Costa Dorada holidays are a cocktail of Instagram-worthy beaches, luxurious waterfront hotels and vintage fishing villages.
You’ll find the Costa Dorada running along Spain’s north-east coast, offering up traditional towns, dainty fishing villages and waterfront hotels along 92 kilometres’ worth of caramel-coloured beaches. Everything from shopping trips to Cambrils, to lazy tanning days on a tucked-away beach are on the cards here.
Salou and La Pineda
These two seaside towns are neighbours. You can get from one to the other in a 10-minute drive. Salou’s the larger of the two, and boasts a pair of Blue Flag beaches. La Pineda raises the stakes with a giant waterpark and a mile and a half of uninterrupted sand. If wandering around a city’s historical quarter’s more your scene, one of the largest in the area, Tarragona, is a 20-minute drive from both of these.
One of Europe’s biggest theme parks draws visitors to this part of Catalonia from all over Europe. After you catch a glimpse of its different themed worlds, which include Ferrari Land and a Caribbean-style aqua park, you’ll soon understand why. Some of the rollercoasters hit 80 miles per hour, and there’s a selection of bite-sized, family-friendly rides for little ones, too.
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Cap de Salou
Cap de Salou sits pretty on a pine-fringed headland between Salou and La Pineda on Spain’s Costa Dorada, famous for its golden beaches. It’s a small, away-from-it-all kind of place with a compact portfolio of restaurants and friendly bars. You’ve got a best-of-both-worlds scenario here, with lively waterparks and buzzing nightlife on standby just along the coast.
The Spanish have been flocking to La Pineda on the Costa Dorada for their holidays since the Fifties, and now the international set is discovering its charms. A vast stretch of golden sand is the town’s biggest draw, with the high-octane Aquapolis waterpark coming a close second. As for tempo, La Pineda is still fairly quiet compared to its lively neighbour Salou, though it’s more vibrant than its little sister village of Cambrils.
The Catalonian town of Cambrils is up in northeastern Spain, along the glamorous Costa Dorada. It’s a polished fishing village that’s retained its old town charm, which means a great mix – markets in the old town, nightlife on the promenade and Michelin-starred restaurants on tucked-away side streets. All this with fantastic Blue Flag beaches, and just a 80-minute drive to Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona.
Salou’s one of the most popular beach resort’s on Spain’s sun-splashed Costa Dorada. It’s got a reputation as a party town, thanks to its late-night line-up of bars and clubs. The golden sandy beaches are separated by a smart marina, and the seafront’s perfect for tanners and watersports fans alike. Behind the shoreline, there’s a palm-spotted promenade where restaurants and hotels reside.
- H10 Vintage Salou
- H10 Delfin
- Hotel Sol Costa Daurada
- Villa Romana
- Hotel H10 Salou Princess
- Los Angeles
- Hotel H10 Salauris Palace
- Hotel Belvedere
- TUI FAMILY LIFE Avenida Suites
- International II Apartments
- Hotel Calypso
- Hotel Las Vegas
- Hotel Best Cap Salou
- Hotel California Palace
- Hotel Golden Port Salou & Spa
- California Apartments
- Hotel Medplaya Piramide Salou
- Albatros Family
- Best Oasis Park
- California Garden
- SuneoClub Villa Dorada
Three million visitors flock to PortAventura, on the Costa Dorada, each year. The giant theme park – the most popular in Spain – is what brings most of them, but the town also boasts an expansive sandy beach, and lively bars and restaurants. For more excitement, Salou is just five minutes’ drive away and Barcelona's an hour on the train.
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