Holidays in Costa Dorada

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Costa Dorada Overview

Visiting The Costa Dorada

Behind the sandy shores of the Costa Dorada, there is a world of contrasts, where the ancient and traditional Spain rubs shoulders with irreverent and quirky Catalonia.  You can fill up on fresh air and spectacular mountains or wetland scenery, then head into the heart of the city and admire the diverse architecture and art. If you like peace and quiet, there are Cambril’s endless beaches and the Monastery of Escaladei, or if you’re looking for thrills and spills, head for the aqua and adventure parks near Salou.   Enjoy summer evenings with classical music on the breeze or dress to impress and join the party in Sitges.  There’s plenty of great food to discover and fine wines to sample along the way.   There’s always something new to enjoy on this golden coast.

Feel The Costa Dorada

Feel the buzz of Barcelona and Sitges, and the peace of the mountains and golden beaches.  Admire the creativity of the architecture or the exhibits in the galleries and museums. Step back into ancient Rome or look into the quirkier future of Casa Milà. Dive into the clear warm waters of the Mediterranean or plunge down the highest waterslide that you dare.   Savour a full bodied red wine or the tickle of the bubbles in a chilled cava, and look forward to the surprises that tomorrow will bring.

Explore The Costa Dorada

There’s much more to this Costa than warm waters and sandy beaches.  If you like the great outdoors head for wide open spaces of Ebro Delta National Park, cycle along deserted railway tracks or hike through mountain greenery.  A day trip to Tarragona will whisk you back to ancient Rome or medieval times with its beautifully preserved buildings.  The heart of the region is Barcelona with its unique atmosphere, quirky architecture and iconic buildings such as Sagrada Familia cathedral, Camp Nou and Estadi Olímpic at Montjuїc. If you’ve a head for heights, take the cable car to Montserrat and enjoy its mystical atmosphere and dramatic scenery and views. Catalans love fun and there’s plenty to be had at the numerous adventure and water parks, fiestas and festivals and in the lively resort of Sitges.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

While Spain’s Costa Dorada or Gold Coast is best-known for its beach resorts, there are also a host of fascinating cities and historic sites to discover here:

Tarragona
Once the home of Pontius Pilate, Tarragona has a rich Roman history, with a wealth of interesting remains here, including those of a Roman circus, ampitheatre and aquedeuct; though the 13th century hilltop castle is perhaps its crowning glory.

Barcelona
One of the world’s great cities, Barcelona is a treasure trove of culture and history, with a plethora of fine churches and museums waiting to be discovered, together with world-famous buildings by Antonio Gaudi and the iconic Barcelona pavilion.

Ebro Delta National Park
Covering a massive 320 square kilometres, this is Europe’s largest wetland, after the Camargue, where you will find both salt and fresh water lakes, sand dunes and salt pans, all home to more than 300 species of wild birds.

Penedes Wine Tours
Penedes is one of Spain’s biggest wine-producing areas, where great wine houses such as Torres, Freixnet and Codorniu have their homes. So this is an ideal place for wine buffs, as well as fans of the finest Spanish Cavas.

Cau Ferrat Museum, Sitges
Once the home of the great artist and writer Santiago Rusinol, where he met with friends including Picasso and El Greco, this charming museum is now home to works by these and many other great modernist painters.

Sitges
Once a sleepy backwater, Sitges is now the most avant garde of all the seaside resorts on the Costa Dorada. With its proud artistic heritage, and love of flamboyant carnivals and festivals, it’s hard not to get caught up in the party atmosphere here.

Monastery of Escaladei
While life was simple and often harsh for Carthusian monks here in the 12th century, today’s monastery allows visitors to enjoy the serenity of this lovely place, while learning about the fascinating history of the Carthusians.

Reus
While Reus can claim the great modernist architect Antoni Gaudi as a famous son of the city, its own architectural gems such as the gothic Church of San Pedro and the Prim-Rull museum are to be found in the lovely old quarter of the town.

Great for younger kids

Barcelona Aquarium
Enabling visitors to get up close to a large variety of Mediterranean and Tropical sealife, this lovely aquarium puts conservation of species high on the agenda, and also entertains youngsters with a penguin show and play area.

Aquopolis Costa Dorada
While many of the rides and flumes here are aimed at adults and older children, youngsters are sure to love the new dolphinarium, where they can see these lovely creatures perform daily.

Great for older kids

PortAventura
This spectacular theme park and aquatic park is always a hit with families, offering a vast array of rides, shows, play areas and rollercoasters set across five themed areas of the Med, Polynesia, Mexico, China and the Far West. Unmissable.

Aqualeon Costa Dorada
Offering the unusual combination of a water park and safari park in one place, Aqualeon offers you the chance to see big game in a natural habitat as well as enjoying a host of wild water rides and a mini water park for little ones.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Golf
While there are fewer courses here than on some of the other Costas, the Costa Dorada offers a number of spectacular and challenging golf clubs, including Reus Aiguesverds, Masia Bach and Bonmont Terres Noves.

Hiking
While the temperate climate and delightful scenery of the Costa Dorada make the entire area great for hiking, many walkers here head for the Montsant mountains, where there are endless trails to enjoy, together with lots of wildlife including eagles.

Watersports
The warm, clear waters of the Costa Dorada make this an ideal place to discover everything from waterskiing and sailing to windsurfing and snorkelling. Salou and Cambrils in particular are good locations for both instruction and equipment hire.

Cycling
They really look after cyclists in this part of Spain, and you will find a multitude of cycle paths and ‘greenways’ built on former railway lines. You’ll also find mountain biking centres at Amer, Quart and Castell d’Aro.

Unmissable events on the Costa Dorada

Barcelona Guitar Festival
Usually held in the late spring, this is one of the world’s biggest and best-known guitar festivals, regularly attracting big names including the likes of Brian May, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

Barcelona La Merce Festival
Held in late September and lasting 5 days, this festival waves goodbye to the summer and welcomes in the autumn. This is Barcelona’s largest street party, held in honour of Mare de Deu de la Merce, the Patron Saint of Barcelona and is packed with hundreds of activities.

Summer Concerts of Poble Espanyol
Every July, the Poble Espanyol district of Barcelona is given over to this famous series of open air concerts, featuring a wide range of international artists.

Sitges Film Festival
Usually held in early October, this is when the flamboyant town of Sitges welcomes all of the big films and big names in world cinema to ten days of screenings, judging and prize-giving.

Cambrils Town Fair
Taking place on the first weekend in June every year, this is a rare opportunity for visitors to see the real Costa Dorada at this charming agricultural fair which concludes with a fireworks display.

Places to visit - Eating out

Offering the contrasting cuisines of mountain and coast, the Costa Dorada has a number of enjoyable specialities for you to discover:

  • Romescu – A rich stew often made with lamb, based on a red pepper sauce with nuts and bread.
  • Black rice – Rice is very much a staple here, but you will find the very best dishes cooked in squid or cuttlefish ink.
  • Sarsuela – A delicious fish stew containing everything from squid and clams to crab and lobster, flavoured with sherry, paprika, white wine and spices.
  • Wine – Wine buffs are sure to be tempted by the wines of Priorat while on the Costa Dorada. These rich reds are a well-kept Spanish secret that are well worth discovering.

Campsites in region

Park Playa Bara, Roda de Bera, Costa Dorada
Park Playa Bara | Roda de Bera

Choose to stay at Park Playa Bará and you can expect to step into ancient Rome on the Costa Dorada. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself.

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Cambrils Park, Salou, Costa Dorada
Cambrils Park | Salou

Come along to Cambrils Park and you’ll soon realise that it’s been designed to bring fun and laughter to water-loving young families. There’s even a chance for the kids to spot elephants and dragons in the swimming pool...

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Vilanova Park, Vilanova I la Geltru, Costa Dorada
Vilanova Park | Vilanova I la Geltru

Whether you’re after a Barcelona city break, or something slightly more relaxing (think landscaped lawns and shady palm trees), Vilanova Park will deliver on both.

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La Torre del Sol swimming pool
La Torre del Sol | Miami Platja

La Torre del Sol offers its residents a private beach, lovely pool complex and superb restaurants. The parc is also in a great location for discovering many of the Costa Dorada's attractions.

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Playa Montroig Camping Resort, Miami Platja, Costa Dorada
Playa Montroig Camping Resort | Miami Platja

If you’re looking for the ultimate family holiday, Playa Montroig has just about everything.

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Location reviews

Costa Dorada reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.4
Scores 8.4 out of 10 based on 403 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10

Colin

Sandiway
Only did a day trip to Barcelona and visited Nou Camp - very good tour at your own pace.
Confirmed stay: 26 October 2013
8 out of 10

G

Haddington
We only really visited Barcelona and Villanova. Villanova is not especially picturesque though it has a lovely beach and reasonably nice pedestrianized area in the centre. We were disappointed with Barcelona. Having heard from so many people how lovely the Ramblas is I didn't expect it to be just a load of tat shops, mainly selling all the same tourist rubbish. However it was October so maybe there is more going on in the summer. We did visit the Aquarium in Barcelona which the kids all enjoyed.
Confirmed stay: 26 October 2013
9 out of 10

Lois

Perth
Go to Reus... gorgeous like a mini Barcelona. Save money and go shopping as so many great shops. Drive up into the hills to see the monastery great views. Beaches galore. Port Aventura Europe largest theme park is great to.
Confirmed stay: 24 October 2013
9 out of 10

mel

east sussex
Beautiful area. Lovely people. Great public transport. Fab beaches . And Barcelona- what more can you say!
Confirmed stay: 23 October 2013
10 out of 10

Robert

Kilmarnock
Not too touristic if you get beyond major resorts, great value can be had and wide variety of options for things to do and see.
Confirmed stay: 20 October 2013
10 out of 10

Confirmed guest

Our first time here.. in the past we have been to costa del sol... Nerja ares, we dont do brit bars and kareoke.. we like to use the spanish we have learned and see the real spain .... didnt get any of this at miami platja...or cambrils for that matter... we even took the train to barcelo a ( amazing).
However if you like blackpool with sun...salou isnt far away ( no, we didnt bother going there lol)
Confirmed stay: 14 October 2013
3 out of 10

Maggie

northampton
costa dorada is lovely vilanova town is great
Confirmed stay: 11 October 2013
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