Costa Daurada

General Information

Tarragona
Salou
Port Aventura
Other Places of Interest
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General Information

Costa Daurada (or Costa Dorada in Castilian)- "The Golden Coast" - has got its name after the golden light of the evening Sun that shines over numerious sand beaches on the Mediterranean sea. Costa Daurada is located in the southern part of Spanish Catalunya, stretching from Barcelona down to the Valencian border. Very often, however, only the part between Sitges in the north and the Ebro delta in the south is considered as "classical" Costa Daurada. The mountains of Sierra del Boix and Sierra de la Pedrera help to preserve a warm Mediterranean climate from strong winds all over the year, and make it attractive for tourists to stay in the region also during winter months.Typical temperatures of the air (water) are +28 C (+ 24 C) in July/August and +12 C (+13 C) in December/January.Costa Daurada is easily accessible by car (highway A7/E15 or N-340 from Barcelona, see the map below for details) or by plane (nearest airports are in Barcelona and Reus). There is a good train connection between major cities and towns in Catalunya, too.
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Costa Daurada general map (46 kb)

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Costa Daurada road map (122 kb)

Tips and Hints

Public transport in Spain is one of the cheapest in the European Union, and it is very reliable.

August is the most busy month in Catalunya, therefore, accomodations prices are the highest.

For more information about Barcelona itself, visit the Official Barcelona Website.

The history of the region is very rich. It goes back to the early Iberian tribes, Phoenicians and Greeks, but, of course, it is the Roman epoch that has made Costa Daurada so famous. Middle ages have left beautiful castels and monasteries, and also the modern age is well represented in big cities and resorts. Costa Daurada is also famous by its typical Catalan cuisine, and various kinds of paella can only be found in this region. Two languages, Castilian and Catalan, are widely spoken on Costa Daurada. Many people also speak English, German, French and even Russian, especially in big resorts like Salou, Cambrils or Sitges, where all kinds of amusement for all ages are offered 365 days per year.

Tips and Hints

Highways in Spain are payable but not as expensive as, for example, in France or Italy. Therefore, many foreign tourists prefer to use them. National roads are also OK and toll free, however, be aware of a specific driving style of Spaniards. Petrol in Spain is cheap: in Western Europe, the cheaper one can only be bought in Luxembourg.

The Mediterranean coast from Sitges to Torredembarra and from Tarragona to Miami Platja is very well suited for various water sports.

Buying a bus tour in Barcelona is a very profitable deal. Together with the bus ticket, one gets lots of coupons with various discounts for museums, restaurants, Port Aventura theme park in Salou and so on.

Discount Card

Discount card that comes together with Barcelona bus tour

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Tarragona
Tarragona (Tarraco in Latin) is the capital of the same-named province in Catalunya. It was the first Roman foundation in Spain, and its history goes back to 218 B.C. In 27 B.C., under the rule of Augustus, Tarraco became the capital of the Tarraconensis province (which included modern Spain and parts of Portugal). From this epoch, the city retains walls, well-preserved Amphitheatre, Necropolis Paleocristians, an Aqueduct, and ruins of a forum. Many medieval houses were built out of stones taken from the Roman forum. After the Muslims invasion in the VIII century, Tarragona was abandoned, but reborn in X - XI centuries as a seat of Christian archbishops. In the middle ages, a beautiful St. Tecla Cathedral that combines both Gothic and Romanesque styles has been built of the site of an ancient Roman temple. After turbulent XVII - XIX centuries with their epidemics, pirate attacks and the French war (1808 - 1814), the city recovery continued in the second part of the XIX century and throughout the XX century, giving the rise to the modern-days Tarragona. Today Tarragona is a very important industrial, touristic and commercial city, with a large port that serves ships from many Mediterranean countries. The city is connected with Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia by fast railway links and major highways. A ferry to Palma de Mallorca runs every summer.

Tarragona archeological museum

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Map of Tarragona (355 kb)

Tips and Hints

Park Central commercial center in Tarragona offers a large variety of shops/supermarkets, restaurants, as well as a huge car parking and a cinema.

Most of Tarragona museums are closed on Monday.

Sandy beaches are situated to the north of the Roman Amphitheatre; however, they are extremely crowded during the summer.

One should definitely consider a very pleasant walk from the St. Tecla Cathedral in the old city center through the Balco de la Mediterrania to Rambla Nova street with its restaurants and shops. The fishing quarter of El Serrallo near the Port can be named as one of the most delightful parts of the city. A railway station (Estacio F.F.C.C.) is just a few hundred meters away from the Balco de la Mediterrania and the Port. A central bus station is located nearby the Placa Imperial Tarraco and also serves a few international lines.

Roman Amphitheatre

A view from the Balco de la Mediterrania

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Salou
If Tarragona is the cultural and industrial center of the region, Salou can be named as its entertainment and leisure capital. However, it has a rich history, too. The first settlement called Salauris was founded by Phoceans long before the Roman Empire's expansion into the Iberian peninsula. It was Salou from which the king Jaume I set sail to conquer the Arabic Mallorca in 1299. Nowadays, Salou is a very important touristic center. It has everything to attract people of all ages all year long. Beautiful beaches, palm promenades, luxury hotels for very reasonable prices, interesting excursions, good shopping - all this make Salou the number-one Spanish destination for many families in Europe and, thus, help in the economical development of the region.
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Central Salou (89 kb)

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Cap Salou map (75 kb)

Tips and Hints

Cap Salou is an isolated part of the town in the direction of La Pineda and Tarragona. A few very quiet and well-situated hotels can be found there.

Snoepy's discotheque is one of the best in Salou.

Aquopolis water park with the Dolphinarium, as well as the Aquum Spa and Wellness Center, are located in La Pineda.

In the charming fisher's village of Cambrils south of Salou, one can visit the unique Emerald Museum with stones of 1000 k or more.

Salou Official Website: www.salou.org

Sunset in Salou, winter 2005

Passeig de Jaume I

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Port Aventura
Port Aventura, together with Caribe Aquatic park, are the part of Universal Studios Parks and Resorts and located just outside Salou. In just one day, a visitor can make an unforgetable trip to Mediterranean, Polynesia, China, Mexico and American Far West. Recently, the Sesam Aventura for little kids has been built in the park. Exciting shows, fantastic nature, good restaurants and, of course, numerious attractions make Port Aventura a favorite place on Costa Daurada not only for children, but also for their parents. The main attractions are the Dragon Khan roller-coaster, the biggest one in Europe with its eight loops and the speed up to 110 km/h, and the recently opened Huracan Condor fall-down ride. Almost every year, a new attraction or show appears in the park. Port Aventura is easily accessible by car, bus or train from Tarragona, La Pineda, Cambrils and Salou.
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Port Aventura map (64 kb); further details at PA Fans

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Our Port Aventura Movie (AVI, 2.8 Mb)

Tips and Hints

The season in Port Aventura park lasts from March/April to the beginning of January. Prices are usually cheaper during the winter, mainly because there are some free invitations available in the shops and supermarkets around Salou.

During the summer, the waiting time for major attractions may exceed 30 minutes. Therefore, buying a so-called "fast pass" together with the park ticket can save a lot of time.

Fort Frenzee is a very exciting Western-like show.

Inside the Mayan piramide, an interesting historical information can be found.

Port Aventura Official Website: www.portaventura.es

US Pacific Railway in Port Aventura

Tutuki Splash, Polynesia, Port Aventura

Hurakan Condor in Mexican part

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Other Places of Interest

There are many other places on Costa Daurada that are worth visiting. A beautiful tropical Park Sama is situated nearby Cambrils. The very interesting Cistercian monastery route includes Poblet, Montblanc and Santes Creus. Excursions to the river Ebro delta with its well-preserved nature and to the ancient Arab town of Peniscola can be booked practically at every tourist office or hotel in Tarragona or Salou. One can also visit famous wine yards of Penedes and Torres: usually, this bus excursion is combined with a trip to Montserrat monastery. And, of course, every day trips to Barcelona, Sitges, Valls, Reus, Castelldefels or Girona are possible by car, bus or train.

Abbey of Santes Creus

Tips and Hints

One should have (or rent) a car if wants to visit places like Santes Creus or Park Sama.

The Roman route includes Tarragona, Constanti and Altafulla.

The main touristic attraction in Barcelona is its La Rambla street.

A very interesting sea trip by a boat with the glass bottom can be made from Salou to Cambrils and further to Miami Platja.

A nice naturist camping El Templo del Sol is located in the proximity of Hospitalet del Infant and Miami Platja.

Peniscola, the old town

Peniscola, a view from the sea

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Our Photos

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Salou, December 2011
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Tarragona
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Platja del Torn
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Cambrils, 2011
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Sea in Cambrils
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Funny house in Tarragona, 2011
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In the Roman museum in Tarragona
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Market in Bonavista, 2012


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