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Costa Dorada: More than Just Beaches

[ 0 ] April 21, 2014 |

Costa Dorada, the Golden Coast, stretches along 216km of Spanish coastline, its shimmering sandy beaches drawing nearly 3.5 million visitors each year. The region near Barcelona is nestled in between the sea and a sweeping mountain range. Old fishermen villages have been converted into large tourist centers along the golden beaches of the coast, but it’s still possible to find quieter villages to explore.

Your own Spanish island holiday can be filled with as much or as little adventure as you would like. The area offers much to see and do for its many visitors and holidaymakers. Many travelers are content to spend the entire holiday basking in the golden rays of the sun from atop a sun lounger. But there is so much more to experience along the Golden Coast and it shouldn’t be missed while you are visiting.

Explore the area

With so many quaint towns filled with classic architecture, spending a day walking through them is well worth the trip. You can take in the sites of ancient monasteries and other buildings of the area. It’s easy to walk around here yourself but a number of companies also offer guided hikes.

Harbour of Sitges, Costa Garraf, Spain

The town of Sitges is almost picture-perfect with its narrow lanes and white houses and picturesque harbour. A great place to take a stroll. You can explore the various arts and crafts shops and step into the museum dedicated to Santiago Rusi-o, a 19th century painter who spent summers in the town.

Visit Tarragona to see traces of Roman ruins, including a forum, aqueduct and amphitheater. The medieval town of Altafulla is the home of a beautiful castle that is made more enchanting at night when it is lit up. If you want to get out into nature, you can climb and hike in the area of the Sierra de Padres or visit the wildlife in the wetlands in the Parc Natural de Delta de l’Ebre.

L'Amfiteatre de Tarragona

Step into the tourism office in Amposta to get more information about boating in the delta, fishing and horseback riding in the area.

Eat, drink and be merry

The cuisine found along Costa Dorada is an eclectic mix of local fare and international dishes. You can be assured of tasting fresh seafood dishes, especially in Sitges and Cambrils. Paella, Suquet and Catalan fish stew are some dishes that you don’t want to miss out on while you are here.

If you want to get out for some of the nightlife in the area, Salou is the place to go. It has a number of nightclubs, discos and pubs, if you are looking to spend some time having drinks and a night of dancing.

Visit during Carnival and other festivals

The summer months are a time for fireworks, authentic dancing and lots of parties, but you’ll find festivals all year round in this region. If you enjoy a good Spanish fiesta, you want to be here during Carnival between February and March. On April 23, you can celebrate Book Day, known as The Diada de Sant Jordi. Summer festivals are kicked off June 23 during the Revetlla de Sant Joan or Fire Night.

While a visit to the Golden Coast should include a little beach time, don’t limit the enjoyment you can have by staying put in your sun lounger. Get out and explore all the area has to offer during your holiday.


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