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Things to do on the Costa Dorada

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Costa Dorada Attractions and things to do on the Costa Dorada

The hue of the fine sand on the wide, wonderful beaches of Spain’s Costa Dorada (Golden Coast) has given this popular holiday region its name. The 20 or so towns and villages along this 120-mile (200km) stretch of Mediterranean coastline, south of Barcelona, have become built up with hundreds of hotels, camp sites and apartment blocks, catering mainly for family holidays. Entertainment consists largely of enjoying the shallow, transparent, gentle sea, ideal for the ‘bucket and spade’ brigade, and the large, thrilling theme and waterparks at the local resorts.

There is plenty to see and do whilst in the Costa Dorada region and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our Flight & Hotel search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher

PortAventura Theme Park For thrill-seekers and families alike, PortAventura has it all! With amazing gravity defying rides, magical entertainment and incredible performances, you’re guaranteed the time of your life. Buckle up for a thrilling day out at PortAventura and enjoy one of Spain’s most rip-roaring theme parks; whether you’re on holiday or just enjoying a weekend getaway, with your partner, your children or whoever, you’re bound to have the time of your life. There’s something for everybody at PortAventura, this wonderful theme park is absolutely jam-packed with all kinds of entertainment. Get ready to discover many new and wonderful worlds at the six different areas of the theme park with loads of incredible performances and myriad magical attractions for all ages. The star attraction has to be the Shambhala experience, the tallest roller coaster in Europe standing at a towering 76 metres with a gravity defying 78 metre drop. It is also the fastest Hypercoaster in Europe reaching an incredible 134 km/ h in the first run. After all the excitement you can just relax and enjoy the sun in a beautiful natural setting with top-notch service. You’ll be able to try delicious local specialties, prepared with care by our top chefs at one of the excellent à la carte restaurants or maybe you’ll feel like a bite from our incredible range of snacks and light meals; recharging your batteries without letting this incredible adventure stop for a single moment.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near PortAventura simply use the search box above and enter “Salou” as the resort.

Costa Caribe Aquatic Park Disconnect from the beach for a day and take a plunge into an experience that will refresh and renew you at PortAventura Aquatic Park. You can go rafting, test your courage in the gravity-defying water slides or just lie back and relax on a sun-lounger. You’ll defy the raging current of PortAventura Rio Loco and show your family and friends who’s the bravest, meanest pirate on the Spanish Main. Brave the PortAventura barracudas or climb to the top of the vertiginous Mambo and Limbo Tower. At PortAventura Water Park you’ll have an unforgettable wet and wild experience in magical Caribbean-themed surroundings. All this and much more in a dreamy setting amidst palm trees, native huts and relaxing reggae music. The fantastic bars, restaurants and exotic vegetation will transport you to a balmy, tropical island. And if you’re on holiday with your children, then you can relax while they have loads of fun at the Caribbean-themed playground. Opening times: 10:00am to either 5pm, 6pm or 7pm, depending on the date.Click to see more details on the Port Aventura Aquatic Park

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park simply use the search box above and enter “Salou” as the resort.

Aquopolis Water Park It’s a place where you can splash to your hearts content, it’s wild and it’s extreme – it’s Costa Dorada’s Aquopolis Water Park. Come for a family fun day out and you’ll find attractions to entertain each family member; from wave pools, large lakes, rapids, hot tubs and shows featuring acrobatic dolphins and sea lions. With 100,000 m2 of fun, everyone will be spoilt for choice. We have rides that will get your adrenaline pumping and attractions that children of all ages can enjoy. Dare to take on Hurricane, Boomerang, Black Hole, Splash and Kamikaze where you’re guaranteed high excitement and thrilling times, or take a more sedate approach to the day at Blue Lagoon, Zig Zag and Speed Race. And at Aquopolis Water Park, children are also catered for with a special area and attractions just for them. Be sure to check out the Dolphinarium, unique in Costa Dorada, where you can get up close to our resident dolphins and sea lions, and when you need to recharge your batteries head to one of our restaurants. We even have a shop selling everything you need for a day at the water park. So don’t miss out on a moment of fun and come along to Aquopolis Water Park. Start or opening time: July and August at 10am; May, June and September at 11am. End or closing time: July and August at 7pm, May, June and September at 6pm. Click to see more details on the Aquopolis Water Park

To find holidays and hotels near the Aquopolis Water Park simply use the search box above and enter “La Pineda” as the resort.

House of Illusion - Magic show Whether you come with your better half, the kids or alone you’re bound to enjoy a magical time at the House of Illusion, a theatre veiled with mystery. Magic has always enthralled both young and old but not all magic shows are the same; here you’re not going see any white rabbits plucked out of a top hat. In this show people appear and disappear out of thin air, might even get your mind read. Surprise, tension and excitement are guaranteed throughout the entire performance, you simply won’t believe your eyes. Before the evening’s main events, you can sit back and let yourself be entertained by some of Europe’s best magicians, followed by a host of performances filling the theatre with laughter and comedy. And all this before the main show even starts! The real surprise comes in the second half of the function. You will be taken on a magical journey of live mind reading and incredible sleight of hand. You simply cannot afford to miss this magical evening full of illusions. Start or opening time: 6.30pm and 9.30pm. The early show includes dinner.

To find holidays and hotels near the House of Illusion - Magic show simply use the search box above and enter “Salou” as the resort.

L’Aquàrium Barcelona Dive into the colourful depths and submerge yourself in the fascinating underwater life of the Mediterranean at the Barcelona Aquarium. The most important Mediterranean marine leisure and education centre in the world has already received more than 14 million visitors. See the 35 tanks that are home to 450 species including sharks, piranhas, penguins and manta rays. Watch in awe as the sharks swim above and around you as you pass through the 80m long underwater tunnel, the Oceanarium. Walk through a model of a sperm whale in Planeta Aqua to discover how creatures have adapted to life in depths of darkness. Join in the interactive games in the Explora Section or have your photo taken in the most unusual of photo frames, the giant jaw of a prehistoric shark… And if the thought of all that water – a mere 6 million litres - is making you thirsty, pay a visit to our self-service cafe where you can take a break from soaking up all the amazing sights. Remember to pass by the souvenir shop and take home a memento of this remarkable aquarium. Start/opening time: At 9.30am. Closing time: Monday to Friday at 9pm; weekends and holidays at 9.30pm; June and September at 9.30pm and July and August at 11pm (café open until 9.30pm).

To find holidays and hotels near the L’Aquàrium Barcelona simply use the search box above and enter “Barcelona” as the destination.

Zipline & paintball at Bosc Aventura At Bosc Aventura, in the heart of Salou, you will be able to walk among the treetops in this new specially designed attraction where you'll enjoy the thrill of free flight in complete safety. This multi-activity family leisure park consists of more than 8,000m2 where you will find circuits zip lines, paint ball and much more with a total of four circuits, 55 different games among the trees, eight zip lines of up to 80m and a height of up to 10m. Children over the age of three will have the time of their lives with the different attractions specially designed with them in mind, including rope bridges, zip lines and wooden tunnels. There are also circuits for older children with a height of 3m and for the more daring and adults, there is the most difficult circuit in the park, with a maximum height of almost 5m and a zip line over 80m. There is also a paint ball area with two fields and a total area of about 2,000m2 where you can do battle with friends, family and work off some stress as well as a climbing wall. And when you need some relaxation then just chill out in our shady picnic area where you can also buy soft drinks, coffee, snacks and ice cream. A great day out for all the family.

To find holidays and hotels near Bosc Aventura simply use the search box above and enter “Salou” as the resort.

Gaudí Centre in Reus The Gaudi Centre Reus is a tribute by the town of his birth to its most famous son. This state of the art facility is equipped with the latest in audio-visual technology; you’ll learn to observe, touch and listen in a different way. You'll find a a different kind of tour; a fascinating journey which will immerse you in the magical world and boundless creativity of the great architect. If you’re already familiar with the splendour of his works, there is still plenty to discover! You’ll gain a better understanding of the brilliant architectural language of some of Gaudi’s most important works. Discover Gaudi’s Enigmas and enjoy Universal Gaudí, a 360º multi-screen audio-visual show. Experience Gaudi’s creative mechanisms through interactive models and find out how ways nature inspired him to create a thousand and one incredible shapes: snails that are staircases, ferns that are handrails, reptiles that are fountains. Located right in the heart of the city's historic centre and shopping district, the Gaudí Centre is a new interpretative space that helps people of all ages to understand the keys to the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, discover how his creative genius took shape, and get to know the city and surroundings that inspired him. The centre is in a three-storey building that invites visitors to set out on a fascinating journey through time, space and sensation, and to discover Gaudí the man and Gaudí the genius. Each space has a central focus, and through the many different elements on display (interactive gadgets, documents, and personal objects) visitors are introduced to Gaudi’s world in a way that is both educational and active, opening the senses and mind to new experiences.

To find holidays and hotels near the Gaudí Centre simply use the search box above and enter “Reus” as the resort.

Cruise from Cambrils to L'Ametlla de Mar You can’t beat a boat trip for some good old-fashioned fun and this one is definitely a cut above the rest. We’ll cruise from the port of Cambrils, along the picturesque Costa Daurada heading for the traditional fishing village of L’Ametlla de Mar. Once aboard our modern catamaran there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained and if you choose you can also enjoy a barbecue and sangria feast prepared by the captain and crew. You’ll board the modern catamaran at the port of Cambrils and then all you have to do is enjoy the ride and soak up the sun as we sail along the picturesque coast heading for L’Ametlla de Mar. This small town is the one of most important fishing ports in Southern Catalunya and there’s plenty to see and do here. Maybe you can try some of the local specialities at one of the many excellent seafood restaurants or just sit back and watch the world by, local style, from a pavement café. Then on the way back if you choose the meal ticket then you can enjoy a fantastic barbecue prepared on board by the captain and crew. All washed down with local sangria

To find holidays and hotels near the Cruise from Cambrils starting point, simply use the search box above and enter “Cambrils” as the resort.

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