What to do on the Costa Dorada on Vacation
Published on February 28, 2020 by Catalan Holidays
The Costa Dorada offers many tourist attractions for your holiday. Very close to the city of Barcelona, you have a full range of leisure activities available to you.
It has everything the traveller needs to relax and disconnect from daily life: mountains, beaches, culture, traditions, theme parks, etc.
For holidays, the Costa Dorada is a unique destination to encounter different experiences for all people and tastes.
Join us to discover everything that you can do on the Costa Dorada to truly enjoy yourself as you rest and relax on your holiday.
- Day trips
- A day on the beach
- Roman Tarragona
- Taste the local cuisine
- Festivals in the Villages
- Castellers, Habaneras and other cultural activities
- Port Aventura and Ferrari Land
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On the Costa Dorada you have many natural parks available to you, so you can get in touch with nature and go on lovely day trips.
You can go down to the Ebro Delta and discover the flora and fauna of the region. You can also visit the Montsant Natural Park in the Priorat region, which has exceptional biological diversity, with cliffs, ravines and gorges.
Another day trip that you can do on the Costa Dorada is the Cistercian Route. On this trip you will visit different, and very charming, monasteries: Poblet, Santes Creus and the Vallbona de les Monges Monastery.
You will have the option to also explore the various charming villages that you can find on the Costa Dorada, such as Siurana, a town with a lot of activities to do in touch with nature.
A day on the beach
The 81 kilometres of beach that cover the Costa Dorada is a gift for lovers of sun, sand and cool waters on the shore. Beaches with the highest standards of quality.
The vast majority of beaches in this region of the Catalan coastline have a blue flag. This is an ecolabel that provides maximum guarantees to holidaymakers. It guarantees the water quality, the cleanliness of the sand, that people with reduced mobility have access and that it has other services such as: lifeguards, rescue, toilets, first aid, etc.
Spending a day on the beach is a very pleasant experience as its beaches have everything you need to tan your body, in between swims in the sea, with the greatest convenience.
Travel to Roman times
The Costa Dorada has an excellent cultural and historical richness. It has many charming villages and different attractions that show the splendour of the area in past times, such as the Roman period.
If you are passionate about the Roman universe and all the heritage that has reached us to this day, you must visit Tarragona. It has the best Roman legacy on Catalan soil.
In the city of Tarragona you must visit the amphitheatre, the Roman circus, the Forum etc. The best example that you can find in Catalonia of the passage of the Roman Empire through the area.
Also very close to Tarragona, you must not miss the Ferreres Aqueduct, or “Pont del Diable”, one of the best preserved aqueducts from the Roman period.
However, if you want to experience Roman Tarraco, you must come to the Tarragona region in May. In this month, Tarraco Viva is held, a festival where gladiator battles are relived and the best restaurants have Roman flavours.
Taste the local cuisine
Catalonia is a land of great cuisine, and the Costa Dorada is no exception. In this part of the Catalan coastline, you can try typical dishes from the region, which are pleasing to the tongue.
In the Ebro Delta, you must try the rice that they cook in their catering establishments. Every restaurant that you find in a different town along the Delta will serve you a more delicious rice than its neighbour.
On the Costa Dorada you also must not miss the salads made with products grown in the area. In Calafell, Cunit and El Vendrell you have to try “xató”, a salad that consists of endives, anchovies, cod, tuna and a sauce made with tomato and olive oil along with other condiments.
In Valls, and in generally every town near Tarragona, you must try calçots (Catalonian green onions) and Romesco sauce. You won’t be able to stop eating calçots to finish off the delicious sauce served in the best restaurants in the towns of the regions of Tarragona.
The Costa Dorada is also an area with olives and good olive oil. The oil from the Protected Designation of Origin (D.O.P) Siurana is a particular highlight. Furthermore, if you are a wine lover, you will find the best tipple in the following Designation of Origin locations: Priorat, Conca de Barberá, Tarragona, Montsant, Penedés, Catalunya and Cava.
Festivals in the Villages
In summer, every village on the Costa Dorada celebrates its Main Festival. With your calendar in hand, you can enjoy festivals every weekend from June to September. Furthermore, almost every village has a Main Festival in winter. Every time of the year is a good time to go out and celebrate.
The summer festival calendar on the Costa Dorada starts in June, with Reus and the Coma-Ruga Fair; it continues in July with the Main Festival in La Pineda, Miami Beach and el Vendrell; it continues in August with the Multisector Fair in Mont-roig del Camp, Salou’s Golden Nights, Sant Roc de l’Hospitalet de l’Infant’s Great Summer Festival; and it finishes in September with the Old-fashioned Wine Harvest Festival in Poboleda, the Main Festival in Borges del Camp, the Feast of King Jaime I and Sent Sovi in Salou; the beginning of the Prades Potato Campaign Festival; and the Santa Tecla Festival.
Castellers, Habaneras and other cultural activities
The Costa Dorada also has tradition. Villages in this Catalonian region are well-recommended places to experience the region’s culture in all its splendour. The essence of each village in a cultural activity.
Across the Costa Dorada, the Castellers, or people who build human towers, are very successful. Valls, Tarragona and Vilafranca del Penedes are the best towns to experience Castelleras Days, with the most typical human constructions in Catalonia.
In Calafell, a very interesting activity that is repeated every year on the same dates, is the Cantada de Habaneras. Typical old seafaring songs from the coastal villages.
The markets are also a great occasion to uncover the essence of each village and the intrinsic culture of each town. In the Hospitalet de l’Infant, at the beginning of September, the Medieval Market is held, a good occasion to meet the area’s medieval past life.
If you are looking for traditions and cultural activities, you have many to discover on the Costa Brava.
Port Aventura and Ferrari Land
The Costa Dorada also has a powerful offering of leisure activities with the Port Aventura and Ferrari Land theme parks. Very near to the town of Salou, you can experience unique emotions.
In Port Aventura, you have rides in five themed spaces: The Far East, Mediterranean, Polynesia, China and Mexico. Five worlds to experience a different holiday, full of new sensations.
Speed and luxury car lovers have a date with Ferrari Land, the theme park of the Italian brand, Ferrari, the only one in Europe. It is the best space to spend an unforgettable holiday, with the highest roller coaster on continental Europe; Red Force.
On the Costa Dorada you will not have a minute to get bored, with all the attractions that give the traveller what they need to discover more.
Where to stay near Barcelona
Our recommendations are coastal accommodation near to the city of Barcelona. There are areas on the Catalan coast that allow you to be between the sea and the mountains at the same time as being near to the city of Barcelona.
On the other hand, have you thought of holiday rentals of houses with private pools y holiday rentals of houses that accept dogs or other pets. Through this link you have all our holiday homes in Catalonia.