The Costa Dorada which can be literally translated to the "Golden Coast" is set in the beautiful region of Catalonia within the province of Tarragona. It is situated south from Barcelona stretching over 200 kilometres between Cunit and the mouth of the Ebro River. This amazing coastal region is home to many great beach resorts, the Universal Port Aventura, the Aquopolis water park and trendy seafront towns with a vibrant nightlife.
It is perhaps the most popular shopping location along the various coastal regions offering visitors more that they can bargain for. From the world’s top designer brands in Barcelona to the local boutiques in Tarragona, passing by Cambrils traditional markets, Costa Dorada has something for every taste and budget.
Costa Dorada map
Barcelona, Reus and Lleida-Alguaire are the main airports to the Costa Dorada.
Costa Dorada holidays
The name Costa Dorada or gold coast comes from the beautiful stretch of coast with its endless miles of flat golden sandy beaches and crystalline shallow water, a different landscape then the more rugged northern neighbour of Costa Brava. It has some 240 kilometres of coastline packed with numerous resort towns, making it one of the favourite holiday regions on the Spanish coast. Indeed the region has a capacity for half a million tourists with its various resorts, hotels, villas, apartments and campsites. With everything the region has to offer its is perhaps no surprise that the region receives more than 3,500,000 visitors per years.
The most important holiday resorts in Costa Dorada include:
- La Pineda
Salou has a reputation of one of the liveliest resorts with plenty of attractions for the visitors from happy hours and British-style pubs to karaoke bars and discos. It is blessed with a beautiful and long beach which is bordered by palm trees and a variety of restaurants and cafes. Salou is also an ideal destination for a family holiday offering a wide range of activities and entertainment for both children and grownups.
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Cambrils is another popular coastal town in Costa Dorada, but perhaps more quieter then neighbouring Salou. It has more of a traditional Spanish vibe, with its daily fish market and numerous tapas and local bars. Cambrils is frequently visited by those travelling by air using the Reus Airport, which is only a few kilometres away.
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La Pineda is the perfect combination between the vibrant Salou and the more laidback Cambrils town. It is blessed with a wide stretch of golden sand, various bars and restaurants, as well as a excellent waterpark nearby.
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Apart from those 3 main holiday hotspots, Costa Dorada has a lot more to offer for a complete exciting holiday. Indeed it is home to PortAventura, said to be Spain’s biggest theme park, as well as plenty of cultural attractions such as the Roman ruins in Tarragona. Finally being so close to Barcelona it is always a huge benefit, will it be for a whole day of sightseeing, shopping or for an exciting night out.
Top places in Costa Dorada
Costa Dorada has a variety of excellent places to offers, from its long golden beaches to charming villages, passing by a lively and vibrant nightlife. Its proximity and easy access to the remarkable Barcelona makes it the perfect place for a great holiday, combining the excitement of the city with the relaxing atmosphere of the coast.
The top places in Costa Dorada include:
- Cap Salou
- L’Ametlla de Mar
The wonderful city of Tarragona is mostly famous for its hilltop cathedral and Roman remains, giving this historic town a truly rustic atmosphere. After a day of sightseeing head to the port to enjoy a drink in one of the numerous Spanish bars.
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Sitges located only a few kilometres south of Barcelona is perhaps the most popular tourist resort in Costa Dorada with excellent beaches and a vibrant nightlife. It is home to important historic sites such as the Church of Sant Bartomeu as well as offers charming shopping streets packed with good restaurants and cafes. The club scene is one of the most important in the area offering a variety of location to party all night.
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Cap Salou is perhaps one of the best marine destination in the area offering an amazing sandy beach and Europe’s largest theme park. The nearby fishing village of Cambrils is definitely worth a visit, known for having some of the best seafood restaurants in the area.
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Barcelona is a truly unique place not only in Spain but within Europe as well. It is famous for its outstanding architecture, such as Gaudi’s breathtaking masterpieces or the iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral, as well as for its vibrant café culture and nightlife on and around the Ramblas. The unique city of Barcelona is an absolute must when visiting the Costa Dorada.
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Torredembarra is a small town within the province of Tarragona, known for its lovely beach.
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L’Ametlla de Mar
L’Ametlla de Mar is a charming resort town perfectly Situated between Tarragona and the Barranc de l’Aliga in the Southern part of Costa Dorada.
About Costa Dorada
Costa Dorada is the southern region of Catalonia, stretching from Alcanor in the South to the Torredembarra and the province of Barcelona in the North. It has about 6,283 square kilometres of land area set across 10 counties and 183 municipalities. Its capital and biggest city is Tarragona and other important towns include Amposta in the South and Cambrils and Salou towards the north.
The Costa Dorada has its fair share of cultural sites with various small towns built around the remains of a medieval castle and surrounded by a variety of olive groves, almond trees and Vineyards. Many of those charming ancient towns or old fisherman’s quarters are situate on top of hills on the coast, once a strategic location to prevent from pirates and corsairs attacks. Others small towns located in land and worth discovering includes Tortosa, Montblanc, Valls and Reus. The region is also packed with various religious sites including many churches spread around various towns and numerous medieval monasteries set within idyllic locations such as Santes Creus, Scala Dei and Poble.
For the more adventurous type, the area has a lot to offer especially around the delta of the Ebro river with its labyrinth of lagoons or various action-packed water sports along the coastal resorts.
The region is also famous for producing some of Spain’s greatest wines including some excellent reds within the Priorat area.
The Costa Dorada really has a lot to offer and makes it a perfect place for a holiday. Indeed packed with beautiful beaches and other natural wonders, plenty of history within its charming secluded villages and with an exciting nightlife around Sitges and close enough to Barcelona, it has something for everyone.