Holiday & Travel Guide For Costa Dorada, Spain
Located on the beautiful Mediterranean coast of Spain, Costa Dorada has several beaches, as you would expect, and even the status of the Blue Flag for some of them shows that they are of high quality. There is a shallow sea on a sandy beach, perfect for family tourists, and Costa Dorada is literally named ‘Golden Beach’ if you translate the Spanish title. For water sports, go to Vilanova I la Geltr ?? where there are complexes for them, as well as a number of Blue Flag beaches and many seafront activities along the pedestrian area. Ribes Roges Beach and Sant Gervasi beach are both popular with tourists but visit Playa El Faro beach, with a lighthouse and beautiful surrounding green area where you can sit and relax. You will have no trouble finding a place to sunbathe on the Costa Dorada, so just explore the whole ocean as much as you can.
The Costa Dorada region is a great area to take kids to, as there are a number of themed parks that will keep them occupied all day for several days. Try the Port Aventura theme park in Salou, which borders Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, or go to the fantastic Aqualeon Park, where you can get free bus service from Salou. Here you can explore the habitat of many animals, the safari-style because it is a safari park and a water park combined into one. With rapids and black holes, slaloms and twisters, there is plenty to do in the water after you get yourself energized watching some of the world’s best animals such as Bengal Tigers, African Elephants, and Meerkats. Aquapolis is also a water park in Salou if you want to skip out on seeing animals or want to have more water-related fun, which includes an awesome dolphin show!
For historical based activities head to Tarragona. Tarragona hosts Miravet Castle, the Amfiteatre Roma (ruins) and the Archaeological Museum of Tarragona, a World Heritage Site, amongst many other things. It is sure to provide a couple of days of entertainment.
Markets operate in every main resort, selling items ranging from leather to pottery, to typical tourist goods. You can take a bus to Barcelona for the day if you want a real day shopping, but markets and small boutiques can be found scattered around in the Costa Dorada, so you should have plenty to look at right where you are.
Cambrils is the most traditional place to eat, with lovely fish restaurants and cobbled streets to amble down to find them. Authentic Spanish food can be found everywhere though, particularly seafood, alongside typical English cuisine and dishes from across every part of the world, to suit every taste.
Salou tends to be the destination of choice for those looking to let their hair down and party, but you are also only a short ride away from the excellent nightclubs in Barcelona. Traditional Flamenco dancing and fairs can be found up and down the region in the summer months too, so try and catch them for brilliant fun. Stages are a brilliant epicenter for the gay scene if you wish to immerse yourself, but small towns like Cambrils are perfect for the family with a quiet charm and traditional eateries.