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 Costa Dorada holidays unforgettable.
Most of our villas in Costa Dorado are enviably set between Barcelona and Tarragona with their attractions alone worthy of your all-important holiday. The smaller beachfront towns have their own charms however, so you can enjoy a beach break and cultural escape in one perfect package.
Costa Dorada Beaches
With more than sixty beaches to choose from, it's no wonder sun-seekers love holidays in Costa Dorada. 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.
Costa Dorada Attractions
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!
Costa Dorada History
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.
Costa Dorada Nightlife
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!
Costa Dorada Holidays - Points of Interest
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!
Sitges is a cosmopolitan resort brimming with designer shops, art and culture. The heart of this resort is the wonderful sandy beach and immaculate palm-lined promenade, which is usually buzzing with tourists.
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.
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Scores 7.9 out of 10based on 7 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10
No basic condiments or store cupboard basics. Plenty of cleaning equipment. A bottle of water would have been helpful as no big shops open on a Sunday and Monday was a Bank Holiday
Confirmed stay: 15 June 2019 Published on: 19 June 2019 5 out of 10
Wimborne Family with youngest child
Barcelona football stadium very good as was Porto Aventura water park
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Confirmed stay: 19 August 2018 Published on: 20 August 2018 8 out of 10
Enjoyed the villa, pool was nice, kitchen well equipped, fans were needed in bedrooms as very warm at night, tv was great once we'd figured out how to use it :) Nice to be able to park on the drive behind locked gates.
Not so much 'bad' but the fridge was desparatly in need of defrosting, after food put in on arrival big pools of water ran from inside where ice was thick inside, also a bigger fridge is needed it was OK for 4 of us but doubt it would cope with 8 people. Sun loungers are in need of replacing, plastic and canvas ones very tired.
Confirmed stay: 21 July 2018 Published on: 26 July 2018 6 out of 10
Nice relaxing area . Quiet and good food in Atmetla
Confirmed stay: 14 July 2018 Published on: 15 July 2018
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