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Holidays in Costa Dorada

Family-friendly Salou, peaceful La Pineda, charming Cambrils and the picturesque area of Cap Salou 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, live shows and a water park suitable for all ages. Head for the nearby city of Tarragona for fascinating Roman ruins, or to the city of Reus to see some of the region’s impressive modernist architecture.

11-25 °C

Costa Dorada enjoys one of the warmest climates in Europe, with over 3000 hours of glorious sunshine a year. 

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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.

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4R Salou Park Resort I

Salou, Salou Area

7 Nights, Half Board
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Salou is a popular resort on the Costa Dorada not far from the Catalan capital of Barcelona. With miles of sandy beaches and some of Spain's top at...

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Festival Village Aparthotel

Cap Salou, Salou Area

7 Nights, All Inclusive
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The Festival Village is an ideal family-friendly destination. It's located in Cap Salou, which offers a peaceful setting with nearby beaches but is...

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Med Playa Hotel Calypso

Salou, Salou Area

7 Nights, Room Only
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Close to the charming ancient port of Tarragona and the birthplace of Antoni Gaudí in the historic settlement of Reus, the Medplay Calypso H...

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H.TOP Molinos Park

Salou, Salou Area

7 Nights, Room Only
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The Costa Dorada of Spain is the setting for the 3-star H.Top Molinos Park Hotel, situated in Cap Salou, on the outskirts of the Catalonian resort ...

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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 most popular family attractions in Costa Dorada is PortAventura World Resort. As one of the largest theme parks in Europe, It has several different districts, all with their own unique rides, shows and shops.
PortAventura even has its own aquatic park, PortAventura Caribe, so the whole family can enjoy the rush of water slides, or sit back under a palm tree and sunbathe around a pool. Speed lovers will enjoy the park’s newest feature, Ferrari Land, which is planned to open it's doors in summer 2017.
The new area will include the tallest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe and a family Formula One racing circuit with eight simulators!

Aquopolis is another popular water park that is worth a visit if you’re looking for things to do in Costa Dorada. Other outdoor attractions include 18-hole golf courses and 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.

The Roman city of Tarragona is one of the most interesting places to visit in Costa Dorada. Enter the amphitheatre and experience the same view the gladiators did over 2000 years ago. 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.

It’s worth taking a trip to Reus to explore 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 audiovisual 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.


Families: Brave the Hunrakan Condor Drop Tower ride or enjoy a live show at PortAventura theme park.  

Beach lovers: From golden sands in Salou 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.


Language: The languages spoken in Costa Dorada are Catalan and Spanish

Currency: The currency used in Costa Dorada is Euro (€)

Local time: Costa Dorada is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Reus Airport (REU) is situated approximately 10km from Salou, 3km from Reus and 13km from Tarragona

Flight time from UK: Approximately 2.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Costa Dorada tourist information can be found at

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 for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Costa Dorada



Temperature: 11-25 (°C)

Costa Dorada’s mild spring and autumn temperatures offer the best conditions for exploring the historic attractions. Expect plenty of sunshine and average highs in the mid-teens (°C). For the best beach weather, book your holiday for the summer, or take advantage of fewer crowds during the cool winter season. 


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 3 hours.

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

By car hire: Car rental is available from Reus airport and across the region.


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: In October, the World Rally Championship visits Salou in Costa Dorada for the penultimate stage of the competition.

Movie night: In October, movie fans can visit the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia to see new short and feature films. The festival specialises in the horror and fantasy genres.

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