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Holiday information, facts, photos and video about Costa Dorada

Facts

Inhabitants 6500000
Nearest airport Barcelona, Reus
Max. temperature 35 C
Min. temperature 10 C


The Costa Dorada

The 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.

The Costa Dorada receives an average of 3.5 million visitors a 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.


Towns and villages of the Costa Dorada

The town of L’Ampolla conjures up a mix of Mediterranean essences. The town alternates between flat alluvial land and craggy coast depict the terrain; between mud and rocks; olive trees and rice fields; marl rocky banks and lagoons.

Cambrils is located in the Spanish on the Costa Dorada (Golden Coast) in the region of Catalonia. A seafaring village, the local life mainly revolves
around the harbour.

The town of Salou is a favourite destination with British tourists. 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.


El Perello is a charming agricultural village, famed for its honey. The well-maintained centre is alive with local life with its bustling market and town square. Just outside of town there are caves with prehistoric cave paintings.

Torredembarra with its beautiful stretch of fine, sandy beach, mixed with a cultural and exciting town. Torredembarra combines an ultramodern harbour and excellent shopping, with a medieval influence in its architecture and a long maritime history.

The little fishing village of Altafulla is fast becoming a preferred tourist destination for many tourists. Situated on the banks of the river Gaia, the town has retained its ancient character, combined with excellent amenities and many cultural attractions.

The wonderful beaches of Calafell, entice thousands of tourists every year. It’s also a good zone for golfers and families, as there are many attractions and golf courses in the area.

The town of Sant Carlos de la Rapita is both a major fishing port and a gastronomical paradise. The town is filled with excellent seafood restaurants. Water sports are also popular in the
area.


Excursions
Inland from the Costa Dorada, the interior is both fertile and dramatic, with many places of great historical and natural interest.

The cities of Reus, Valls, Montblanc, Tortosa and the beautiful medieval monasteries of Poble, Santes Creus and Scala Dei are all worth visiting.

The picturesque landscapes at Prades and Siurana, the rugged mountains at Tivissa, Cardo and Ports de Tortosa, and the delta of the river Ebro with its labyrinth of lakes and opportunities for hunting.

All of these make up some of the exciting outings that can be enjoyed away from the beautiful beaches and coastal resorts.

Beaches


There are many fine beach areas on the Costa Dorada; the area north of Mont-Roig Cunit has wide beaches. Whereas Vandellos, L'Ametlla de Mar and L'Ampolla, have relatively narrow beaches, hemmed in by nearby mountains.

The Ebro delta has long, wide beaches and fine sand. Between the Ebro and Les Cases d'Alcanar, there are a number of very long, very clean, sandy beaches.

Cuisine
The gastronomy of the Costa Brava is rich and
varied. Principally it is the typical Mediterranean diet of fish and seafood with fresh vegetables, olives and olive oil rice and pasta.

We recommend that visitors try some traditional
Catalan dishes whilst on holiday, especially delicious are 

Escudella I Carn D'olla, vegetable broth with pork, veal and chicken. Pa Amb Tomàquet, 

simply rustic bread, can be toasted, rubbed with tomato pulp and dressed with oil and
salt; these delcious breakfast can also be served with ham, sausage or tortilla.

Coca is a very thin dough baked with onions,
peppers and other vegetables served with and meats, or fish (especially sardines).

Climate
The climate is temperate, with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall throughout the year. In the highlands the winters are cold with lots of snow, making them ideal ski-resorts.

On the coast hot summer temperatures are tempered by cooling sea breezes. Winters are exceptionally mild with some rain.

 

 



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Exciting places to visit on Costa Dorada

Travel information about popular villages and towns at Costa Dorada


Reviews for Costa Dorada

Average overall ratings
 
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Based on 275 reviews.

   
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14 July, 2014

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Small town, very nice Gourmet shop, but no entertainment

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Lovely sandy beach, but some days was too windy
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05 July, 2014

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Nice relaxing town

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Long sandy beaches
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01 July, 2014

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Beautiful city! Loved every second

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Beautiful coast, beautiful clean water
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30 June, 2014

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There is an information center in Miami Playa, however the knowledge of english is very poor.

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We enjoyed Cambrilis very much.
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29 June, 2014

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As expected. Small town with good services, not too crowded in June.

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Were good, fabulous beaches. The Ebre delta is interesting and has a beautiful nature and beaches.
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23 June, 2014

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Very quiet and private, and yet well connected and near to a wide range of activities. Especially good if you don't have a car.

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Beautiful - not English touristy (thank goodness!)
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09 June, 2014

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Tiny village but lively after siesta. Beautiful beaches with Blue flags. Easy to reach Barcelona, Tarragona etc.

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Beautiful coast!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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08 June, 2014

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A very nice medium size city,somewhat overlooked by travel guides, with interesting cultural visits (Roman heritage and Old town), a pleasant atmosphere and good restaurants.

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Love the Costa Dorada. Beautiful sandy beaches, great for wading and swimming. The area is much greeener than the costs to the south, and the water temperature warmer than the Costa Brava, a perfect mix.
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09 April, 2014

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We really enjoyed it

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It's a beatiful place
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05 April, 2014

City review

Salou is a nice place, the best was Portaventura, it was amazing!

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I loved Cambrils too, smaller than Salou and charming.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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11 March, 2014

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This was a nice base for our holiday, the local beach was lovely, and there were a lot of nice beaches all within easy reach. The local towns were pretty and the people very friendly.

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We enjoyed exploring the area and found our way up into the mountains to the hot springs. We enjoyed Tarragona and Barcelona. It is one of the nicest areas we have visited in Spain.
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11 March, 2014

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Very pretty and unspoilt and lovely sandy beaches, even in high-season there are some quiet golden sandy beaches.

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This is the nicest area of Spain we have visited. Highly recommend to families with young children or teenagers. Lots to see and do. Pretty beaches, pretty fishing villages.
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11 March, 2014

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L'Ametlla was a nice traditional resort, it is very quaint and pretty.

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The Costa Dorada has a lot to offer for all ages. Portaventura is great for the kids and teenagers. Tarragona is a really nice place to visit and Barcelona was beautiful. The beaches in the whoel area are beautiful.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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10 March, 2014

City review

L'Ametlla is a ideal for families. It has a lovely atmostphere. The beaches in the area are stunning.

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Ideal for our family holiday. Lots to see and do. Portaventura was great to visit and the Aquapolis waterpark was terrific fun for all of us.
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24 November, 2013

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Small and quiet town. Suitable for relaxation. Close to Barcelona, Tarragona and other interesting places...

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Wide, clean sand beaches. Not too crowded...
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11 November, 2013

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Port aventura was really stunning very well comunicated with other good places beautiful town

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nice!
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11 November, 2013

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Great touristic town

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Stunning clima and beaches
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09 October, 2013

City review

Nice quiet city. Not so "touristic" such Salou is.

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Good beaches
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26 September, 2013

City review

A small city with nice people. It is a pity, that mostly they speak only in Spanish.

Coast review

A quiet place for a family holiday.
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23 September, 2013

City review

Quite a clean place but that's as good as it gets.

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