Go on holiday in the Costa Dorada and you'll soon realise why it's called the Golden Coast. The main tourist hotspot is the city of Salou, with its thriving nightlife and plethora of perfect beaches (check out Llevant Beach and Platja de Ponent, among others). Foodies should head for the idyllic coastal town of Cambrils, with its range of top-notch seafood restaurants, and then of course there is the historic city of Tarragona, which boasts the Ancient Roman ruins of Tarraco and is also home to the famous International Dixieland Festival.
There's certainly no shortage of cheap flights to Spain. Carriers such as Ryanair, Thomson Flights and flythomascook all offer direct flights to the Costa Dorada from airports including Bristol, London Luton, Leeds Bradford and Glasgow Prestwick. There are two main gateways to your Costa Dorada holiday. If you're heading for the major resort areas (and you very likely will be!), then your best bet is to get a flight to Reus Airport, which has quick and easy bus links to Salou, Cambrils and Tarragona. Flights to Reus are also likely to be cheaper. However, if you're keen to see a bit of Barcelona as well, then you can fly to Barcelona El Prat Airport, which is around 80 kilometres from Tarragonathere are coach services that can take you down to the resorts, or you can get a train from Barcelona itself.
Buses offer a good, convenient way to get around during your Costa Dorada holiday. If you really want the freedom to explore, you can also hire a car in Costa Dorada, with a number of international firms to choose from. If you're visiting during the Summer peak period, it's recommended that you book your car hire well in advance to avoid disappointment!
Given that it's one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, there are plenty of hotels in Spain to choose from. The Costa Dorada is no exception, with a vast range of accommodation to suit the budgets of the many tourists who flock to the Golden Coast every year. If you want to make savings, though, you'd be better off heading out just before or after the Summer months, when hotels can be cheaper.
While it's easy to spend a lot of money, you can easily keep within your budget while on holiday in the Costa Dorada by keeping clear of expensive tourist-orientated restaurants and eating in the more unpretentious, traditional eateries with their local seafood. Lying on the beach won't cost a penny, and if you want a break from the sand you can explore the historic sites in Tarragona without having to splurge any money at all.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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