Located in the province of Tarragona, la Costa Dorada or Golden Coast receives millions of visitors each year who come to enjoy the beautiful beaches, learn about the history and culture of the area and to try their hand at some exciting new activities. Taking its name from the colour of the sand and the 300 days of sun in the city, the mediterranean coast is home to numerous beautiful towns with many things to discover.
The region is home to 8 small cities including Tarragona itself. From monuments to amusement parks, this is one of the most visited parts of the eastern coast of Spain. If you’re planning a visit to la Costa Dorada, check out our list of the best places to visit!
Since opening in 1995, PortAventura has consistently been the most visited spot on the golden coast. This vast amusement and leisure park is the main attraction in the region, bringing thousands of people every day to enjoy the latest rides and adventures for all ages. Located in the city of Salou, Tarragona – Spain, this is the ideal destination for a family holiday to keep the kids entertained.
Consisting of 6 different areas, the park allows you to travel through China, Polynesia, Mexico, the Far West, the Mediterranean Sea and the Caribbean Sea all without leaving the resort! The park also offers you the possibility to stay nearby with luxury hotels circling the area, giving you an impressive view over the coast and speedy access to the park each day.
Along with the 42 rides, the park also boasts 13 different shows and holds special events for Halloween, Christmas and White Nights during summer. You can find more information in our article about the park!
Where: Avinguda del Batlle Pere Molas, km 2, 43840 Vila-seca, Tarragona
When: Open all year round
Prices: 51€ for adults (11-59) – 45€ for children (4-10) and seniors (60+)
The Ferreres Aqueduct / Pont del Diable
The city of Tarragona is a great place to visit for its vast monuments, intriguing history and fascinating art of all kinds. For an interesting attraction with a fantastic history behind it, head to the Ferreres Aqueduct, also known as the Pont del Diable, which translates to the Devil’s Bridge. The ancient bridge is part of the Roman aqueduct built to supply water to the ancient city of Tarraco, today known as Tarragona. It was built with two rows of superimposed arches which span a great 217 metres in length and it reaches 27 metres in height at its tallest point. Nowadays it serves as a stunning viewing point and a marvellous spot to take some holiday snaps.
Where: Carrer de Pere Martell, 2, 43001 Tarragona
Built during the first century, the Roman amphitheatre in Tarragona is filled with hundreds of years of history. It was primarily used for both gladiator and animal fights with grand audiences viewing the chaos from all angles. It’s location just off the beach was purposeful, so that the animals used in the theatre could be easily transported from the shoreline, but it also sits close to the City for the purpose of attracting audiences and fighters. Abandoned after the Islamic invasion of Spain, the amphitheatre is still one of the most impressive historic landmarks in the city and a great place to visit.
Where: Parc de l’amfiteatre, s/n, 43003 Tarragona
La Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada
Declared a national monument in 1905, this cathedral with its gothic features and Roman heritage is a fascinating place to visit. It is thought to have started construction in the late 11th century but most of what we see today was built in 1154 by orders of the archbishop Bernat Tort and it remains in fantastic condition today. This monument is beautiful both inside and on the outside and is a great place to visit if you are keen to learn more about Romanesque architecture and the history of the cathedral itself.
Where: Pla de la Seu, S/N, 43003 Tarragona
Not far from Tarragona, you can find the costal city of Cambrils. Adored by tourists for its cuisine and architecture, Cambrils is one of the most ancient cities in Catalonia, and is home to many wonderful beaches and monuments. Known for its seaside hotel resorts, it’s one of the most prized destinations for families due to the ease with which they can reach the fantastic beaches and keep the kids occupied all day long.
You can also find a lot of green spaces in Cambrils, like the Sama Park, which is one of the most beautiful parks in the region. Declared Historical Park in 1992, it was created by the architect Josep Fontseré and Mestre with the help of the famous Antoni Gaudí and remains one of the most stunning spots in the area. This historical garden stretches over 14 hectares and is home to over 1,500 species of flora and fauna. An excellent place to view all the fascinating wildlife Spain has to offer.
If you are interested in exploring the sporting activities on offer in La Costa Dorada, you will certainly enjoy the city of Salou. With an endless shoreline, there is the opportunity to run, ride bikes, windsurf, sail, jet ski and much more – the best spot for those looking for a more active holiday! Known by many as the getaway resort town, summer time in Salou can get very busy, so be sure to get booked in early to avoid disappointment.
Calafell boasts a whole number of different activities to add some excitement and adventure to your trip. With film and food fairs, dancing shows and kids play-areas, there is plenty of fun to keep the whole family entertained. This town sits next to 5 miles of sandy beaches and offers great gastronomic culture and plenty of history to delve into. On average, Calafell has 300 days of sunshine each year, with a large number of tourists coming to visit in the summer. There are plenty of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants for an enjoyable night out on the coast, as well as ample family-friendly locations during the day.
Whether you are visiting la Costa Dorada for the beaches, the historic sites, the sporting activities or the wildlife, there is certainly something for you. For more information on where to stay during your visit, check out the stunning apartments on offer on our main website.
See the map above of la Costa Dorada for details on how to get to each of the destinations listed.