The Costa Dorada in Catalonia is loved by families for its calm, shallow waters and child-friendly activities. Firstly, you will find numerous theme parks and water parks to entertain the kids. Likewise, there’s plenty of culture for grown ups such as Tarragona’s Roman Amphitheatre and Reus’ Gaudí Centre which exhibits the famed architect’s work.

1. Port Aventura Theme Park

One of Europe’s biggest and most popular theme parks, Port Aventura is a must visit for any family visiting the Costa Dorada. The park is divided into six worlds, including a Polynesian jungle and Seseame Street area that little ones will love. In addition to state of the art rollercoasters and rides, there are loads of restaurants and shops, and even six hotels and a camper van area on site.

Most importantly, if you want to save money and plan to visit several times, you can buy a combined ticket to the theme park, adjoining water park and Ferrari Land.

Address: Avinguda del Batlle Pere Molas, km 2, 43840 Vila-seca, Tarragona, Spain

Opening Hours: Open daily from April – October. Times vary, check the website for more info.

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2. Beaches

Costa Dorada translates as “The Golden Coast”, thanks to its large number of large sandy beaches. The area is therefore loved by both Spanish residents and tourists alike.  For instance, Salou is the most popular tourist spot, but if you’re after something a little quieter, head to Cap Salou, La Pineda or Cambrils, where 9km of sandy beach awaits.

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3. Aquopolis Water Park

The Aquopolis franchise has popular water parks all over Spain, and the one in La Pineda is a firm favourite with visiting families. For example, it boasts high adrenaline rides like the black hole, but also plenty of attractions for younger children like slides and splash zones. In addition, there’s also a relaxing hydrotherapy pool and a mini golf course .

Address: Passeig de Pau Casals, 65, 43480 Platja de la Pineda, Tarragona, Spain

Opening Hours: Open from April to October, days and times vary according to the season. Check the website for more information.

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4. Parc Sama

If you fancy a change from the beach, this beautiful botanic park in Salou is a green oasis where you can escape the crowds. You can let the kids loose around the fountains, lakes and play areas, so they can burn off some energy. You can also spot plenty of wildlife- peacocks, parrots, terrapins, deer and ducks, for instance. However, there is an entry fee to consider, which is 10 Euros for adults and 6 Euros for children over seven.

Address: Carretera de Vinyols, s/n, 43850 Cambrils, T, Spain

Opening Hours: Open daily at 10am each day. Closing times vary depending on season.

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5. Bosc Aventura

A multi-activity adventure park in Salou’s centre with fun activities for all ages, even for children as young as three years old. Firstly test your balance on obstacles and zip wires in the forest, and after that have a go at ‘soft’ paintball, archery tag and minigolf. In addition, there’s also a pleasant picnic area where you can refuel afterwards.

Address: Carrer de Barbastre, 15, 43840 Salou, Spain

Opening Hours: Open daily from April to October. Timings vary depending on the season, check the website for more info.

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