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Holidays to Salou

Salou Holidays, Costa Dorada

Holidays to Salou

Renowned for its warm climate, long stretches of golden beach and close proximity to a number of popular attractions and cities, Salou is a lively hub of activity. This family-friendly resort is centred around a palm-fringed promenade which sits adjacent to the town's longest and most visited beach, where a plethora of activities, restaurants and shops await.

When to go

Visiting Salou in the middle of the summer is when you will benefit from its Mediterranean climate the most. With an average temperature of 25 degrees, Salou enjoys a warm and dry summer, however, with temperatures rarely falling below 20 centigrade between the months of May and October, this is also an ideal time to bask in Salou's pleasant climate.

Top Attractions

Spain's most-visited Theme Park is just a short distance away from the centre of Salou. PortAventura boasts one of the fastest rollercoasters in Europe and during the summer months, visitors can enjoy a fantastic multi-media show culminating in a dazzling firework display. Alternatively, visitors may prefer to visit PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park for a chance to cool off on its thrilling waterslides.

Discover Salou's history with a visit to the Torre Vella (Old Tower), constructed in 1530 as a watch-tower, used to protect the town and its settlers against troublesome invaders. Now an art centre which primarily exhibits a collection of paintings, entrance to this imposing construction is free.

Positioned at the end of the Paseo Jaume I, enjoy a dazzling illuminated light and sound fountain show at the Font Lluminosa, a fantastic spectacle set to music. You can enjoy this display after sunset between Easter and November.

Beaches

Salou's golden coastline, stretching a total length of 2.5km, is primarily formed of two main beaches and a collection of quieter coves.

Spanning the length of the Passeig Jaume I, the Playa Llevant is Salou's most-visited beach and is popular with tourists, due to its extensive variety of shops, bars and restaurants which line the shore. The beach is well-equipped for those looking to try their hand at a selection of water-sports and similarly with those who seek an atmospheric afternoon unwinding upon its golden sands.

An extension of Playa Llevant is the Playa Ponent which is positioned within close proximity to Salou's bustling centre. This 1km stretch of beach benefits from shallow and quiet waters and is perfect for those with reduced mobility, as amphibious chairs are readily available to rent.

Nestled amongst Salou's rocky shoreline, explore the charming hidden coves of Cabo de Salou and bask in the tranquillity from these quieter pearls of the Mediterranean.

Culture

Defined by its colourful past, Salou's rich cultural heritage can be detected throughout the town. Overlooking the Avenida Jaume I promenade stands a stone monument dedicated to King Jaume I, a Catalan hero who departed Salou in 1229 to conquer Mallorca; the stone figurine depicts this iconic 13th century King and his horse.

Dining

A large variety of restaurants and bars line the streets of Salou, where the major avenue of Passeig Jaume offers a diverse selection of international cuisine and Mediterranean gastronomical delights. Honouring their legacy, plenty of Salou's restaurants serve delectable seafood dishes and Spain's famed Paella.

Entertainment

Known as one of the liveliest resorts in Costa Daurada, Salou offers varied entertainment to guests of all ages.

Salou has a vast nightlife scene, with a wide selection of bars and nightclubs positioned within the heart of the town.

Shopping in Salou is a popular pastime with a diverse assortment of well-known high-street outlets and small local businesses. If you are planning to travel in September, be sure to check out the popular Shopping Festival where the Passeig Jaume is lined with fashion, beauty and food outlets.

Adventure and Sports

Positioned on the waters of Costa Daurada, there are plentiful opportunities to take part in a number of water-sports from Salou's two main beaches, including kayaking, kite surfing and jet skiing, to name a few.

During peak summer months, Salou allocates a beach sports section on Playa Llevant where beach volleyball, basketball and football can be practiced.

Salou's windswept 6.5km coastal path provides a perfect route for hiking and cycling, offering stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea. Alternatively, for a more relaxing experience, hop on the tourist train which passes along the coast, visiting nearby caves and town centre.

Play a round of Golf at the nearby Lumine Golf Club which offers 3 incredible courses to choose from.

Spend the day zip wiring, paintballing and rock-climbing at Bosc Aventura adventure forest for an active family outing.

Getting Around

The centre of Salou is easily accessible with plenty of pedestrianised promenades and squares. Otherwise, bicycles, mopeds and scooters are available to rent and there is an abundance of taxis available.

Salou's main railway station provides excellent transport links to nearby cities in Catalonia, including Tarragona and Barcelona.

If you are planning to venture to neighbouring towns, a regular bus service travels through Salou to nearby districts along the coast. Buses are reliable and arrive approximately every 30 minutes.

Weather and Climate

A warm Mediterranean climate is enjoyed in Salou, where the summer months' temperature averages at 25 degrees, however, temperatures can regularly soar to around 30 degrees during the height of summer. Winter temperatures can lower to an average of 13 centigrads, however, February benefits from being the second driest month after July with an average rainfall of just 15mm.