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Costa Dorada holidays

A truly awesome theme park awaits you at PortAventura, and there’s 50 miles of golden beaches on this stretch of coast too. Lively Salou is the most popular place to hang your hat, but you’ll be spoilt for scenery no matter where you stay in this history-drenched, traditional seaside retreat.

Language

Catalan & Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

€3

3 course meal

around €20

Flight times

2.5hrs

Golden stretches

It’s not surprising Costa Dorada means ‘golden coast’. The brilliant beaches here are to die for, and more than 80 of them have a Blue Flag planted in the grains for cleanliness. You’ve got rocky coves and verdant headlands to explore by these staggering bronzed sands, too.

Go your own way

If you’re looking for a laid-back vibe, Cambrils is ideal, with scenic walks and soft, sandy beaches on offer. La Pineda has the PortAventura adventure park on the doorstep, packed with legendary rollercoasters and six worlds to discover. What’s more, Salou’s a vibrant mix of family fun and lively nightlife.

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L'Ametlla de Mar

If you’re up for lazing on white-sand and pebble beaches and strolling down pretty promenades, then this dreamy town could be just the ticket.

Cambrils

Classic Cambrils is easy on the eye and a definite palate-pleaser.

Cap Salou

Sun, sand, and soaring rollercoasters – Cap Salou has a brilliantly balanced recipe for good times.

Beaches

For family fun, water sports in Salou and Cap Salou are excellent – especially if you’re a thrill seeker! Out of the way, you’ll even stumble across unblemished beaches which are surrounded by woodlands just a few kilometres from Tarragona. If it’s golden coast you’re after, this is the place.

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Cala Crancs

Cala Crancs

Salou - Reus, Costa Dorada

In a cove surrounded by rugged cliffs and palm trees is Cala Crancs, the easternmost beach in Salou. Here you'll find all the facilities you'll ever need, like a beach bar, sunbed rental, showers and toilets....
Cala Penya Tallada

Cala Penya Tallada

Cap Salou, Costa Dorada

The unspoilt beauty of this small cove surrounded by pine trees and indigenous plants will take your breath away. It's a hidden jewel next to the Punta Roja and only accessible on foot. Its golden sands and...

Sights

Tarragona, a port city and the province’s capital, has epic Roman remains to get to know. Sophisticated, stylish Barcelona is in easy reach of the Costa Dorada, too. Take a stroll down La Rambla, admire La Sagrada Família cathedral and look at Gaudí’s creations in Park Güell.

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Church of Santa Maria

Church of Santa Maria

Salou - Reus, Costa Dorada

Church of Santa Maria dates back to 1766 and is the oldest temple in the city. It was originally built for the sailors to worship in, as it's close to the marina. Inside there are impressive artworks, including...
Cybernetic Fountains

Cybernetic Fountains

Salou - Reus, Costa Dorada

At the opposite end of the promenade to Font Lluminosa are the Cybernetic Fountains. These were installed in 2007, and have been delighting both tourists and locals ever since. The fountains dance to music at...

Activities

The Costa Dorada is activity central. Not only have you got PortAventura right on your doorstep, there’s the Aquópolis waterpark, Aqualeon Park with its animal safari, and paintballing at Bosc Aventura. Add seven beautiful golf courses, downhill biking and 4x4 safaris, and you’ll always find something to keep you busy.

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PortAventura World

Eating and drinking

Freshly caught baby squid and octopus are some of the specialities here. Look out for suquet – tasty fish stew – and romesco sauce made with red peppers. Some of Spain’s best vineyards are on the Costa Dorada, so make sure you try some of the local wines as well as sparkling Cava.

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21 restaurants

21 restaurants

PortAventura Salou - Reus, Costa Dorada

There are 21 restaurants at the theme park, so you're certainly not short of food and drink options here. You can try cuisine from all over the world, from traditional tapas and Mediterranean flavours to...
A range of options

A range of options

Cap Salou, Costa Dorada

A handful of bars and restaurants line the resort's main strip, known as The Curve. There's a relaxed feel to dining here. Your choices include a medieval-themed eatery, as well as Spanish, British and Irish...

Shopping

Reus is the commercial city of the Costa Dorada, where you can find an exciting array of styles and the most prestigious brands. There’s lots of souvenir shopping in the resorts too. What’s more, markets are held all over – the biggest on Sunday mornings. Haggle over lace, ceramics, shoes and more.

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Avenida Jaume I

Avenida Jaume I

Salou - Reus, Costa Dorada

Lined with trees and fountains Avenida Jaume I is a wide stretch of immaculate promenade. You'll often find festivals and stalls along here, especially in the evenings, or you can sit on one of the many benches...
Bonnavista Market

Bonnavista Market

Cambrils, Costa Dorada

Bonavista Market is the largest market in Costa Dorada, and a great place to bag a bargain as long as you're not afraid to haggle. Held every Sunday morning, the market's brightly coloured stalls are packed...

Nightlife

The ‘Slammers’ area of Salou, with its bars and clubs, has the liveliest nightlife in the region. But for something a little quieter, the chiringuitos – bars that line the long beach in Cambrils – make ideal venues for cocktail-sipping after hours. Whatever your tipple, there’s a place perfect for you.

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Chaplin's

Chaplin's

Salou - Reus, Costa Dorada

Head to Chaplins in Calle Falset where every night has a different theme. There are tribute acts like Cher, Take-That and Tom Jones and there's even a hypnotist. Children are well catered for with special...
Family-friendly nights out

Family-friendly nights out

Cap Salou, Costa Dorada

Cap Salou's nightlife is very much of the family-friendly variety. You can belt out Taylor Swift on the karaoke, watch a magic show, listen to live music or enjoy a quiet drink in one of the bars. If you're...
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