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Reviewed on 13 Jul 2019
Pocket Guide: Salou
Along Costa Daurada in Spain lies the popular town of Salou with its sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise waters. The town is a good base for nearby day trips and, in the town itself, the beach and hotel resorts provide ample opportunity to soak up the sunshine, have a swim and relax by the pool or at the beach.
Hotels in Salou range from budget to high end. A lot of the hotels are well equipped for families, most have large swimming pools, leisure activities, restaurants and kids’ clubs. There are also plenty with sea views and, for those wanting total relaxation, there are quieter hotels with spas and less busy sun loungers by the pool.
Things to Do in and around Salou
PortaAventura, an adventure and water park is one of Salou’s main attractions. It is sometimes even the main reason families come to Salou, providing lots of fun as part of a family holiday, with its series of water slides, rollercoasters and different themed areas that are packed with adventure. This includes the Mexican-themed area, a ‘Ferrari Land’, as well as plenty of restaurants and cafes areas to refuel in.
Beaches near Salou
Dotted along the coast from Salou are several postcard-perfect villages and quieter beaches for travellers seeking insight into local life and to experience more peaceful surroundings. These include Altafulla and its Blue Flag beach, Cala Fonda, a very remote and picturesque beach, Cala de la Roca Plana, a small yet equally beautiful beach, and Tamarit, with its stunning castle overlooking the coast.
Drive to Places near Salou
The nearby town of Tarragona and its historic UNESCO Heritage Centre is a wonderful day trip as part of a holiday in Salou. Within the old part of the city there still remain roman ruins, including the impressive 2nd-Century amphitheatre that lies overlooking the ocean. The town’s cathedral, Cathedral de San Tecia, was once declared a national monument and is something to behold. What is more, there are plenty more beaches within Tarragona to visit whilst there.
For nature lovers, the Ebro Delta that is situated south of Salou is a must. The nature reserve spans 320 square kilometres and is home to all types of birds, flora and fauna. Not far from the reserve is also Marquesa beach and the Lighthouse of Fangar for those keen to explore further parts of the area.
Salou is also within driving distance to Barcelona for travellers wanting to check out the creative and much celebrated city. Barcelona can easily be visited from Salou in a day, or as part of an overnight stay for those wanting to see more of the city.
Food and Drink in Salou
Located by the sea, Salou is naturally home to seafood restaurants. At some eateries, there are opportunities to try Catalonian fish recipes and the cuisine’s tasty tomato and vegetable-based ingredients. As is customary in Spain, there are also plenty of good restaurants and bars that serve up tapas and jugs of sangria, among other Spanish favourites.