Costa Dorada has a total of 216km of coastline. The name means the Golden Coast and the beautiful region suits its name well, with its long stretches of golden beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters.
The lowlands between the coast and the mountains enjoy an expansive natural landscape with peaceful villages and farms surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, almonds, and market gardens.
3.5 million visitors visit The Costa Dorada per year. The main airports for the Costa Dorada are Reus (located just outside Tarragona and Barcelona airport. Reus Airport is almost exclusively served by one low cost airline offering a wide variety of European destinations. Barcelona is a world hub airport with many airlines and worldwide connections.
Many of the towns on the Costa Dorada are built around a castle or fortress. Most towns and villages are small and traditional, not having been overdeveloped with tourism. Yet they are friendly and well equipped with excellent amenities for holidaymakers.
Tarragona is located on the Mediterranean coast, 60 miles southwest of Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia.
Located on the Costa Dorada, Tarragona is a beautiful destination for those who want to explore Catalonian history and culture, combined with a fabulous beach destination. The beaches offer excellent facilities for water-sports and light pleasure craft can be hired. Inflatable fun such as banana boats add to the entertainment. Sea fishing is popular and boats with or without skipper can be hired.
The town of Salou is a favourite destination with British tourists in the Catalonia region of Spain. It is the most visited of the holiday resorts on the Costa Dorada, with a clean, sandy coastline, which stretches far into the horizon. Salou is just 20 minutes from Reus Airport.
Salou has become one of the main tourist areas of Costa Dorada. Over two million visitors a year attracted to its hot, golden Mediterranean beaches. Salou is a popular family resort with its safe shallow waters, friendly locals, Port Aventura theme park and a great variety of entertainment facilities and attractions.
Comarruga, or Coma-Ruga in its native Catalan, is situated along the charming coast of the Costa Dorada, in the province of Tarragona in Catalonia. The resort is popular for its wonderful expanse of golden sand, warm clear sea and excellent amenities.
There are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops on hand to satisfy your needs, and the beach and coastline is perfect for all types of water sports.
As well as rich gastronomy history and delicious local seafood catches, visitors will also find a good selection of international restaurants.
A typical local dish, which you must try is Fideua with Allioli, a delicious prawn stew, steeped in a garlic sauce.
Tortosa has a significant slice of its history rooted in the crusades. You will see an interesting mix of beautiful buildings on your holidays here, including sites with Arabic, Medieval and Baroque influences. Tortosa is an inland town. The only nearby beaches in Tortosa are on the Ebro Delta, which is a natural park around 20km away. Riumar is the best example of a beach in this area. It is one of the few with services for tourists on their holidays such as toilets, showers and bars.
No visit to Costa Dorada would be the same without a visit to PortAventura World. It is actually three attractions in one – PortAventura itself, Ferarri Land and Caribe Aquatic Park. Made up of six themed zones – Mediterrània, Far West, México, China, Polynesia and SésamoAventura- PortAventura boasts 42 rides, and a plethora of parades and dazzling shows.
Two of the best rides include Europe’s tallest rollercoaster, Shambhala, and Furius Baco – a white-knuckle accelerator ride.
If you have younger kids it’s no problem. There are also plenty of tamer rides aimed at smaller guests, with a handy height guide for each attraction included within your map of the park.
Ferrari Land opened in 2017, adding Italy to Port Aventura’s 6 amazing themed lands. The park is dedicated to speed – here you’ll find adrenaline fuelled attractions including Red Force, a vertical accelerator where you’ll experience the same G-force as F1 drivers.
Thrill in the racing car simulators so you can channel superstar Sebastian Vettel as you get behind the wheel. Hold on tight for the ride of your life!
This totally tropical waterpark brings a taste of the Caribbean to Spain. Take the plunge on Europe’s highest free fall slide, tackle the six-lane rapid race or whoosh through the tunnels of the Barracudas. Alternatively, hit Bahama Beach and kick back on a lounger to the sound of the rippling waves and reggae rhythms wafting through the air.
When night falls, don’t miss Salou’s Font lluminosa, located at the start of the promenade. At night the stunning fountains are transformed into an impressive choreographed display of colourful light, water and music.
At the opposite end of the promenade to Font Lluminosa are the Cybernetic Fountains. These were installed in 2007, and have been delighting both tourists and locals ever since. The fountains dance to music at selected show times in an amazing spectacle of light and sound.
No Costa Dorada holidays are complete without a waterpark visit! Aquapolis water park is a must-visit. From the adrenaline-fuelled Hurricane and Boomerang slides to the relaxing chill-out zone, this attraction has something for all the family to enjoy.
It has the added attraction of a Dolphinarium, where you can watch a dolphin and sea lion show and even swim with them.
If waterslides and rollercoasters just aren’t enough entertainment for one holiday, Bosca Adventura, you can experience a different type of adrenaline rush. Go zip lining, paint balling, mini-golfing, or discover your inner Robin Hood and try your hand at archery tag.
There’s a course specially designed for younger children, while adults can choose from easy, medium or difficult challenges – all supervised by expert instructors. Remember to wear trainers and comfortable clothing.
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