The sands here are golden and soft, and the food is some of the best in Spain; Costa Dorada is the perfect spot for your chilled-out, sun-worshipping summer holiday!
The sandy shores of the Costa Dorada (which translates as ‘Golden Coast’) stretch over 92 kilometres, offering a stunning view of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. The beaches are mostly flat, with warm and shallow waters lapping up onto the sand, making them ideal for days out with the children. The Playa de la Riera in Cambrils is a small but popular beach and a great spot for sunbathing. The landscape here is a beautiful backdrop for a seaside getaway.
Whilst many of the resorts along the Spanish coast are lively, noisy destinations, you’ll find more peace and quiet in Costa Dorada. There are still pubs and clubs aplenty to keep partygoers entertained, especially in Salou. However, the towns of La Pineda and, particularly, Cambrils show evidence of Spain’s rustic charm. There are scenic walks, monasteries galore and stunning examples of Roman and medieval architecture to look around while you are here, including the Roman villa of La Llosa, and the 11th century Vilafortuny Castle.
While you’re visiting Costa Dorada, you can enjoy some beautiful balmy weather. Throughout summer, the temperatures creep up to the high 20s and the sea temperature rarely goes beneath 17°C, making it perfect for water sports. Costa Dorada has 300 days of sun every year, so take advantage of the heat by visiting PortAventura – Spain’s largest theme park. For the most authentic dining experience, try eating al fresco in any of the traditional tapas restaurants.
The holiday capital of the Costa Dorada, Salou is a large and lively resort town dedicated to providing pure leisure and pleasure for all ages on holiday in Costa Dorada. The beaches are a major attraction, with long stretches of fine, golden sand, clear, shallow waters for safe swimming and plenty of watersports fun.
Just 15 minutes from Salou, the seaside town of Cambrils offers a more laid back holiday setting on the Costa Dorada's 'gold coast', ideal for families and couples.
Spain’s biggest amusement park is on the Costa Dorada - PortAventura. With five different worlds to explore, it offers infinite variety and enough thrills and spills to keep boredom well and truly at bay.
The Costa Dorada is in the south-eastern Spanish province of Catalonia. It is around 50 miles south of Barcelona.