The Costa Dorada (Costa Daurada, in Catalan), is the coast that goes from the north until the Ebro Delta, in the Catalan province of Tarragona. It makes a vacation pole with excellent benefits for the entire family, and more than 500,000 touristic squares for an influx average of 3.5 millions of tourists per year.
Located between the Maresme-Barcelona coast on the north, and the Azahar coast on the south, this marine littoral of 134 miles stands out its soft sand beaches, a kind climate throughout the year, and shallow and transparent water, which makes it very suitable for family tourism.
Salou, probably the most renowned city of the Costa Dorada, has a population of around 25.000 inhabitants that quintuples during the summer because tourism is its main economic activity. This town, that for centuries has been a commercial port, today is one of the European touristic models.
Beyond its beaches, the Costa Dorada has many historical and cultural sites such as the medieval monasteries of Poblet, Santes Creus and Scala Dei, in the inland, or Tarragona, the cultural, intellectual and economic capital of the south of Catalonia considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its Archaeological Ensemble of Tarraco, that dates back to the Roman times.
For the past 15 years, it has had another big touristic attraction that has promoted the area: PortAventura, a theme park near Salou that has become an important leisure complex composed by the park, a water park, golf fields, a convention center, a beach club, and many hotels.
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