Our Bitesize Guide to Holidays on the Costa Dorada
The Costa Dorada is the touristic area south of the Costa Brava. It includes a number of popular resorts, including Vilanova i Geltru, Cambrils, Salou and Sitges.
The area is served by airports in Reus and Barcelona, the latter being 30 minutes drive away from many resorts.
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Visit the Costa Dorada - Sitges
This former artistic retreat, consisting of 17 beaches clustered around a small hill, ranks as one of the best of the Mediterranean seaside towns. Sitges does a good job of blending its busy beach resort with its cultural scene, and has a fine selection of restaurants, a few private galleries and several museums. While there isn't actually much to do here, it is a pleasant place to wander around, although a thriving club scene means it can get busy in summer.
On the north side of this now popular gay and family destination, the beaches of San Sebastián and Dels Balmins give way to Port Esportiu Aiguadolç, one of the town's three marinas. To the south, white sands are divided by breakwaters and backed by the palm-lined Marítim Passeig.
A baroque parish church crowns this much-painted beachside view. Behind it is the original old town, which has some fine mansions, whitewashed houses and narrow streets.
La Ruta dels Americanos leads past the town's grand houses. These were built by residents who had made their fortunes in Cuba in the 1930s (a free map of the self-guided walking tour is available from the visitor information office). The Museu del Cau Ferrat, former home of the eccentric artist Santiago Rusiñol, gives an insight into the Catalán school of Modernism, which thrived in the town.