Named the golden coast, Costa Dorada offers miles of wonderful golden sands, washed by shallow crystal clear blue waters. Costa Dorada has a long stretch of coast, interspersed with sandy beaches and pretty coves. Blue Flag beaches are recognized as having high environmental, sanitary and safety standards. 343 beaches in Mainland Spain received the Blue Flag award in 2003.
These types of beaches, along with the numerous Costa Dorada apartments for rent, make it a choice area for family holidays, very appropriate for children and elderly persons and suited to those seeking peace and quiet. The resorts here have a traditional seaside atmosphere and are excellent for families, especially since the recent addition of the Universal Mediterranea theme park resort, Europe's premier park.
Costa Dorada is also within easy reach of the ancient Roman city of Tarragona and the vibrant regional capital of Barcelona. Barcelona is a 'must see' city of enormous culture and charm. It is the big draw of the region with its splendid architecture, owing to the genius of Antonio Gaudo, and myriad of sightseeing options. Tarragona is also steeped in history; its classical Roman ruins are renowned throughout Spain.
The main beach resort is Salou, which boasts the theme park Port Aventura, marvelous Catalan-style architecture scattered among the high-rises, and great swimming and bathing. A walking tour of Barcelona should take in the stunning harbor and beach area, moving on to that great strolling boulevard, Las Ramblas, and the many surprises such as La Sagrada Familia, a massive cathedral. Take in sights such as Costa Dorada Cathedral or Gaudi's Cathedral and the Picasso Museum, and stroll 'Las Ramblas' to soak up the local culture or sit and watch the world go by.
The Costa Dorada's main city, Tarragona, has almost doubled in size during the last few decades. Vestiges of its past still remain in the form of ruins of the Roman amphitheatre, aqueduct, forum and other buildings sited on the Paseo Arqueologico. A wide boulevard called the Rambla Nova represents the modern main street outside the old city walls. The city also sports some excellent beaches on its doorstep, including Playa Llarga, regarded as one of the biggest and best on the Catalonian coast.
Tarragona is a very ancient, wonderful town, where many archeological monuments of the epoch of the Roman Empire were kept. The town has a very beautiful prospectus "Rambla" and a picturesque port - one of the biggest in Spain. It is a large fishing center, specialized in sardines fishing. Moreover, there are a lot of museums and an amazing Costa Dorada Cathedral in the town. The glass in the massive octagonal rose window of Costa Dorada Cathedral, the Romanesque-Gothic church dates back to the 14th century, and the tomb of Joan d'Arago lies inside the ancient church. Costa Dorada Cathedral is a historic attraction like no other.
Visit Museu Necropolis - The Necropolis Museum outside town is one of the most important Christian burial sites in Spain, used between the 3rd and the 5th centuries.
All in all, Costa Dorada is a great destination for a family holiday.