Blending the attributes of a tourist haven with the old world charms of Catalan Spain, the lively resort of Salou in mainland Spain’s Costa Dorada really aims to please. Predominantly a family resort, Salou is a hive of entertainment, family bars and restaurants and quirky souvenir shops. Boasting an astonishing 34 blue flag award winning beaches, Salou is a practical paradise for beach lovers.
The two main stretches of golden sand, Playa Ponent and Playa Llevant, situated at opposing sides of the bay and adjoined by the Jaume I promenade, are extremely popular with tourists, especially those with children because of the abundance of play parks and water sports on offer.
With Europe’s largest and ever-expanding theme park PortAventura right on the doorstep, there need never be a dull moment on a holiday to Salou! Featuring 6 themed areas of thrill rides and spectacular shows, as well as 4 onsite hotels and the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, there is fun for all the family at PortAventura.
Ideally located close to the beautiful cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, Salou makes the perfect resort in which to base yourself for a holiday exploring more of what Spain has to offer. The charming Old Town quarter of Salou itself is also worth a visit if only to take advantage of the excellent street market which occurs every Monday.
Many tourists choose Salou as a holiday destination because of its close proximity to Europe’s largest tourist attraction, PortAventura. This ever growing theme park, opened in 1995 includes 6 stylised zones, (China, Mediterranean, Polynesia, Mexico, Wild West and Sesame Street) each with their own thrill rides and family shows.
New for 2013 was the addition of the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park. Packed full of exhilarating water attractions suitable for the whole family whether you prefer daring water slides or the relaxing lazy river!
Salou is also within close proximity to the major cities of Tarragona and Barcelona, ideal if you fancy a day away from the beach, soaking up some Spanish culture. Barcelona in particular, (about 90 mins by train from Salou) is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Home to the stunning architecture of the best preserved Gothic quarter in the world, make sure you have your camera at the ready!
Of course, if you prefer to take your holidays a little easier, Salou boasts a number of spectacular blue-flag award winning beaches where you can bake in the Mediterranean sun, or try your hand at one of the many varieties of water sport offered on the main beaches of Playa Ponent and Playa Lllevant.
As a family-orientated tourist resort, Salou has adapted itself to cater for every taste (including picky kids!) Dining out in Salou is a casual affair, with lots of relaxed bistros and cafes along the promenade, as well as a growing number of fast-food chain restaurants, offering good quality, value for money meals.
There are a number of speciality Spanish restaurants serving local favourites like Tapas and Paella, however, for excellent quality fine-dining and seafood restaurants, venturing out of Salou into neighbouring Cambrils is probably your best bet.
In the height of summer, although by no means rowdy, Salou offers a lively variety of night spots, from karaoke bars to family-friendly shows, and disco bars to nightclubs, guaranteed to keep everybody happy!
The local Estrella Damm and San Miguel lagers are served widely across the resort although cocktails are probably the tipple of choice in Salou! Prices are fairly reasonable and the drinks are fairly strong so beware of a fuzzy head the morning after a night on the tiles!