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PortAventura: this brilliant theme park has everything from roller coasters to irresistible waterslides and live shows.


There are many great courses in the region, like Lumine in PortAventura and Costa Dorada Tarragona.


The Costa Dorada Marine Resort has them all!

Fast facts

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 foundhere.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Costa Dorada.

Weather & Climate

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.

Getting Around

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.

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.

Prices start from £251

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.

Cap Salou

cap salou in COSTA DORADA

Hilly streets and a picturesque coastline of woods dotted with small beaches, perfect for a more peaceful holiday. Great for sports lovers (especially golfers), it also has a small selection of bars, restaurants and shops. Hotels in Cap Salou are a great chance to enjoy all kinds of watersports.


portaventura in COSTA DORADA

Experience the adventures of one of the biggest theme parks in Europe along with the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park. For the full experience, stay in one of the theme park hotels: the Mediterranean Hotel PortAventura, the Caribbean Hotel Caribe, the Mexican Hotel El Paso or the Wild West Hotel Gold River.

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