5 Reasons To Spend Your Holiday In Costa Dorada
Updated: Oct 18, 2020
Located between the cities of Kunit and Ospitale del Infantet, which are part of the province of Tarragona, Costa Dorada on its 126-kilometre coastline accommodates all the necessary components of the perfect holiday: sandy beaches, beautiful coves, architectural monuments, authentic Catalan cuisine and, just a few kilometres away, the mountains from which breathtaking. We've got 5 reasons to spend your holiday on the Costa Dorada.
Catalonia's second-largest city, an important economic centre and heart of the Costa Dorada resorts. Tarragona offers tourists 15 kilometers of magnificent sandy beaches. It's the perfect place for a family holiday. Among the attractions worth paying attention to are the Devil's Bridge, one of the best preserved aqueducts of the Roman Empire on the peninsula, the Esquipiones Tower, a large section of the ancient wall, a circus, a Roman forum and an amphitheatre of the 2nd century AD, the only one in the world located near the sea. Inside you can still see the remains of an ancient Paleochristian church. These and other wonders are part of the Tarracon archaeological site, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
This beautiful city on the coast holds many other treasures: the Cathedral of Santa Tekla in the Gothic style, built-in 1171, the traditional quarter of the fishermen Serralo, an observation deck overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, decorated with beautiful railings - believe that whoever touches them, he will return to this city.
Located in the inner part of the province, Reus is the second most important city in the region. With a long industrial past, Reus can invite its guests to visit the impressive 16th-century Sani Pere Temple, and the so-called Modernist route of 29 unique buildings. Reus is also a very good place to shop. Monterol Street, filled with shops, has to shop. Reus is home to an international airport, so it is possible to get to the Costa Dorada, bypassing Barcelona airport.
The outstanding Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi was born and raised in Reus. Despite the fact that he was not lucky enough to build a single building in his hometown, the residents of Reus are very proud of their countryman. In 2007, a special media center named Gaudi was opened in the main square of the city, Plaza del Mercadal Square. It houses numerous exhibitions dedicated to the life and work of the architect. You can walk around the museum on your own, and you can order a tour. And in Reus laid a special "Gaudi Route" on places directly related to the architect.
In addition, Reus is considered the capital of the Spanish vermouth. Today, the city accounts for 30% of the total amount of vermouth produced in the country. The local vermouth is famous for its bitter taste and aromatic properties, which give it various herbs used in production. And, despite the fact that vermouth was invented by the Italians - the world's first museum of vermouth was opened in Reus.
3. Portaventura World
PortAventura World is the perfect destination for a holiday with family, loved one or friends. You'll have a great time at two theme parks and one of the largest water parks in Europe, enjoying the sun, beach and impressive Mediterranean cuisine.
PortAventura World is located on the Costa Dorada and is one of Spain's main tourist destinations.
The complex occupies an advantageous position, being close to Barcelona, Tarragona, Vila Seca, Salou and Cambrils. PortAventura World offers a theme park, water park and several hotels. In addition, thanks to the exceptional location of the complex, beach holidays can be combined with shopping in shopping areas, entertainment and sports outdoors and in numerous sports facilities and visits to restaurants where you can taste delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
As Federico Fellini used to say: "Good wine is like a good movie: it ends quickly, leaving a magnificent aftertaste; with each sip in it opens something new, and as is often the case with movies - it is born and revived in every new connoisseur"
On the Costa Dorada you will find a rare variety of grape scenery. From the terraced vineyards of Priorat and the Montsant Mountains to the Valleys of Camp de Tarragona and Pened's. On the undulating reliefs of Conca de Barber, a real mosaic of grape varieties grows, which is cultivated with the wisdom of millennial experience and gives unique, internationally recognized results.
If you want to understand the wine culture of these lands, you should enter Catedrals del vi, as the writer Angel Gimera described these majestic buildings. Architect Cesar Martinel has built 13 luxurious Modernist buildings for cellars and for agricultural cooperatives. The Cellar Of Cooperativa Agr'cola de Rocafort de zuralt was the first to be designed and built by Martinel, and was soon joined by Barber de la Conca and Montblanc, as well as the Espluga de Francol, developed by Puig-i-Cadafalk.
5. Cistercian Monasteries
Costa Dorada was one of the European cultural centers. The Cistercian Order came from France and settled on these lands. Administrative buildings, hospitals, churches, artisan homes and farms were erected around the monasteries. We can now recreate this picture of the medieval past by visiting three monasteries on the Cistercian Way: Poblet (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Santes Creus and Vallbona de les Monges (the latter is already located in the province of Lleida). The monastic community still operates in Poblet. Men are allowed to stay in the monastery and share with the monks their daily life.
The Vallbona convent has existed for more than 850 years. Women are now allowed to use it as a place for spiritual solitude.
If you are a true lover of medieval architecture, know that Santes Creus Monastery is by far one of the largest and best-preserved Cistercian complexes in the world.