If you’re looking for a place to visit in Spain that is near the beautiful beaches, then make your way to Costa Dorada, located in the southern part of Catalonia. It is known by the golden colour of sand when the sun hits it or the Golden Coast. Take the time to stroll the region's quaint streets to admire its well-preserved and have a great view of the architecture plus all the history have an exciting time unearthing its heritage.
The Costa Dorada has a total of 216km of coastline and its long stretches of golden beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. The lowlands between the coast and the mountains enjoy an expansive natural landscape with peaceful villages and farms surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, almonds, market gardens and fish villages.
The Costa Dorada receives an average of 3.5 million visitors a year. The main airports for the Costa Dorada are Reus Airport and it is almost exclusively served by one low-cost airline offering a wide variety of European destinations. Many of these towns on the Costa Dorada are built around a castle or fortress. Most towns and villages are small and traditional, not having been overdeveloped with tourism. Even so, they are friendly and well equipped with excellent amenities for holidaymakers.
Montserrat is a multi peak mountain near Barcelona, in Catalonia. It is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. The main peaks are Sant Jeroni Montgrós and Miranda de les Agulles. Santa Maria de Montserrat, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary.Was designated as a National Park in 1987.
Montserrat means "saw a mountain" in Catalan. It describes its peculiar aspect with multitude of rock formations which are visible from a great distance. The mountain is composed of strikingly pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock.
The Benedictine Monk retreat at Montserrat offers you some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya. You will learn about the holy grotto where visitations by the Virgin Mary were reported, and the World famous Montserrat Choir boys recitals along with details on the mountain walks with breathtaking views.
Is the city in which Antonio Gaudí was born, and is therefore deemed to be the cradle of Modernism. It preserves some places frequented by the genius that was Gaudi during the 16 years he lived here before leaving for Barcelona.
The Cistercian Route weaves among the mountainous territory between Tarragona and Lleida, linking a trio of spectacular monasteries that feature some of Catalonia’s most ancient and beautiful religious architecture: Santa Maria de Poblet, Santes Creus and Santa Maria de Vallbona. Driving the route is a great way to explore the hilly scenery of inland Catalonia's Conca de Barberà winemaking regionTackling all three monasteries is possible as a single-day drive from Lleida or, more conveniently, Tarragona, but it requires careful timing: two of the three monasteries only allow access by irregular guided tours.
Founded by the monks of the order of Saint Benedict over 850 years ago, the Poblet Monastery is a wonderful piece of architecture. It has survived the depredations of time and politics of Spain’s history. It is worth a visit to see how the monks once lived. It is like stepping back into living history. The monastery is still a practising monastic community.
South of Barcelona runs the Garraf Massif mountain range reaching the Mediterranean at La Morella. It is a rugged yet picturesque area of sparsely wooded rocky limestone hills. Its scrubland vegetation consists of rosemary, thyme, wild olive, fig, Aleppo pine and Mediterranean palm trees.
You could hike through these limestone hills and explore the mysterious and exciting caves, potholes and sinkholes that pepper the park.
A visit to the Roman villa of Centcelles is worth the effort. It is a beautiful and remarkably well-preserved building complex dating back to the 4th century. The villa is noteworthy because it contains the earliest example of Christian Art. The Christian theme of the mosaic on the dome, and in the rooms is in the Roman style and completely preserved.
The Costa Dorada has a Mediterranean climate with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Summer temperatures in August are around 26°C. Winter days tend to be clear as the local mistral wind blows away the clouds. They’re mostly dry too with average temperatures from 13 to 16°C. The climate is temperate, with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall throughout the year. In the highlands the winters are cold with lots of snow, making them ideal ski-resorts.
The gastronomic will be prepared for you with ancestral fish and seafood recipes prepared with the day’s fresh catch. The red, white and rosé wines from the Designations of Origin Montsant, Tarragona, Conca de Barberà, Penedès and the DOQ Priorat bring to your palate all the rich flavours. The tonality of the dishes is an integral part of the culture. Explore every corner of a gastronomic universe full of experiences and activities around local cuisine, products and traditions.
More than one dozen airlines operate from this airport, covering national as well as international routes. The Reus Airport has bus shuttles connecting with Reus, Tarragona, Valls, Cambrils, La Pineda and Salou. It also offers taxi and rent-a-car services. Or you can arrive at Barcelona Airport, operated by intercontinental, international and national airlines, is 80 km away from the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast). Barcelona Airport has buses with a direct connection with Tarragona, El Vendrell, Calafell and Barcelona. It also offers taxi services and car rentals.
There are many fine beach areas on the Costa Dorada; the area north of Mont-Roig Cunit has wide beaches. Whereas Vandellos, L'Ametlla de Mar and L'Ampolla, have relatively narrow beaches, hemmed in by nearby mountains.
The Ebro delta has long, wide beaches and fine sand. Between the Ebro and Les Cases d'Alcanar, there are a number of very long, very clean, sandy beaches.
You can search as well for Salou, La Ribera in Sitges, Cambrils, La Pineda and Mont-roig del Camp.
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El Corte Inglés
As far as traditional department stores in Barcelona It’s actually the only department store left in Spain. It’s also the largest in Europe.
This friendly elegant boutique-deli on Falset's main street is stocked with all kinds of local goodies, from Montsant honey and Falset vermouth to Priorat DOQ wines. It also offers wine and olive tastings.
Moving around the Costa Daurada is very easy. You can choose the best option for you:
By car, you have two freeways that cross the Costa Dorada. These are the AP-7 and the AP-2. The first, the AP-7, also known as the Autopista del Mediterráneo, runs from La Junquera to Alicante, while the northern motorway connects the Basque Country with Barcelona via Tarragona.
There are also other routes crossing the Costa Dorada, such as the A7 motorway, which is under construction and covers only a few stretches, such as from Torredembarra to Hospitalet de l'Infant. As far as roads are concerned, the most important to take into account is the N-340 connecting Girona with the Spanish Levante, following the coastline.
By Bus, the company Bus Plana is one of the companies offering most connecting lines between the state capitals and the Costa Dorada.
By Train, The Costa Daurada has a High-Speed Train station. It is the Camp de Tarragona station, with a stop for AVE and Altaria trains and communicated by bus with Tarragona and also with a taxi stop.
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