Spain is one of Europe’s most-loved destinations – and rightly so. But Costa Daurada is the crème de la crème. This summer sizzler has 300 days of sunshine a year and a 92-kilometre beach-lined coast. If that’s not enough to tempt you, here are 6 more reasons why Spain’s ‘Gold Coast’ should be on your wish list.
You can visit Gaudi’s hometown
Did you know Gaudi was born in the town of Reus? If you walk down the same streets as Spain’s most famous architect, you’ll soon spot beautiful Modernist buildings. Reus is full of intricate designs and elegant balconies – must-see spots include Casa Navas and Casa Rull. Once you’ve meandered through the picturesque streets, pull up a chair in a sun-filled plaza and gaze at your Insta-worthy surroundings.
You can take it easy in Salou
When it comes to laid-back towns, Salou has all the right ingredients. There are 2 suntrap beaches where you can top up your tan, read your book in a quiet café, or tackle some watersports. Or why not go for a walk along the coastal path? This 6-kilometre route was used by fishermen way-back-when, but it’s now a scenic walkway for visitors, taking you past quiet beaches and hidden coves – you might even see wild puffins. After a day in the sun, you can choose from the endless list of restaurants. Salou has everything from family-friendly bistros serving freshly-caught seafood, to candle-lit alcoves offering high quality dining.
You can switch up your summer soundtrack
Traditional Cambrils is a great holiday spot, with 9 Blue Flag beaches and plenty of buzzing bars. But, in the height of summer, things really liven up. Cambrils International Music Festival comes to town, bringing with it an exciting and varied line-up. From the end of July until mid-August, Cambrils’ venues are filled with all kinds of musical acts, from jazz and ballet to opera and flamenco.
You can step back in time
If you’d like a sprinkling of history added to your holiday, head to Tarragona. This place was Spain’s capital city during Roman times, and there are still several reminders today. Check out the huge seafront amphitheatre, where gladiators would battle for glory back in the 2nd century BC. The ancient town of Tamarit is just along the coast, too. Here, you’ll be able to explore age-old buildings, including a Romanesque-style church, where records date back to the 11th century.
You can loop the loop
Did you know, Costa Daurada is home to the biggest theme park in Spain? PortAventura offers white-knuckle rides, including the fastest rollercoaster in Europe. The whole place is massive, but you’ll soon know your way around thanks to the 6 themed areas. Kids will love the action-packed Far West zone, while adrenaline junkies can go wild in the China district. Ferrari Land, meanwhile, is the area for a fast and furious day out. Once you’ve whizzed round all the rides, head to the Mexico or Mediterranean zones for mouth-watering restaurants.
You can get wet and wild in La Pineda
Just a short drive from PortAventura, you’ll find the holiday hotspot of La Pineda. This charming town has a two-and-a-half-kilometre ribbon of sand for a beach. It can get busy at weekends, but this popular stretch is always in top nick – it’s so clean, in fact, that it’s been awarded a Blue Flag. There’s a lot going on, too, with pedalos and jet-skis available for hire. But the highlight is Aquapolis. This giant waterpark is right on the seafront, with twisting slides, surf simulators and tube rides galore. Ready, steady, go!
Is Costa Daurada calling you? Book your summer holiday now.