Costa Dorada, the Gold Coast, is one of the most sublime shorelines in the whole of Spain. Part of Catalonia on the sundrenched east coast, Costa Dorada stretches for over 200 golden kilometres; approximately between the magnificent city of Barcelona and the ever-popular resort of Salou.
The Costa Dorada is characterised by long, broad expanses of pristine golden sands that shelve gently into the shallow, warm waters of the Balearic Sea. The shallow, calm seas make the Costa Dorada a popular choice with families.
Framed between rugged mountains and sparkling Mediterranean waters, the countryside of Costa Dorada is breathtakingly beautiful. Head inland to explore charming villages, rustic farmlands, rolling olive groves, lush forests and idyllic vineyards.
For family holidays to Costa Dorada, there are many fantastic resorts to choose from. Picturesque Cambrils, at the far western end of the coast, enjoys a really laid-back way of life, ideal for a relaxing Mediterranean escape, and is home to a stunning 9km beach. Nearby is La Pineda, which is home to an awesome water park that the kids will love and uncrowded, peaceful beaches.
The undoubted king of family resorts for holidays to Costa Dorada is Salou, which is also an outstanding choice for couples and groups of friends. Lively Salou has it all - blazing Spanish sunshine, incredible Blue-Flag beaches, endless activities for all ages, affordable luxury hotels and apartments and a huge range of dining options.
Salou is also home to the wonderful, thrill-a-minute PortAventura theme park, one of the biggest and best in the whole of Europe, offering masses of rides, rollercoasters, shows and entertainment.
Salou's nightlife is famously lively with plenty of bars, pubs and buzzing clubs where you can party and dance all night. Sitges also enjoys a vibrant party atmosphere during the summer, as well as great beaches, luxury accommodation and chic shopping opportunities.
If you want to explore a city on your Costa Dorada holiday, you'll have none other than Barcelona right on your doorstep. A number one choice for city breaks and last minute deals, the city is brimming with boutiques, bars, museums and galleries, spectacular Gaudi architecture and several of the finest city beaches in the world.
The beautiful Unesco World Heritage city of Tarragona is the place to go for cultural tourists and history buffs. The city also enjoys lovely golden beaches and a lively nightlife.