While sun, sea and sand are abundant, Salou holidays also have much more to offer. The Torre Vella, once a defensive fort during medieval times, is now a progressive events centre. The Font Iluminosa is also an excellent example of blending history with modernity; this dramatic fountain plays its own light and music show every evening.
Salou hosts the Catalonia round of the World Rally Championship every year, so any automobile fans or rally drivers in the making may be interested in planning their trip around this. Other events on during the year include San Juan Festival in June and the Summer Fiesta in August. There’s plenty of opportunity for a party in Salou!
While there a plenty of things to do in Salou itself, the town also makes an excellent base for day-trips to nearby interesting towns and cities. Barcelona is less than an hour away, and at least a day should be spent exploring this eclectic coastal city. Cambrils is a famous village further west that has a worldwide reputation for its excellent seafood, while the sweeping vista of Montserrat is also worth seeing if time allows.
Young families will be more than content with the massive Port Aventura theme park a short drive away from Salou. There is enough to keep big kids and little ones entertained for at least a day or two. The huge water park, Aqualeon Costa Dorada, in nearby Tarragona is also a popular choice, as is the area’s go-kart track and the many games arcades.
If a bustling beach is what you’re after, in addition to Salou beach, Llevant and Ponent beach are nearby. Great for families and couples alike who want to enjoy the excellent facilities for watersports, lounging and tanning, these beaches are worth a visit. Llevant beach also has a grassy area running parallel to the sands, making it a great spot to eascape the sun or have a picnic.
The coastline offers a wealth of beachfront cafes, kiosks and bars where you can grab a light snack or a refreshing beverage and relax. As evening draws in, this area becomes buzzing with people looking to experience the fantastic nightlife here.
For those looking for a more relaxing holiday, there are plenty of areas to escape the busy beaches and packed restaurants. Take a walk along the coast to Cape Salou, where you can find quiet areas in the coves along the rocky coastline. The extra walk along the coast is definitely worth it to see the idyllic scenery. Historic Tarragona is another option for quieter beach areas and natural unspoiled coastlines.
If you’re looking for a great base that’s suitable for families, the Hotel Best Sol D’Or has everything you could need. Ideally situated close to the main attractions and beaches, it’s the perfect choice for anyone seeking a relaxed beach break. Alternatively, Apartments Murillo Salou is situated in the fishing town of Tarragona and is a great option for a self-catered holiday in the sun.
Salou is very close to Barcelona and it’s easily reached within an hour, so you have the best of Spanish culture on your doorstep. For a relaxing day in Barcelona, you can explore the vast amount of museums and galleries the city has to offer, as well as the popular landmarks like La Sagrada Familia.
For the keen golfers or beginners, you can choose from several golf courses around Salou and neighbouring beach resorts. There’s nothing more blissful than a relaxing game of golf or crazy golf on golden sands and sunshine.
Salou boasts a lively nightlife with a huge selection of bars and nightclubs to start and finish your night out. After dinner on the seafront, you can head to the beach bars or go for a romantic walk on the seafront of Calibris. Either way, you will be sure to find something lively to spend your evenings out.
There is a great selection of hotels for couples, from cosy self-catering apartments to fully equipped hotels for a comfortable stay. H10 Mediterranean Village is a lovely 4-star hotel situated just metres from the beach and PortAventura, whereas Aparthotel Four Elements Suites gives you the option of having a self-catered apartment or a range of meal plans like a hotel. Whatever you’re after, you’ll definitely find something in Salou.
As well as being social and lively, Salou also offers traditional Spanish culture. Take a trip to nearby Tarragona for a good selection of museums, galleries and monuments. Similarly, Barcelona is only an hour away and is a melting pot of Spanish heritage, from the Gardens of Gaudi to La Sagrada Familia, so sightseers will not be short of things to see or do.
Salou has a vast array of international cuisine as well as traditional Spanish food on offer. You can choose from the many restaurants on the seafronts and promenade as well as more traditional spots in historic Tarragona. Lots of places also have live music and entertainment to make for an enjoyable evening out.
While you won’t find big designer stores, you will be sure to find some unusual items that you won’t see anywhere else. Through the winding streets of nearby Tarragona you can scour the small boutiques for unusual jewellery, clothes and other crafty finds. You will also find your usual tourist shops for souvenirs and other holiday essentials.
If you’re looking for a good night out then you will be sure to find lots of places offering everything from karaoke and live jazz music to themed pubs and pumping clubs. Along the seafronts and promenade, the nightlife is somewhat different to the day and offers an array of places to enjoy and dance the night away.
Surrounded by miles of golden sand, PortAventura is Spain’s most famous theme park. There are a large variety of rides for all ages and tastes, from multi-loop rollercoasters to log rides. With so much on offer in one theme park, you can spend a memorable day out having fun!
If you're looking for the ultimate in water parks, there is the Aquapolis water park in La Pineda. There are all kinds of water attractions here, such as fountains, log rides and water flumes, as well as the chance to spend the day out soaking up the sunshine.
Salou beach is a popular place for all with excellent facilities. There is a designated area for children, lifeguards on-site and a great selection of beach bars and restaurants for holidaymakers to enjoy. If that doesn't satisfy your needs, there is also the neighbouring beaches of La Pineda and Cambrils that are equally popular.
With the large stretch of beach area, there are equally enough activities to keep everyone occupied. You can go horse riding on the beach or on the grassy areas that run parallel to the sand. There are also places for a round of go-karting and even a 'Moonlight Funfair' that runs from the evening into the night.