Costa Dorada Travel Guide

Costa Dorada Travel Guide on Spain’s Golden Coast


The Costa Dorada has a total of 216 km of coastline featuring long stretches of golden beaches and shallow, sparkling turquoise waters. The rich soil near the coast produces some 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, Cunit, Mont-Roig, Vandellos, L’Ampolla and L’Ametlla de Mar all boast long golden beaches.

Some of the most famous beach resorts can also be found here, including Salou, Cambrills and La Pineda all are perfect destinations to enjoy holidays to the Costa Dorada.





Tarragona City

Most visitors to Catalonia concentrate on Barcelona and the coastal resorts any many miss out  visiting this beautiful city by the sea.

Heart of the upper town is the sweeping Rambla Nova , a sturdy provincial rival to Barcelona’s, 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. To either side of the ramblas are scattered a profusion of relics from Tarragona’s Roman past, including various temples, and parts of the forum, theatre and amphitheatre.



Salou is best known for its energetic nightlife and beautiful beaches. Playa Llevant and Playa Ponent offer swaying palms, fine sand, action packed water adventure and plenty of sunny relaxation.

Avenida Jaume I runs parallel to Llevant beach and is filled with souvenir shops, clothing boutiques and craft shops. The popular Adrenaline Park gets it flowing with a bungee rocket and go-kart track.

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 karaoke, live entertainment, theme pubs and clubs spinning a mix of R’n’B, house, pop and dance.



La Pineda

La Pineda is more quaint than Salou, yet more lively than the village of Cambrils.

The Spanish flock to La Pineda on the Costa Dorada on holiday and the rest of the world is beginning to be lured to 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 Aquapolis the massive 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. Cambrils’ 7 km coastline possesses nine Blue Flag beaches filled with umbrellas, sun loungers and 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 kite surf, windsurf and sail in Cambrils’ tropical breezes. A day trip to Barcelona is only an 80 minute drive.



Port Aventura

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. This is definitely an all encompassing  and fun family destination.




Tarragona - Miravet

Miravte in Tarragona


Costa Dorada Festivals

If you are a Spanish festival lover a good time to visit is between then February and March during the Carnival days.

The Diada de Sant Jordi – also known as the 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.



Eating Out

Spanish Sea Bass

Sea Bass

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 cooking including a wide variety of grilled and fried fish, fresh caught baby octopus, sea base cooked in salt, baby squid sauteed with broad beans and  sea cucumbers.

Many more dishes and numerous award winning restaurants makes eating out in these parts something very special and unforgettable.



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