Salou is a popular beach resort ideal for family vacations. Salou is situated on the Costa Dorada in the north east of Spain. It is also part of Catalonia; apart from Spanish you will hear people speaking the local language of Catalan. Salou has a lovely promenade where you can enjoy lit up fountains at night. At the Font lluminosa shows with music and light spectacles are held every night. Nearby there are playgrounds for children. On the other side you will find the just as popular Cybernetic fountains.
Walking down the promenade with palm trees softly moving in a summer’s breeze on the way to the golden sandy beaches of Salou you will find complete relaxation. But relaxation, beaches and great weather is not the only thing Salou has to offer. There is a lot more to Salou. In Salou you will find entertainment for people of all ages and all kinds.
All year round there are many festivals and parties to go to in Salou. During the first two weeks of February there is the Winter Festival with parades, exhibitions and many dance parties. Each year a famous rally takes place in Salou. During the summer months there are many fiestas with parades, concerts, bonfires, and fireworks. Check the local Tourist Information points to see what’s going on during your stay.
The town of Salou has many beaches, which are separated by rocky coves. The main beach in Salou is called Llevant beach. This is a white sand beach with crystal clear waters in the middle of the town. Some of the other nearby beaches are; Platja de Ponent, Platja dels Capellans, Platja Llarga and Cala Crancs. Apart from swimming and sunbathing Salou’s beaches also offer excellent conditions to practice water sports. Especially popular in Salou is windsurfing. But you can also go on a banana boat trip, or tour around the Mediterranean Sea on an organised boat trip.
Things to do and see in Salou
Explore regions of Salou
From Salou you can easily explore the wider region; there are many nice places to go to. Take a trip to Tarragona. This authentic Spanish village with its enchanting atmosphere will bring you back through history. Here you can stroll around beautiful plazas, sit down in nice cafes, and enjoy the historic riches of the roman amphitheatre, another worth while visiting and nearby village is the fisher’s village of Cambrills. Go here to have some of the best sea food in the region at one of the many seafood restaurants. From Salou it’s also possible to go on a daytrip to Barcelona.
Visit Masia Catalana
There are also some interesting sights in the town Salou itself. One of them is the Masia Catalana. Here you can admire typical Catalan houses, old build in authentic style. During the summer months you will also find many local hand craft workers here selling their goods at the market. Other sights in the old town are the Torre Vella, a historic defence tower. You can also book a sightseeing tour. Popular are the mountain bike tours that explore the beautiful surroundings of Salou and the coastline of the Costa Dorada.
Port Aventura is a must see attraction!
If you are travelling with children take them on a trip to the Port Aventura theme park. This is one of the best theme parks in Europe. Next to the theme park there is the Port Aventura Aquatic Park. Both of them are situated just outside the town. These parks are owned by Universals. Also entertaining is the House of Illusions. In the House of Illusions dinner shows take place where a team of magicians show their tricks. And then there is the Aqualeon Costa Dorada, this is a water and Safari park outside Salou in the town of Albinyana.
Best time to visit
Tourists visit Salou from May to October
Getting there and around
To get around the town rent a scooter or go by foot. There are also busses and taxis that can bring you anywhere. The nearest airport is Reus International Airport, which is only 15 minutes away from Salou. Other options are to fly to Barcelona El Prat Airport or Girona Airport and continue from there by bus or train. Flights go from various European cities. You may also be able to find some cheap charter flights to Salou or to nearby Barcelona. Salou can also be reached by bus, train, or car. There are international buses that leave from European cities like Amsterdam and Brussels.