Cheap Holidays to Salou
Home to miles of sandy beach and one of Europe’s biggest theme parks, Salou is a firm favourite with families. It’s located on the Costa Dorada between Cambrils and La Pineda, and is certainly the liveliest of the three with vibrant nightlife, lots of restaurants and a succession of fiestas in August.
Hit the beach
You’ve got a choice of two great beaches in Salou. The spacious Playa Ponent is on the west side and leads all the way to Cambrils, while Playa Llevant on the east side is even longer and boasts a gym, beach volleyball and a kids’ playground. Both offer fine golden sand, water sports and a pretty promenade lined with palm trees.
Theme parks galore
Ever wanted to bungee rocket from 0 to 180 km in 1.3 seconds? Well, at Adrenaline Park you can. For water slides, dolphins and sea lions, pay a visit to Aquapolis. And mega theme park PortAventura is a resort in itself, with another waterpark on the inside. All three are just on your doorstep in Salou – the kids will love it.
Hop on a train to Barcelona
If you fancy some culture on the side, the train from Salou to Barcelona takes about 90 minutes. The Sagrada Familia is a must-see, and you can spend hours ticking off the other Gaudi sights, exploring La Ramblas, or wandering around the chic marina. The tapas here is also second to none.
Things to do in Salou
On the Beach in Salou
The more popular of the two beaches in Salou is the blue flag Llevant Beach. It’s packed with facilities and places to eat, and you can take part in lots of exciting activities such as jet skiing, wind surfing and parasailing. If relaxing with a cocktail and a good book is more your thing, there are plenty of parasols, sun loungers and beach bars.
Llevant Beach is also the perfect place to come for a romantic walk in the evening, when it’s all lit up.
Eat and drink in Salou
Salou has something for every taste and budget, from authentic Spanish tapas to Brit-style pub grub. Choose from fine seafood restaurants on the coastline, pick up a Chinese or discover a traditional tavern hidden away in town. The variety is endless!
If you’re going for Spanish cuisine, be sure to look out for Tarragona wines to accompany your meal.
When the sun goes down, Salou transforms into a frenzied hub of entertainment with something for everyone, from family-friendly bars to trendy nightclubs. There’s no shortage of live music and karaoke, and you might even catch some street performances. If you’re feeling a bit homesick, you can pop into one of the many mock British and Irish pubs.
Measures of spirits can be bigger than in the UK – make sure you pace yourself if you plan on staying out all night!
Shopping in Salou
The main shopping area in Salou is along the seafront, with a variety of stores including perfumeries, food, electrical, clothing and shoe shops. There’s also a market held every Monday in the old town, and you’ll find souvenir shops dotted all over town if you want to pick up a memento of your stay.
Be sure to get to the market early – many stalls start packing up at about 1:30pm.
Things to see in Salou
A visit to PortAventura theme park is a must if you’ve got children with you, and adults will have a ball too. It is home to Europe’s fastest rollercoaster – not for the faint-hearted! There are local buses to PortAventura from Salou, or the resort’s mini-rail will get you there in about 20 minutes.
If you’re going at the weekend then an express pass is well worth the money. The locals flock here when they’re off work and queue times can get quite long!
Delicious seafood and paella dishes are the order of the day here. Enjoy a taste of Spain with some great views of the sea, away from the hustle and bustle of the main resort.
This cocktail and cabaret bar is ideal if you’re looking for some great entertainment. The acts pay tribute to the likes of Take That, Beyoncé and The Blues Brothers, with Disney favourites for the younger ones. Around 2am it turns into a club for the adults who want to carry on partying.
Golden Nights Festival
Salou’s Golden Nights Festival takes place in mid-August every year, and is a great opportunity to experience some local traditions, with giant puppet displays and human towers. There’s also live entertainment from folk music to concerts from contemporary bands.
· Currency - € Euro
· Time zone - GMT +1 hour
· Travel time – Barcelona Airport (BCN) 2 hours 15 minutes (London)
· Transfer time – Around 1 hour 20-45 minutes from Barcelona Airport (taxi)