The Costa Dorada in the south of Barcelona is a beautiful area with a fantastic climate, enchanting beaches and impressive scenery. Reserve a holiday home on the Costa Dorada or Costa Garraf with CH and you will gain access to a vast amount of experiences close to Barcelona.
The Costa Dorada or Costa Daurada (in the local Catalan language) spans the coast of the province of Tarragona, from Cunit to the Ebro Delta. You will find its attraction for tourists lies in its collection of fine sandy beaches with clear waters, the most beautiful coastal villages and natural spaces of great beauty.
Towns on the Costa Dorada
Tarragona is the capital, and one of the most interesting places for those who like history. It is a city with a high level of concentration of Roman archaeological remains. This is the reason why it has been declared a World Heritage Site.
A fishing village that blends the charm of its historic legacy with its seafaring tradition. It has three main centres, Calafell, Segur de Calafell and La Playa de Calafell. As part of its heritage, a medieval castle with a walled surrounding, the Romanesque Church of Santa Creu and the remains of painted murals in the apse particularly stand out. It is worth visiting the Iberian village of Les Toixoneres (5th-2nd century B.C.), known as the Iberian Citadel of Calafell. The tourist centre is found in the old fishing quarter, or as the locals call it, La Platja or Marina de Calafell. Renting a house in the Costa Dorada located in towns such as Calafell, you will be situated near to Barcelona and Tarragona. Something that allows you to enjoy the greatest number of activity options for your holidays.
Cunit’s great connections with Barcelona, Sitges, Tarragona or Cambrils has turned it into one of the most important destinations in the province of Tarragona. Among the architectural richness, different masías (Catalan-style farmhouses) stand out, such as those of Can Torrents, Cal Pla or Masía San Antonio. One example of the traditional local architecture. On the other side is the Romanesque Church of Sant Cristobal which has underground tunnels dug in the Middle Ages and which connects the church with the La Diligencia hostel.
The capital of the coastal region of El Baix Penedès is El Vendrell. Its relevance was already waning in the Roman period, becoming a communications hub on the way to the Via Augusta. It is worth visiting its Archaeological Museum. Its heritage particularly emphasises the Church of Sant Salvador with renaissance and baroque traces, its New Square with noucentista architecture, the Santisimo Salvador Hospital and the Romanesque Hermitage of Sant Salvador. It has extensive beaches with clear water and fine sand. It is a town situated in the winemaking region of Penedès, where cavas and top-quality sparkling wines are produced.
Roda De Bará
Situated 20 kilometres to the north of Tarragona, we have Roda de Bará with an imposing, 10-metre-high, Roman Arch at the foot of the Via Augusta, now the N340 motorway. It is a town with an important residential area, with gardens and magnificent housing areas. It is almost obligatory to visit the historic area of El Roc de Sant Gaietá, a picturesque residential area that mixes the fishing atmosphere with buildings of old architectural styles and many places that imitate different Spanish regions. Roda de Bará has 4 beach zones with fine sand, among them Platja Llarga or Playa Pelliseta are highlights.
El Mas Mel
The residential area of El Mas Mel is well-known for having a fine sand beach with very few hills and all types of services. We find ourselves in the residential area of Segur de Calafell and the main beach of Calafell. It is an ideal destination for families. Holiday rentals in El Mas Mel.
La Bisbal De Penedès
In the region of El Baix Penedès we have La Bisbal del Penedès, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Montmell and Santa Cristina. Exploring the town, we find the Church of Santa Maria, Bisbal Castle, Las Bigas de la Sala, Lastra Campana or La Font – Safareigs. An ideal location for local cuisine and drinking. The influence of the sun and the Mediterranean Sea make this area a privileged land for growing vines. Enjoying the sun among the vines, walking around the village, discovering great wines from different wine cellars with the Penedès Designation of Origin is not to be missed.
La Pineda, Salou and Cambrils
To the south of Tarragona we have La Pineda, Salou and Cambrils. The most touristic towns in the area due to their beaches and activities. A particular highlight there is Port Aventura, the most visited theme park in Spain.
To the north of Tarragona, just 15 minutes from the city, we have very charming villages such as Altafulla. A small and magical village where the highlights include the Montserrat de Altafulla Castle and its historic quarter or vila closa, an ancient medieval walled centre where there are still ruins and gateways. The historic artistic collection was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest by the Catalonian Government. We can also highlight its fishing area, or baixa mar, as the locals say, where we have a very special seafront promenade and one of the most beautiful beaches in the area.
We continue to Torredembarra, a fishing village where we will find historical elements such as the renaissance Icart Castle (16th century), the Sant Pere Church, the Tower of the Vila (12th-13th century) and the Roman Villa (2nd century B.C.-2nd century A.D.). It is worth experiencing the natural environment of Els Muntanyants, an unspoilt space on the seafront where you can get a guided tour.
What to Do on the Costa Dorada
Visit Coastal Villages with the Best Beaches
Not only can you enjoy the best beaches and coves with their clear waters and fine sand. A visit to a coastal village is necessary to breathe in the Mediterranean air of the Costa Dorada. Ametlla de Mar, Mont-roig del Camp, Cambrils, Altafulla, Torredembarra, Roda de Bera, Calafell, Cunit… in every town there are interesting places to visit, to experience the local food and activities, especially during the summer season.
What to See in Tarragona
For lovers of history we recommend visiting Tarragona’s Roman Amphitheatre, Tarragona’s Roman Circus, Tarragona Cathedral, the archaeological trail, such as through the Berà Arch and going on a day trip to the Cantera Romana de el Médol. Port Aventura
Lovers of sport and adrenaline will find many hiking trails, cycle routes and open spaces to do sports. There is also, naturally, Port Aventura with its rides and shows (don’t miss the Far West).
Visit the Ebro Nature Reserve
Nature lovers will find their place in the Ebro Delta Nature Reserve. 7,736 hectares of land that forms part of the ZEPA zone and space for the Ramsar Convention which makes up the Ebro Lands Reserved Biospheres.
Parties and Music Festivals
During the summer there are many village parties and music festivals.