Costa Dorada travel guide

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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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.

Holiday destinations related to Costa Dorada:

  • Cap Salou
  • Portaventura
  • Salou
  • 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.