25 fun plans with children around the Costa Daurada!
Although summer is the most popular season to enjoy the Costa Daurada, specially its long sandy beaches, there is plenty to do with children all year around. So whether you are enjoying your holidays now, or just need ideas for throughout the year, here you have our list with 25 different plans to enjoy with children around the Costa Daurada:
- Port Aventura, theme park: now this is no surprise, as it has become a destination itself for many visitors. But you might be interested in the different events that happen throughout the year, including Halloween and Christmas season. All ages will enjoy the park, plus you have the added value of Ferrari Land, a new theme park.
- Parc Samà: this botanical and natural garden, set near Cambrils, is a great visit all year around. It offers a maze made of corn plants and lots of different animals to visit, including deer, ducks and turtles in the pond. You can also take a picnic, although they have a little coffe bar for snacks and drinks.
- Pratdip, in search of the Dips: the name of this little village, set in the mountains inland from Cambrils, refers to a legendary animal known as the Dips, which resembled a wolf and is said to have walked in the area. To remember this legend, the village has about 20 different metal statues of this animal, spread throughout the village for you and your family to discover. A nice plan any time of the year!
- Cova Font Major: in Espluga de Francolí, inland but part of what we know as the Costa Daurada Mountains, you will find this great plan to enjoy with children. A visit to an underground cave, with many remains of prehistorical and geological value.
- Museu de la Vida Rural: also in the same town of Espluga de Francolí, you will find this nice and cute museum about rural life both actually and how it has evolved during the past centuries.
- Granja Corral del Neri: there are many little farms or petting zoos, that offer family activities during the year. This one is located in el Catllar, north of Tarragona, and not only they offer a guided tour around their little farm, but also a well-equiped playground and the possibility to take your own picnic and enjoy it in their grounds. They also have different family activities and events during the whole year like Halloween/Castanyada parties, Family Yoga, Coaching with horses and much more…
- Calafell slide: also on the way to Barcelona, you will find this amazing long slide. Don’t buy only 1 ticket, as once the children try it they will want more for sure!
- Parc del Trenet a Reus: in the city of Reus there is a park that on Sundays offers train rides following the circular tracks they have set. There is also a big playground.
- Parc Ecohistòric del Pont del Diable: on the outskirts of Tarragona, there is this amazing roman acueduct, and around it you can enjoy a leisure park with a picnic area, a bar and trails to walk around.
- Centre Gaudí: you might not know that the artist Gaudí was actually born and raised in Reus ( or Riudoms, a nearby village as some claim) in the Costa Daurada. In the city centre, surrounded by beautiful buildings you can find this museum that is totally family and children friendly. Discover Gaudí from a different perspective!
- Castell del Catllar: this little village just north Costa Daurada offers a beautiful reconstructed medieval castle with beautiful views, many interactive videos and a really friendly guide to take you around. Many languages available!
- Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell: iberian history and legacy come to life in this reconstructed typical iberian village. Take your time and enjoy the area, as children can discover first hand hidden entrances or secret passages.
- Formatgeria Punta Calda: just outside l’Ametlla de Mar, you will find this lovely small goat cheese farm. Great place to go for a walk with children, watch the different farm animals, learn how the milk the goats and make cheese.
- Tarraco romana: if you have never visited Tarragona before with children, this is a must. You can either hop on the touristic train which will take you around the city ( Tarragona has its Cathedral on the top of a hill) or visit by foot some of the most amazing roman remain you will find. Don’t miss the amphitheatre,the circus, the roman walls and the pretorium, or pilates palace. Children will enjoy feeling like gladiators or enjoy the amazing views from the top of the palace.
- Prades: this little mountain village, an hour drive from Salou is surrounded by forests and offers not only a cozy architecture, but also lots of activities specially related to hiking and adventure sports.
- Kayak in Siurana Reservoir. Not far from the coast you can experience kayaking in this reservoir. The village of Siurana has also some stunning views and it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the country.
- Enoturisme Orientast in Rodonyà: if you are a wine lover you must try out this experience. You can get the best of both worlds: strolling around the village in search of three hidden wine bottles along the proposed route. Children will enjoy the treasure hunt while the adults get to experience some wine tasting.
- Museu a Alcover: Alcover is a village set inland, with a Museum that will certainly suprise you. A refurbished building from last century, holds two fixed expositions. On the first floor the reconstruction of life at the end of the XIX century with lots of videos and interactive screens. On the second floor, fossiles and dinosaur lovers will discover why the area is popular for fossiles.
- Serrallo Tarragona: when visiting the city, there is a nice area known as the Serrallo, next to the sea. It is the door to the fishermens harbour and the industrial port. There is a pedestrian zone, various children’s playgrounds and two museums, the archaelogical museum and the Port Museum, plus temporary exhibitions.
- Els Munts: this old roman villa is set only a few metres away from the beach, in Altafulla. The village is well worth a visit and a nice stroll along the beach. The Villa offers themed visits, and children will love the chance to dress as a roman and meet Caius and Faustina, hosts of the Villa.
- Els Muntanyans: north Costa Daurada, between Creixell and Torredembarra you will find these beautiful wetlands arranged so you can enjoy them all year around. You can walk along the natural corridors, learn about the animals and the vegetation or observe birds. It is a great outdoor visit to enjoy with children.
- Cambrils: the town itself is well worth a visit. On the plus side, there are two parks to enjoy outdoor play: Parc del Pescador i Parc del Pinaret.
- Dia de Granja: just outside Reus this farm is open all year around, and offers both a visit to the farm and also an amazing family area with an indoor and outdoor playground. The weather will not stop you from visiting, as you can also enjoy picnics,bbq or just a drink undercover.
- Camins de Ronda: if you love walking/hiking, and share that passion with your family, all along the Costa Daurada you will find the coastal path, AKA “camins de ronda” . The route is signalled and you can choose to do shorter or longer versions. Popular routes include Tarragona – Altafulla/Torredembarra, which can be combined with a train ride back and is about 12km. Or south to Ametlla de Mar to discover some amazing coves, or along Salou to enjoy a relaxed stroll next to the sea.
- Animal sanctuaries: a great way to teach children to respect animals and enjoy a morning/afternoon visit, is to visit an animal refuge. You can either look for your local refuge and see if you can maybe go and do some volunteering like walk the dogs or take some food or blankets. Some centres have organised visits, and by paying a fee entrance you are helping towards their expenses. Some interesting visits include La Bassa (el Vendrell), Refugi Set Cabretes (Salou-Botarell), Centre Horus (Pratdip),…
We will continue to update you on new plans and ideas to enjoy our beautiful region with your family. Enjoy!