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Best beaches of the Costa Dorada

Written by Christine

Summer is just around the corner so it’s time to get out and explore the beautiful beaches that Catalonia has to offer. While Barcelona offers many great beaches, such as Barceloneta, there are so many other amazing places to discover once you venture out a little further. The Costa Dorada, in Tarragona, offers miles of coastline and tons of beachfront to enjoy. Here are some of the best beaches for you to discover on the Costa Dorada.


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Tamarit is a beautiful little town right on the coast that is really unique since there is a castle that overlooks the beach. Popular with nature lovers and tourists during the warmer months, Tamarit is a great place to go when you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of big city life. You can rent a bungalow or a campsite just steps away from the beach where you can truly get away from it all and enjoy the natural beauty.

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Altafulla is another peaceful town located not far from Tamarit that offers over 1000 meters of golden, sandy beaches. The beach is one of the town’s main attractions but you can also visit several UNESCO world heritage sites like the old Roman Walls. You can enjoy a variety of watersports, such as sailing, at the Altafulla Sailing Club which was established on the beach in 1973.


Salou is ranked as one of the best beaches in Spain and is very popular with tourists in the summer. You can explore the coves, hike the cliffs, and walk the Camino de Ronda right on the waterfront. Besides the beautiful beachesSalou has so much more to offer that you won’t be bored. With plenty of culture and activities happening all around it, this beach should be at the top of your list for places to visit this summer.

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Not far from Salou you can visit the enchanting summer town of Cambrils, which is ideal for anyone who is looking for an active an exciting beach vacation. Cambrils is a certified sports tourism destination, offering tons of watersports like sailing, surfing, and windsurfing. You can rent a bike and enjoy the great sea views on your ride. If you like the beach but are bored by simply laying down to get a tan, this beach allows you to get active and have an adventure.

El Torn

El Torn is the place for you if you’re looking to reconnect with nature and enjoy the tranquility and peace that it has to offer. This beach isn’t too touristy and is known as a popular nudist beach. Clean, peaceful, and surrounded by trees, this beach allows you to escape from reality for a while as you take in the views, relax, and enjoy the sunlight.

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About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

1 Comment

  • El Torn is in fact a nudist only beach. The signs at all the access points say no swim wear, no dogs and no watchers! People in clothes tend to be viewed very suspiciously, especially by parents.

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