The Costa Dorada is located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. This place is not accidentally called the "Gold Coast because here you can see a huge number of clean and incredibly beautiful beaches, covered with placers of golden sand. Every year a huge number of tourists from all over the world come here. The beautifully equipped beaches of Costa Dorada are suitable for a full family vacation. Here there is a pleasant climate, the sea is warm and not too deep, and there are more sunny days than other resorts in Spain.
This place is great for active recreation: windsurfing, fishing, sailing, golf, horse riding - on the coast you can find everything for a pleasant pastime. In addition to the beaches, you should visit nightclubs, restaurants, go shopping and, of course, explore the sights of Costa Dorada, which are also many.
The most significant and popular architectural landmarks of Costa Dorada are:
- Roman aqueduct;
- Roman Amphitheater of Tarragona;
- The Monastery Poblet;
- Cathedral of Santa Maria.
This ancient architectural monument of Spain is only a part of a large aqueduct that could supply water at a distance of 25 km. Call it the "Devil's Bridge". According to legend, the bridge was built not by people, but by the devil, who wanted to get the soul of the one who first crossed it. And this was not the first man, but the donkey.
The construction of the aqueduct was carried out in the I century BC, and in its intended purpose the structure was used until the end of the XVIII century. Part of the bridge, which has survived until today, reaches a height of 27 m. Its length is 217 m. The Devil's Bridge has been listed as a UNESCO heritage since 2000.
Modern tourists who come to Costa Dorada, will be able to see near the majestic monument of the past, touch the stones, impregnated with ancient history. The edges of the trench, located at the very top of the aqueduct, are fixed with concrete slabs, so tourists can safely climb to the top of the structure and walk along the bridge without fear. From the height of the picturesque landscapes on Tarragona and its surroundings open.
There is an aqueduct in the territory of a large well-groomed park. There are no usual tracks, only trails trampled by tourists' feet, which come to look at the ancient structure. The park with pine trees is perfect for walking and pleasant pastime. You can enter here freely, no tickets are required.
Roman Amphitheater of Tarragona
Once Tarragona was the residence of Roman emperors, so here was built an amphitheater as a place for entertainment. Bloody spectacles, the battles of gladiators, flogging the guilty, fighting with wild animals - all this was arranged by the rulers in order to amuse themselves and their associates. Not far from the Mediterranean Sea on a high hill and this attraction is located, built in the II century AD. The Roman theater is open-air and can accommodate up to 1, 00 visitors.
Only in the middle of the last century archaeologists were able to completely clear the monument from the sand. The amphitheater in Spain has remained in pretty good condition. And today you can see the main gate, the stands and the big arena. This place remembers not only gladiatorial fights, but also reprisals against priests during the persecution of Christianity.
The Roman Theater is part of the entire museum complex of Costa Dorada. To him also belong the Roman Circus, where chariot races were held, however, little of it remained, and the Museum of History.
It is an active monastery, which is considered to be one of the largest in Spain. Tours for tourists are held here, but at a strictly fixed time, so as not to disturb the internal order. In the XII century the monastery was part of the so-called "Cistercian Triangle uniting the territory of Costa Dorada.
The complex includes a pantheon of the royal house, as well as a royal residence. For this reason, the best sculptors worked on the creation of various ornaments. In the premises of the monastery you can see luxuriously painted tombstones, stairs, a library, a refectory and other premises. Interesting for tourists attractions such as the royal tomb, as well as unusual galleries with arches, located on the patio.
Cathedral of Santa Maria
The temple building is one of the most famous and attractive places in Costa Dorada. The architecture of the ancient cathedral is a harmonious combination of Romanesque and Gothic styles. To the entrance to the temple from the central facade is a luxurious staircase. The main entrance is decorated with a majestic carved bas-relief depicting the paintings of the Last Judgment. Here there are beautiful statues of the Mother of God, prophets and apostles.
In the Cathedral there is a high bell tower, Gothic arches, a rose window. The vernal appearance of the structure resembles a defensive fortress. In the eastern part of the temple there is a museum with a rich collection of ceramics, ancient carpets, coins, forged items and other valuables.
This cathedral is a significant attraction of Spain, which is worth a look.
In and around Salou
Salou is a popular resort of Costa Dorada, which is very popular with our compatriots. The majority of holidaymakers are young people and couples with children. Here you can not only luxuriate on a warm beach, take a dip in the sea waves, but also explore unique sights:
- Bay of the Capellans;
- The main beach of Salou;
- "The Dancing Fountain."
Bay of the Chaplains
Salou is a resort that is famous all over the world. All local beaches are very beautiful, comfortable and perfectly equipped. The only drawback is that at the height of the summer season, a huge number of tourists come here from all over the world. For this reason, many vacationers who want to stay in silence, try to find the most secluded place. One of the most reserved and quiet beaches of Salou is called "The Bay of the Capellans".
This beach, fenced off from the entire coast by high cliffs, looks charming and picturesque. Colorful cliffs not only give aesthetic pleasure, but also allow you to relax in a calm quiet environment. Rocks protect this area and from high waves.
The Bay of Chaplains in Salou is small in size, the shore is covered with fine golden sand. This beach is not popular with tourists, so visitors are few here. Despite this, the beach is well equipped for recreation.
The main beach of Salou
The main or eastern beach stretched along the coastline for more than a kilometer. Like everyone else in Salou, it is covered with pleasant fine sand, which is painted golden. Everything you need for a good rest can be rented - umbrellas, sun loungers. On the beach there are cabins for changing clothes, showers and toilets.
On the coast of Salou you can sunbathe, swim, make leisurely walks at sunset. For fans of outdoor activities on the beach built sports grounds. Families who come with children will definitely like special gaming facilities.
On the beach there are also architectural landmarks, for example, the fountain of "Luminos". On the south side of Salou is a seaport, where luxury sports ships often moor.
Among the entertainments of the Eastern beach is worth noting the opportunity to dive, or rent a variety of swimming tools and plenty to ride the waves of the sea. On the coast there are a lot of restaurants where quality delicious dishes are served.
"The Dancing Fountain"
This is an incredibly exciting show that takes place in Salou in the summer. Colorful action occurs with the participation of two large fountains, located on one boulevard. This view is one of the brightest sights of Spain and is able to compete in scale with the world's analogues.
Both fountains in Salou are highlighted with different colors, there are more than 200 combinations. The game of numerous water jets is mesmerizing, and the backlighting creates an incredible effect. This unique action is complemented by a laser show and a musical accompaniment.
Costa Dorada - an amazing corner of Spain, which is suitable for quality recreation and sightseeing, exciting trips and unforgettable bright emotions..