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A stretch of sun-kissed coastline, Costa Dorada is home to stunning beaches, ancient Roman cities and wineries worth toasting to. And while a Costa Dorada holiday might start and end with sea and sand, venture further afield and you’ll soon discover everything from historic towns to theme park thrills.
With mile upon mile of silky sand beaches leading to clear Mediterranean waters, it’s easy to see why this has been dubbed the “Golden Coast”. And whether you choose to stay at a modern resort or in a small fishing village, calm waters and sunshine are pretty much guaranteed.
Beyond the beaches, pretty marinas and ancient towns with enchanting streets await. The impressive Roman ruins of Tarragona, complete with an amphitheatre, forum and original city walls, warrant a look in, as do the modernist buildings of Reus.
The region is also the theme park capital of Spain, playing host to one of Europe’s largest playgrounds for thrill seekers, PortAventura World. It’s comprised of three parks just outside Tarragona – PortAventura Park, Caribe Aquatic Park and Ferrari Land – and is ideal for families.
For something quieter, the countryside to the north of Costa Dorada beckons. This is one of the best wine regions in the country and is dotted with wineries specialising in cava, Spain’s favourite fizz. Even if you prefer to stay by the coast, consider a wine tour into the heart of the region. You’ll see a different side to this overlooked costa, and plenty of tours include tastings.
Costa Dorada is popular with Spanish holidaymakers, so you’re likely to have an authentic experience staying here. You’ll be able to embrace the Spanish style of long lunches – where patatas bravas will be more common than fish and chips – and late evenings.
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