Dazzling Holidays to Costa Dorada
Sit back and soak up the honey hues of a laid-back holiday in Costa Dorada. With its sapphire water and sun-drenched sweeps of amber sand, Spain’s Golden Coast lives up to its glittering reputation and has quickly become one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations.
White-knuckle water parks and world-famous theme parks stand shoulder-to-shoulder among Catalonia’s UNESCO heritage sites and some of its most breath-taking natural wonders. Meanwhile the electrifying neon nightlife, vibrant festivals and a world of water sports, you will have no time to waste on Costa Dorada holidays.
Things to do in Costa Dorada
The spiritual heart of Catalonia, Montserrat is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe. The divine cloisters and courtyards of Spain’s largest Benedictine monastery inhabit the staggering rock formations of Montserrat, 4000m above the Catalonian plain. With the angelic voices of the famous boys’ choir filling the basilica, its soul stirring stuff and one of the most spine-tingling things to do in Costa Dorada.
Speed down the kamikaze slide, fly down the twisting flumes and corkscrew your way down the chutes. Of course, the more faint-hearted can just grab a sun-bed and take it easy under a swishing palm. Over at the Dolphinarium, Flipper and his cart-wheeling friends give daily displays. Whatever your preference, Aquopolis Waterpark doesn’t disappoint.
A Timeless Treat
Historically a dastardly den of Spanish buccaneers, sunny Salou is now a lively centre of sport and culture. With a host of student festivals and a notorious stack of bars and nightclubs, Salou is the place to be for a fun-loving Costa Dorada holidays. To complete the package, they also throw in some of the best beaches in the world.
Simmering among the spine-tingling ruins of an ancient roman city, Tarragona and is the demure cultural counterpart to Salou’s hedonistic tastes. The sleepy fishing village of Cambrils is another timeless getaway. With its old world charm, Cambrils is an enchanting mix of local markets and Michelin Star restaurants and perfect for more low-key holidays in Costa Dorada.
Sun, Sea and Excess
Interrupted only by rocky coves and promenades, Costa Dorada is a string of breathtaking beaches of all shapes and sizes, from uncluttered pint-sized parcels to sweeping palm-fringed seascapes. Framed by weather-beaten cliffs and a smattering of pines forests, a lazy day on the beach will never be far from a brimming menu of world class distractions on Costa Dorada holidays. If you’re not resisting the speedboats and water-skiers carving up the clear turquoise waters, you’ll be riding the nerve-shattering roller coasters of the world-famous PortAventura theme park.
Among the regions expansive vineyards, the picturesque farms and villages of rural Catalonia provide a tranquil refuge from the thrills and spills of the seaside. With hand-crafted ceramics, lace and linen among the colourful stalls of olives and almonds, the best bargains are found in these medieval market towns.
The party’s only just starting. If you’re not already sipping Rioja in a harbour side tapas bar when night falls, you’ll be dancing till the early hours with one of the region’s Dionysian street festivals.