Waikiki Beach Tarragona - How to get here and to enjoy!

Waikiki Beach in Tarragona – How to get here for a day trip (and what to pack)

Have you heard of Cala Waikiki, also known as Cala Fonda Waikiki Beach Tarragona, is a gorgeous beach located on the Costa Dorada, south of Barcelona, next to Tarragona. The official name of this beach is “Cala Fonda,” but locals call it Waikiki Beach. It is a real paradise near Barcelona, in an area known for its stunning calas Tarragona.

When spending One Week in Barcelona, a nice day trip to Waikiki Beach is a wonderful idea. This pristine beach, located in a serene pine forest, offers a peaceful escape from the bustling city, making it an ideal travel destination for those seeking natural beauty and relaxation. For those interested in Tarragona attractions and exploring Tarragona Spain beaches, Cala Waikiki Beach is a must-visit.

In case you are not a beach lover, we collected also 33 day trips from Barcelona. And if you still need to book your accommodation in Barcelona, you can hit the jackpot! Check out our handwritten guide to where to stay in Barcelona.

The Tarragona beaches in Barcelona itself are always packed with endless people.

In Waikiki Beach are usually fewer people. You can really chill and slow down. Therefore, a short city break at the beach is an incredible idea.

Hidden beach near Barcelona

How to Get to the Beach in Barcelona and Waikiki Beach in Tarragona

There are different ways on how to get to Waikiki Beach. We actually recommend coming here by car. In this, it is more convenient.

But let us go through all the possibilities:

  1. by car
  2. by train
  3. by bus

Either way, you will need to walk 15-20 minutes to get to Waikiki Beach in Tarragona from the starting point we mention below.

Unless you stay at Camping Torre de la Mora, then you will have the shortest walk. I created a small map below. Please have a closer look, so you can find the way easily.

Waikiki Beach, a paradise near Barcelona

1. By Car

Going by car to Waikiki Beach is the easiest and most comfortable way.

Coming from Barcelona, you will need to drive to La Mora in Tamarit, Tarragona. This is the nearest playa (beach) where you can find convenient Waikiki Beach Tarragona parking for your car. From there, you’ll need to take a short walk. As you stroll to the Cala beach, you’ll also pass by camping Waikiki, a camping site also known as Camping Torre de la Mora, where some visitors choose to stay.

Check with Mr. Google bout the best way to reach Tamarit. He will give you all the indications.

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2. By Train

Coming from BarcelonaSants to Altafulla – Tamarit. From the train station, you can opt for a 15-minute taxi ride to the Playa Waikiki Tarragona, or walk to La Mora Beach, which takes about an hour, and then proceed to Waikiki Beach with an additional 20-minute walk. Check the train schedules here.

Once there, the best option might be a taxi or cab, as a car ride is just 15 minutes.

What about walking?

If you were thinking about walking from there, bear in mind it will be around one hour just to reach La Mora Beach. Then you must add the walking time from that beach to Waikiki Beach. That will take you around 20 minutes.

3. By Bus

Another option will be to take the bus from Tarragona. The bus leaves quite frequently.

You can find the bus schedule for Tarragona public bus here. You will have to take the bus to Tamarit. From there you will have to walk.

Even though transports are good, I do not personally recommend taking this option. It takes quite a long time, and it is better to spend that time on the beach, right?

Walk to Waikiki Beach

Once you reach the beach in La Mora, it is a 15-20 min hike to Waikiki Beach. As you walk along the coastline, you will also pass by camping Tarragona playa, also known as Camping Torre de la Mora.

Here is a map we created; that should help for planning. You can find the Waikiki Beach Tarragona map below.

The path is not hard, but it can be hot. Fortunately, there are some tree shadows along the way where you can stop with the excuse of taking some photos.

Once in La Mora beach, look at your right side facing the beach. You will see the cliffs and a camping site.

Smart Tip: In case you need to buy water or food, this is the moment!

You will need to cross the camping, called Camping Torre de la Mora, (no worries at all about crossing the camping, you are allowed to do that).

Afterward, you just need to continue walking along the coastline.

Firstly, you will find a beach called Platja Roca Plana which looks like this. That is not your final destination.

Keep walking (or make a stop here and enjoy this beach before reaching Waikiki).

On the way to Waikiki Beach

Just keep walking until you reach Waikiki Beach. The sand on Waikiki beach is gold colored and quite fine. You will simply love it there!

Arriving at Waikiki Beach Tarragona

What to bring to Waikiki Beach

There is no so-called chiringuito (beach bar) at the beach. That means – seriously – no beach bar.

Therefore, there are not many things you could buy water or food.

For this reason, pack enough water and food, and even some cookies, so you can spend the day without being interrupted by hunger.

In case you need to buy food and drinks, the nearest point is on La Mora Beach.

Obviously, you should bring also sun cream as there is basically no shadow at Waikiki Beach. While Waikiki Beach Tarragona itself doesn’t have any restaurants or beach bars, there are several dining options in the nearby areas of La Mora and Tamarit.

After a relaxing day at the beach, you can explore some of the local Waikiki Beach Tarragona restaurants, offering fresh seafood and traditional Spanish cuisine.

Cool idea: Put a 1.5liter bottle in the freezer the night before. Bring it with you to the beach. Your water bottle will be frozen, ergo it will stay cold for a longer time. A simple way to have cold, refreshing water.

The essential packing list will be:

Extras to spend the day like a king:

  • cool-box (cold drinks are always a plus when you are under the sun)
  • snacks
  • cards to play
  • volleyball to play
  • a GoPro to take amazing shots also while in the water

If you’re considering staying longer or need additional equipment, you can explore Waikiki Beach Tarragona rentals for umbrellas, beach chairs, or other beach gear to enhance your experience. You can also take a look at hotels and accommodations near it. 

Summary of Waikiki Beach Tarragona

As you can see, a paradise beach nearby Barcelona is reachable also by public transport. Even though it takes some time, it’s worth it. Waikiki beach is a beautiful day trip to consider for beach lovers. You can thank us later.

Remember, the actual name is Cala Fonda. Don’t get confused with locals calling it like that.

Find more 33 ideas for day trips from Barcelona.

Please remember to take care of the beach and nature, and do not leave your trash behind. This way everybody will be able to find a clean, gorgeous beach, only a 30-min ride away from Barcelona.

Here you can find all our articles to have a wonderful One Week In Barcelona.

We also wrote an insider’s guide for where to stay in Barcelona, including all neighborhoods and personal thoughts.

Any doubts or comments? Just leave them below, we love to help!

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