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Holidays in Costa Dorada

Part of Catalonia’s famous ‘Golden Coast’, Costa Dorada holidays are for those who want to combine a real slice of Catalonian culture with all the fun of a family holiday. This is where the Spanish come to take a break, drawn by the golden-sanded beaches that give the region its name. In addition, you’ll find that holidays to Costa Dorada are perfect for families. PortAaventura is one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, with thrilling roller coasters, live shows and a water park suitable for all ages. However, if you’d like to explore the region’s rich history, head to the nearby city of Tarragona; home to the greatest collection of Roman remains in the whole of Spain! For something a little more contemporary, the city of Reus holds some of the region’s most impressive modernist architecture.

11-25 °C

If you’re looking to make the most of the summer sun, book your holidays to Costa Dorada in August, when the temperature hits the mid-to-high twenties. For cooler conditions, visit in the late spring or early autumn.

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Approximately two hours 30 minutes.

Flights to Costa Dorada land at Reus Airport (REU), which is roughly 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.

Recommended Offers in Costa Dorada

Oasis Park

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Bright, modern rooms
  • Close to the beach, bars and restaurants
  • Kids' pool with pirate ship

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Based on 1333 reviews

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Based on 15 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

H10 Mediterranean Village

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Quiet location near to lively Salou
  • Hotel-run kids' club
  • Free kids' places

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Based on 2432 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 22 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel Cala Font

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Small kids' splash pool
  • Directly on the beach
  • Stunning views

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Based on 756 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

H10 Salou Princess

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Central location
  • Lagoon-style pool
  • Rooftop sun terrace with whirlpool

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Based on 1148 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

H10 Salauris Palace

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

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Based on 3134 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 7 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

H10 Delfín

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Adults-only 16+
  • Central location
  • Rooftop plunge pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 989 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

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.

One of the most iconic family attractions in Europe, PortaAventura World is packed with thrills and spills. As it’s so large, the park has been divided into several different districts, each with their own unique rides, shows and shops. In addition, PortAaventura World even has its own waterpark, PortaAventura Caribe, where children of all ages and grown-ups who ought to know better can zoom on flumes and scream their way down knuckle-whitening waterslides. Ferrari Lland is an excellent feature for pint-sized petrol-heads, with the tallest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe and a family Formula One racing circuit, with eight simulators!

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.

Once a crucial Roman capital, Tarragona tends to be overshadowed by its more chaotic cousin, Barcelona. However, if you’ve an interest in Catalonia’s past, don’t pass up the chance to visit the 7th Century Necropolis and the extraordinary amphitheatre, which was used for public executions and gladiator fights and was carved directly out of the rock. The findings from this site, and the ancient Roman city of Tarraco, can be found in the Tarragona Archaeological Museum.

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.

COSTA DORADA HOLIDAY RESORTS


Costa Dorada is best for...

Families: One of Europe’s biggest and best theme parks, 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 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.


Fast facts

Language: The languages spoken in Costa Dorada are Catalan and Spanish. English isn’t widely spoken here, so pack a phrasebook or download an app.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros before zipping off on your holidays to Costa Dorada.

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

Fly to: Reus Airport. Transfers to Cap Salou and PortAventura take 30–40 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.


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 three 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. 

Movie night: Whether you like your films to feature swords and sandals or creepy creatures and chills, October sees the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia take over the stunning seaside town of Sitges. The festival specialises in the horror and fantasy genres and is an important cultural event.


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

  • Thousands of hotels to choose from
  • Dedicated online customer service
  • Over 177 years of travel experience
  • Award winning travel company
  • Thousands of destinations worldwide

Holidays In Costa Dorada 
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Recommended Hotels
H10 Med Village, Hotel El Pasco, Villa Marina Club, Oasis Park, Festival Village Apartments

Resorts In Costa Dorada 
Cap Salou PortAventua

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