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Holidays in Costa Dorada

One of the few places to really qualify as a paradise on earth, Costa Dorada is the destination of choice for those seeking to combine the sea, sand and fun of a traditional Spanish family holiday with a slice of real Catalonian culture. The Spanish themselves come here for their breaks, attracted by the long golden sands that give the place its name, which translates as the ‘Golden Coast’. There’s no surprise it's on our list of favourite resorts, whether you’re travelling here with friends, family, or as a couple.

11-25°C °C

August is the best time for Costa Dorada holidays if you’re looking to make the most of the summer sun, when temperatures hit the mid-to-high 20s throughout. Should you prefer slightly cooler conditions, try coming in late spring or early autumn.

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2 hours 30 minutes from London.

Flights land at Reus Airport (REU), which is about 3km from the centre of 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.

Recommended Offers in Costa Dorada

H10 Salauris Palace

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Walking distance to PortAventura World
  • Hotel-run kids' club
  • Large outdoor swimming pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3738 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

H10 Mediterranean Village

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • In the small, hilly resort of Cap Salou
  • Great choice for younger families
  • Large, spacious apartments available

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2703 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Hotel Olympus Palace

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • New to Thomas Cook UK for 2019
  • Modern and contemporary interiors
  • Rooftop pool and bar area

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 299 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Best Negresco I & II

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Renovated for 2019
  • Stylish modern interiors
  • In a quiet location, great for families

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 109 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

H10 Vintage Salou

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Next to the central Plaza de Europa
  • Stylish design with vintage touches
  • Adult-only rooftop pool and sun terrace

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1742 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Inter 2 Salou

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Lively atmosphere
  • Basic Studios
  • Central location

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1548 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

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.

You’ll find plenty of things to do on your holidays to Costa Dorada, whether you’re travelling with family, friends or your significant other. Those with children will enjoy a thrilling day out at one of the nearby theme parks, while romantic couples might enjoy a trip to explore sun-bleached Roman ruins or marvel at some of the finest examples of Modernist Architecture, anywhere in the world. Groups of friends with a taste for the Great Outdoors can take advantage of the variety of activities on offer, including golf, water sports and cycling.

Costa Dorada holidays are perfect for all the family, as there are attractions in abundance to keep the kids amused and the adults content. PortAventura, one of Europe’s biggest and most popular theme parks is based here. Hugely exciting for the kids, this state-of-the-art theme park is a tourist magnet with its thrilling roller coaster rides, water adventures and live shows. There are plenty of places for eating and drinking and it makes the perfect destination for a family day out.

The Costa Dorada is an 18-holed oasis for golf lovers. The Golden Coast has no less than seven superb golf courses, with courses and fairways designed to test everyone from complete newbies to seasoned pros. Alternatively, head to the Costa Dorada Marine Resort, where you can enjoy a wide range of water sports including banana boat rides and sailing cruises. For a change of pace, leave the car and enjoy a wide range of biking activities, on and off-road.

If you prefer to delve into the region’s colourful history, there’s no shortage of attractions there either. The nearby city of Tarragona is home to the most comprehensive collection of ancient Roman remains in the whole of Spain. Founded back in the 5th century BC, at the time of the Roman Republic, Tarragona has a well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, Roman forum, and a splendid archaeology museum. The Museu del Port Tarragona close by has impressive displays relating to this important port’s history, from ancient times to the present day.

Whether you’re a fan or art, architecture or both, make sure you leave some time to visit Reus City, the birthplace of Costa Dorada’s most famous son, Antoni Gaudí. Start your journey at the Gaudí Centre, which gives you a good introduction to the architect and his work through a range of audio-visual exhibits, including a handwritten notebook from the visionary himself. Next, discover the modernist jewels this town has to offer on the Route of Modernism guided tour. Casa Navàs, the Institut Pere Mata, and Casa Rull are just some of the highlights that you’ll discover on the walk.

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HOLIDAYS IN COSTA DORADA


Costa Dorada is best for...

Families: One of Europe’s biggest and best theme parks, PortAventura. There are rides and shows for visitors of all ages. Test your nerves against the Furius Baco slingshot ride or take a quiet trip on a Chinese-style boat.

Beach lovers: From golden sands in Cambrils and La Pineda to peaceful coves along the Cap Salou coast, choose from a variety of beaches to top up your tan.

Outdoorsy types: Enjoy a rich selection of outdoor activities, including diving, horse riding and trekking.


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Fast facts

Language: The official language is Spanish but most staff in hotels, eateries and shops have a good command of English

Currency: You’ll need to convert your pounds to Euros, as this is Spain’s national currency.

Local time: Costa Dorada time is 1 hour ahead of time in the UK.

Fly to: Reus Airport. Transfers to Salou, PortAventura and Cambrils take 25-35 minutes. Cap Salou and La Pineda take 35–45 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The Costa Dorada flight time is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Costa Dorada tourist information can be found at https://costadaurada.info/

Local Tax: You must now pay a Tourist Tax Fee of around €0.50-2.50 per person per night which is payable at your accommodation. You’ll only have to pay for the first 7 nights of your holiday. Children under 16 don’t pay the tax. 

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.


Weather and climate

Temperature: 11°C - 25°C

If you’re looking to laze on a beach and get some serious bronzing under your belt, book your Costa Dorada holidays in August, when the temperatures are in the mid-twenties. For fewer crowds and cooler conditions, spring temperatures average between the mid-teens to the low twenties, while the autumn months, between September and November are slightly warmer.


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Getting around

By train: Train services operate along the Costa Dorada coast, including a line that runs from Tarragona to Barcelona in an hour and 30 minutes. High-speed trains are also available from Tarragona to Madrid, taking just two and a half hours.

By bus: There are regular bus services between the region’s larger towns. All towns have bus stops with local travel information.

By car hire: Car rental is available from Reus airport and across the region. Do remember that the Catalonians drive on the right and overtake on the left!


Events

Cultural festivals: Cultural celebrations occur throughout the year in Costa Dorada, the most important of which is the Festival of St Joan on the 23rd June. Catalonia marks the shortest night of the year with dancing in the streets, feasts, firecrackers and bonfires. The Sant Pere Festival in Reus (June) and the Santa Tecla Festival in Tarragona (September) are also not to be missed.

Ready, set, go: Book your Costa Dorada holidays in October and you’ll catch the petrol-powered pleasure of watching the World Rally Championships. The pretty town of Salou is the starting-line and the tyre-shredding event takes place over three days, in the PortAaventura Theme Park. 


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