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Holidays in Salou put you within easy reach of a number of golden sandy beaches, Europe’s biggest theme park PortAventura and a buzzing 24-hour nightlife scene. Better still, the megacity of Barcelona is just 90 minutes away, making Salou a cost effective choice for a Costa Dorada holiday destination. If you’re looking for a Spanish holiday that offers a great balance of culture, heritage, nightlife and natural beauty, Salou is a great choice for your 2017 holiday. Situated on Spain’s picturesque Costa Dorada, in Salou you’re close to Europe’s biggest theme park, there’s a waterpark just up the road and you’re within easy reach of a wide range of top class bars and clubs. For a more tranquil holiday experience, enjoy a relaxing day at one of Salou’s scenic beaches. Salou is home to Adrenaline Park, where you can experience an exhilarating bungee ride from 0 to 180km an hour in an eye watering 1.3 seconds. If you’re not quite ready to go that fast, opt for a race at the go-karting track instead. Over at Aquapolis on the route to close by La Pineda, there’s a number of thrilling water slides and some seriously friendly sea lions and dolphins. PortAventura theme park is just 20 minutes away, so whether you’ve got kids or you’re a big kid at heart, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Salou.  

Most popular hotels in Salou

Villamarina Club Hotel
Villamarina Club Hotel
Villamarina Club Hotel

Salou, Costa Dorada

from €338 pp
Jaime I
Jaime I
Jaime I

Salou, Costa Dorada

from €194 pp
Cye Holiday Centre
Cye Holiday Centre
Cye Holiday Centre

Salou, Costa Dorada

from €181 pp
Hotel-Aparthotel Dorada Palace
Hotel-Aparthotel Dorada Palace
Hotel-Aparthotel Dorada Palace

Salou, Costa Dorada

from €271 pp
Sol Costa Daurada
Sol Costa Daurada
Sol Costa Daurada

Salou, Costa Dorada

from €248 pp
H.TOP Molinos Park Hotel
H.TOP Molinos Park Hotel
H.TOP Molinos Park Hotel

Salou, Costa Dorada

from €197 pp
Festival Village Aparthotel
Festival Village Aparthotel
Festival Village Aparthotel

Salou, Costa Dorada

from €374 pp
PortAventura Hotel Caribe (Park tickets included)
PortAventura Hotel Caribe (Park tickets included)
PortAventura Hotel Caribe (Park tickets included)

Salou, Costa Dorada

from €580 pp

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  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Average flight time: 2h 35m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

There’s plenty to see and do in Costa Dorada, guaranteeing you’ll never be bored on your Salou holiday. One of the best ways to explore Salou is to take the Camino de Ronda, a coastal path winding around the scenic coastline here. This path is the best way to experience the best that the Costa Dorada has to offer, including the Pilons in the North, Cappelans, the Llenguaders Cove and Llarga Beach ending at Cambrils. The picturesque walk also leads you past the quaint area of Pilons, past the busy beaches in Salou and back to the sands at Cambrils. On the way, you’ll have the opportunity to see the Salou Lighthouse, a famous landmark on the Costa Dorada. Here, you’ll catch a glimpse of beautiful sea birds and stunning cloud formations off the coast. When you’re done exploring the coastline, take a trip into the town to visit the Avenida Jaime, the best place in Salou for shopping and people watching.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

Costa Dorada’s cuisine resolves around locally produced farm goods and fresh seafood, including freshly-caught fish and prawns and deliciously ripe vegetables from the sun-drenched fields. Many of the region’s most popular dishes use seasonal ingredients, so you’ll be enjoying the freshest food on offer in the region in your dishes. A popular dish here is Rossejat noodles, a dish which reminds you of paella but with noodles in place of rice. Another staple dish is Reus blancmange, a creamy almond dish often enjoyed as a light dessert. As per Spanish Catalan dining, it’s best to accompany these dishes with one of the fantastic wines available on the Costa Dorada. The best Spanish wines here are produced in around Salou, thanks to the constant sunshine and Mediterranean climate. Some of the wines you’ll want to make sure you try on holiday in Salou include Do Montsant, Do Conca de Barbera and Do Penedes. The closeby town of Cambrils is considered to be the unofficial gastronomic capital of Costa Dorada, and boasts more than 200 restaurants.

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For Families

For Families

Salou is an essential family holiday destination in Costa Dorada, with a wide range of family friendly hotels and activities. Many of the fantastic family oriented hotels in Salou cater to families with plenty of child friendly activities, hotel swimming pools and the option to take a family room or adjoining rooms. Salou’s two main beaches, Playa Ponent and Playa Llevant, are catered well for families with a range of beach activities, children’s playgrounds and shallow waters. The kids will love PortAventura’s water park facilities, or you can try the Caribe Aqua Park instead. If you head up the coast to Cambrils, the waters are clear and offer plenty of opportunities for impromptu fishing trips from the marina. For a family friendly way for kids of all ages to get up close with the underwater world without getting wet, join a glass bottomed bout tour from Cambrils to Salou. If you’ve still got energy to burn and are looking for excitement, try the Bosc Aventura for a woodland based adventure with a rock-o-drome, paintballing and zip lining.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Salou has both action and adventure in abundance, with a scenic setting that encourages you to get up and outside during your holiday rather than lounging at the hotel or on the beach. There are a number of great water sports on offer here for sports enthusiasts of all levels of experience and ability, including swimming, diving, snorkelling, paddleboarding, windsurfing and jet skiing. There’s a wide range of land based sporting activities available too, such as tennis at Salou Tennis, Cross Country (cycling) and golf at the Lumine Golf Club, which has 3 picturesque and well maintained courses. Perhaps you’re looking for adventure, in which case you can head to Priorat for some stunning natural parks with rolling hills and a wide range of Mediterranean flora and fauna. PortAventura is the iconic theme park of the Salou area, with a huge water park and exciting roller coaster rides for the perfect action packed day out.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

The two main beaches of Salou are Playa Ponent and Playa Llevant. Playa Ponent is situated to the west of the port and showcases a long stretch of bars, restaurants and cafes. To the east, you’ll find Playa Llevant, slighter larger and longer than Playa Llevant, with a range of great amenities including a kid’s playground, sport courts and gym. Water sports are available on both sides of the beach, whether you’re in the mood for swimming or taking a pedalo out for a fun family day. The beaches on both sides are perfect for a family day out thanks to their shallow waters, gently shelving coastline and flat sands on the beach. To give you added peace of mind, lifeguards patrol routinely at both beaches keeping their eyes out for any problems in the sea. Throughout the peak summer period, Llevant Beach puts on a Kiddies Club to keep the little ones entertained so that you can relax and read a book, or rest your eyes in the warm sunshine. If you prefer seclusion and quiet in your beaches, it’s well worth venturing out to Cambrils for a tranquil beach with softs and blue waters. One of the best things about a beach holiday in Salou is the Tourist Train, which runs along the coastline from area to area, dropping and collecting you from beaches and giving you great views of the coastline.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Alongside the wide variety of restaurants and eating establishments you’ll find in and around Salou, there’s also no shortage of clubs and bars. Spanish party traditions revolve around starting the night early and finishing very late, well into the early hours of the morning at many clubs. As the dining schedule in Salou is in keeping with Spain (dinner is eaten later in the day than in many other European countries), you’ll be well fuelled for a night partying too. A great place to start is at the Plaza Europa, then follow the strip as it reaches out from there. Salou is a popular resort with young Irish holidaymakers, Brits and other European tourists and is often flooded during the peak summer period. The premier theme park in the region, PortAventura, also offers night time tickets so that you can enjoy the thrilling rides in a cooler environment and with far shorter queues.

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For Couples

For Couples

Salou is a great choice of destination for couples seeking a getaway on the Costa Dorada. You’ll never be short of fun things to do as a couple, as there’s a wide selection of nightlife and relaxed daytime activities so that you can create your own unforgettable experiences. If sun, sea and sand is your cup of tea, there a number of scenic beaches in the area – whether you’re looking to lounge in the sun or spend the day zipping around on a jet ski. If you prefer history and culture, head to the town of Terragona for the chance to learn about both medieval and ancient history in a romantic setting. If you’re looking for a place with an ambience similar to Majorca’s Magaluf or Ibiza, Salou is an ideal choice for your next couples holiday.

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Culture

Culture

Salou’s heritage extends all the way back to the Ancient Roman civilisation and beyond, making it a great choice of destination for a culturally enriching holiday. Spain’s history has been heavily influenced by the cultures that have occupied the country over the centuries, and can be seen in many of Salou’s historic architecture and buildings. There’s several examples of striking architecture in Salou including the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, the Torre Villa and the Harbour Master’s office. The Illuminated Fountains were constructed in 1978 and were a groundbreaking feat of engineering at the time, and still look great. A number of the fountains have been updated with modern light shows, while up the coast you can visit the Puente del Diablo, an aquaduct like bridge across a valley in Terragona.

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