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Costa Dorada Holidays

Boasting 150 miles of glittering golden beaches along its coast it is easy to understand why the Costa Dorada is known as the Gold Coast. Costa Dorada holidays are perfect for those looking for a beach holiday in the sun. Offering year round warm weather, fabulous beaches and a quintessentially Spanish feel Costa Dorada holidays are perfect for families, couples or groups, the region offers something for everyone. It is easy to see why many people return year after year to holiday in the Costa Dorada.

The beaches of Costa Dorada are its main draw but beyond the beaches authentic white washed villages and fields of olive groves, citrus trees and vineyards scatter the picturesque landscape making an idyllic environment for relaxing holidays and offering those willing to explore a real insight into traditional Spanish life. Costa Dorada offers an interesting contrast between the traditional historic villages which show visitors traditional Spanish culture and life just a short distance from the bustling modern resorts offering all sorts of entertainment and nightlife, the region really has something for everyone.

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Currency: Euro
Language: Spanish
Time Difference: +1 Hours GMT
Flight Time: Approximately 2.5 Hours

Where to Stay On Holidays To Costa Dorada


You’ll enjoy a delightful cocktail of sun, sea and sand in this laid-back resort in an awe-inspiring coastal location.

Glorious sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, charming promenade restaurants and elegant boutiques are among the attractions in this authentic Spanish village.

You’ll also discover theme parks, captivating Roman ruins and breath-taking scenery in this little gem of a destination.

La Pineda

A vast sandy Blue Flag beach is among the key attractions in this popular coastal resort which oozes charm and beauty.

You’ll also discover two of Spain’s biggest theme parks here – PortAventura World and Aquapolis – which are a magnet for families craving some fun in the sun.

The golden sands are perfect for a feast of fun and popular activities in the turquoise Mediterranean waters include jet-skiing, windsurfing and snorkelling. There are also plenty of charming bars and restaurants in La Pineda.

Port Aventura

It’s thrills and spills all the way in this fabulous theme park resort on the sun-kissed coast of Costa Dorada.

A world of entertainment awaits you here with everything from the excitement in Spain’s biggest theme park PortAventura to the delights of sun-kissed days on the resort’s golden sandy beaches.

White-knuckle rides along the Grand Canyon, daredevil excitement aboard Furius Baco, the fastest rollercoaster in Europe, are among the attractions. Acrobatics, live shows and firework displays also add to the fun.


Golden sands, crystal-clear waters, excellent restaurants and vibrant nightlife are among the attractions in sunny Salou.

There’s no shortage of fabulous sports and leisure amenities to delight families, couples and groups of friends craving a feast of fun.

The resort boasts 2 sensational beaches, thrilling water sports, plenty of shops, Karting Salou racing circuit and a rich cultural history. It’s also close to PortAventura, Spain’s biggest theme park.


Pristine sandy beaches, thrilling water sports and a charming seafront promenade help make Sitges the perfect choice for an unforgettable holiday experience.

There’s plenty of pulsating nightlife here, superb shops and restaurants, plus a myriad of fabulous carnivals, parades and film festivals.

The old and new is blended tastefully here, with a subtle combination of traditional buildings and narrow cobbled streets, to ultra-modern hotels and fashionable boutiques.

Beach Holidays in Costa Dorada

This awe-inspiring stretch of the Spanish coastline is blessed with a myriad of golden sandy expanses, making it perfect for a dream holiday in the sun.

Costa Dorada, the ‘Golden Coast’ has it all – from long stretches of sand with calm and shallow waters which are ideal for a feast of family fun to secluded coves and bays where couples can enjoy a peaceful and romantic time together.

Whether you fancy a traditional sandcastle building session with your children, a relaxing meal in a promenade restaurant near the sea or some thrilling water sports action on the waves, there’s a beach to suit all needs.

Tamarit beach is a lovely spot which is overlooked by a charming castle and fringed with swaying palm trees, while Calafell beach is famous for its frisbee tournaments on its pristine sands.

Cala de Canyadell Cove offers peace and tranquillity with its calm waters and idyllic surroundings, while there's plenty to see and do at the long beach next to the enchanting Medieval town of Altafulla.v

The golden sands, Aquopolis waterpark, superb hotels and vibrant nightlife at La Pineda make the resort a great choice for an unforgettable beach holiday.

Food and Drink in Costa Dorada

There are plenty of delicious traditional dishes to excite your taste buds in this part of Spain.

Fresh seafood is a popular choice with sea bass cooked in salt, baby squid, octopus and a range of fried and grilled fish among the mouth-watering options available.

Flavoursome local meat dishes include pig’s trotters with snails, wild boar and onion stew, rabbit with rice and olla barrejada, a scrumptious meat and vegetable stew.

Menjar Blanc is a wonderful dessert made with almonds, rice starch and sugar which is flavoured with rose water, cinnamon and lemon rind.

Costa Dorada has an impressive choice or locally-produced wines and beers to enjoy in a charming restaurant or beachfront bar.

Highly-regarded eating places in Costa Dorada include Bresca Restaurant in Cambrils, The Grapevine in Salou, Masia de la Platja in Calafell and Arcs Restaurant in Sitges.

Things to do on a family holiday in Costa Dorada

Theme park

This part of Spain is home to PortAventura, the country’s most visited theme park which features around 40 amazing rides. A huge complex is divided into various themed areas including Polynesia, China and Mexico. This place offers non-stop thrills with the attractions including Furius Baco, the fastest rollercoaster in Europe.

Tourist Train

Climb aboard the Cap Salou Tourist Train, a road-based engine and carriages which takes you on a one-hour trip to the city’s most popular destinations. This family favourite covers 4 separate routes and offers stunning sea views as it weaves its way around the area.

Jungle Trek

Jungle Trek in Tarragona is a truly uplifting experience! You take to the heights in this thrilling attraction which features 11 ziplines with more than 130 obstacles to tackle. It’s fun and adventure all the way in the thick groves of the Tamarit forest.

Things to do on a couples holiday in Costa Dorada

Siurana village

A visit to this charming mountain top village is highly recommended and provides a great day out. This enchanting location in the Prades Mountains features the ruins of a Moorish castle and a 12th century Romanesque church. You’ll be vowed by cobbled streets, old stone houses and stunning panoramic views.

Parc Samà

You won’t be disappointed with a visit to Parc Samà, a charming botanical garden featuring a lake, canal, waterfall and much more. Turtles, ducks and a herd of deer are among the birds and creatures you’ll see at this delightful attraction near Cambrils.

Parasailing at Salou

Soar above the resort of Salou on a thrilling parasailing adventure. You’ll be lifted up to a height of 50 metres alongside your partner and will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the beautiful coastline and local attractions, including PortAventura World.

Things to do on a group holiday in Costa Dorada

Jeep safari

Set off on a thrilling off-road jeep safari which lets you take in many sights which are off the beaten track. A popular choice is a Salou adventure which includes visits to cascading waterfalls and traditional villages.

Tuna tour

This is a fun-packed experience for a group of friends which sees you swimming among the wild bluefin tuna off the coast of L’Ametlla de Mar. You’ll get up close to these majestic fish which average 2.5 metres in length. On your return to port you’ll be treated to a delicious sashimi meal.

Tarragona Amphitheatre

This magnificent UNESCO-listed attraction was used in bygone days for gladiator battles and fighting animals. The imposing structure, which accommodated around 15,000 spectators, has been well preserved and offers jaw-dropping views of Tarragona beach, city buildings and the harbour.

Things to do on a solo holiday in Costa Dorada

Spa centre

Treat yourself to some head to toe pampering in one of the many spa and wellness centres in Costa Dorada. Turkish baths, jacuzzis and saunas area among the facilities, with a range of services available including beauty treatments and relaxing massages.


Immerse yourself in the area’s rich history and culture with a visit to a museum. A great choice is the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum. Events which put you in the picture about the region’s Roman culture include theatre acts, films, workshops and games.

Coastal cruise

Take to the waves on board a catamaran and enjoy a relaxing mini cruise along the awe-inspiring coastline of Costa Dorada. You’ll be served a delicious lunch during your seafaring adventure and get the opportunity to swim and snorkel in secluded bays and coves.

Attractions and activities you can enjoy

Costa Dorada offers such fantastic beaches that it is unsurprising that most people simply enjoy relaxing on the beach and soaking up the glorious sunshine. For those looking for a little bit more excitement Costa Dorada has excellent facilities for a number of water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and jet-skiing also popular are boat trips sailing along the miles of glorious coastline. The region offers excellent options for entertainment for those on family holidays with several aqua parks and theme parks including Portaventura, one of the most popular theme parks in Europe.

For those interested in history there are numerous castles, forts and other medieval remains in the region with an excellent history museum in the resort of Cambrils. Other resorts like Salou offer more modern entertainment with theme parks, restaurants, bars and a vibrant nightlife. In some of the more traditional Spanish villages visitors can experience a true taste of Spain relaxing in the laid back atmosphere of small restaurants enjoying the tapas, fresh seafood and wine and whiling the hours away.

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