The most beautiful villages of the Costa Dorada
Published on January 29, 2019 by Catalan Holidays
The Costa Dorada is located in the province of Tarragona, and its waters bathe a group of very charming villages. Comfortable towns, where you can spend a few days relaxing and disconnecting.
From the Ebro Delta to the Baix Penedés region, you can visit some very interesting villages with an excellent tourist and cultural offering.
Join us on this virtual trip through the most attractive villages of the Costa Dorada and you will discover its riches. You will better understand why so many civilisations throughout history chose this corner of Catalonia to live in.
- Delta del Ebro
- Pineda (Vila-Seca)
- Ametlla de Mar
- Sant Carles de la Ràpita
- Roc de Sant Gaietà in Roda de Berà
- Mont-Roig del Camp
This town of more than 30,000 inhabitants is located in the heart of the Costa Dorada. It has 9 km of fine sandy beaches and different tourist attractions to visit.
If you come to Cambrils you will enjoy its beaches and unique enclaves to discover: the port, la Torre del Puerto, el “Far Vermell” (Faro rojo), el casco antiguo, la villa romana de La Llosa, El Molí de las Tres Eras, la Torre de la Ermita, etc.
It is the capital of the province and the town with the most citizens on the Costa Dorada, with more than 130,000. It is rich in beaches and monuments to visit. It has one of the best Roman legacies along the Mediterranean.
The Roman amphitheatre is the best historical and cultural attraction that the city has to offer, declared a UNESCO world heritage site. To this spectacular space, we must also add the city walls, the Roman theatre, the Praetorium and Roman Circus, the Provincial Forum and the Local Forum. Magnificent ancient works complete the discovery of one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire more than 2000 years ago.
A few metres from the town, you can also visit The Ferreres Aqueduct (Pont del Diable), a jewel of early architecture.
A town of more than 20,000 citizens that stands out for its beaches and for the history that you can breathe in its streets and in its most prominent monuments.
It has four beaches and five small coves in the Cap Salou to relax and enjoy the sun and sea in the summer months.
Apart from beaches, other points of interest in the area are the Torre Vella, the oldest building in Salou, dating back to the year 1530; the Illuminated Fountain, built by Carles Buïgas, the same creator that designed the Montjuïc fountain in Barcelona; and the Barenys Roman Villa, built between the end of the 1st Century B.C. and the 2nd Century A.D.
By Raul Rovira: Cala vinya y Cala Font from Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA
The Ebro Delta National Park is one of the most emblematic enclaves of the Catalan scenery. It has an area of 320 km², bathed by the waters of the Ebro River and filled with rice fields.
The most outstanding points of interest along the Ebro Delta are the great lakes, indigenous fauna, with flamingos at the centre, and different natural spaces that make up this beautiful wilderness: The Isle of Buddha, Fangar Tip and Banya Point.
It is an excellent place to enjoy the natural surroundings on foot or by bicycle and to taste paella cooked with rice from the guaranteed origins of the Ebro Delta.
It is a beautiful coastal town made up of three centres, “Calafell town”, “Calafell beach” and “Segur de Calafell”, where around 25,000 individuals live.
The main attractions of Calafell are, as well as the excellent beaches in the area, the Iberian fortress, located on a hill close to the beach: the Calafell castle, the Casal Barral Museum, an ancient fishermen’s home and managed by the poet and author, Carlos Barral, and in the historic centre of Calafell.
Calafell is a unique place to relax and enjoy it charms, only a few meters away from the Metropolitan area of Barcelona.
By Antonio Olmedo: Platja de Calafell Flickr
This town with more than 15,000 inhabitants close to the city of Tarragona (16 kilometres) has kilometres of fine sandy beaches, different routes to walk in the open air and different monuments to visit.
The most charming nature reserves in Torredembarra are Els Muntanyans, Sol y Clará and El Roquer. The most touristy places not to be missed in this beautiful place are: the Castle, Can Bofill, the city wall, the lighthouse, Cal Checo, the Parish Church of Sant Pere, the Vila Tower, the Moro Roman Villa, the historical centre and the Pere Badia Residence and the Antonio Roig Building, celebrated local indianos (people who returned from the Americas wealthy).
Torredembarra is one of the most important villages in the area and a leisure hub for their neighbours in adjoining villages, with plenty of delights to discover.
By Jorge Franganillo: Platja d’Altafulla Flickr
It is a village with little more than 3,000 inhabitants that is located in the town of Vila-Seca, very near to Salou. Its highlights are the beach and being close to important leisure complexes.
Very near to Pineda you will find Aquopolis park, a water park where you can meet dolphins and many other sea life attractions, and Port Aventura, the most important theme park in Southern Europe.
It has one of the longest seafront promenades in the Costa Dorada, at 2.4 km long.
By Antonin: La Pineda Vila-seca Flickr
A town with little more than 5,000 residents, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO for Tamarit Castle and for the Els Munts Roman Villa. The beach is another one of its attractions.
Altafulla Castle, which has fortress-like features, is very well-preserved, as it was reconstructed from 15th century blueprints. The renaissance style patio and balcony are original from the time.
The parish church, consecrated to Sant Martí, is known as one of Altafulla’s attractions, built between 1701-1705 in a neoclassical style.
In Els Munts you can also visit the remains of a Roman villa, one of the most prominent points of interest that is part of the tourist attractions that you must experience in this village.
By Jorge Franganillo: Platja d’Altafulla Flickr
Ametlla de Mar
A beautiful town on the Costa Dorada, whose inhabitants have nicknamed it “La Cala” or “The Cove”, for its location on the Saint George’s gulf. With little more than 8,000 residents it is a village filled with places of interest.
The town has five blue flag beaches, a sign of quality, and different trekking routes to enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings in the area. It also has a complete repertoire of sporting activities to satisfy the more adventurous.
At the cultural level, the village offers other tourist attractions such as Saint George’s Castle, the Calafat Circuit, the Sailing Club, the church or wine museum. An ocean of possibilities to discover.
By Candi: Port Ametlla de Mar Flickr
Sant Carles de la Ràpita
This town, also known as La Rápita, is near the Ebro Delta and has around 15,000 inhabitants. It is a good place to spend a few days relaxing and disconnecting from the daily routine, thanks to the different attractions that it has to offer.
Its exceptional location turns this town into a strategic point from which to enjoy the charms of the Ebro Delta. It also stands out for its beaches with fine sand and shallow waters.
Its nearness to the Ebro Delta Natural Park and the Els Ports Natural Park make this beautiful village into a special place for family holidays, to play water sports and carry out adventurous activities.
By Sílvia Martín: Sant Carles de la Ràpita de Mar Flickr
It is an urban village with around 1,500 inhabitants located in the municipal district of Tarragona. Its main interests are the local beaches and Tamarit Castle.
Tamarit Castle is the main historical and cultural attraction in Tamarit, but another outstanding feature is the remains of the illustrious town that it was in Medieval times. The “Port of Tamarit” is a compulsory place to visit. It was one of the most important Catalan ports in Medieval times and it was the place of departure for the boats leaving to conquer Mallorca.
The Santa Maria de Tamarit Church, inside the castle, is one of the oldest parish churches in the region and one of the most charming in the area for the visitor to explore.
This Ebro Delta village is a magnificent haven to visit the surroundings of the Natural Park. This is the largest town in the Delta, and very flat, which encourages bike rides with family or friends.
In the municipal district three nature reserves stand out: Fangar tip, Canal Vell lagoon and el Garxal. It is also worth visiting the Natural Park Eco Museum, the “Molí de Rafelet” Rice Museum and Masia Tinet.
It is an ideal place to relax among the rice fields and boat trips along the river. It is an excellent place to revel in the different types of rice with designation of origin and many other delights yet to be discovered.
By Alberto Torelló: Punta del Fangar en Deltebre Flickr
Roc de Sant Gaietà (Roda de Bará)
The urban village of Roda de Bará has a singular charm. Built between 1964 and 1972 by a Spanish-Belgian society that wanted to raise a village for fishermen on the rocks. The emblem of the village is the “Roca foradada” (perforated rock) in front of the sea, in “Punta de la Guineu” (Fox Point).
The village founders built buildings with Andalusian patios and Romanesque buildings as well as Arabic, gothic and styles from other parts of Spain to give it a picturesque quality. Popularly, it came to be known as the Spanish Village, reminiscent of the one in the city of Barcelona.
The main points of the town that attract tourists and are worth visiting are a Roman Claustrum, a Galician-style wooden storehouse, a typical Mediterranean town hall replica, an Islamic-style gateway called “Porta Mora”, a passage of arches, a Gothic style building, a reproduction of the main entrance to the church of San Pedro de Ávila and the “Perforated Rock” Civic Centre.
By Jorge Franganillo: Roc Sant Gaietà Flickr
Mont-roig del Camp
This is a town with approximately 10,000 inhabitants and a waterfront of more than 8 km of flat coastline and fine sand. It has two important villages: “Pins de Miramar” and “Miami Platja”.
In the cultural sphere, it is worth going to this town to gaze upon the new church of Sant Miquel, in Gothic and renaissance style; and the Virgen de la Roca hermitage with the Sant Ramon chapel, located on the rocks. At the foot of the Roca mountain is the Peiró hermitage of 1757, built for sick elderly patients who could manage to reach the sacred place.
Mont-roig del Camp is also the village where the Mas Miró is, belonging to the father of the famous Joan Miró, an artist who spent a long time in the area. A fact that is reflected in some of his works and a place to discover the secrets that this pretty town hides.
By Enric: Iglesia San Miguel en Mont-roig Wikimedia
Where to sleep in the Costa Dorada
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