Costa Dorada (The Coastline Around Barcelona)

The Costa Dorada is filled with family friendly attractions suitable for babies and toddlers…


The little fishing village of Altafulla is fast becoming a preferred tourist destination for many tourists. Situated on the banks of the river Gaia, the town has retained its ancient character, combined with excellent amenities and many cultural attractions.


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 clean sandy beaches in and around Salou are particularly popular with families and have plenty of amenities and beachside cafes to keep little ones happy. 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. The wonderful beaches of Calafell, attract thousands of tourists every year. It’s also a good area and families, as there are many attractions and golf courses in the area.


The pretty Catalan town of Cambrils, located near to Salou has 9 km of white sandy beach and is a great spot for families. Cambrils has a well-deserved reputation as the culinary capital of the Costa Dorada. There is a veritable cornucopia of fresh local ingredients, ranging from fish and other seafood to the internationally acclaimed DO Siurana olive oil. The town is ideal for exploring with its old historic  centre, the ports,  beaches and promenades.


The town of L’Ampolla conjures up a mix of Mediterranean essences. The town alternates between flat alluvial land and craggy coast depict the terrain; between mud and rocks; olive trees and rice fields; marl rocky banks and lagoons and makes for a fantastic day out.

La Pineda

La Pineda beach is one of the cleanest, safest and environmentally well managed beaches. So says the blue flag, a distinction awarded by the European Foundation for Environmental Education. During the summer months, some one hundred events are held at La Pineda, aimed at a families such as clown acts, puppetry, music and magic. There are also plenty of music and dance performances. Aquapolis Waterpark is a fantastic water slide park and offers smaller pools for toddlers to paddle in.  The park has 11 hectares with extensive green areas, picnic areas and a large variety of other attractions.

Nou Camp Stadium

If you’ve got a football fan in the family, try the world-famous Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona. Go pitch-side in the steps of Messi, take a look at the director’s seats and climb right into the gantry where the journalists sit.


Whatever you do on your trip to Costa Dorada, don’t miss out on PortAventura. Kids will have the time of their lives at this huge park of big rollers and sensational shows, which is split up into themed zones. Work your way around Polynesia, Imperial China, Aztec Mexico, the Wild West and the Med. The park is family friendly and there are some smaller rids for little ones.


Salou is the most visited of the holiday resorts on the Costa Dorada, with a clean, sandy coastline, which stretches far into the horizon. Salou is just 20 minutes from Reus Airport. If the kids haven’t had their fill of water activities but you want to shake things up, head to Aquapolis Waterpark (See Pineda) where little ones have their very own splashy pools and mini-waterslides.


The historic city of Tarragona is more of an adult centred day out but kids will enjoy the ruins of this ancient city. You can enjoy a meal under the vaults of the Roman circus and lose yourself in the charming alleys of the historic quarter. Discover the true World Heritage of Tarragona, a heritage of historic monuments and locations from Roman, medieval and modern eras.

Ticket House of Illusion

The Magic Show at the Ticket House of Illusion (tickets from €24.95) is a brilliant evening of entertainment for all the family. With illusionists, hypnotists, top notch caberet performers and more, kids (big and small) will love this place.

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