Bathing, sunbathing, chilling out, discovering - holidays with children on the Costa Dorada
In the south of Catalonia stretches the "Golden Coast" on the Mediterranean, the Costa Dorada - roughly from Barcelona down to the Ebro Delta. The sand of the many beaches and dunes for which the Costa Dorada is famous glows golden. Sun worshippers, bathers and those seeking relaxation will find what they are looking for here. Cultural holidaymakers as well as wind and water sports enthusiasts also enjoy holidays on the Costa Dorada.
Pure bathing fun on the Costa Dorada, directly on the beach
In popular seaside resorts such as Ametlla de Mar, L'Hospitalet de l'Infant, Salou, Tamarit, Vilanova i la Geltrú and in former fishing villages near Tarragona or Reus you will find many family-friendly beaches. Holiday parks on the Costa Dorada that are not directly on the beach often offer a free bus transfer to the beach during the season.
Want to get out on the water?
You can rent pedal boats, beach kayaks, sailing dinghies or catamarans at many beaches on the Costa Dorada. At Platja del Fangar, nature lovers can observe flamingos and many other water birds. On Miami Beach, you'll almost feel like you're in the Caribbean. Platja del Torn, bordered by a chain of dunes, is considered one of the most beautiful naturist beaches in Spain.
Top-class pools in holiday parks and campsites on the Costa Dorada
Many 4-star campsites on the Costa Dorada outdo each other in terms of service, sports facilities, family restaurants and park-like garden design. The pool offers range from mega slides to baby pools, play ships and life-size African animals in the pool to the Olympic pool. Ideal if you want to visit the Costa Dorada on spring or autumn holidays: Elegantly designed, heated indoor pools and Roman-style wellness temples also await you at some holiday parks on the Costa Dorada.
Visit the cultural cities of Tarragona and Reus - and Barcelona is also close by
The largest city on the Costa Dorada, Tarragona, will delight you with its winding old town, the ancient Roman amphitheatre and the monumental Roman bridge Pont del Diable. The founder of Catalan Art Nouveau, the brilliant architect Antoni Gaudí, was born in Reus. You can marvel at many of his visionary and colourful designs in the Gaudí Centre. It is also worth visiting the Reus Archaeological Museum and the post-modern Casa Navàs, which stands in exciting contrast to the historic city centre.
The smaller towns on the Costa Dorada are also rich in culture and history
In Tamarit, the medieval castle towers over the sea and beach. In Sant Jordi, the legendary Templar castle stands guard. More sightseeing? You can reach Catalonia's capital Barcelona in 1-2 hours by coastal motorway or train. The Camp Nou, the stadium with the FC Barcelona Museum, is about half an hour's drive from the south.
Laugh, be scared or become an adrenalin junkie - at PortAventura
If you're enjoying a family holiday on the Costa Brava, visit Spain's largest amusement park, PortAventura, near Salou. No one will forget the fast-paced Dragon Khan rides, the Grand Canyon whitewater fun or the 100-metre freefall in the Hurakan Condor! A Waitan boat trip or a carousel tour in the Tea Cups are more relaxing. You can admire the park from above with your children at Coco Piloto. Many young visitors look forward to speedy rides on the Magic Fish. And tomorrow? Next door, Ferrari Land and the Caribe Aquatic Park are waiting...