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Guide of the Costa Dorada

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La Costa Dorada (Daurada in Catalan) The 20 towns that make up the Costa Dorada cover a marine littoral 216 kilometers long, 786 hectares of spacious beaches with clean fine sand and transparent shallow water.

In between the sea and the mountain range there are wide areas filled with peaceful towns and farmlands, where vineyards, olive groves, carobs, hazel trees and almond trees grow, and occasionally even vegetable gardens. The whole area, between; hotels, camping sites and apartments, has capacity for over 500,000 tourists, and receives an average 3,500,000 visitors per year.

 The large tourist centers along the beaches of the Costa Dorada have developed in recent times upon the old fisherman's quarters in old towns mainly dedicated to agriculture, and sometimes located atop the hills near the sea in order to protect themselves from attacks by corsairs and pirates in earlier centuries.

Tarragona deploys its splendid monumental collection that summarizes it millenary cultural evolution....

 The proximity of these towns, many of them built around the silhouette of an ancient castle, contributes to balancing and humanizing the surroundings, and increases the possibilities of amusement and the use of all sorts of complimentary services for tourists.

This bucolic atmosphere contrasts with the urban dimension of the historical city of Tarragona, which deploys its splendid monumental collection that summarizes it millenary cultural evolution.

Inland one can easily reach places and towns with a great personality and historical interest (such as Reus, Valls, Montblanc, Tortosa) and great medieval monasteries: Poble, Santes Creus and Scala Dei, as well as picturesque landscapes (Prades, Siurana), rugged mountain ranges with big game reserves (Tivissa, Cardo and Ports de Tortosa), and the unique delta of the Ebro river, with its labyrinth of ditches and lagoons and the facilities it offers for wild fowl hunting.

Several areas with common features can be distinguished along the Costa Dorada. First of all there is the northern area, from Cunit to Mont-roig, with the widest beaches of all; then Vandellos, L'Ametlla de Mar and L'Ampolla, with narrower, steeper beaches, influenced by the nearby mountains; the Ebro delta, with long wide beaches and very fine sand typical of alluvial lands; and finally, from the delta to Les Cases d'Alcanar, long beaches of average width and clean heavy sand. 

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8 comments

  1. Costa Daurada is a great place for the holidays - Justine Mazurier (21 Dec 2016 - 08:52)

    I was looking for destinations for my next holidays, and it looks as if I have a winner. The weather in the Costa Daurada is nice and there is plenty of activities for the familly. I will have a better look, but the magnificent beaches are calling me. ;)

  2. Nice region - Emily T. (20 Sep 2016 - 09:28)

    I really like the Costa Dorada, it is a really nice place for holidays. There are a lot of activities to do : cultural, sports, hobbies... We spend a day in PortAventura, it was really amazing. The region is perfect for families, peaceful with beautiful landscapes, we can enjoy and get some rest.

  3. Dont bother with this region - N Flora (20 Aug 2016 - 10:48)

    Every time i have been to this area I lose money. First time mugged on las Ramblas, second time ripped off in bar and now ripped off by shuttle bus company to tune if 189 euros. I fell for the "you caught the wrong cab" scam when the shuttle bus failed to turn up. My advice. Avoid region

  4. Costa Dorada - Krystel (12 Aug 2016 - 07:44)

    Great trip, we stayed this summer on the Costa Brava and visit several cities have the costa brava, beautiful landscapes, the sea is transparent blue and the many activities proposed in cities used to occupy the children, perfect to relax and enjoy

  5. Not only beaches, but millenary cultural evolution! - GBradley (31 May 2016 - 12:34)

    I went to the Costa daurada last summer and they have such beautiful beaches there. But not only they have beaches, but cultural and roman history, very interesting to see. When we went with my family we had a great trip seeing millenary cultural evolution....

  6. beach cool!!! - Millie (20 Apr 2016 - 09:14)

    This beach is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. soo good - pastony (21 Apr 2015 - 07:14)

    Your place is nice and i want to be there

  8. Holidays in Costa Dorada, near Barcelona - Jill (7 Sep 2012 - 09:30)

    We found the baches to be beautifully clean as described and with shallow water just the right temperature. Stayed in Calafell Segur. This is not the place for teenagers or those looking for some nightlife. The whole place was geared up for families with small children and very little else. We were the only English tourists in the place which was good in a way as it seemed like a very authentic, Spanish holiday resort. Also had great difficulty with the Catalonian language (our Spanish was just about passable with phrase book) and Catalonians not particularly helpful. Our one good night out consisted of having a BRILLIANT meal out at a restaurant called LA LIMITE at CUNIT. Staff spoke excellent English and served up a fantastically good value set menu of Catalan food starting with cocktails. Wine was included in price and they gave us two bottles between three of us. After the meal they supplied us with further drinks "on the house", turned up the music and before long we were entertaining them with our somewhat drunken dancing! Lovely people, lovely place, a real find!!!

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