Costa Dorada (Costa Daurada) is home to some of Spain’s most popular resorts and theme parks, the golden beaches of the Costa Dorada are excellent for a perfect last minute holiday in Spain.
Costa Dorada is the coastline of Spain situated between Barcelona and Valencia roughly in the middle of the total coastline in the East of Spain. This region is colourful and has a considerably warmer climate than Costa Brava does, especially towards Valencia.
The main cities of Costa Dorada are
• Tarragona with Reu and Salou: Tarragona is a historical coast-side city being one of the most visited cities of the Costa Dorada region with lots of cultural heritage and an UNESCO World Heritage downtown area. Neighbouring Salou and Reu are mostly popular for their great beaches and nightlife. The huge Port Aventura Theme Park in Salou is among the biggest theme parks of Europe and receives millions of visitors all year long.
• Cambrils is a relaxed resort being popular for its Pescador Theme Park.
• La Pineda is a popular beach resort famous for its Aquopolis Aquatic Park
• Mont-roig del Camp: Having picturesque cultural sites and white sandy beaches, this town is one of the most popular resorts.
• Sitges: Cultural centre of the region, which is also well known in Spain as a popular gay centre, Sitges is most popular of its International Film Festival of Catalunya held here yearly in October. It is also famous for its local liqueur called Malvasi.
Costa Dorada is also becoming a well-known golf paradise and it is excellent for exercising water sports. In addition, there are many great hiking routes around Tarragona’s mountains.
What makes Costa Dorada a top last minute holiday destination?
Costa Dorada has a Mediterranean climate, many great resorts, a vivid nightlife and some of the most eye-catching sites in Spain. The area has multiple airports and its closeness to Barcelona helps it to be among the most profiting holiday areas of the country.
How to get to the Costa Dorada: There are two ways to get to Costa Dorada, as the region is served by the airports of Barcelona and Reus. Cheap tickets can be purchased well before season’s start; Barcelona has flights all-year long, while Reus flights are rather seasonal operating from May to October. Reus Airport is about 7 miles away from Tarragona and has shuttles to Tarragona, Barcelona, Cambrils among other routes.
Travelling in Costa Dorada: Electric train that goes up to Barcelona serves the whole coastline. Buses are also available from every city going to Tarragona from where you can get to Barcelona or other Spanish cities.
Car rentals are possible at every touristic city and at the airport. If you book in advance online, you will pay less and be able to count your budget better.
When to visit: The best months to visit Costa Dorada are from mid-May and mid September.
Why visit the Costa Dorada: Visit Costa Dorada for its great beaches, natural coastlines, fun attractions, and water sports.
Top Five Places To See in Costa Dorada:
• Port Aventura
Located in Salou, PortAventura is the biggest Water Theme Park in Europe and it is a must-see for simply everyone who comes to have vacations here at Costa Dorada. PortAventura is huge; in fact, it is so big that it has its own hotels to accommodate those people for whom one day is not enough. PortAventura has five differently themed areas, each one of which offers a crazy number of attractions. The Aquatic Park has more than a dozen different slide attractions. When you get tired, you can have a relaxing time in one of the four luxury hotels of PortAventura. Due to its sheer size, the cheapest entrance ticket is the 2-day one. The Theme Park also sells seven and 14-day tickets. Cheapest ticket costs EUR 46 / Person.
For more information and special offers, visit the website of PortAventura.
• UNESCO World Heritage City Tarragona
When you are at Costa Dorada, you should not miss visiting the historical old quarter of Tarragona, which could preserve its downtown with beautiful houses the building of which dates back to 12-14th century. Old city of Tarragona stands on a hill giving the area a beautiful breeze and panorama to the sea. Not only a historical site, the Old City of Tarragona is lively as ever, packed with shops, bars, restaurants of all sorts. When you are at Tarragona, do not miss to see the Roman Theatre with the Christian necropolis with the cathedral located in the gothic part of the city.
• Aqualeon Water Park
Located in the centre of Tarragona, Aqualeon is among the biggest Theme Parks of Costa Dorada. Other than being a water park, Aqualeon also features a great zoo area with African species called Sahara and has great bird shows such as the Exotic Birds and the Birds of Prey shows. The Water Park has the following areas: Children Paradise for the smaller children and toddlers up to 4-5 years old, Kamikaze (extra speedy, vertigo slides), Kamilancha, the Toboloco rollercoaster, and about 10 different slides to ensure the greatest fun for guests. Tickets cost EUR 22/ person and EUR 16/child.
Opening hours: Aqualeon is only open from the end of May to the end of August.
Located in Pineda del Mar, this is a great water theme park highly visited by all the holidaymaking families in the region. The Aquopolis has all sorts of slides for both smaller and larger children, also including adults, and it is open every day in the high season. The theme park also offers seal shows and receive school groups in the warmer season who would like to learn more about sea creatures. Entrance here costs only EUR 7.50; you can also book ticket online.
Opening hours: Aquopolis keeps open every day from 10.00 to 18.00; from September, it is only open on Sundays.
Top Three Beaches to Relax/Other Places:
Salou: Salou beach is among the highest visited beaches at Costa Dorada.
Sitges: Its La Ribera is one of the best water sport beaches of Costa Dorada.
Cambrils: Famous for its relaxed beauty, this beach is great for daily excursions.
More Places of attraction:
• Roman Villa of Centcelles
• Poblet Monastery
• Santa Creus Monastery