Costa Dorada

Camping in Costa Dorada

Costa Dorada camping holidays

South of Barcelona, on Spain’s East coast, lies the Costa Dorada (Golden Coast). Famed for its beautiful beaches with clean sand and transparent shallow waters, the area is also beautiful away from the coast. In between the sea and mountains are wide areas filled with peaceful towns and farmlands, where vineyards, olive groves, carobs and hazel and almond trees grow.

Costa Dorada is situated within the county of Tarragonés, with the city of Tarragona its capital. Tarragona is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also found in the area is the Delta del Ebro with its 320km of wetland and the Ebro river. The area is full of medieval history and picturesque landscapes, meaning there’s plenty to keep families busy.

Things to do while you’re camping in the Costa Dorada

The beautiful beaches are an obvious lure for families, with no shortage of places to enjoy the sun and surf. Good family beaches include Cambrils Beach, Llevant Beach in Salou and Playa de la Pineda. For another way to explore the sea, why not take a glass bottomed boat ride in Cambrils?

For an action packed day out, visit Port Aventura, Spain’s first theme park. You’ll find six themed lands, a water park and a man made beach, and there are rides to suit both little and big kids. Or try Aquopolis Water Park with lots of rides and play areas, as well as dolphin and sea lion shows. There’s also Bosc Aventura Salou – a fantastic activity park complete with zip lines, bridges, paintballing, a climbing wall and mini golf.

Little ones will love the Choo-Choo train – a Noddy train that runs around Salou, and is a great way to get out of the heat. Whilst you’re in Salou, do try out the ice cream at one of the gelatarias.

The Costa Dorada is full of castles and medieval ruins but for something even older, visit the Roman ruins in Tarragona. Built in the 2nd century you can see the remains of the amphitheatre with its amazing sea views. Nearby are the excavated vaults of the 1st century Circus Maximus, where spectators gathered to watch chariot races.

Almost every type of water sports is available up and down the coast from banana boats to windsurfing. And if that’s not your sort of thing, why not hire a fishing rod and see what you can catch?

Getting to the Costa Dorada

The easiest way to get to the Costa Dorada is to fly to Reus. Cheap flights are available with airlines such as Ryanair, Monarch, Jet2 and Thomson.

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