While you may already be familiar with Spain’s main Costas, there are plenty of other gorgeous stretches of coastline that are a little off the usual tourist trails. 2017 looks like it’s going to be another bumper year for Spanish family and beach holidays for UK travellers, but rather than dealing with crowded Costas, why not try somewhere a little more secretive next year?

The Costa Dorada is Catalonia’s hidden treasure. The aptly named ‘Golden Coast’ lives up to its reputation, with miles and miles of golden sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water and a definite lack of crowds. However, if you do have the little ones with you then don’t worry, because just a few miles up the coast is one of Europe’s biggest theme parks, the Port Aventura. All of this makes the Costa Dorada a fabulous and relaxing destination for a family holiday in the sun.

Chill out in style

With so much to discover on a family holiday to Costa Dorada, it’s no surprise that this part of Spain is becoming a firm favourite for families looking for a chill out away from the usual summer crowds.  There’s plenty to discover inland too, if you can tear yourself away from the beach for a day. Away from the 150 miles of golden sands, you’ll find olive and citrus groves, and some wonderful little family-owned vineyards where you can pick up a case of wine for a fraction of the cost back home.

While there are still some lively resorts further along the coast at Cambrils and Salou, most hotels along the Costa are small, friendly, family-run businesses where you’re made to feel like one of the family from the moment you step through the doors.

Costa Dorada summer temperatures can top out at 32°C in the height of summer, although a cooling breeze from the coast helps to stop it from becoming too hot. Even in the winter, you can still expect around 15°C and almost deserted beaches, making it a perfect bolthole for a romantic winter break for two.