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Costa Daurada Travel Guides

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Costa Daurada Travel Guides

Costa Daurada is one of mainland Spain’s most popular holiday destinations. Located along the stunning Mediterranean shoreline it’s the perfect blend of Catalonian culture, family-family attractions, rich history, golden beaches and sun-drenched weather. With other Spanish holiday hubs (such as Barcelona) only a short distance away it’s also the perfect base for exploring some of Spain’s other coastal highlights.

5 of the best beaches in Costa Daurada

Costa Daurada is one of the most popular beach destinations in Europe - and with a name that literally translates into “the Golden Coast” it’s no surprise as to why.

But with a coastline that stretches for 82km, it can be difficult to choose which stretch of beach is right for you. Below we’ve rounded up 10 of the best beaches in Costa Daurada – including family-friendly resorts and hidden enclaves perfect for a romantic stroll.

1.  Cunit Beach, Cunit
If you have young children who aren’t experienced swimmers, this is one of the safest beaches. The 2km stretch of sand is broken up into seven half-moon-shaped breakwaters, creating a shallow pool. Each mini-beach also boasts an array of family-friendly facilities including sun-loungers, toilets, water sport rental, football posts and pedalo rental.

2. Calafell Beach, Calafell
Calafell is the perfect resort if you’re looking for a combination of beach and history. The town itself is located 1.5km inland. The beach is 5km of golden sand with warm, calm and clean waters. Another beach perfect for families.

3. Coma-Ruga Beach, el Vendrell
The town of El Vendrell is home to three Blue Flag beaches, but Coma-Ruga Beach is the most centrally located. Clocking in at 2km in length and 120 metres, the beach is home to sun lounger rental, umbrella rental, toilets, showers and water sports. But you need to get there early as this one can get busy.

4. Els Muntanyans Beach, Torredembarra
This is a remarkable place due to the last brackish waters since the "Delta de l'Ebre" that are preserved along its 2km coast, and are of environmental significance. Visitors will find this to be a great destination all year round, where beach-goers can enjoy a variety of activities while taking care to respect the environment, including sunbathing, taking a dip in the sea, relaxing, hiking and observing animals and plants in their natural habitat.

5.  Cala de Tamarit Beach, Altafulla
Resting at the foot of Tamarit Castle, to access this small cove you will have to park the car in a nearby urbanisation, take a short trip through the forest and climb over a few meters of rocks but we assure you that the reward is worth it. La Cala de Tamarit is no more than 50 meters long and you will not find showers or snacks. A corner to truly disconnect!

Explore the six towns of Costa Daurada

Costa Daurada means Golden Coast in Spanish and it’s not hard to imagine why this lovely stretch of land in southern Spain managed to obtain such an attractive name. Stretching for 81km along the Mediterranean coast, this area is adorned with butterscotch-sands and Blue Flag beaches. But another reason why it has become so popular with British families, couples and friends seeking some sun is its plethora of resorts. We’ve rounded up six of the towns most popular with holidaymakers to help you make up your mind up about which one is right for you!

Salou has been a popular holiday hotspot for years, and for good reason. Aside from the beautiful stretch of coast line that families flock to in the summer, it’s also home to Spain’s largest theme park, PortAventura along with the newly opened FerrariLand and the Caribe Aquatic Park.

Tarragona is the cultural capital Catalonia and everywhere you look you’ll spot reminders of its fascinating past. The most poignant and eye-catching of all is definitely the Roman amphitheatre where gladiators battled it out in the 2nd century.

If you’re looking for sun, but consider yourself more of city-break person rather than a beach bum – then consider the city of Reus. It’s a perfect blend of incredible architecture, history, culture, shopping and cosmopolitan living. Plus, the beach is still only a 15-20 minute drive away and there’as regular buses to Salou, Tarragona, Barcelona, Valls and Cambrils.

Calafell is another Costa Daurada gem that combines beach with history. Set around a medieval castle dating back 2,500 years and the Romanesque church of Santa Creu from the 11th century, the town is a great mix of sandy beaches, great food, and culture with plenty of activities to keep holidaymakers happy. Remember to pop by the old fishing neighbourhood of La Platja, which is now a bustling collection of restaurants and bars and the perfect place to spend an evening.

Kick off your shoes, and slip on your sandals in this traditional Spanish fishing village turned holiday resort. It’s a polished place with upmarket hotels that still retains its own-town feel and is the perfect blend of Blue Flag beaches, Michelin-starred restaurants and relaxed nightlife. It’s also only an hour’s drive away from Barcelona.

La Pineda  
La Pineda is the quieter sister of near-by Salou, and is the perfect choice for families who want a laid-back atmosphere with easy-access to livelier activities. As mentioned, Salou is within a short drive but also within an accessible radius is PortAventura theme park and an hour is away is the metropolitan hub of Barcelona. Within La Pineda itself however you’ll also find a collection of powdery beaches and water sports, as well as tapas bars, pubs and restaurants.