Ametlla de Mar, the heart of Costa Dorada
Costa Dorada is a coastal region at the southern tip of Catalonia. Its capital is Tarragona and it is divided into six counties with a total of 131 towns.
With an area of 2,999 square kilometres, it forms, along with Terres de l'Ebre, the province of Tarragona, which, along with Lleida, Girona and Barcelona, is one of the four provinces of Catalonia. Catalonia, which borders with France to the north on the other side of the Pyrenees, the Community of Valencia to the south and Aragon to the west, is one of the 17 autonomous regions of Spain, a country in the southwestern Europe.
Thanks to this enviable location, Costa Dorada is home to a fabulously varied geography, ranging from multiple mountain chains to a shore washed by the Mediterranean. Its six counties are L'Alt Camp, El Baix Camp, La Conca de Barberà, El Priorat, El Tarragonès and El Baix Penedès.
Costa Dorada is graced with a quintessentially Mediterranean climate, marked by mild winters and warm summers with little rain. In winter, this is due to the mistral wind, which blows in from the northwest, and the garbí, which blows from the southwest; in summer, the region's low humidity prevents the formation of fog.