"Costa Dorada sees an astonishing 300 days of sunshine every year and is home to every kind of holiday resort imaginable"
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.
What to do on holidays in Costa Dorada
One of the biggest family attractions in Costa Dorada is the gigantic theme park at PortAventura. As one of the largest theme parks in Europe, it has several different districts that come with their own unique rides, spectacles, and shops. If you’re looking for a little more culture, then the ancient Roman city of Tarragona, which has been named a world heritage site, is one of the most interesting places to visit. Explore the amphitheatre and see through the eyes of the gladiators stepping out into the arena 2000 years ago. Other outdoor attractions include 18-hole golf courses and the Costa Dorada Marine Resort, where you can enjoy a wide range of water sports, including banana boats and sailing cruises.
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.