Known for its combination of glorious sunshine, sandy beaches and laid-back lifestyle coupled with the ease of getting there, it’s obvious why Spain is a holiday favourite with travellers from the UK.
Catalonia is located in the north east of Spain, bordering France and Andorra to the north, Aragon to the west, Valencia to the south and the Mediterranean Sea to the east. The climate of Catalonia is diverse – the populated area along the coast features a temperate Mediterranean climate wheareas the Pyrenean peaks have a mountain or even Alpine climate at the highest summits.
Catalonia is home to two of Spain’s most popular coastal holiday destinations – the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada. Not only are the regions renowned for their beaches but also their architecture, with the most famous examples being the work of Antoni Gaudì in Barcelona.
This week we’re putting the spotlight on the Costa Dorada, which runs south from Barcelona.
Introducing the Costa Dorada
Costa Dorada, or Daurada as it’s known in Catalan, translates to ‘Golden Coast’. It’s not hard to see where it got its name from as you marvel in the views of seemingly endless golden sandy beaches. The coastline of this region stretches for 92km of beautiful beaches which can be enjoyed from April to October as the weather delivers fantastic temperatures for the majority of the year. Of course, with such idyllic surroundings come the holidaymakers seeking warmth and sunshine. The Costa Dorada is one of the main tourist destinations in Spain and welcomes 3,500,000 visitors per year. Temperatures rarely drop under 20 degrees and sit around 27 degrees from June to September. While being a fantastic destination for enjoying the hot Spanish sun, the cooler months of the year are perfect for exploring the city of Barcelona and the Roman architecture of Tarragona.
The Costa Dorada offers a lot of variety in terms of things to do, see and eat. For those with an interest in history, the Roman ruins and medieval streets of Tarragona are a must see. Sitting in the centre of the city, the grand Cathedral dating back to 1171 is a stunning example of Gothic architecture. The guided tour of the Cathedral takes you up to the Bell Tower which offers some of the best views of the city. If your interests lie in art and architecture then Barcelona will probably be top of your list of places to visit in this region. With beaches, museums, stunning buildings and plenty of shops and restaurants, it’s worth setting aside a whole day to embrace this city. For adrenalin seekers, PortAventura will tick all the boxes. The theme park, close to Salou, has loads of white knuckle rides plus a great water park to cool off in.
The Costa Dorada is really easy to reach from both the UK and Ireland, with Barcelona and Reus airports both serving the region. The flight takes around 2.5 hours.
Where to stay
Cambrils Park is lively and great for families who enjoy lots to do both onsite and in the surrounding area.
Camping Park Playa Bara has a truly Mediterranean flavour with its colourful surroundings and lovely pool complex.
Tamarit Park sits in a stunning location on a long sandy beach with views of Tamarit Castle.