South of Barcelona on the Catalonian coast, the Costa Dorada – the Golden Coast – stretches from the Costa Brava to the north to Tarragona in the south. The 135-mile coastline mostly consists of flat golden sandy beaches, punctuated by the key resorts of Salou and Cambrils and many villages and marinas. Towns to explore include Reus, Valls and Montblanc while Tarragona is a historic city perfect for getting lost in. Medieval monasteries including Poble, Santes Creus and Scala Dei are all worth visiting too.

Beaches that should command your attention include those around the Ebro delta down to Les Cases d'Alcanar and between Cunit and Mont-roig del Camp where lovers of wide sandy beaches will find paradise. Meanwhile inland there are rugged mountains, home to a number of large nature reserves around the areas of Tivissa, Cardo and Ports de Tortosa.

The area is popular with Spanish tourists and can get crowded in the summer time but those prepared to go off the beaten track will inevitably find peace and quiet where they can relax and enjoy the many charms of traditional Spain.

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