La Pineda, Costa Dorada, Spain
La Pineda is by no means the liveliest of resorts and active teenagers could find the place a bit quiet but this is a perfect holiday spot for families with young children and couples seeking a relaxing sunshine break.
La Pineda is well placed for visiting the resort of Salou and the Port Aventura Theme Park. Although La Pineda is generally a quiet resort, it can get a lot busier in the summer months with many tourists coming to visit the popular Port Aventura Theme Park.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | La Pineda Reviews
La Pineda offers 3.5km of fine golden sands which is split into 3 main beaches, Els Prats, La Pineda and El Roca. There are plenty of facilities and services at all beaches which makes it perfect for those who just want to relax or for those who wish to take part in the many water sports available.
El Prats beach tends to be a little quieter than the other beaches, perhaps due to the fact that it is situated close to the industrial harbour and the water and sand are not as good quality as elsewhere.
Things to Do
The main attraction in La Pineda is probably Aquopolis, the water park. There is a whole host of water slides and rides for kids of all ages, white water rapids and play areas for small kids which include mini golf, mini zoo and bumper boats. The park also has a dolphinarium and sea lion shows which are just great.
If you are looking for a little culture, go and visit the ruins of Callipolis, where you will see a large area of villas and thermal baths from the ancient Roman settlement. There is also a castle and fortress worth visiting in Cambrils which is just outside La Pineda.
Due to its great landscape, La Pineda is ideal for a number of outdoor activities such as horse riding, tennis and of course golf.
Out and About
Although there is maybe not just as much going on in La Pineda as there is in the neighbouring Salou, there is still plenty to do for a fun family holiday. There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants, some of which stay open into the early hours, especially in the summer months.
The restaurants offer a mix of Spanish and International dishes so you are bound to find something to your liking.
Down at the promenade, there is an entertainment centre which is open both day and night and offers bars, street cafes, ice cream parlours and shady terraces. There are also shows for children, folk festivals and street parties going on along the promenade during the summer months.
There are a few shops in the resort but most of them are souvenir shops and supermarkets but city of Tarragona is not far away and offers a great selection of Spanish boutiques. There is also a large shopping mall in Tarragona.
Perhaps one of the biggest attractions in the area, Port Aventura Theme Park is not far away. The park is split into 4 different themed areas, each with their own attractions, rides and restaurants. There is also a water park, Costa Caribe right next to the theme park which is also great fun for all the family.
If it%u2019s a little culture you are looking for then take a trip to Cambrils, the castle and its surrounding fortress is well worth a visit.
The city of Tarragona is just a short bus ride away and is great for those who enjoy shopping. The pretty main street is covered in exclusive Spanish boutiques and there is a large shopping mall just outside the city so you will be sure to find anything you need.
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