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Costa Dorada’s Gem

Rocky coves and lapping waters are the highlight of Salou, a wonderful beach city with an expansive promenade and delicious cuisine.

The tourist capital of the Costa Dorada is served by fantastic infrastructure, stunning climate and equally beautiful beaches. There’s no surprise that people are embarking on Salou holidays as an alternative to the southern coast of Spain. As well as being in close proximity to the captivating city of Barcelona, Salou itself possesses a cultural and artistic vibe evident in its active theatre and regular art events.

Holidays to Salou capture more than a typical beach break, and whether you come for the culture, the food, or for an all-inclusive splurge, this destination will serve the most pedantic of holidaymakers.

Head for the Sand

The beaches make holidays in Salou a particularly attractive proposition for holidaying families and couples, boasting some fantastic strips of sand occasionally interrupted by attractive rocky barriers. The three most popular beaches are Ponent Beach, Llarga Beach and Llevant Beach. The latter is among the best options for families, with lovely sand and clear water which only becomes deep quite far out, providing a perfect and safe spot for the kids to paddle in.

The beaches boast an extremely active water sports scene that creates a great atmosphere along the sand and out on the water. Among the most popular activities are taking a banana boat ride, hiring a pedalo or a kayak to explore the open water, or having a go at windsurfing.

There are countless hotels and apartments available for Salou holidays, with many families choosing to stay in all inclusive properties or self-catering options. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll always be in close proximity to Salou’s rich culinary scene, with many Mediterranean restaurants offering you the chance to tuck into some delicious paella.

A Break from the Beach

While most holidays to Salou encompass a typical beach break, you’ll find many other attractions in the city that will give you reason to abandon the sand for a day or two. One of the city’s most popular attractions is the Font Illuminosa. This fountain offers light and music shows at night and is located in close quarters to a great children’s play area.

The city’s promenade offers visitors a great afternoon stroll alongside the expansive coastline. The promenade stretches for miles and is lined by palm trees and fountains. Along the way you’ll encounter snack bars and restaurants where you can grab a cold drink or a bite to eat.

At the very far end of the promenade is Cambrils, a charming little fishing port which is well worth a visit for its lovely marina. You’ll also find some fantastic fish restaurants here, and with a quick and easy bus journey back to Salou, it is a great place to visit for an evening meal.

You can expect quite a lot of company in the peak summer months of July and August, so taking a trip to Salou in June or September may suit those that want a more relaxed and peaceful beach break.

Out and About in Salou

The PortAventura Resort is one of the most popular attractions for visitors during their holidays in Salou. The resort includes a theme park, aqua park and many hotels. There are the typical rollercoasters and thrilling rides that you’d expect to find at a theme park of this size, alongside rides suitable for younger children.

There is an equally impressive water park within walking distance of Salou – Aquopolis is found in neighbouring La Pineda. The park contains many different themed areas, boasting countless slides and pools for the entire family to indulge in on a hot afternoon.

Salou is one of the most popular beach destinations for residents of Barcelona hoping to have a cheeky beach weekend away. So why not go the other way and explore the wonderful city of Barcelona? The trip is doable in the day and will provide a great cultural aspect to your holiday.

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