With its many facilities and outstanding beaches, many consider holidays in Salou to represent the tourist capital of Costa Dorada – and they’re not far from the truth. Here is a place where you can explore theme parks with the little ones, sunbathe on blissful beaches and play golf on sun-splashed greens; of course there’s something to suit everyone but it’s the incredible sunshine that is sure to keep you coming back time and time again.
Overlooking the Balearic Sea and presenting the perfect example of what many will enjoy about Spain, the bustling resort offers a plethora of activity to get involved with. Whether you’re hoping to cool off in water parks, seclude yourself on Llarga Beach or would prefer to take home a souvenir or two from your Salou holidays – you’ll be well-catered for here.
As the sightseer capital of the Costa Dorada, Salou is acclaimed for its miles of alluring beaches and invigorating attractions. Home to Port Aventura resort, there are plenty of fun things to do in Salou with the family. Well-known as the host of the Catalunyan World Rally Championships you're definitely in for a treat or two. In fact, Salou is such a buzzing resort that the Dutch film and TV series Costa! was even filmed here. Whether you're looking for fun and sun or stimulating days out, Salou is sure to keep you busy.
Wine and Dine
Eat out in traditional Spanish style when in Salou and enjoy tasty fish and meat dishes prepared in a way only the locals know how. Revel in the taste of mouth-watering paella or fresh fish plucked straight from the sea, or indulge in traditional Catalan Romesco sauce or Arrs Negre, a speciality rice dish boiled in cuttlefish ink. Choose from the finest gourmet restaurants on the coastline or seek out a dainty tavern in the town. Whatever you choose, be it traditional or international, just be sure to look out for Tarragona wines to accompany your tasty meal, one of the best things to do in Salou.
Action and Adventure
Go wild in Salou and make the most of the sun, sea and terrain. Take a trip to Bosc Aventura and enjoy the great outdoors while keeping fit, glide along zip lines or try your hand at paintballing under the sun. If the day's activities have you begging for more, book yourself on a Jeep Adventure Safari; explore the Spanish countryside and travel up mountain passes, deep valleys, dried up river beds and ancient villages for a day to remember. When the beach is calling you, make sure you take a break to give some playful water sports a go, for just some of the aquatic things to do in Salou.
Many of the top Salou attractions have been designed with families in mind. One of the most alluring attractions being the PortAventura theme park, from none other than Universal Studios themselves. Spend hours discovering exhilarating activities and venturing on hair-raising rides, in fact there's so much to be seen and done at the park that a second day might be in order. The fun doesn't stop there though, Karting Salou is a perfect place for budding rally drivers to get practising and a wonderful day out for all ages. When the summer sun takes its toll, take refuge in one of the many arcades, where you can spend hours playing games, snooker and basketball. Whether you're looking for energetic activities or to merely lounge around the pool, one thing for certain is that you'll find plenty of things to do in Salou with the family.
By night, Salou transforms itself into a frenzied hub of entertainment. Carlos Buigas, locally known as the 'Slammers' is the main area for those looking for a crazy evening of fun and dancing. Expect to find anything and everything; meet people from all across Europe and pretty much have the time of your life. Pass from bar to bar to see what's on offer, then as the night gets late make your way to one of the many lively clubs in the area to dance the night away. If late night drinking and fancy cocktails don't do it for you then make your way to Calle Barcelona to fish out somewhere more relaxed. Keep the kids entertained and take them to one of the many fresh ice-cream parlours lining the streets. Grab yourselves a tantalising treat and walk along the promenade to enjoy entertaining shows from the many street performers.
Delve into the history of Catalonia when in Salou and uncover the heritage behind the true Mediterranean culture. Take a trip to the traditional Catalan Farmhouse in Carles Buigas and admire the architectural heritage of the region and life as it would once have been in this former fishing village. The Torre Vella is also one of top Salou attractions, enticing art enthusiasts from around the world to admire its complex historical roots and natural beauty. Built in 1530 to protect the town from pirate raids, the building now serves as an art gallery, housing the Contemporary Enamel Art Museum inside the recently renovated structure. A real treat waits for the culture lover in Carrer Esglesia, where the church Santa Maria Del Mar can be found. Built to serve seafarers in 1766, the church boasts an awe-inspiring structure, grounds and murals that are sure to take your breath away.
A tourist’s heaven
For the majority, the be all and end all is being situated close to the huge number of beaches that decorate Costa Dorada’s shoreline. Luckily for those people, Salou has a large range of hotels ranging from two-star to five-star and from self-catering to all inclusive, so you can be sure to get the best deal for you when it comes to accommodation. Ponent, Llarga and Llevant beaches are the most popular with tourists, offering excluded spots as well as a range of activities, so it may be best to choose accordingly depending on what you’re after.
Fun in the sunshine
If you’ve got the kids in tow or are with a group of mates, definitely head to PortAventura Park during your holidays to Salou. With both towering rollercoasters and attractions for children, everyone will be well-suited to a visit here, whether you’ve got the little ones with you or not. Alternatively, you can make your way to Costa Caribe Aquatic Park to enjoy a fantastic day out, making a splash and picking up a gorgeous tan in the process; before settling down with a perspiring glass of cool, delicious beer in Christy’s Irish Bar. Venturing further afield is another tempting option for the enthusiastic holidaymaker, Cambrils being a short distance away and offering more in the way of historic allure. Castle Vilafortuny is worth a look, the stone structure has now been converted on the inside for residential purposes but the magnificent outlay has remained largely unchanged over time. Otherwise you can use your Salou holidays for providing ample doses of relaxation. With a range of hotels offering their own independent spas, guests can choose to unwind and forget about their troubles while utilising a range of therapeutic treatments. Heading east from your Salou holidays will bring you to the incredible city of Tarragona. Roman history and medieval alleyways speak volumes about this port city’s prominence in early Spanish history, while the maze of cobbled streets will offer more than just aesthetic appeal – restaurants and bars being commonplace and ensuring you are perfectly catered for when getting to know the intricate details of this wonderful location.