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Holidays in Salou guarantee sun, sea, sand and a great big fiesta of family-friendly fun on Spain's Costa Dorada - the Golden Coast. With thrilling theme parks, fun packed waterparks, kids' clubs and great stretches of sandy beach for sandcastles, it's a perfect family holiday destination.

Why go?

This area of Spain is very popular with families and thrill seekers looking to enjoy the theme parks and nearby Barcelona...

Fly into Reus Airport (REU) to holiday in the resorts that are strewn along the Golden Coast (or Costa Dorada). Nearby Cambrils and La Pineda practically merge into Salou to create a large resort, though each retains its unique identity. The rocky headland known as Cap Salou nestles between Salou and La Pineda and offers more space on the beach compared to bustling Salou.

PortAventura theme park and resort can be found in Salou. It's the most popular amusement park in Spain and visitors can opt to stay in one of the hotels on the sprawling resort to make access to the daring rides even easier.

Aquopolis waterpark is located in La Pineda. It's also guaranteed to delight the family with watery thrills and spills.

Older children might appreciate the history on show at Tarragona, where Roman remains - including a mighty aqueduct - stir the imagination under sapphire-blue skies. City lovers will also be pleased to know that Barcelona can be reached from Salou in less than 90 minutes, making day-trips from the resort a pleasant diversion.

When the sun sets on Salou, the lights of the restaurants, bars and clubs lure holidaymakers in for the evening. Traditional Spanish eateries sit alongside British cafés, Italian pizzerias, Chinese restaurants and American diners. Families will be spoiled for choice here and can eat their way around the world each night.

Singles and groups will also enjoy the action during the hours of darkness, when the dance floors are buzzing.

When to go?

Flights operate year round from the UK; however the winter months can be chilly. The weather hots up from Easter onwards...

June, July, August and September are the hottest months in Salou and daily average temperatures push past 25°C. Rain falls occasionally, even during summer, but the clouds soon clear away to reveal the sunshine. The mercury drops to around 10°C during the winter months.

What's on?

Theme parks are open for much of the year, but Spain is known for its fiestas and the area of Salou is no exception...

Saint John's Eve; June 23: The Fiesta de San Juan has been rejoicing at the summer solstice for longer than any living memory can remember. Bonfires burn; children dance; and fireworks light up the sky.

Golden Nights Summer Festival; July/August: Traditional songs of fishermen are sung during this summer event alongside many other cultural delights. It culminates with a huge display of fireworks.

What to do?

When you are not enjoying the facilities of your hotel or the great sandy beaches, get out and see more of the area...

Active types: The rides at PortAventura theme park should get the adrenaline pumping. In the town there are plenty of fun activities to keep the whole family occupied.

Nightlife: It sounds like something you'd do at the bar, but “Slammers” is the area in Salou where the action of the bars and clubs can be found. Family-friendly eateries are also located here, so it's certainly not off limits to those not looking for a heady night on the tiles.

Babies & toddlers: Levant Beach in Salou slopes gently towards calm and shallow waters. The little ones will love paddling about before crashing out for an afternoon nap under a parasol.

Barcelona: You can reach the capital of the region in well under two hours giving you a great day out in this iconic city. Walk the Ramblas, explore the port, visit the Olympic stadium and see plenty of Gaudi buildings including the Sagrada Familia cathedral.

Tarragona: The nearby city has famous Roman ruins including the still intact aqueduct which is well worth a visit.