La Pineda is a town in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain
The main attraction in La Pineda is a water park, “Aquopolis“, in the central street. The local beaches are also very popular with tourists.
- Playa del Racó
A golden location
La Pineda sits pretty at the top of a trio of holiday resorts on the Costa Dorada – Spain’s ‘Golden Coast’. It’s calmer than Salou, its big sister town to the south, but livelier than Cambrils, a sleepy fishing village and the smallest of the 3. The Spanish have been holidaying in La Pineda since the Fifties. Over the last couple of decades, the rest of the world has got in on the act, lured in by the sandy beaches and family-friendly feel.
La Pineda’s 3 beaches roll into 1 across a 3 kilometre-long golden stretch. Tucked safely away from the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean, the waters here are calm and the sands gently sloping – one of the reasons these shores are so popular with tiny paddlers and their parents. Another reason is that they’re spotlessly clean, with a Blue Flag to prove it.
Family theme parks
Two of Spain’s biggest and best theme parks sit within striking distance of La Pineda. Aquopolis is a huge waterpark right on the seafront – complete with dolphinarium and slides of all shapes and sizes. Over in nearby Vila-seca, the white-knuckle rides at Universal Studios’ PortAventura give Disneyland a run for its money.
An hour from Barcelona
For something completely different, drive an hour to Barcelona, where Gaudi’s architectural fantasies are everywhere you look. You can’t miss his unfinished cathedral, La Sagrada Familia. And you’ll want to save a chunk of time for his Parc Güell, where colourful mosaic reptiles creep along the park’s paths.
The nearest airport is Reus, only a 45 minute drive from La Pineda, where it is possible to arrive direct from many locations in Europe, including London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cork, Brussels, Palma, Frankfurt & Eindhoven. Flights are usually very cheap (Ryanair flights from the UK can be booked from about £40 return).
Alternatively Barcelona’s main airport is only a 1hr 20 drive and connects direct to all major international airports.
Both airports offer a variety of car hire and public transport options.
There is a very reasonably priced train line that runs along the coast from Barcelona to Valencia; to reach these cities from the local station in L’Amettla de Mar takes 60/90 minutes.
There are a number of local taxi companies contactable on the following numbers:
Car hire is available from Reus airport, Tarragona and Barcelona.
N.B. We are happy to offer a free shuttle service to and from the train station in L’Amettla de Mar on arrival and departure.
Olive Oil & Olive Wood from the Groves of La Pineda Estate
Each year the olive trees of La Pineda yield a generous harvest that is pressed locally and bottled in house. The grounds and environs also provide a regular supply of deadwood that can be pared and wittled into a variety of olivewood utensils, such as spoons, bowls and chopping boards. Olive oil is available in different quantities, and can be purchased in either presentation glass bottles or plastic containers for ease of transport. €12/litre