Beaches and coves where you can enjoy calm waters, cities with a vibrant nightlife, fishing villages that stretch for kilometres, golf, water activities, and sports for the whole family, and pleasant temperatures all year round… Do you recognize which Spanish region we are referring to? If the Costa Dorada came to your mind, you are correct!
Located in the south of Catalonia, the Costa Dorada offers 216 kilometres for all tastes. Here you will find seaside towns like Altafulla or Torredembarra, perfect for resting and relaxing. Likewise, towns like Salou, Cambrils, or El Vendrell, which cannot be missed during your visit to the area, nor can the town of Hospitalet de l’Infant and its adjacent coastal area, Miami Platja, two very peaceful and beloved tourist destinations.
In addition, among the family plans, there is a visit to the Port Aventura theme park, where fun is guaranteed. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more cultural experience, you should visit Tarragona. Here lie the remains of the Roman city of Tarraco, such as the amphitheatre or the Roman circus, which coexist with the Gothic-style cathedral of the city. As a contrast, you can also visit Reus, the other major city in the province and the birthplace of the architect Antoni Gaudí.
But we are here to talk about the beaches of the Costa Dorada, which are undoubtedly among the most impressive on the Catalan coast. As a curious fact, its picturesque name is not arbitrary and refers to the characteristic colour of its fine sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and natural landscapes.
Find a bit of the best beaches on the Costa Dorada on the following lines.
Cunit beach, Tarragona
It is a beach with golden sand and moderate waves, perfect for families. It has an extension of 2,450 meters by 40 meters wide and has once again received the Blue Flag award from the European Foundation for Environmental Education.
In addition, it is urban and has all kinds of services: toilets, showers, lifeguard and rescue equipment, parking, telephone, rental of hammocks and loungers, water sports, yacht club, bars and beach bars.
Paella Beach, Torredembarra
La Paella beach is the largest in the municipality of Torredembarra and is children friendly. With shallow, very flat waters, almost a hundred meters wide, with fine sand and a children’s play area, it is perfect for families.
In addition, it is very easily accessible, since it is located next to the promenade, a huge avenue where you can cycle, and there is also a wide range of restaurants.
Biberó Beach, Calafell
Calafell beach is known as “biberó beach”, due to the quality of its golden sand, the sea and the gentleness of the slopes when you enter the water, something very characteristic of the beaches of the Costa Dorada. It has an extension of more than 4 kilometres where you can find several beach bars, children’s clubs and playgrounds for children.
Tamarit beach, Tarragona
A very charming beach is the Tamarit beach. Located in the Tarragona municipality of Altafulla, its extension reaches 1750 meters in length and its totally transparent waters invite you to a relaxing bath.
In summer, the sea temperature is around 25 °C, making it a very pleasant beach to relax. The place culminates with an 11th century castle that is surrounded by a wall that was built in the 14th century. Very quaint!
Riumar beach, Ebro Delta
Considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Dorada, Riumar beach is considered one of the most representative natural spaces of the Delta del Ebro Natural Park. Its prominent dunes and its wide variety of wild flora and fauna make it a unique and characteristic place.
Likewise, it offers equipment to practice different activities, the most popular being the rental of boats and bicycles to discover the Garxal and the mouth of the Ebro differently. The different beach bars that surround this fine sand beach are perfect for savouring the typical dishes of the Delta.
Capellans beach, Salou
It is a small beach about 200 m long, protected by cliffs on both sides. Its sand is fine and golden, its waters crystal clear and, despite being smaller than the rest of the beaches in Salou, it is equipped with good facilities, shower services, access for the disabled, toilets, sun lounger and kayak rental, a beach bar, and restaurants.
Just a few steps from this beach we can find Hotel Calypso, so if you want to spend a holiday in Salou and stay near the sea, this hotel is your best option! It has always been recognized for its quality and service, and offers everything you need for a first-rate family getaway, from cosy and well-appointed rooms to delicious dining options.
Arenal beach, l’Hospitalet de l’Infant
Hospitalet de l’Infant has 10 km of coastline that alternate long beaches with small coves, and stands out due to its tranquillity. Located at the foot of the mountains, they invite both to relax on the sand and to go hiking by the sea.
Right in front of Hotel Vistamar we find Arenal beach, the most famous in l’Hospitalet de l’Infant. It has 2 different areas. One to the north, next to the port and with easy access from the seafront. Extensive, with fine sand and a very shallow shore, ideal for going with children. And to the south, a beautiful natural beach surrounded by white pine forest, beautiful dunes that give you a point of privacy, and a wetland with reeds.
Cristal beach, Miami Platja
Cristal beach is a true paradise of 1700 meters in length, located at the southern end of Miami Platja. With its fine white sand and its proximity to the promenade, it is the perfect option to enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean. In addition, it has numerous places where you can enjoy the panoramic views while savouring a delicious meal.
There are sun loungers and parasols for rent, toilets, a nursery, showers, lifeguard posts, as well as several playgrounds perfect for families with children. If you are looking for accommodation, Hotel Pino Alto is an excellent option. Located about 150 meters from the beach, it is a perfect place for couples and families who want to experience the Costa Dorada to the fullest.