While we often rave about the beaches on Spain’s Costa Daurada, this destination is far from a one-trick pony (although you may see the odd straw donkey in souvenir shops). Away from the honey-coloured sands that lend themselves to the name ‘the golden coast’, there’s plenty else on offer, whether you’re a thrill seeker or a history buff.
Screams, splashes and supercars
Unleash your inner child, with a trip to Spain’s most popular theme park, PortAventura World. Make your way through six ‘worlds’ of fun, and experience everything from cowboy adventures in the Far West, to the 100-metre-high free fall ride, Hurakan Condor, in México. And, you can cool off from the heat with one of the water rides, like Tutuki Splash, which tops speeds of 56 kilometres per hour and drenches you in over 1,000 litres of water. This summer, there’s even more reason to visit, as PortAventura’s newest park, Ferrari Land, opens its gates. Expect adrenaline-fuelled rides – like Red Force, which reaches speeds of 112 miles-per-hour in less than five seconds – and high-speed racing games set against the backdrop of a rustic Italian town.
Bring history to life
In Tarragona, you can retrace the footsteps of Roman gladiators, in a huge seafront amphitheatre. This well-preserved relic dates back to the 2nd century, when around 13,000 spectators would watch bloodthirsty combats. But, if you prefer more modern-day wonders, head over to Rambla Nova’s Mediterranean balcony – a viewing platform that puts you in a prime position for soaking up pretty sea views. And don’t miss nearby Plaça de la Font, which is renowned for its tasty tapas.
If you’re flexible with when you travel, why not time your trip to coincide with one of the Costa Daurada’s festivals? In June, for example, you can join the crowds in Reus for St Peter Festival, said to be one of the most important festivals of the year. Alternatively, later on in September, Tarragona hosts the Santa Tecla Festival. This celebration is rounded up by a tradition called correfoc, which is a huge firework finale, to you and me.
Catch some waves
Cambrils is an ideal place to stay if you like your watersports. Its seven-mile-long stretch of coastline gets a consistently good breeze, so it’s popular with windsurfers. It’s easy to get onto a scuba diving excursion, too, as you’ll find a long line of beachfront huts with companies offering trips out to sea. For those who’d rather keep their feet on dry land, Cambrils’ weekly markets will keep you busy. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the streets come alive with stalls selling everything from local honey, fruit and veg, to handmade jewellery and ceramics.
Don’t just take our word for it – book a holiday to Costa Daurada today and start planning your own adventure.