Discover the best places for the holiday stay with beutiful architecture and tasty cuisine
Costa Dorada is the coastal part of Catalonia, located in the province of Tarragona, only few minutes far away from Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. It is very popular holiday destination not only for foreign torists, but also for domestic people, who often take the whole family to spend the sunny days on the beach. Apart from being popular destination for swimming and beaches, there are more aspects, why it is such a visted part of Catalonia. The architecture, history, cuisine, restaurants, hiking and adventure are big reasons, why to choose Costa Dorada for you next trip!
Neverending coast of golden beaches
Costa Dorada could be proud of her 90 km long coast with clear water and beaches with soft sand. Among the people is also know as “the golden coast”, thanks to this is Costa Dorada the perfect destination for summer holiday for the couples, groups of friends and the families as well. The coast is also characterised by a lot of bays, coves and cliffs. If are you a fan of water sports, head for Punta de Áliga beach, certified by Sport Turism Catalonia as the perfect place to practice water sports. Do not hesitate to rent a scuba diving equipment or rent a boat for the sailing!
Particularly popular among tourists is Miami Playa, beautiful and peaceful place with over 12 km of clean beaches and a lot of possibilities for sport and nightlife. Beaches such Riviera, Estany and Vienesos will take care about the relax of all generations, bars and restaurants alongside the coast about the food satisfaction.
If you want to look for something more calm, not overcrowded with tourists, take a note at L´Ametlla del Mar. This municipality is characterised by small fishing villages alogside the coast, while fishing is still the main activity of the town. Visit the Museum of pottery in Sant Jordi, Castel de Sant Jordi or rent a boat for sailing in marina. Do not miss the traditional festivals organized during the whole year, when the streets are decorated with the flowers and you have the possibility to get to know the traditional artwork, dance and listen to the street music.
Perfect spots for the family trips
Costa Dorada is perfect place not only for adult, but for children as well. The parents appreciate clean beaches with soft sand, where their children can play safely. The government of Catalonia even evaluates the beaches and rewards the most clean and suitable for children with the blue flag. Nowadays, 86 beaches in Costa Dorada are awarded with the blue flag. They also give the Certificate of Family Tourism for the location suitable for the families and specializing in family tourism. The popular cities for family trip are Salou, Cambrils and Calafell.
The most popular attraction for families in Salou is Port Aventura, the amusement park visited not only by tourists but also by domestic families from Barcelona, thanks to the close distance. It is often compared with Disneyland Paris, but here can the visitors enjoy better weather, offering a lot of rides, regular show, parades and accomodation in themed hotels. Ideal spot to ensure unforgettable experience for the youngest members of the family. We can also mention Ferrari Land and Aquopolis Water Park as the spots perfect for the families with the children.
Cities rich in the architecture
In the region of Costa Dorada, not only the beaches but also the cities play important role in the tourism. The most visitied like Tarragona, Reus, Calafell and Cambrils offer historical places and architecture rooted into the Roman imperium.
Tarragona is well known for its rich hisotory, dated back in ancient times, visitors will find a lot of Romanian buildings across the city and can learn interesting facts in National Archeological Museum of Tarragona. Even the Romain ruin of Tarraco has been listed into World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Worth to visit is also Tarragona Cathedral dated to the 12th century, the church of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin or Romain amphitheatre with the remains of the church. The city is also known for its festival like Santa Tecla Festival or Popular Retinue, where traditional “human towers” are performed. With a little try, you will find also a monument represents the “human tower” in Tarragona.
Reus is the birthplace of Gaudí, but you won´t find any masterpiece from this famous architect in the city. However, there are plenty of building rich in architecture from another famous architect – Lluis Doménech i Montaner. Follow the Modernist Route beginning in the market square, the heart of the city, which show you the best buildings in the city. Admire the modernist architecture of Casa Navas, Casa Rull, Casa Gasull or Institut Pere Mata. At the end of the route, you can visit Gaudí Centre to learn interesting fact about the childhood and life of this famous architect. There is a possibility to see the house of birthplace of Gaudí and also the sculpture, dedicated from the city of Reus, as a honor to the work of Gaudí.
Luxurious apartments with the view on the sea
Costa Dorada is popular also for the visitors with high requirements. The neverending coast ist not only synonymous for the beautiful beaches, but also for luxurious apartments with private pools, spas and fancy restaurants. For the purpose of luxorious holiday is Salou a perfect choice. The city disposes with many sporting facilities, football and golf fields, billiard rooms and gyms. Alongside the coast, many restaurants with amazing view on the sea can be found. They serve freshly prepared food, dishes from sea food and traditional Catalan cuisine in a high quality. Except this, there are plenty of luxurious hotels with apartments, infinity pools and excelente service. Just order your favourite drink, sit on a terrace and let the light sea breeze to play in your hair with the view on the romantic sunshine.
Holiday on a budget for the backpackers
Spain, in generall, is considered as the cheaper country in comparison with northern countries. This is also one of many reason, why Spain is very popular destination for students or backpackers, who want to make a funny trip in Europe. Costa Dorada is a perfect final destination for young people, travelling on a budget. Consider smaller and less touristic cities on your travelling like L´Ampolla or Cunit, as the prices there are lower. Stay in one of cosy hostel or hotel, where prices for a night start at 30€ for a couple. Walk on a sunny promenade, buy souvenirs for the family for couple of euros and try traditional churros with chocolate for the same low price. Visit domestic markets with fresh sea food, fruit, olive oil, try spanish “jamon”, “fuet” or regional cheese. The food in restaurants is fresh and tasty and it is possible to find spots with reasonable balance between the quality and the price, menu will costs you less than 10 €. And the best bonus to your holiday in Costa Dorada – the best beaches in Catalonia, totally for free!
Active holiday for nature lovers
If rather than lying on a beach prefer to have active holiday and admire the beautiful countryside, Costa Dorada will fulfill also this desire. Consider Delta del Ebro National Park with more than 7000 hectares of wildlife, salt pans, beaches, marshes, lagoons, rivers and werlands. It is a home for several species of birds, plant species and important migrationpoint for birds and waterflow. While hiking, you will find calm environment hidden from the rush of a tourists and can observe the wildlife around you. You can even take a bike and make one of the cycling trails, visit protected beaches and lagoon inhabited by flamingos or even the rice fields.
Worth to mention is definitely Serra de Montsant Natural Park. It is ideal place for hiking, cycling trips, observing the interesting shaped countryside around with the highest peak more than 1,100 meters high. It is the area of vine production, so you will find a lot of vineyards around. Enjoy the spectacular combination of massive stones, green areas and the view of coastline in a distance.
To get to Costa Dorada, you can fly from almost any corner of Europe to Barcelona, some airlines fly also to Reus. In Spain works railway system Renfe or Rodalinies very good and it connects bigger and smaller cities. In case, there is not a railway connection, bus company ALSA is the biggest provider of bus transportation with very frequent time of the rides. The prices for the transportation are moderate. Another option for moving between the cities is to rent a car, what gives you more freedom on your trip.
There are plenty of option for accommodation, from camping, hostels, pensions to apartments and luxurious hotels with high quality service. The hotel owners think also about the families, as this region is popular destination for the families, and provide special servicies for the children, to make your trip more convenient.
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