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Spain’s Costa Dorada translates literally as ‘golden coast’, and is inspired by the colour of its glorious sand when the sun shines. It spans Catalonia’s Mediterranean coast between Cunit and Alcanar and is the perfect holiday for active families on a modest budget.

Costa Dorada is easy to get to and has a temperate climate with plenty of nature to lose yourselves in plus activities to capture the attention of all ages. The area’s main towns are SalouCambrils and La Pineda, while the region is also home to the world-class theme park Port Aventura.

Culturally inquisitive families can explore the countryside discovering prehistoric caves, monasteries and ancient walled towns, but it’s the action packed fun that really captures the imagination of families with cycling, hiking, horseback riding, quad biking and four-wheel driving routes, not to mention a plethora of watersports, readily available here in beautiful surroundings.

Activities for families

If cycling is your family activity of choice, Cambrils makes a great base for a holiday in the saddle and the town itself has 27km of bike lanes, with a third of these running along the coast. Mont-roig del Camp is the region’s first mountain biking centre and offers circuits spanning a total of 143km. With 10 different routes and four difficulty levels, there is something for all abilities. The visitor centre offers a wide range of services related to the sport, including equipment hire and itineraries. Accommodation is certified to host cycling groups with services such as bicycle storage, bike repair and wash, special diets and flexible meal times.

Costa Dorada is also perfect for family trekking holidays, especially Montsant Massif and the Prades Mountains. Families can enjoy one of the finest coastal itineraries, The Castle and Monastery of Cornu Bovis’ trail where walkers ascent to the ancient Roman castle at Escornalbou from Duesaigues, returning via the picturesque village of L’Argentera.

The Depth of the Mediterranean Woodland itinerary takes travellers from the monastery of Poblet, the most important Cistercian monastery on the Iberian peninsula, before walking through the woods of the monks of St Benet. Families with younger children might want to follow the ‘short distance footpaths’ marked in yellow.

If your family just can’t get enough of seaside holidays and watersports, Costa Dorada’s 92km coastline is home to eight marinas. The Nautical Station is the biggest in Catalonia and spans nearly 60km including the coastal towns of Salou, Cambrils, Mont-roig del Camp, Miami Playa, Vandelios and l’Hospitalet del Infant and l’Ametila de Mar. Here families will discover long golden beaches and nautical stations offering kayaking, jet skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, paddle surfing, parasailing and fly-boarding where participants are propelled into the air with a jetpack style board. Another coastal highlight is the Tuna Tour experience, where confident swimmers can swim and snorkel in the sea amongst wild Bluefin tuna fish.

Where to stay:

1. Camping Resort Sanguli Salou

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Located just outside Salou, Camping Resort Sanguli Salou offers a range of family-friendly options including camping, bungalows and mobile homes. Best of all, there are three swimming pools for you and your youngsters to let off steam, relax and enjoy the sunshine. The Happy Pool is located at the sports area and next to the Mini Club and has fun waterslides and a shallow pool for toddlers. The Fiesta Pool will be a real attraction for all the family with its slides, sunbeds and parasols and Bar Oasis. There’s plenty to keep families entertained here with mini golf, beach volleyball and trampolines as well as an amphitheatre with a full entertainment programme for kids and adults.

Don’t miss a day trip Tarragona, the capital of the region, just a 15-minute drive from the campsite. Perfect for kids studying ancient Rome, Tarragona has a Roman forum, walls, amphitheatre and Roman Circus where chariot races took place. Or head to Barcelona, 100 km away, to explore Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, Picasso’s art, great shopping and tapas bars.

Price: Standard camping from £13, mobile homes from £36 and bungalows from £38 per night.

Find out more and book Camping Resort Sanguli Salou.

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