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Costa Dorada region in Spain is over 200 kilometers long, it covers around twenty towns and it is one of the most beautiful regions in Spain. Costa Dorada means Golden Coast in English, and that says it all. The region is full of golden beaches, crystal clear waters, picturesque towns, beautiful wine yards and farmlands, as well as green gardens. Several millions of tourists visit the region every year, and this is one of the all-time favorite regions to British tourists.
Costa Dorada region has a nice, warm climate all year long. August is hottest with average temperature between 25 and 30 C, while January is the wettest month. What is great about Costa Dorada is that the sea temperature in the months July and August is wonderful 25 C.
Most of the towns along the coast of Costa Dorada were once agricultural and fishing villages, but later re-adapted to tourist resorts. Old parts of towns are always interesting places to visit, where you will get to feel the soul of the towns and learn about their history.
Some towns in the Costa Dorada region are built on top of hills, surrounded by towers, which makes them great spots for enjoying beautiful views on the sea. Towns` surroundings offer many different possibilities for tourist amusements.
One of the most popular towns in the region is Tarragona. It is a city full of history and ancient buildings. Tarragona is less than couple of hours drive from Barcelona and it is popular place for its ancient Roman ruins. Pont de Diable is one of the oldest Roman monuments dating from the first century, well worth a visit. Old aqueducts and archeological places are scattered all over the place. However, one of the most notable things to see in Tarragona is its main Cathedral, which is one of the largest in the entire Catalonia region. It dates back from the 12th century, and it is declared as Spanish national monument.
Sitges is another popular resort, where lots of young tourists use it as a weekend holiday place coming from Barcelona. It has a distinct old charm mixed with modern trends. If you are art lover, here you can visit Maricel Museum where you can check out a very large collection of beautiful paintings and art objects from every part of the world.
Inland in the Costa Dorada region you will find many beautiful small towns with rich history, such as Tortosa, Valls or Reus. Monasteries dating from medieval times such as Scala Dei and Santes Creus, as well as the wonderful landscapes of Siurana and Prades can also be found in this region.
Costa Dorada has many nice areas for everyone`s taste. If you like wide beaches then you should head to the north of Costa Dorada between places Cunit and Mont-roig, in the Tarragona Province. Areas around L'Ametlla de Mar, L'Ampolla and Vandellos have narrower beaches. They are also steeper due to the mountainous landscape in the back. If you want to take a break from the sea, you can visit the delta of Ebro River, where you will also find fine sandy beaches for your enjoyment.