Costa Dorada, Spain

Calla Fonda, Costa Dorada, Spain

Calla Fonda, Costa Dorada, Spain

Best Costa Dorada/Daurada beaches

Stretching south from the city of Barcelona to Tarragona in the region of Catalonia, the Spanish Costa Dorada (aka Daurada) enjoys 150 miles of ‘golden’ (a bit optimistic there we think) sand beaches, hence its name the ‘Gold Coast’.

Playa Castelldefels

Only a few minutes away from Barcelona and its international airport Castelldefels, between the mountainous massif of Garraf on the Mediterranean has more than five kilometres of fine beaches.

Sitges

Sitges beaches, Spain. Photo Werner Lang

Sitges beaches, just south of Barcelona. Photo Werner Lang

45 minutes south of Barcelona, Sitges is famously gay and attractive. It has seventeen fine sand beaches, including several Blue Flag award winners such as Terramar, ten urban beaches and a couple of isolated rural beaches such as gay friendly Playa del Muerto, however when it comes to plain old sunbathing, Playas de la Ribera and La Fragata in the town centre is where the majority of the crowds go. Most of the beaches are ideal for swimming with sheltered calm waters.

Cala Fonda, near Tarragona

Locally known as Waikiki Beach, Cala Fonda is one of the most untouched and isolated nudist beaches in Spain, with scenic natural settings backed by pine woods but almost no facilities and only accessible on foot.

La Mora Beach, Tarragona

This small, well-managed, Blue Flag beach has natural vegetation, tranquil waters and ancient ruins!
It offers excellent facilities, some sizeable Roman structures, a castle, good parking, restaurants, camping and a variety of sports. If you prefer an urban beach, try the popular, Blue Flag El Miracle Beach with its enjoyable Rafael de Casanova promenade leading from the city centre.