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It's clear to see why the ever-popular Costa Dorada literally translates as the Golden Coast. With miles of sweeping sands that shelve smoothly into the translucent azure Mediterranean Sea, the resorts that can be found here are perfect for families and couples alike.
From the thriving resort of Salou to the relaxing atmosphere that can be expected in Cambrils, the versatility of this pocket of the Spanish coastline is obvious. Action-packed beaches with an abundance of watersports and tapas restaurants make way for out-of-the-way coves where you could grab your own piece of secluded sunshine.
Whatever you're looking for in your Costa Dorada holiday, there'll be something waiting for you that will tick all the boxes.
A trip to this eastern part of Spain wouldn't be complete without a visit to PortAventura. Perfect for daredevils, thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, PortAventura is the Costa Dorado's answer to Alton Towers and with plenty of rollercoasters and thrill rides on which to test your mettle - you won't be disappointed. It also makes a brilliant day out for little ones, with a Sesame Street theme and plenty of gentler rides and play areas to keep them happy.
Take a day trip to this Catalan jewel of a city for a chance to appreciate the wonders within. A cosmopolitan city with more historical, cultural and architectural delights than you could possibly hope to see in one place, Barcelona is simply beautiful. Climb the steps to the top of the iconic Sagrada Familia to see Gaudi's most famous work from a different angle, before heading to the myriad of boutiques and designer shops on Las Rambles. Make some time to enjoy some authentic tapas at one of the street-lined cafes before heading to the golden beach for some time in the sun.
Salou's quieter neighbour, La Pineda, offers a perfect backdrop for a day out with the family. Whether you choose to dig for treasure with the kids on the wide, sweeping beach or you prefer to spend the day the local waterpark, the family-friendly atmosphere is enough to entice you in for a visit.
Make a Splash at Aquopolis
Located in La Pineda, Aquopolis provides plenty of thrills, spills and splashes to keep you going for the whole day. Whether you prefer to speed down the chutes and flumes or let the current take you for a swim in the rapids, there's plenty of water-based fun to be had here. Daily shows at the dolphinarium add another facet to this incredibly popular attraction, too.
Head to the Summit of Montserrat
Overlooking Barcelona, Montserrat will require a day trip from your Costa Dorada resort, but the bus ride is totally worth it. As the spiritual heart of Catalonia, Montserrat is incredibly important to locals and internationals alike, with a prolific Benedictine monastery to be found at the end of a short funicular rail ride. The opportunity to listen to the Escolania boys sing isn't to be missed and will leave the hairs on the back of your neck tingling.
Build Sandcastles on Ponent Beach
One of the main draws to Costa Dorada is its beaches and it wouldn't be a proper holiday here without spending some time just chilling out on the beach. Grab a bucket and spade and head for the shores. Once upon a time Ponent Beach was reserved for the ladies, but nowadays, everyone is welcome to enjoy the golden sands that are perfect for building extravagant sandcastle creations.
One of the more unassuming Costa Dorada resorts, Cambrils is a tranquil sleeping village perfect for holidaymakers hoping to find a little peace and quiet. Sit back, relax and watch the world go by on one of its beautiful, uncrowded beaches, or enjoy a stroll around the village's pretty chapels and parks.
Sitting on some rocky headland at the tip of Costa Dorada, Cap Salou is perfectly situated between relaxed La Pineda and vibrant Salou. A perfect, sleepy spot if you would like to sample a piece of Salou's action without staying in the thick of it, Cap Salou has an incredible coastline for its visitors to take advantage of.
PortAventura is more than just a theme park ' it's a whole resort of its own, with hotels, restaurants, waterpark and golf courses being part of the complex too. If your plans for your Mediterranean break focus around thrills, spills and plenty of family fun, this is the place for you.
Lively, vibrant, energetic: just a few words to describe what can be expected from a stay in Salou. With a fab nightlife for partygoers and golden sand beaches on which to while the hours away, Salou has a perfect mix of fun and frolics, no matter how old you are.
Booking affordable Costa Dorada package holidays from Direct Holidays will give you a chance to discover the Golden Coast this summer. What are you waiting for?