Costa Dorada Holidays

Costa Dorada Holidays


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Spain’s Costa Dorada lies along the southern coast of Catalonia, south of Barcelona. Comprised of around twenty towns and villages stretching over 120 miles, the Costa Dorada offers a wealth of options for people considering Spain holidays. A popular destination for tourists, holidays to Costa Dorada provide an ideal escape for both families and singles, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway or vibrant nightlife.

Spain remains a consistently popular destination for British tourists, and the Costa Dorada is a mere two-and-a-half hour flight from the UK. Whilst the area is comprised of many towns such as Tarragona, the area is one large resort, offering sumptuous dining at the many restaurants that line the beachfront, exciting nightclubs and bars and a multitude of sporting activities for the more active holidaymaker ranging from watersports in the many marinas along the coast, to rock climbing.

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Internacional II Apartments
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Palas Pineda
La Pineda, Costa Dorada, Spain
PortAventura Hotel El Paso
Port Aventura World, Costa Dorada, Spain
H.TOP Molinos Park
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Regina Gran Hotel
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Medplaya Hotel Calypso
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Villamarina Club
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
H10 Salauris Palace
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Best Negresco
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Dorada Palace
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Hotel Terramar
Sitges, Costa Dorada, Spain
Villa Dorada
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Salou Park Hotel
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Villa Romana
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Sol Costa Daurada Hotel
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Playa de Oro
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Belvedere Hotel
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
CYE Holiday Centre
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Playa Margarita Hotel
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
H10 Mediterranean Village
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Festival Village Apartments
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Hotel Jaime 1
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
PortAventura Hotel PortAventura
Port Aventura World, Costa Dorada, Spain
Regente Aragon
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
Nuba Hotel Comarruga
Coma Ruga, Costa Dorada, Spain
Port Eugeni Hotel
Cambrils, Costa Dorada, Spain
Apartments C.Y.E. Salou
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain
4R Meridia Mar
Hospiltalet De L'infant, Costa Dorada, Spain
Mas Passamaner
La Selva Del Camp, Costa Dorada, Spain
Hotel Diego's
Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain

Costa Dorada Weather

Featuring soft, golden beaches on the Mediterranean and milder summer temperatures than destinations such as the Costa del Sol, the Costa Dorada makes luxuriating on the beach comfortable for those less comfortable in the heat. Temperatures typically range from 20° Celsius to 26° Celsius in the summer, with little rainfall – although short, refreshing showers are not uncommon. Shorts, tee shirts and sandals are definitely order of the day, especially for those lazy days by the beach.

The best time of year to visit the Costa Dorada is between May and August, with plenty of sunlight and deliciously cool breezes from the Mediterranean – bring your suntan lotion!

Jan 13ºC
Feb 15ºC
Mar 16ºC
Apr 18ºC
May 21ºC
Jun 24ºC
Jul 27ºC
Aug 27ºC
Sep 25ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 16ºC
Dec 13ºC


Situated on the southern Catalonian coast, the Costa Dorada lies on some of the finest beaches in Spain. The area takes its name from the soft, golden sand of these wide beaches. Further inland, the region is famously mountainous, offering not only action adventure activities like rock climbing, but also breathtaking views of the shore and surrounding coastline and countryside. There are ten major marinas and several smaller harbours dotted along the coastline, many offering boat rides and sailing trips.

Things To Do on Costa Dorada Holidays

Costa Dorada holidays offer many exciting activities and attractions, the most prominent being Port Aventura, a vast theme park similar to Busch Gardens in Florida. Featuring water rides such as the Grand Canyon Rapids and the Sea Odyssey underwater adventure, Port Aventura is themed across five continental areas and remains one of the most popular attractions of the area. Easily accessible by train, tickets are moderately priced at £200 for kids at the height of the tourist season.

For those looking for more relaxed activities, the Costa Dorada also offers a surprising variety of cultural treats, with several theatres and museums on offer. The Fortuny Theatre in Reus is steeped in history, having been built in 1882, and is widely considered to be one of the best theatres in Spain. The Archaeological Museum Tarragona, the oldest museum in Catalonia, houses exhibits from regional monuments such as the Circus Maximus and the Necropolis, and is well worth a visit to see the fascinating influence of Romanisation on the area.


The rich and varied Mediterranean culture of the Costa Dorada is evident wherever you look, from the classical architecture to the local foods. The area manages to blend modern and contemporary buildings with the traditional Mediterranean feel of the original Roman buildings, and the area is home to both the Benedictine monastery of Saint Mary of Montserrat and the 14th century Roman-Gothic cathedral, which contains the tomb of Joan d’Arago.

The area plays host to a variety of annual carnivals and festivals, including the Veteran Car Rally, the Fiesta Major, Corpus Christi and the Grape Harvest Festival, offering visitors a glimpse at a uniquely Spanish tradition. As for the food, in addition to more traditional Spanish fare such as paella, there are many local delicacies to sample, such as zarzuelas and butifarra sausage casserole, and the wines of the area are both good and inexpensive.


Of course, for those of you looking for a little more pace to your entertainment, after dark offers a huge variety of restaurants, bars and clubs that line the beachfront. Whether you’re looking for regional Spanish bars with an exotic Mediterranean flavour or DJ’s spinning the latest funky house tracks and dancefloor fillers, the nightlife scene on the Costa Dorada is electric. Many of the hottest nightspots are within easy walking distance of several popular Costa Dorada hotels or a short taxi ride away, meaning you’re never far from an exciting night out.

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In terms of variety, the Costa Dorada has it all – fine dining, exciting attractions and a rich cultural atmosphere, buzzing nightlife and a blend of the modern and traditional that makes a holiday to the Costa Dorada a truly unique Spanish holiday experience. Whatever your taste, the Costa Dorada has something for everyone.

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Costa Dorada Resorts



The quaint port of Cambrils, nestled to the southwest of nearby Salou, manages to retain its history as a small Spanish fishing town whilst proving po … Read more on Cambrils Travel Guide

La Pineda

La Pineda

Lying to the north east of Salou on Spain’s Costa Dorada, the charming resort of La Pineda is the ideal choice for people with smaller children consid … Read more on La Pineda Travel Guide

PortAventura World

PortAventura World

If you crave action, adventure and excitement, the theme park resort of PortAventura World in Tarragona should be your first port of call! PortAventur … Read more on PortAventura World Travel Guide



Salou is found a mere six miles west of Costa Dorada’s largest town Tarragona. It is the ideal choice for family holidays in Spain. Find out why it ma … Read more on Salou Travel Guide



If you’re a bit of a culture vulture, a trip to the fabulously bohemian Sitges is a must for any holiday to Spain. Described as Barcelona’s little sis … Read more on Sitges Travel Guide