Thanks to the short flight time, great resorts and children focused hotels, the Costa Dorada remains a firm favourite for families. You can fly out for a relaxing holiday complete with lazy breakfasts or you can print off Holiday Hypermarkets top 10 things to do with kids in Costa Dorada and get the most out of this buzzing resort.
1. Port Aventura – This is Spain’s first theme park. The park is split into six areas and also includes a water park and four hotels. There is a man-made beach for those who do not want to miss out on sunbathing hours. Top Tips – The rides are amazing and it is worthwhile trying to get an express pass so that you are not wasting your time queueing. Children have to be over 1m in height to be allowed on the majority of the rides, so younger children may be disappointed.
2. House of Illusion – Currently ranking first of twenty attractions in Salou by TripAdvisor, and has received a Certificate of Excellence 2014. Kids absolutely love watching the magicians and illusionists in this theatre show. Top Tip – Drinks are included with the ticket prices and if you choose the earlier of the two shows dinner is also included.
3. Aquopolis Water Park – With lots of rides and play areas this is a great day out for families, especially the dolphin and sea lion show. Top Tip – Once you are in the park you do need to pay for sunloungers and lockers so bring cash if you are planning to use these.
4. Barcelona – This beautiful city is just over an hour away from most of the resorts. Here football fans can take a tour of Camp Nou Stadium whilst the kids enjoy Barcelona Aquarium, which is considered the largest of it’s kind in Europe. Top Tip – Take a walk up La Rambla where the whole family can enjoy watching the street performers.
5. Watersports – Almost every type of watersport is available up and down this coast from banana boats to windsurfing. If white knuckle watersports is not your thing then grab a fishing rod and challenge the kids to the biggest catch. Top Tip – The best resorts for watersports are Salou and Cambrils.
6. Dancing Fountain Show – A lovely activity for an evening if you are staying in Salou is to take a walk to the fountains. The promenade is flat and very wheelchair and buggy friendly. Top Tip – Head down on the weekends when there is a laser show of the fountains and they appear to dance.
7. Choo-Choo – There is a Noddy train that runs around Salou. It is a novelty for the kids and a good thing to do in the heat when you are tired of walking around. Top Tip – Prices in 2013 were €3 but check locally for any increases for 2014.
8. Bosc Aventura Salou –This fantastic activity park is a great way to tire them out with zip lines, circuit bridges and paintballing for over 12’s. They can also enjoy the climbing wall and mini golf. Then the best part is when the kids are happy and you know they have burnt off all that excess steam, you get some time to relax. Top Tip – There are some amazing spots for a picnic here so we would definitely recommend saving your money and bringing your own lunch.
9. Build Sandcastles – Costa Dorada is translated as Golden Coast in Spanish as there are around 60 beaches with lovely golden sands. Some have small sheltered coves and shallow waters, and kids of all ages love to build sandcastles. Top Tip – The beauty of the beaches in Costa Dorada is that it isn’t hard to find one with buggy access and have a look out for the ones that have been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness.
10. Glass Bottomed Boat Rides – In Cambrils they offer these rides, some are for a couple of hours or you can do day trips. The kids are fascinated by the underwater activity and love to spot and name the different types of fish. Top Tip – Prices start from €28 per person but you can pay up to €42 if you want lunch included.
We have come across a great place to get a refreshing drink while you are in Salou – Koko Beach Club – children are more than welcome. They do lovely cocktails for the adults and all of them can be made non alcoholic for the children and are made with fresh fruit – strawberries, kiwis, pineapple etc. They also have colouring in equipment for the kids and the terrace is really safe and relaxing. Make sure they say hello to Dave the dog.
Overall Costa Dorada is a good choice for families as there are plenty of activities and it is very family friendly. Have you been to this Costa before? How many of our top 10 things to do with kids in Costa Dorada have you done? Would you consider taking your family?