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Holidays in Costa Dorada
Lively, family-friendly Salou and picturesque, hilly Cap Salou nearby have a well-deserved reputation for fun-filled Costa Dorada holidays. Close to their beautiful beaches lies PortAventura, one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, with thrilling roller coasters, shows and a waterpark. Head for the nearby city of Tarragona for its archaeological museum and Roman ruins.
The Costa Dorada enjoys over 3000 hours of sunlight per year, with dry summers and constant temperatures during winter. The best time to go to the Costa Dorada is in August.
The nearest airport is Reus Airport (REU), 3km from Reus and 13km from Tarragona.
For a relaxing holiday of sun, golf and watersports on sandy Catalonian beaches, book the Costa Dorada with Thomas Cook.
Found in the south of Catalonia, the Costa Dorada stretches 216km down the east coast of Spain facing the Mediterranean Sea. Between Salou and Tarragona is the family-friendly PortAventura resort. Kids will love the thrill of the theme park and can splash their way through the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park. Or pick nearby Cap Salou where you can enjoy a leisurely round of golf or pop to one of the many small beaches and enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the top family attractions in Costa Dorada is PortAventura. The Universal Studios theme park is one of the most popular in Europe. It has several different districts, all with their own unique rides, shows and shops. PortAventura even has its own aquatic park, Costa Caribe, so the whole family can enjoy the rush of water slides, or sit back under a palm tree and sunbathe around its many pools. Bars and restaurants are also on site, ensuring your every need is catered for.
There are plenty of great places in Costa Dorada to play golf. The Costa Dorada Tarragona Golf Club was the first to be built in the province and is open throughout the year. The 18-hole course is suitable for all experience levels and it also has a driving range. You can even play golf at the Costa Dorada Marine Resort, though this location is better known for its range of watersports. Feel the wind through your hair on a banana boat or book a cruiser boat and sunbathe on the deck of a charter boat.
The Roman amphitheatre in Tarragona is one of the most interesting places to visit in Costa Dorada. Enter the arena and experience the same view the gladiators did over 2000 years ago as you step over the ancient stonework. The city, which has been named a World Heritage Site, reveals more of its past at the Roman and Paleo-Christian Necropolis, a cemetery which was used until the 7th century. The findings from this site, and the ancient Roman city of Tarraco, can be found in the Tarragona Archaeological Museum.
Families: PortAventura this brilliant theme park has everything from roller coasters to irresistible waterslides and live shows.
Golfers: There are many great courses in the region, like Lumine in PortAventura and Costa Dorada Tarragona.
Watersports: The Costa Dorada Marine Resort has them all!
Language: The main language spoken in Costa Dorada is Spanish.
Currency: The currency used in Costa Dorada is Euro (€).
Local time: Costa Dorada is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: The nearest airport is Reus Airport (REU), 3km from Reus and 13km from Tarragona.
Flight time from UK: Around 2 hours 30 minutes.
Tourist Information: Further Costa Dorada tourist information can be found at www.spain.info
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Costa Dorada.
Temperature: Peak in July-September around 25°C.
Best time to visit Costa Dorada: August
The Costa Dorada enjoys over 3000 hours of sunlight per year, with dry summers and constant temperatures during winter.
The region has one of the warmest climates in Europe. Summer temperatures peak in July-September around 25°C, and in December-February temperatures can be as low as 11°C. The best time to go to the Costa Dorada is in August.
By train: Train services run along the Costa Dorada coastline, as well as a line that runs from Tarragona to Zaragoza. High speed train travel is also available from Tarragona to Madrid, taking just 3 hours.
By bus: There are regular bus services between the region’s larger towns, and all towns have bus stops with local travel information.
By car hire: Car rental is available from Reus airport and across the region.
Summer solstice: Tarragona celebrates the festival of St Joan, or the summer solstice, on June 23rd. The shortest night of the year is marked with dancing in the streets, feasts and firecrackers. Bonfires are set alight through the city, in a tradition called the Canigó flame, because the first flame comes from the Canigó Mountain in the Pyrenees.
For racers: The World Rally Championship visits Salou for the penultimate stage of the competition in late October.
For movie lovers: Film fans can visit the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia in October to see new short and feature films. The festival specialises in the horror and fantasy genres.