Have you ever wanted to visit the beautiful Costa Dorada? Looking to book a holiday to Salou? If you are planning a holiday, let Manchester Travel Shop be your guide to the best places to stay and things to do in the region. We are the holiday experts for Manchester to Costa Dorada!
Costa Dorada in Spanish means ‘Golden Coast,’ which is apt for a coastline with over 80 kilometres of caramel-coloured sands.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, you are spoiled for choice with sunny resorts of every kind.
PortAventura is one of the Costa Dorada’s most popular attractions. There are sky-high roller-coasters, water rides and themed ‘worlds’ at Spain’s biggest theme park just outside Salou.
In this region, you also have easy access to Barcelona, where you can admire Gaudi’s crazy architecture. Impressive ruins can be found in Tarragona whilst sculptures and architecture abound in Reus’ (where the main airport is).
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Salou, a port created by the Greeks and the Romans, is one of Spain’s prettiest getaways. Salou holidays are popular among both Spanish and international tourists due to its beautiful beaches, clean water, and plenty of activities.
In Salou, you can find all the facilities you need for a great resort holiday – from arcades and paintball to windsurfing and boat trips, as well as theme parks, golf and plenty of water sports.
Couples, families, and groups of friends will all enjoy the lively town. Restaurants and bars offer plenty of paella, as well as other traditional Spanish dishes, while clubs and bars keep the party going all night long.
The long, sandy beaches at Salou include the popular Llevant Beach, Llenguadets Beach, Passeig Jaume I Beach, as well as a lot of smaller coves and a promenade you can walk.
There are golden beaches, delicious seafood restaurants, as well as Universal Studios Port Aventura nearby, which draw visitors to the area. Cambrils is accessible from Reus, 12 km from the airport, and Barcelona, about an hour from the airport.
Cambrils’ beaches are marked by golden sand and shallow water, the perfect combination that distinguishes them from other beaches. As well as providing water sports, sunbed hire, showers, first aid, restaurants, kiosks, and bars, they are popular with both tourists and residents alike.
The food in Cambrils is excellent. ‘Romesco’ is one of the most famous dishes. This sauce is made with tomatoes, herbs and onions. Rabbit is also served with balls of cod, which is delicious. Eels, frogs legs, duck dishes, paella, iod, olives, rice dishes, poultry, seafood rabbits, pigs trotters, cod stew with spinach and eggs, noodles, biscuits and sweets are among the local produce and seafood.
Grilled shallots dipped in romesco sauce accompanied by grilled meats in calçotada, a traditional dish served in Spain, is a fantastic dish full of flavour.
If the main purpose of your visit to the Costa Dorada is for the theme park, you may want to consider staying on the resort itself.
Four- and five-star hotels are available. Additionally, PortAventura Park is included in the price of your hotel stay, as is one day of Ferrari Land.
These hotels are themed, which is one of their best features. So you will feel as if you are in one of PortAventura Park’s worlds during your stay. The area along the far west coast is home to three fabulous hotels: the 5-star Hotel Mansión de Lucy, the 4-star Hotel Colorado Creek, and the Premium Hotel Colorado Creek. Each property boasts a stylish décor and offers dream pools, beautiful common areas and comfortable rooms.
The Hotel El Paso and Hotel Caribe are both inspired by the beauty of Mexico and offer a Caribbean setting. Relax in its lush gardens and swimming pools, and find comfort in its amazingly comfortable rooms, which are decorated with a touch of luxury.
As a last, but certainly not least, choice, if you really want to experience the Mediterranean to the fullest, Hotel PortAventura is the right choice for you. The hotel’s design is inspired by the Mediterranean coast’s charming villages. All rooms are comfortable and cozy, and you can enjoy the typical atmosphere of the coast in the pool and gardens.
PortAventura & Ferrari Land
Enjoy the thrill of roller coasters, relax at the spa, play a round of golf or just sit back and enjoy the tranquility of the gentle Mediterranean breeze.
The third theme park of PortAventura honors the prestigious Italian automaker Ferrari. See a unique park in Europe which pays homage to Ferrari both from a technological standpoint and as an emblem of Italianness as well. You’ll experience speed, innovation, adrenaline, theming, and leading rides on an international scale. Find the best attractions and incredible locations that celebrate the legendary Italian sports team exclusively at Ferrari Land.
Tarragona & Sitges tour
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Tarragona and Sitges, which includes a tour of the Roman city and an afternoon relaxing on the beach. The 11-hour trip departs from Barcelona and winds its way south to Tarragona’s 2,000-year-old Roman Aqueduct, known locally as El Pont del Diable (Devil’s Bridge). The perfectly preserved piece of ancient Roman history is rarely visited by tourists, though it leaves an indelible impression on all who see it.
Through a narrow gateway within the ancient Roman walls, enter the old town of Tarragona after traveling the Aqueduct.
Discover the remains of the stone walls, explore the old quarter, stop to buy some unique gifts at the Sunday morning antique market at the cathedral. Take a stroll through the historic old quarter and admire the surviving stone walls.
Continue on to the nearby Roman Circus and the Roman Forum after viewing the cathedral. Enter the medieval passageways that once had the Circus stands and reach Plaça de la Font, one of the most popular squares throughout the Old Town.
Imagine gladiators battling to the death in the Roman Amphitheatre while enjoying panoramic sea views! The sight of the dusty ground where sacrifices and passions once took place is particularly poignant.
Depart Tarragona for Sitges at approximately 12:30. As you travel, you will stop briefly at Roc de Sant Gaieta, an intimate village surrounded by rocky shorelines. Walk around the tiny white houses, and let your imagination take you to the picturesque fishing villages of Ibiza, built with a touch of Roman-Greco flair.
We arrive in Sitges just in time for lunch, at 14:00. There are groovy boutiques in this once quiet fishing village, as well as a few interesting sights. In the 1890s, Sitges emerged as an avant-garde, art-world hangout, combining a maze of shady streets with whitewashed houses to effect a Mediterranean atmosphere. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at one of the 17 beaches in town after lunch.
During your visit to Parc Samà, you will learn about Salvador Samà Torrens’ life and vision. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens which combine elements from around the world to showcase Romantic gardening of the 19th century. There are Mediterranean orchards, a colonial Cuban-style garden, and classic British elements.
Located near ponds, rare trees, and stunning walkways, the former summer residence was built in 1881. The park is home to an array of animals including deer, pheasants, and peacocks.
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