Grab a last minute steal to sunny Costa Dorada
Home to some seriously gorgeous beaches and the biggest theme park in Europe, Costa Dorada makes for a fabulous no-fuss holiday that’s just as great on the fly. With a flight time from UK airports to Reus airport in Costa Dorada around two and a half hours, you’ll be sunning yourself in no time.
It’s no wonder that, with 92 kilometres of glorious beach, Costa Dorada’s name translates to ‘The Golden Coast’. This sunny stretch of Spain combines some of the best beaches in the country with fun holiday destinations that put all your holiday necessities within easy reach of each other. Salou is one of Costa Dorada’s most popular resorts for its Blue Flag award-winning beaches speckled with hotels and watersport opportunities, its array of traditional markets, and the PortAventura theme park, which is just on its doorstep. Visit this big time theme park and your whole holiday will be set – its six distinct areas and massive roller coasters will set you up for an action-packed stay.
On the other end of Costa Dorada’s holiday spectrum is the nearby, laid-back resort of Cap Salou, whose peaceful beach comes cloaked in cliffs and pine trees. Much of your dining options are found along the Curve – the resort’s promenade – so you won’t have to travel far to find your next best eat. Plus, Cap Salou might be heavy on the easy-going vibes, but it revs up the energy for nightlife.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
High season in Costa Dorada is undoubtedly the summertime, where the sun is shining and the beaches glitter just that much brighter. Summer here includes June, July and August, though May sees similarly good deals.
For the best last minute deals, you’re best off booking no earlier than eight weeks in advance, which means you should keep your eyes peeled in April and May for top money-saving offers. There are also deals for when the crowds begin to thin at the end of the summer, so you should keep your schedule open for a last minute trip in September and October.
Other popular holidays in Spain
If you love the thought of booking a last minute deal but are still on the fence about where to go, there are plenty of other places in Spain to check out. Have a look at similar destinations like Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol. If you’re set on a holiday to Costa Dorada, here are some of our favourite last minute hotels.
It's just a 10-minute walk to the cove at Playa Capellans from this mid-sized hotel, though you're even closer to area shops, bars and restaurants. The onsite bowling alley and two pools mean you won't have to venture far for entertainment, while a buffet restaurant with international specials and an English breakfast sates any and all dining needs. Add to this three bars and fortnightly live entertainment, and you've got yourself one totally self-contained holiday hub.
Over in quiet Cap Salou, the Sunclub Salou Apartments offer kitchenettes and dining areas for the utmost convenience where dining is concerned. There's even a market on hand for supplies. The walk to Cala Font beach is less than five minutes, while nightly entertainment like karaoke and quizzes are just downstairs.