The Spanish have been flocking to La Pineda on the Costa Dorada for their holidays since the Fifties, and now the international set is discovering its charms. A vast stretch of golden sand is the town’s biggest draw, with the high-octane Aquapolis waterpark coming a close second. As for tempo, La Pineda is still fairly quiet compared to its lively neighbour Salou, though it’s more vibrant than its little sister village of Cambrils.
Three million visitors flock to PortAventura, on the Costa Dorada, each year. The giant theme park – the most popular in Spain – is what brings most of them, but the town also boasts an expansive sandy beach, and lively bars and restaurants. For more excitement, Salou is just 5 minutes’ drive away and Barcelona an hour on the train.
If entertainment is what you want from your holiday, Salou has it in spades. Set on Spain’s Costa Dorada, it’s got Europe’s biggest theme park on the doorstep and a waterpark just up the road. The place also sets a lively pace at night, with a big choice of bars and clubs. There’s plenty of relaxation to be had, too, though, on the town’s golden beaches.
Cap de Salou
Cap de Salou sits pretty on a pine-fringed headland between Salou and La Pineda./a> on Spain’s Costa Dorada, famous for its golden beaches. It’s a small, away-from-it-all kind of place with a compact portfolio of restaurants and friendly bars. You’ve got a best-of-both-worlds scenario here, with lively waterparks and buzzing nightlife on standby just along the coast.
The Catalonian town of Cambrils is up in northeastern Spain, along the glamorous Costa Dorada. It’s a polished fishing village that’s retained its old town charm, which means a great mix – markets in the old town, nightlife on the promenade and Michelin-starred restaurants on tucked-away side streets. All this with fantastic Blue Flag beaches, and just a 80-minute drive to Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona.