings out in Barcelona are quite upmarket, Tarragona is more relaxing and Salou and Sitges are for the young and lively. All in all Costa Dorada is a fantastic region for a relaxing family holiday, a romantic break or a fun filled break with your friends.
The popular PortAventura themepark is located around 20 minutes away from Cambrils and is one of the top attractions on the Costa Dorada. Offering fun for all the family, the park is home to some of Europe’s top rollercoasters that will thrill adrenaline junkies, but offers just as much for smaller children who aren’t quite old enough to tackle the more extreme attractions.
Part of the PortAventura attraction, Costa Caribe is a popular waterpark that offers fun for all ages. From high-speed free fall rides through to splash parks that are ideal for the smallest children, there is something to suit all ages. The ideal option if you want to spend a day cooling off in the water.
Take a stroll out of town, or hop on the tourist train that travels around the resort, and you’ll soon reach the lighthouse that looks down across Salou. As well as being an enjoyable stroll, you’ll be able to take in the impressive views across both the resort and out to sea.
Take a trip to Tarragona and you’ll be able to explore ancient Roman ruins that have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are also countless religious monuments that combined, provide the chance to explore Spanish heritage and culture.