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Costa Dorada (Costa Daurada) Hotels and Apartments
Costa Dorada (Costa Daurada) Overview
Hotels in Costa Dorada
The Costa Dorada might be one of the lesser-known resort areas on the Spanish south coast, but it still brims with excellent shopping and apartments, resorts and attractions. It's home to sprawling theme parks (the largest in Spain by some measurements) and touts all the glimmering sands that gave it its name (Dorada means golden). Costa Dorada hotels here range from deluxe Catalan castles with enticing spa facilities to simple family affairs close to the lively beaches of places like Salou and La Pineda. The choice is yours.
All About Costa Dorada
When the suntanned bodies of Barcelona's city beaches leave off, the Spanish coast wiggles its way southwards into the lands of Tarragona. Here, the sands take on a distinctly yellow hue and the waves lap against hidden coves dotted with royal palms and sunchairs. Welcome to the Costa Dorada: The Gold Coast. A veritable jewel of Catalonia, the region stretches through bustling resort towns like La Pineda, offers up water parks, theme parks, mind-boggling architecture by Antoni Gaudi, Roman ruins, brilliant beaches, sailing excursions, lively Spanish bazaars – the list goes on…
Where to stay in Costa Dorada
If you're looking for cheap hotels in Costa Dorada, Salou might just be the perfect destination. It's located just a stone's throw from the regional airport at Rues (convenient after those flights to Costa Dorada) and boasts plenty of affordable family hotels and apartment rentals all along its wide beachfront of yellow sand. La Pineda is close by, offering another clutch of beach hotels shaded by the swaying palm trees, while the area's urban hub in Tarragona is packed with charming Catalonian bed and breakfasts with views over the old Roman Forum.
Top Things to See and Do in Costa Dorada
Staying in Costa Dorada promise an action-packed time spent jumping between the golden beaches of the Spanish Med and the adrenaline-pumping attractions of the main resorts. Talking of the latter, there's really no way you can miss out on PortAventura World. It's the country's largest theme park and comes laden with twisting rollercoasters and corkscrew rides. Meanwhile, the sands beckon too, running from gorgeous Llarga Beach in Salou to lively Llevant Beach, Playa de la Pineda and the salt-washed shores of Playa El Milagro. Sailing is also popular, while hiking in the Prades Mountains means going off the beaten track.
Nightlife in Costa Dorada
The Costa Dorada nightlife scene is at its liveliest in the beach resorts of La Pineda (along the seaside promenade) and Salou (check Carrer de València), which have their own dedicated strips of thumping clubs and discos, international bars and karaoke joints. However, because this is one of Spain's more low-key, family orientated holidaying areas, the vibes tend to be nice and relaxed in most places. In Tarragona all the way to Cambrils, there are plenty of chilled coffeeshops and restaurants to kick back in and watch the sunset over the Med.
What to Eat in Costa Dorada
There should be plenty of chances to sample the earthy cuisine of Catalonia on those holidays to Costa Dorada. Just seek out a rustic taverna or local haunt in Tarragona to keep company with the locals as they devour their paprika-infused fish stews and hearty smorgasbord of highland veggies and BBQ salt cod. Alternatively, it's also possible to stick to international fare, hopping between the pizzerias and pasta houses of La Pineda, or going for the fast food joints in the main cities, where Turkish kebabs, falafel and French fries are a mainstay.
Shopping in Costa Dorada
You’ve saved money of your accommodation in Cost Dorada, so that means more money for shopping! The bustling local Bonavista Market in Tarragona is definitely a highlight. This sprawling bazaar of regional foodstuffs and spices, sizzling street food stalls and endless clothing vendors is the place to come for ingredients and Barcelona football tops. That's not it though, because there are also the boutiques and galleries of the city's Rambla Nova to get through, hidden between clutches of shady plane trees. And that's not even mentioning the fact that Barcelona city lurks just to the north, touting its chichi fashion streets and the enthralling food courts of Sant Antoni Market.
The Price of Things in Costa Dorada
It's certainly possible to get a cheap hotel in Costa Dorada. Salou and La Pineda as they are packed with affordable hotel stays, offering rates for as little as EUR 50 a night, while oodles of low-cost airlines now serve the local airport at Rues – you can expect to pay from EUR 60 for return flights to Costa Dorada from London. What's more, this region is by no means the most expensive on Spain's Mediterranean coast. The bars usually have happy hours which keep the cost of beer to around EUR 2, while meals in the Catalan cookhouses should come in at around just EUR 14 a head with soft drinks included.
Fast Facts About Costa Dorada
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish/Catalan
- Direct flight time to Rues from London: 2.25 hours
- Transfer time from Rues Airport to La Pineda: 20 minutes
- Transfer time from Rues Airport to Salou: 20 minutes
- Main city: Tarragona