The Costa Dorada is steeped in history, so there are lots of museums, archaeological sights and iconic monuments to visit in the area – perfect if you have a rainy day or just fancy a change from the beach. Children are well catered for at most popular tourist attractions, there are often specialised tours, audio guides or activities to keep them engaged and entertained.
Read on to discover our top family friendly indoor activities in the Costa Dorada.
1. Gaudi Centre, Reus
Dedicated to the architect Antoni Gaudí, who was born in the city of Reus in 1852, this modern museum (opened 2007) takes the visitor on a journey through the artist’s life and works. You will see for example impressive exhibits and audiovisual technology. The kids will love the interactive displays which makes visitors to engage with Gaudi’s work through touch, sound and sight.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 7pm
2. Tourist Train, Tarragona
The ancient city of Tarragona is a ‘must visit’ for any history buffs. The whole city is like an open air museum, brimming with ancient sites like the Roman Amphitheatre. If you have little ones whose legs tire easily, the tourist train is a great way to explore. Furthermore, the entire loop visits 12 important sites across the city.
The visit takes around 50 minutes in total, but you can board and disembark as many times as you like in a day. Your ticket includes headphones with an audio guide so you can learn all about the city’s chequered past.
3. House of illusion, Salou
Fancy an evening show with your dinner? The House of Illusion is an award winning venue where a team of professional magicians will entertain your whole brood. Expect some great tricks, stunts and performances of course.
Tickets to the early show include a two course dinner with unlimited drinks . There’s a lovely sea view terrace and bar for drinks before and after the show too.
The House of Illusion Theatre Show is on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 6:30pm & 10pm.
The Salou Big Show (cabaret / variety show) is on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9pm.
4. Sirenas Mediterranean Academy, Tarragona
A really unique experience for any kids who dream of becoming a mermaid. In addition, this academy offers indoor swimming classes where they will learn about the history and mythology of mermaids. Your child will also be given a mermaid outfit in order to learn how to swim like one! They will receive a certificate at the end, as well as a photo of them to remember this amazing experience.
In addition, the mermaid classes are held at various locations across Tarragona and Salou.
5. Tarragona National Archaeological Museum, Tarragona
With so much ancient heritage in this city, it’s no surprise that some of Catalonia’s best museums can be found in Tarragona. This museum is the perfect place to take the family and learn all about its Roman past.
There are lots of children’s activities and events at the museum throughout the year, especially in summer. Including special guided tours, theatre acts, games, cinema showings, workshops and educational talks. Therefore, a great idea among the great activities to do in Costa Dorada.
Opening Hours: 9:30am-8:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday. 10am-2pm on Sundays. Closed on Mondays.
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