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Vacation offers on the Costa Dorada

The coast of Tarragona and its province, known commercially as Costa Dorada (or Costa Daurada, in Catalan), is one of the most visited tourist areas of Catalonia. Reasons for this include its beaches of fine golden sand (hence its name), its warm and sunny climate, irresistible Catalan cuisine, and endless options for culture and leisure. With our holiday deals on the Costa Dorada, you can discover this all at the lowest price. 

Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, the Costa Dorada begins in Cunit, part of the Baix Penedès region, and ends in L’Hospitalet de l’Infant, in the Baix Camp. This translates into 126 km of beaches and coves, spread between the regions of Baix Penedès, Tarragonès, and Baix Camp. Some tour operators include the regions of Baix Ebre and Montsià, which are also part of the Tarragona coast. In this case, its length would reach 308 km.  

The surrounding area stands out for its undeniable scenic beauty, and rich cultural heritage as a result of a long history of different cultures mixing over many centuries. Traces of this range from Roman Tarraco, the seat of the residence of Emperor Caesar Augustus and the capital of Hispania Citerior during the Roman Empire, to the fascinating Cistercian and medieval Carthusian monasteries. This is not to forget the natural wealth of enclaves such as the Montsant mountain range and the Prades mountains, as well as photogenic territories such as Priorat or Conca de Barberà.

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How to get to the Costa Dorada?

To reach Costa Dorada by plane, the nearest airport is Reus Airport (REU). It is located 7 km from the city of Tarragona, 5 km from Salou, 10 km from Cambrils, 36 km from El Vendrell, and 38 km from Calafell. However, you can choose from many more combinations, and better travel deals, if you take a flight to Barcelona (BCN), in the town of El Prat de Llobregat. From there, it’s 54 km to Calafell, 57 km to El Vendrell, 89 km to Tarragona, 100 km to Salou, and 106 km to Cambrils.

It is also possible to travel to Costa Dorada by car, as the coast of Tarragona has a good road network. From the city of Barcelona, you can take the C-32 and the AP-7, also known as the Mediterranean freeway, which is payable up to Tarragona capital (since 2020, driving on it is free from there). Another possibility is to travel to the area by intercity bus, both from Barcelona and from other towns in Tarragona.

Another option is to go to the Costa Dorada by train. There are train connections to Tarragona from practically all the provincial capitals of Spain, as well as connections with the AVE high-speed train to Madrid, Barcelona, Lérida (Lleida), Zaragoza, Ciudad Real, Puerto Llano, Cordoba, and Seville. However, it should be noted that the AVE Camp de Tarragona station is outside the city of Tarragona, although there is a paid bus that takes travelers to the centre of the city. 

Finally, it should be noted that some Mediterranean cruises arrive at the city of Tarragona.

The climate on the Costa Dorada

The Costa Dorada has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and winters with mild temperatures and little rainfall. August is the hottest month, with daytime averages around 25°C, while the coldest month is January, with 11°C during the day. The best month for swimming in the sea is August when the water temperature is above 25°C. Therefore, booking one of our holiday deals on the Costa Dorada at this time will be a safe bet.

Most of the rain is concentrated in spring and autumn, although summer storms are frequent. Rainfall ranges from 375 to 700 mm per year. 

What to see in the Costa Dorada?

The northernmost region is the Baix Penedés. Located between the Montmell mountain range and the Mediterranean, it has important prehistoric and Ibero-Roman remains, as well as villages and towns that have established themselves as excellent options for family holidays. The first municipality we come across is Cunit, located next to the Garraf region of Barcelona. In addition to buildings such as the
Parish of Sant Cristòfol, which dates from the eighteenth century, or the Castle of Cunit, it is home to an expansive 2.5 km beach.

Continuing south, the next municipality we come across is Calafell, between the Mig de Calafell mountain range and the Serralada Litoral. Although this town is located 1.5 km from the sea, the Platja de Calafell neighbourhood unfolds along the seafront. Other beaches are those of Segur de Calafell, 1.7 km long, and the beach of Mas Mel L’Estany, 1.4 km long. In Calafell, it is also recommended to visit the castle and the carefully reconstructed Iberian citadel.

In El Vendrell, the birthplace of the musician Pau Casals and the capital of the region, you can admire the 18th-century neoclassical church of San Salvador, the Pau Casals Museum, and the Àngel Guimerà House Museum, a writer who was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. The beaches of El Vendrell are San Salvador, Coma-ruga, and El Francàs.

When we reach the Tarragonès region, the first town we see is Roda de Barà, famous for its spectacular Roman triumphal arch and the beaches Llarga, Punta del Guineu, and Pellisseta.

Then we have the municipality of Creixell, in the foothills of the Serralada Prelitoral and with attractions such as the church of Sant Jaume or the castle of Creixell. It has only one beach, 1.9 km long, and is popular with families.

It is followed by Torredembarra, a town that is an important tourist hotspot in the summer. Among the things to see are its 16th-century castle and the beaches: Mutanyans, Barri Marítim (also known as Baix Mar), and La Paella, which borders an area of cliffs.

Further down is the municipality of Altafulla, formed by an old walled town and a seaside neighborhood. In addition to the castle of the Marquises of Tamarit, there are also notable archaeological remains of a Roman villa, called La Tartana, and the chapel of Sant Antoni, which has a watchtower. As with Creixell, Altafulla has only one beach, 1.1 km long, and is very popular with families.

Then comes the highlight of the Costa Dorada: the city of Tarragona, the ancient Tarraco, whose Roman remains are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Most notable among them are the amphitheater, the only one in the world located by the sea; the Praetori or Palace of Augustus, the walls, and its imposing Roman circus. On the outskirts of the city, there is the Pont de les Ferreres, an aqueduct from the same period. Not to be missed is the cathedral of Santa Maria from the twelfth century, where you can see the transition from Romanesque to Gothic styles. Walk along the Rambla Nova or to the fishermen’s quarter of the Serrallo. To enjoy exceptional views, we recommend that you go to the Balcó del Mediterrani, decorated with a beautiful railing. According to local legend, you have to touch it if you want to visit Tarragona again. Its urban beaches are Tamarit, La Mora, Llarga, Capellans, Savinosa, Arrabassada, and El Miracle.

The next towns, Vila-seca and Salou, are home to PortAventura World, a theme park and hotel complex that was the first to open its doors in Spain. The beaches of Vila-seca are Prats, La Pineda (which at Christmas time hosts an eye-catching sand nativity scene), and El Racó, as well as those of Salou, Cala Crancs, Cala Font, Llarga, Capellans, Llevant, Ponent, and Llenguadets.

Finally, in the Baix Camp region, it is advisable to move inland to visit Reus, it’s capital. This city boasts modernist buildings such as the Institut Pere Mata, which served as a test for the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner to carry out the hospital of Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona. He also designed the Casa Navàs, in the Plaça del Mercadal. Older is the priory of Sant Pere, built between 1512 and 1569. The museum section houses the Gaudí Centre Reus, dedicated to the legacy of local architect Antonio Gaudí.

Also in this region awaits the quiet Cambrils, a peaceful destination with many services including a port and beaches such as Vilafortuny, L’Esquirol, Prat d’en Forés i Regueral, Cavet, L’Horta de Santa Maria, La Llosa, L’Ardiaca, and La Riera. Nearby, there is the exuberant Parc de Samà built in 1882 by the Marquis of Marianao. Just 3 km from Cambrils, is Montbrió del Camp, a small town known for its thermal baths and its 4-star spa hotel.

In Mont-roig del Camp, you can unwind and de-stress on the beaches of Cala de la Pixerota, Cala dels Àngels, Cala del Pescador, Cala Califòrnia, Cala de Santa Fe, Cala Misteri, Cala del Solitari, Cala de les Sirenes, Cala dels Vienesos, La Porquerola, L’Estany Gelat, and Cristall.

Finally, between Vandellòs and L’Hospitalet de l’Infant, it is possible to relax on the beaches of Punta del Riu, L’Arenal, El Torn, and L’Almadrava.

Inland, it is also advisable to take a trip to Prades, known as the Vila Roja (Red Village) because of the predominant color of its buildings. We also recommend a trip to Siurana, one of the most beautiful villages in Catalonia, or to Riudecanyes, where the Escornalbou Castle opens its doors, originally from the 12th century and which can be accessed with dramatized guided tours. Hence this proposal is suitable even for those who are traveling with children to Costa Dorada.

What to do on the Costa Dorada?

The beaches of Costa Dorada are an ideal setting for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. A good option is to visit Xtreme Park, a leisure complex with fun outdoor activities in Camí de la Vilafortuny, Tarragona.

In any case, you can also play golf on the Costa Dorada. The magnificent weather conditions of Costa Dorada make it the ideal destination for golf all year round. The first golf course in the counties of Camp de Tarragona was the Club Golf Costa Dorada which, with 55 hectares of playing area, was inaugurated in 1983. At present, the area has seven golf courses, as well as several pitch and putt areas.

Another outdoor activity in the Costa Dorada is hiking in the Monsant, in the Priorat region. Here you’ll pass by the Carthusian monastery of Escalada Dei from the 12th century, the oldest preserved monastery of the peninsula, as well as the Natural Park of Els Ports.

The Mediterranean cuisine of Costa Dorada also deserves the traveler’s attention. This includes some products with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), such as hazelnuts from Reus or oil from Siurana, as well as products with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), such as calçots from Valls or potatoes from Prades. Among the culinary specialties of Tarragona, one of the most iconic is the romesco, a succulent sauce made with tomato, garlic, peppers, and toasted almonds and hazelnuts, an indispensable accompaniment to any calçotada. In Reus, it is a must to try the local vermouth and for dessert, the menjar blanc, prepared with almond milk.

The Costa Dorada is also a good destination for wine tourism enthusiasts. In fact, the Priorat Qualified Designation of Origin (DOC Priorat) is produced there. The soil, the climate, and also the singular orography of this region make this territory a unique space to produce excellent wines. Despite its small size, the Priorat DOC has about a hundred wineries, where wines are produced by family farms, cooperatives, and small companies. To this should be added the appellations of origin Monsant, Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, and Penedès.

This is also a good place to enjoy oleotourism or oil tourism, thanks to the oils produced in the Siurana Protected Designation of Origin. These can be tasted and purchased in the regions of Conca de Barberà, Baix Penedès, Alt Camp, Tarragonès, Priorat, Baix Camp, and Ribera d’Ebre.

Don’t hesitate to check out our holiday deals on the Costa Dorada! Book your room in the type of accommodation that suits you best – bed and breakfast, half board, full board, all-inclusive, and more, and get ready for a unique experience. Give it a try! It’ll be one of those trips you’ll never forget. 

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