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.
Costa Dorada at a Glance
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.
As you can imagine, there’s plenty of tasty seafood on the menu on the Costa Dorada, including Zarzuela, the local fish stew with plenty of herbs spices and sherry or fried and grilled fish straight from the Mediterranean. If you don’t want to commit to just one dish, you can work your way through the tapas menu; delicious mouthfuls of meat, fish and vegetables cooked in a myriad different ways. There’s no way you’ll be able to try them all! There are plenty of local wines to try too, or why not visit one of the lively xampanyerias, where you can order a bocadilla (sandwich) accompanied by a glass or two of local cava?
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. 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.
This trendy cosmopolitan resort is a mix of quaint old streets and fashionable shops and bars. It’s a great place to people watch on the beach, enjoy a seafood lunch, hit the shops, buy a new outfit and then dance the night away.
Absolutely hours of fun, this mega adventure park is packed full of rides, attractions and waterslides with an international flavour.
This area is home to some of Spain’s finest wines and cavas produced by Torres, Freixenet and Codorníu. You can take a tour around the vineyards and then sample a glass or two – it would be rude not to.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for a place to lay your towel here. There are more than 9 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches, as well as many beachside restaurants and a delightful town to explore.
Crammed full of history, Tarragona is renowned for its magnificent Roman and medieval past. In fact, the Roman ruins of Tarraco are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s a lively fishing port and cathedral, as well as Catalonia’s largest urban cave.