Sun, sea and sand are probably the first things that spring to mind when Costa Daurada is mentioned – and that’s no bad thing. But the Golden Coast will appeal to more than just the bucket-and-spade brigade…
Make no mistake, the call of the Costa Daurada’s beaches is loud and clear. A thick belt of sand unfolds for 82 kilometres, so there’s bundles of room for sun-starved holidaymakers. If raising an ice-cold sangria to your lips is the most effort you’re comfortable with, that’s fine by us. But Costa Daurada has a few other tricks up its sleeve. Here, we take a look at the more unexpected sides to Spain’s north-eastern coast.
With Spain’s most popular theme park, PortAventura, on Salou’s doorstep, the Costa Daurada has adventurous families covered. You’ll find fairground favourites like tea cups and dodgems for kids, while Furios Baco, the fastest rollercoaster in Europe, looks after serious thrill-seekers. It shoots riders along at speeds of 83.9 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds – eek.
For gourmet grub head to Cambrils, gastronomic capital of Costa Daurada. You’ll find over 200 restaurants there, like the Michelin-starred “Can Bosch” and “Ricón de Diego”. At both of them, you can tuck into fine Mediterranean dishes and choose from a long list of regional wines. The best bit? It won’t blow your holiday budget. Tasting menus start at the reasonable price of 38 euros, and include tapas and petit fours.
Bags of history
The Costa Daurada looks after culture vultures in the best possible way – with a clutch of UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites. Tarragona was the capital of Spain during the Roman era, and you’ll find plenty of reminders today. Check out the gigantic seafront amphitheatre, where gladiators would put their lives on the line in the 2nd century BC. And don’t miss the Cistercian Monastery of Poblet, which is still home to a number of monks.
Top-class golf courses
The Costa Daurada is jam-packed with first-rate golf courses. Practise your swing on a coastal course, or head inland for palm-lined fairways backed by mountainous scenery. There are plenty of relaxed pitch-and-putt places for beginners, while wannabe-pros can try their hand at any of the 7 golf courses in the Costa Daurada.