Most people who are visiting Barcelona for a family holiday often want to venture outside of the city but are left baffled about where to go. Two popular choices that they face include Costa Brava and Costa Dorada. For an average traveller who has not yet been to any of the two Costas, it is hard to make a decision. Below, learn more about their differences and similarities which should help you reach a well-informed decision.


Comparing the Two


Location is one of the most important factors that can differentiate the two. Costa Dorada is only 15 minutes from the Reus airport, which makes it excellent in terms of accessibility. Costa Brava, on the other hand, is not as easy to reach. If you need to take travel time into consideration, you can weight these two factors.


Each of the beaches at both destinations on the coast of Spain each has a different attitude, depending on the area where you are headed on your family holiday. The beaches of Costa Dorada, however, are more often preferred by tourists as they are more spacious, and they have finer sands and clearer water. In Costa Brava, on the other hand, most of the beaches are rocky and surrounded by stone cliffs.




When it comes to coastal activities, Costa Dorada is believed by many to be the better choice. It offers more attractions, including theme parks such as Universal Studios, Aqua Leon, and Aquopolis. Other interesting places to check out in Costa Dorada include Tarragona, Sitges, and Delta del Obro. In Costa Brava, on the other hand, tourists flock to Mareseme, Girona, and La Selva during a Spain holiday.


In Costa Dorada, there are more new property developments than what can be seen in Costa Brava. This means that you can expect having a more diverse selection of accommodations in Costa Dorada. When selecting your holiday villa for your family, you may want to discuss your vacation preferences with your family.




If you love wine, Costa Dorada is a destination that is highly recommended. Here, there are five regions that are certified for wine making. Every year there are different festivals that are held to showcase local wines. In Costa Brava, on the other hand, there are regular festivals that showcase their local cuisine.


At the end of the day, choosing which one is better between Costa Brava and Costa Dorada will be a decision that is subjective. It all depends on your personal preferences, including how much time you have during your travel. The more important thing is to have an open mind and remember that you are on your vacation. Regardless of where you go, you can craft memories that will last forever.