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The Costa Dorada, also known for its Catalan name "Costa Daurada", is located in the province of Tarragona and is named this way for the amazing golden sand beaches. This is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Spanish coast and every year receives millions of tourists attracted by its 92 kilometers of coastline.
As a major tourist destination, there are so many activities to do in the Costa Dorada that it is impossible to name them all. But among all we must highlight the different and charming fishing towns like Calafell, Cambrils or l'Ametlla de mar, or any of the most famous destinations of the coast such as Salou. But certainly, if you are interested in culture you cannot miss a visit to the Roman Tarragona which from 2000 is a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
From any point of the Costa Dorada you can do excursions inland, away from the tourist spots and go along beautiful hiking trails or enology routes to know the Priorat wineries, visit medieval towns such as Montblanc or Siurana, or go to the Cistercian route to know its incredibly well preserved monasteries. Nature is one of the strengths of this coast, one of the most visited places is the Delta del Ebro.
But if something has made the Costa Dorada famous it is its well-known amusement park PortAventura, an amazing park where you will find 5 thematic areas perfectly acclimated: China, the Mediterranean, the FarWest, Polynesia and Mexico, where you can have fun and enjoy their fantastic performances, closing each day with beautiful fireworks display over the lake at midnight.
If fine dining is one of the reasons why you pick a destination, the Costa Dorada features lots of meat dishes because here it is a great culinary tradition with origins in the seafood and the famous Mediterranean diet. In all its communities there is a wide range of dining options with all kinds of cuisines, international, Asian, Italian. But if you’d prefer to taste the local cuisine, you will find many restaurants and bars of all budgets to try. Cambrils is the culinary capital of the Costa Dorada and is a recognition of the delicious recipes inherited from ancestors who have managed to preserve and improve to delight anyone who wants to try them.
Here you will find vast sandy beaches and beautiful coves hidden between cliffs, small fishing villages like l ' Ametlla de Mar or Cambrils, important tourist destinations such as Salou, teeming places of history and culture as the city of Tarragona, nature, sport and fun spots where Port Aventura stands out as one of the best theme parks in Europe.
One of the main attractions of the Costa Dorada are some populations with the Family Tourism Seal, a trusted certification that endorses it as an ideal destination for family travel. Here we find one of the most visited attractions parks in Europe, PortAventura, with one of its areas called Sesame Adventure, dedicated especially to the smallest, and since 2016, a unique theme park in Europe, Ferrariland where lovers of the world motorsports will have fun whether adults or children.
There are also three fantastic water parks, but probably its beaches are the children's favorite places, where they can perform many activities, games and water sports. Nature or active tourism lovers can enjoy hiking through one of the most beautiful routes that exists, yet simple, the GR 92 along the coast, walking or cycling kilometers of boardwalks in Cambrils and Salou.
In addition, along the coast there are several multi-adventure parks, such as Jumpyland de Cambrils or Salou Bosc Aventura. There are countless options for family fun traveling on the Costa Dorada.
The Costa Dorada is well connected by air to the airports of Reus and Barcelona and by land through the AP7 motorway, the A7 highway and the N-340 road traversing the coast and connecting all the towns of the interior. There are also train stations in all the towns and an AVE high speed train, in the city of Tarragona. Besides its 18 marinas that also allow arrival by boat.
This coast is a place that offers many accommodation possibilities, but one of the options chosen by the tourists who come here is renting houses in the Costa Dorada, as there is a wide range of villas, houses and rental offering on the Costa Dorada, depending on the chosen destination you will find apartments in Salou, rent houses with swimming pools in Cambrils, or rental Villas in Miami playa. If traveling in a group or family, it will be more economical than staying at a hotel, and there are no schedules or obligations that limit your holiday and it is the best way to learn about the local culture and their customs.