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Costa Dorada - The golden coast of Spain

From the cultural gem that is Barcelona in the north, to the picturesque Delta de l'Ebre wetlands in the south and wonderful coastline, seaside towns and tourist attractions in between, holidaying at a villa in Costa Dorada can be as action-packed or relaxed as you wish. Known as the ‘Golden Coast’, there are over 150 miles of beach to discover - some expansive stretches of glorious sand and immaculate promenades, and other small unspoilt coves enveloped by rocks and pine trees. Azure seas, Spanish sunshine and a plentiful supply of speciality fish restaurants and international cuisine make holidays here unforgettable.

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L'Ametlla de Mar

With tall pine trees, meandering streets, and no sign of high-rise buildings, this is a typical Catalan village where you can experience a very traditional way of life. Superb restaurants around the harbour serve seafood specialties straight from the boats, and many have tables spilling onto the street, providing an idyllic place to relax and watch the world go by. The shimmering sandy beach at L’Ametlla de Mar offers shallow waters, and the rocky perimeters are ideal for snorkelling. Many fiestas take place in this resort during the summer months, and there are many interesting and historical places to visit around the area. Our villas are located within Les Tres Calas; a quiet development of pretty whitewashed villas within a short drive of the resort centre, and with an easy connection to the motorway linking it to all of the attractions of the Costa Dorada.

  • 1hr 30mins fromBarcelona

Sitges, Barcelona

A cosmopolitan resort brimming with designer shops, art and culture; Sitges is well worth a visit. The heart of this resort is the wonderful sandy beach and immaculate palm-lined promenade, which is usually buzzing with tourists enjoying a meal in the beachfront restaurant or simply taking a leisurely stroll and admiring the view. As you explore further into the town, you will find meandering streets, picture-perfect Gaudi architecture and exclusive boutique shops. Sitges is often referred to as ‘the city of museums’, and is very proud of the fact that it has retained its heritage despite being a bustling commercial centre. Sitges has a fantastic location just 40 minutes from Barcelona and an easy drive to the attractions of Costa Dorada.

  • 40mins fromBarcelona


This charming town is located at the heart of Baix Penedès region, the gateway to the Costa Dorada. The town is rich in history with Roman and Medieval buildings. Calafell offers something for all , whether culture and historical or a more active time with activities such as walking, trekking and mountain biking available. Calafell has sumptuous dining at the many restaurants that line the beachfront, with a selection of bars to enjoy both during the day and night.

  • 45mins fromBarcelona


Cunit offers the ideal base to relax on a beach holiday, embrace the history of Tarragona, explore the Roman Tarraco or get your thrills at famous theme park Port Aventura. The Cunit area makes it possible to be well connected with Tarragona, Barcelona, Stiges, Salou and Cambrils mixing the resorts together to make the most of your holiday. It also features on the “Xato Trail” which is a culinary route throughout different villages of the Pendes and the Garraf focused on the famous local dish as the theme.

  • 40mins fromBarcelona

Miami Playa

Miami Platja is a delight for families, with its shops, restaurants, tennis, horse riding and a variety of entertainment options. The beaches are sandy and clean and slope gently into the sea.The area is especially suited to golfers and sports enthusiasts Miami Playa is easily accessible with Barcelona just one hour’s drive away. It is 30 minutes drive from Reus airport.


Reus is a picturesque town that was once famous for the production of Brandy. Today it is a bustling town known for its architectural culture and a great base if you want to visit the Port Aventura Theme Park. Reus is the home town of Antoni Gaudi the famous Catalan modernist architect, although, ironically, there are no examples of his work here. Instead you'll see lots of Lluís Domènech i Montaner's work. He constructed several buildings throughout the city in a modernist style. There's a Modernist Route through the town that you can walk which bypasses all the best buildings. In June the town enjoys its biggest fiestas, and you'll see live music in all the town squares every night, and street entertainments. You'll also see the famous towers made of men (Castellers) - unless they tumble down that is! There are quite a few bars and restaurants in Reus and the ones I tried had some really good tapas and menus of the day (Menu del dia) for reasonable prices. In the summer terrace bars spring up all over the place. Reus is in an easily accessible location thanks to its airport and the motorways that near by. It has plenty of interesting sights and in addition it's only 10 km from the beaches of the Costa Dorada.

Roda de Bara

Roda de Bara enjoys an excellent location to explore the coast and local region. With its golden, sandy beaches, marina and attractive town, this popular resort is an excellent choice for family beach holidays. With lovely Mediterranean-style, attractive village houses, cobbled streets and pretty plazas. Roda de Bara will allow you to make the most of this sunny coastline.

  • 45mins fromBarcelona

Your Costa Dorada Villa holiday

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On the beach in Costa Dorada

With more than sixty beaches to choose from, it is no wonder Costa Dorada is a popular destination for sun-seekers. All along the golden coast, visitors will be spoilt for choice with beautiful beaches, many with Blue Flag awards for cleanliness. From long ribbons of glistening sand, to more intimate rocky coves and pristine waters, beaches are without doubt one of the most celebrated features of this part of Spain.

The beaches of Salou and its surrounding towns are extremely popular thanks to their family-friendly shallow waters and palm-lined promenades offering an assortment of cafes, ice-cream parlours, restaurants and souvenir shops. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy water sports in these busier resorts. Further south, the beaches are less commercialised, offering quiet, unspoilt coves and wonderful fishing harbours.

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Fun-packed days in Costa Dorada

Those looking for sightseeing, sports or family days out in Costa Dorada will not be disappointed, with water parks, beaches, and historic attractions in abundance. For thrill seekers, there are ample opportunities for water sports along the coastline, whilst exhilarating rides at PortAventura theme park are within easy reach and the natural mountainous landscape of the region is ideal for keen walkers and cyclists.

Golf enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the fantastic course nearby with wonderful sea views, or for a burst of culture, Barcelona is easily accessible by car or via a direct train link from various towns across Costa Dorada - ideal for a day trip! Throughout the summer, colourful fiestas take place throughout the region, offering a fantastic array of Spanish traditions - well worth seeking out!

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Hints of history in Costa Dorada

Fascinating history and architecture is prominent throughout Costa Dorada. Tarragona has been named a World Heritage city and offers a wealth of ancient ruins to explore, including the wonderful Roman Amphitheatre. Throughout the summer season, there are spectacular tributes to the heritage of this unique region of Spain, including ‘Santa Tecla’ - a flamboyant festival of traditional Spanish dance, live music and the legendary human pyramid.

Further afield, the winding streets of Sitges offer beautiful churches, intriguing old buildings and picture-perfect views, whilst a day trip to Barcelona is a must for culture lovers. Both of these places feature some very unique Gaudi architecture.

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Atmospheric evenings in Costa Dorada

From low-key to lively, nightlife in Costa Dorada is diverse, but wherever you stay, you can be sure to find good restaurants within easy reach. For a relaxed evening, unwind with a glass of sangria in one of the charming fishing villages. Restaurant tables spill out onto the streets around the harbours, offering the fresh catch of the day, traditional Catalan fish stew, delicious tapas or fragrant paella.

Beachside promenades in many of the seaside towns provide idyllic settings for leisurely walks as the sun goes down, and you’ll often stumble across street entertainment and fiestas passing through. If it’s a lively night out you’re looking for, the hustle and bustle of Salou is the perfect choice, with bright lights, live music, bars, clubs and pretty much every type of cuisine you could wish you!

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Not to be missed...

  • Take a day trip to Barcelona by train or car and delve into the history and culture of this stunning city.
  • Explore the Delta de l'Ebre; the second largest wetland area in the western Mediterranean, offering a wealth of exquisite flora and fauna best enjoyed via one of the stunning walks and cycle trails.
  • Sample some delicious tapas and treat yourself to some fresh produce at the daily fish market in Cambrils.
  • Seek out a fiesta and immerse yourself in colourful Spanish traditions.
  • Visit the amphitheatre and learn about Romans at the world heritage site of Tarragona.
  • Experience thrilling rides at Port Aventura, one of Spain's biggest and best theme parks!

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