Top things to do on a family vacation on the Costa Daurada
The Costa Daurada, a preserved secret of the Mediterranean coast
Located in the province of Tarragona, in the south of Catalonia, the Costa Daurada is the perfect place to relax with your family. The area stands out for its sublime beaches with shallow waters and sun-drenched sand. In a short time, you can move from the idyllic landscapes of the coast to those of the hilly hinterland, which is full of vineyards, rivers and forests. A destination that also takes you to towns that are home to heritage gems, fishing villages and other historical cities in the interior. Gastronomy and oenology complete the offer, for a stay of all pleasures! Whether you want to swim, hike or bike through unspoiled nature, admire an archaeological site or laugh in a theme park, everything is possible on the Costa Daurada. Here are the best experiences to enjoy on a vacation with your loved ones on the eastern flank of Spain.
A journey through time in Calafell
Calafell is another family-friendly destination on the Costa Daurada, with no less than 5 km of beaches where you can enjoy the pleasures of the seaside. Certified as a "Family Tourism" since 2006, and also as a "Biosphere" for its initiatives in favor of sustainable tourism, the municipality is also endowed with superb buildings that bear witness to its long history. The Ciutadella Ibèrica, the Bot Salvavides, the Casa Barral, the Castell de la Santa Creu and the Església de Sant Miquel are some of the monuments that must be seen. Before taking the time to discover the local gastronomy: the Arrossejat with the good taste of the sea and the Xató, a traditional salad with a tasty sauce.
El Vendrell, a surprising stopover
El Vendrell is a town known for its famous Xató, the emblematic dish of the region. Its splendid beaches, which stretch for 7 km, its accommodation and its many activities have earned it the "Family Beach" label. Near Coma-Ruga beach, the Masia Blanca marine reserve, with its rich biodiversity, and the Deu de l'Estany i Riuet spring, with its therapeutic properties, are sure to charm the curious. In addition, the city offers an incredible range of wellness facilities. You can practice Pilates on the beach, snorkeling and stretching in the hot springs. El Vendrell is also a great cultural stopover, with its old quarter and a visit to the house where the famous cellist Pau Casals grew up and the Àngel Guimerà museum. A visit to El Vendrell is also an opportunity to reconnect with nature. The wetland area of Les Madrigueres, with its sandy beaches, dunes, coastal lagoons and Mediterranean groves and holm oak scrub, is the ideal place for this
Torredembarra, a sea of possibilities for the family
A stay in Torredembarra is ideal for enjoying the Mediterranean with your family. These beaches with clear waters, with the names of Els Muntanyans, Baix a Mar and del Canyadell, allow you to vary the pleasures between swimming, beach volleyball and visiting a lighthouse located on the cliffs. The beach of Muntanyans is an area of natural interest with dunes and marshes that extend for more than two kilometers. You should also not hesitate to walk along the cliffs to enjoy the sublime sea views and see the sea hitting the rocks and watering the green touches of Mediterranean vegetation. And then there is the city, where you can take the time to stroll around and admire two of the local treasures: a castle dating from the mid-sixteenth century and the Mudejar-style tower of the city.
Altafulla, a preserved jewel of the Costa Daurada
Altafulla is one of those towns on the Costa Daurada that seem to have been designed to offer authenticity and a haven of peace for families. We start by walking through the Vila Closa, the old town, to admire the beauty of its winding streets with a medieval atmosphere. The ensemble is dominated by the castle. It is 1,000 years old and offers a superb view of the Baix Gaià region. Altafulla's heritage is honored by the presence of the ancient Roman villa dels Munts, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list. The town also offers all the pleasures of the seaside: walking along the Botigues de Mar, an authentic promenade; going to the family beach with its crystal clear waters to sunbathe, read a book or play with the children; and going to a restaurant with a view of the Mediterranean to enjoy tapas or good seafood
Vila-seca - la Pineda Platja, a place to return to
Another municipality with multiple experiences and which delights families. Vila-seca - la Pineda Platja is first and foremost a seaside vacation destination, with 3 km of beaches with transparent waters and gentle slopes. The destination is also cultural, with the discovery of the important cultural complex formed by the castle of Vila-Seca and the Celler de Vila-Seca, where you can learn about the process of wine making of the great wines of the region. You can also enjoy the nature with great spaces to walk or bike. The Sequoia Major is the most important wetland in Catalonia between the Ebro and Llobregat deltas; the Torre d'en Dolça Park, which separates Vila-Seca from Pineda Platja, is an incredible green lung where you can stroll; and the Pinar de Perruquet Park by the sea, where you can sit in the shade of the umbrella pines, have fun and cool off with the kids. You can also find entertainment in the most famous theme parks of the Costa Daurada, between the numerous attractions of PortAventura World and the sensational slides of Aquopolis Costa Daurada.
Cambrils, visit the gastronomic capital
A small port city on the Costa Daurada, Cambrils offers visitors the chance to discover its old town, its watchtower and its colorful facades. After a walk in the beautiful Samà Park, a botanical garden with a poetic atmosphere, or on one of the golden sandy beaches, you can go to the marina to admire the boats in the port or have a drink and taste local specialties on the terrace. Noodles, romesco, fish, fruit and local vegetables garnish the plates of award-winning restaurants, including the prestigious Michelin star. Cambrils is the gastronomic capital of the Costa Daurada. The sea and the land provide the city with many quality products, which talented chefs know how to sublimate perfectly to delight the taste buds of gourmets
Mont-roig del Camp i Miami Platja, a small Mediterranean paradise
Mont-roig del Camp is a charming medieval town on the Costa Daurada, a place where you can enjoy a stroll to admire its heritage, such as the 13th century hermitage of Mare de Déu de la Roca and the 19th century chapel of Sant Ramon. The town is surrounded by rolling countryside with Mediterranean vegetation, where you can hike to your heart's content. After a good game of golf, we reach the coast and the municipality of Miami-Platja, which belongs to the municipality of Mont-roig del Camp. In this place, which is a paradise for family vacations by the sea, you can enjoy the Avenida Barcelona for shopping, drinks and gastronomy. Miami-Platja also has miles of beaches and coves that you can reach one after the other for swimming and water sports. Joan Miró chose Mont-roig del Camp i Miami Platja to spend the summer and get inspired. The celebration in 2022 of the centenary of one of his most emblematic works, La Masia, which represents the family home in which he loved to spend time, is a good opportunity to come and discover the splendors of the territory
L'Hospitalet de l'Infant i la Vall de Llors, between sea and mountains
This unusual municipality on the Costa Daurada has five population centers. Vandellòs, Masboquera and Masriudoms are inland, while L'Hospitalet de l'Infant and L'Almadrava are along the coast. Those who do not want to choose between the mountains and the sea will find L'Hospitalet de l'Infant and the Vall de Llors the perfect destination. Because here the mountains actually merge with the sea. After enjoying the beautiful, translucent, unspoiled sandy beaches of the coast, it is only a short distance to the Vall de Llors (Laurel Valley), where the municipalities are set in the heart of the green mountains. The valley can be explored on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. It has never been so easy to move from one landscape to another, to enjoy the biodiversity of the sea and of the inland.
In conclusion, the Costa Daurada is a destination to consider when planning a family vacation in Spain. This territory in the south of Catalonia is a place that satisfies all desires. A multitude of experiences are offered to parents and children. Labels confirm that you are making the right choice. Lovers of beach moments, walks among the hills, Mediterranean atmosphere, heritage and gastronomy, everyone is welcome to make the most of a sun-drenched region. You will leave satisfied with your stay in the Costa Daurada and you will want to come back