The Costa Dorada is Spain's Golden Coast
The Costa Dorada is a picturesque strip of coastline located in Catalonia around 216 kilometers in length.
It features long stretches of golden sandy beaches and shallow sparkling turquoise waters.
The rich soil near this picturesque coastline is home to many of Spain’s best vineyards and olive groves.
The Costa Dorada is dotted with traditional towns and villages, many built around 14th-century castles and fortresses. Among them, villages such as Cunit, Mont-Roig, Vandellos and L’Ampolla all boast a rich ancient past with many historic attractions to visit.
Some of the most famous beach resorts can also be found in the Costa Dorada, including Salou, Cambrills and La Pineda, each one unique and perfect to enjoy your Spanish holiday.
10 Top Things To Do In Tarragona
- Visit the Roman Roman Amphitheater in the city of Tarragona.
- Spend day on the amazing Platja Llarga beach in Salou.
- Have a fun fanily day out at the PortAventura theme park.
- Visit the historic Tarragona Cathedral.
- Visit the stunning natural park at Cardo-El-Boix.
- Cool down at the fun Secula Water Park in Miami Platja.
- Spend a day at Ferrari Land water and amusement park.
- Take the kids for more family fun at the Tarragona Jungle-Trek Park.
- Visit the coastal resort of Calafell for lots of beach activities.
- Try regional cooking such as bluefish, Calcots or rice cooked in squid ink.
Popular Resorts in Tarragona
- La Pineda
- Mont Roig de Camp
- Vila Seca
- El Vendrell
Tarragona City & Region
At the heart of Tarragona's upper town is the sweeping Rambla Nova Boulevard, a sturdy provincial rival to Barcelona’s own Las Ramblas district, lined with fashionable cafés and restaurants.
Parallel, and to the east, lies the Rambla Vella, marking – as its name suggests – the start of the old town. Either side of the Ramblas are scattered a profusion of relics from Tarragona’s Roman past, including various temples and the impressive Roman Amphitheater.
Salou is best known for its energetic nightlife and beautiful beaches. Playa Llevant and Playa Ponent. Each one offers swaying palms, fine sand, action-packed water adventure and long hours of sunny relaxation.
Avenida Jaume runs parallel to Llevant beach and is filled with souvenir shops, clothing boutiques and craft shops.
The promenade has plenty of cafes and restaurants and Salou is packed with vibrant bars and trendy nightclubs around Avinguda de Carles Buigas. Here, expect a mix of local and karaoke bars, live entertainment, theme pubs and clubs spinning a mix of R’n’B, house, pop and dance.
La Pineda is a more tranquil resort than Salou, the Spanish flock to La Pineda lured by its blue flag beaches and family-friendly atmosphere.
Tranquil waters and gently sloping sands make La Pineda a mecca for beach enthusiasts with pedalos, jet-skis and windsurfing equipment rentals for the adventurous.
For even more adventure, visit the fun Aquapolis seafront water park featuring slides, rides, pools, and dolphin and sea lion shows.
The picturesque fishing village of Cambrils offers old town charm filled with markets, night-life and traditional Mediterranean restaurants.
Cambril's 7 km coastline possesses nine Blue Flag beaches filled with umbrellas, sun loungers and beach bars (chiringuitos).
La Pineda Beach is the longest and liveliest beach in Cambrils although much less crowded than other beaches along the Costa Dorada.
El Raco beach is another beautiful beach lined with pines providing shade while Els Prats beach is the best beach for sunbathers.
Visitors can learn to kitesurf, windsurf and sail in Cambrils’ tropical breezes. A day trip to Barcelona is only an 80-minute drive.
Spain’s most popular theme park, the giant PortAventura is also located on the Costa Dorada.
Three million visitors flock to PortAventura each year for white knuckle rides like Shambhala, the highest roller coaster in Europe, and Furius Baco, the world’s quickest accelerator.
The resort also boasts a popular sandy beach, lively bars and restaurants.
Costa Dorada Festivals
If you love Spanish festivals a good time to visit is February and March during the Carnival days.
The Dia de Sant Jordi – also known as Book Day is celebrated on April 23rd.
The Revetlla de Sant Joan ( Nit del Foc or Fire Night ) is celebrated on June 23rd, and is the prelude to a series of summer events which include parties, firework displays and authentic dancing.
For food lovers the Catalan cuisine is second to none with a wide variety of international dishes, authentic Mediterranean cuisine can be found in numerous restaurants all along the Costa Dorada.
As as you can imagine the sea influences much of the Tarragona cuisine which includes a wide variety of grilled and fried fish, fresh-caught baby octopus, sea bass cooked in salt, baby squid and sea cucumbers.
5 Recommended Spanish Restaurants in Tarragona
Here is our choice of 5 restaurants in Tarragona serving authentic local cuisine.
- Restaurant Barhaus - Calle Sant Llorenc, 20, 43003 Tarragona - Tel
- Tarakon - Placa Forum 1, 43003 Tarragona - Tel
- El Terrat - C/ Pons d'Icart 19, 43004 Tarragona - Tel
- Arcs Restaurant - C. Misser Sitges, 13, 43003 Tarragona Tel
- La Caleta - Passeig Maritim de Rafael de Casanova, 24, 43007 Tarragona - Tel
Tours & Excursions
Recommended Accommodation on the Costa Dorada
The Apartments Salou Beach by Pierre Vacances are located in Salou just a 5 minute walk from the beach. The 4 star facilities include large modern apartments, garden and pool area, gymnasium and sea view balconies. Reviewer Rating: 8.7
The 3 star private lodges Siesta Salou is a great choice for family holidays. Located within a large parkland area just 5 minutes from the beaches of Salou. Modern fully equipped family lodges with all the amenities to ensure comfortable stays. Facilities include large swimming pool and and gardens, water slides, kids play area, bar, dinning hall and sports facilities. Regular Reviewer Rating: 9.0
Located a few minutes walk from the port in the center of Cambrils is the popular 2 star Hotel Vila Mar. Facilities include spacious rooms, a sun deck, good breakfast, flat screen TV and free wifi. Close to plenty pf cafeterias, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Reviewer Rating: 8.0