"Costa Dorada sees an astonishing 300 days of sunshine every year and is home to every kind of holiday resort imaginable"
Holidays to Costa Dorada
Sip a sangria, sun yourself on the beach and explore small Spanish towns on your Costa Dorada holidays. Nestled alongside the sparkling Mediterranean sea, the idyllic region of Costa Dorada in southern Spain is the perfect place for a beach escape.
With plenty of vibrant towns to keep you busy late into the night, a beautiful coastline to lap up the sun and plenty of family attractions on its doorstep, a holiday to Costa Dorada is ideal for families or couples. Many of the hotels we offer are centrally located near towns such as Tarragona and Salou, which are perfect for soaking up a slice of Spain.
Literally translated as ‘golden coast’ in Spanish, this 57 mile stretch of gleaming sand certainly lives up to its name. Running south from Barcelona, Costa Dorada sees an astonishing 300 days of sunshine every year and is home to every kind of holiday resort imaginable. If you’re looking for a spot of relaxation, the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda are for you. For an unforgettable family holiday, check out Salou with its beautiful beach, seafront fairground, and a restaurant scene that does pretty much everything from a Sunday roast to traditional Spanish paella. The town of Sitges offers a livelier approach to holidays: known as the Brighton of Spain, it’s home to great nightlife and hosts an annual film festival. Another of Costa Dorada’s key attractions is PortAventura, which is home to Spain’s biggest theme park. Also within easy reach of this idyllic stretch of sand are two of the country’s largest cities: Tarragona, with its impressive Roman ruins, and Barcelona, where Gaudi’s stunning architecture tops the bill.
Costa Dorada’s beaches are what originally put the region on the map, and they’re still the main draw for tourists today. Salou’s blue flag beach is one of the most popular in the area, with its huge sweep of golden sand, clear shallow waters, and palm dotted promenade.
Kick Back on the Golden Coast
Costa Dorada means 'Golden Coast' and it's easy to see where it got its name. With kilometres of golden sandy coast and shallow warm swimming waters, the region is postcard perfect and ideal for sunbathing. Book with loveholidays.com and choose to stay in one of the beach front hotels and find yourself waking up to gorgeous views of the ocean, it will then be only minutes before you find yourself with the sand between your toes and the sun on your skin. A Costa Dorada holiday will be pure beach bliss!
One of the most popular resorts is Cambrils, where you'll find 9 kilometres of Blue Flag beaches, a pretty promenade for an evening stroll and an array of fantastic hotels. Tarragona and Salou are also famed for their beaches and are well worth a stop. For a slice of true tranquillity, try peaceful Calafell, a small traditional town and beach, perfect for a romantic getaway.
Take it Easy
A holiday to Costa Dorada is perfect if you want to explore southern Spain at your own pace. You may choose to rent a car and meander along little Spanish towns at leisure. Alternatively hop on a local bus and explore the coastline. You’ll find most resorts run a frequent service which is convenient for planning days away from the beach.
A great way to immerse yourself in the local culture is by eating as the locals do. Tapas – a selection of small dishes – is definitely the way to go as you can enjoy tasting all the Spanish favourites. Try the calamari – deep fried squid – or jump straight in for an authentic seafood paella. Don’t miss out on slices of Iberico ham either, they go perfectly with a glass of Rioja wine!
Further along the coast is Tarragona, an ancient city just waiting to be explored. With a magnificent Roman amphitheatre situated right by the sea, this historic city is the perfect place to explore Spanish history and add some culture to your getaway.
Things to do in Costa Dorada
Sun-soaked Costa Dorada holidays are great for those who are looking to team beach relaxation with some action. Many of the hotels we offer are close to the area’s highlights too, so whether you’re looking to be moments away from the beach, or in the heart of it all, there’s something to keep you entertained.
The PortAventura theme park is popular among families and those who enjoy spending the day on thrilling rides and rollercoasters. There is also a range of water parks - big and small – dotted throughout the region including Water Park Tarragona and Costa Caribe Aquatic Park. They make a great alternative from the beach.
If you're looking for entertainment after the sun’s gone down then head to Salou's Tablao Flamenco el Embrujo to watch flamenco artists stomp and dance the night away.
Head to the lush Botanic Garden in Cambrils or visit Miravet Castle in Tarragona, which has spectacular views and is a great place to take holiday snaps. Depending on where you are staying you could also arrange a day trip to Barcelona which is north of the region, allowing you to experience one of Spain's liveliest cities.
Eating out on the Costa Dorada
If you’re looking to experience some authentic Spanish cuisine, then head for the prom in La Pineda where you can enjoy a laid back evening in one of a handful of tapas bars that serve up perfect patatas bravas while the sea laps gently at the shore in the background. Alternatively, the old fishing town of Cambrils is the ideal place to sample a beautiful seafood paella that will have you licking your plate clean.
Nights on the Costa Dorada
If you’re staying at one of the hotels in Salou, then there’s no excuse not to experience some of the resort’s fantastic nightlife. Known as one of Spain’s top party towns, Salou features British-style pubs and dusk-til-dawn clubs. If you’re looking to spend your nights exploring the different options that Costa Dorada has to offer, then La Pineda’s main strip is packed with bars - the best of which is undisputedly Pacha on Plaça Canço Catalana.