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Costa Dorada: long beaches and seaside resorts

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The Costa Dorada (Daurada in Catalan) is the coastal region of the province of Tarragona, south of Barcelona, between the delta of the Ebro river in the south and Sitges in the north. It is over 100 km of coast well developed from the tourist point of view.

The coast is very varied, made up of beaches of all sizes, ranging from small sandy bays like that of Miami Platja in Mont-roig del Camp, to the rocky one of Torredembarra, to the fine sandy beaches of Salou.


The beaches of Torredembarra, Calafell, Roda de Barà and l’Hospitalet de l’Infant are particularly known for the environmental quality and purity of the sea water. The towns of Calafell, Salou and Cambrils have also been certified as ideal destinations for family tourism by the government of Catalonia.

The archaeological area of Tarragona was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Ancient Tárraco was one of the main administrative and commercial centers of Roman Spain. The site shows the ancient Roman walls, the theater, the forum, the amphitheater, the remains of the aqueduct, a triumphal arch, etc. Not far from Tarragona, in the interior there is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Poblet Monastery.

The Costa Dorada also offers various excursion possibilities for nature lovers. Two very beautiful places are the Montsant Natural Park and the Prades Mountains. In addition, there are also numerous protected natural areas along the coast. These include wetlands, bird watchers’ paradise, and dune areas. At the southern end of the Costa Dorada is the important naturalistic area of the Ebro Delta, the most important wetland in Catalonia. Here a multitude of species of migratory birds stop during their journey between Europe and Africa.


To reach the Costa Dorada the nearest airports are those of Reus / Tarragona and Barcelona.



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