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Salou is a family-friendly resort on the Costa Dorada in north-west Spain. It's only 65 miles from Barcelona and home to the PortAventura theme park. The resort's generous sandy beaches combine with pine-clad hills to create a breath-taking landscape.

Why go?

The area offers something for everyone and every budget. Find out what will make your holiday unforgettable in Salou... Read more

One of the main attractions of Salou is the PortAventura complex, which is a self-contained resort. It features the main theme park, as well as an aquatic park and four-star accommodation. If you visit the theme park you can experience one of the fastest roller coasters in Europe, as well as many other rides.

If you fancy something a little bit more relaxing on your holiday in Salou, then there are a variety of historic buildings to visit. These include the area around the Old Town and the Torre Vella, which is a 16th-century watch and defence tower. The town also features a monument to James I, who sailed from the port to capture Majorca and the Church of Santa Maria del Mar. Just outside the main resort is the town of Tarragona, with its extensive Roman history. On a visit here you can see the aqueduct, burial site and a range of other important ruins.

Of course no beach holiday would be complete without some rest and relaxation and there's plenty of opportunity to do just that when you stay in Salou hotels. The clean and safe sandy beaches include 34 Blue Flag sites and have clear and shallow waters, perfect for the family market.

The main beaches include Playa Levante, Playa Poniente and Playa de Capellans. The resort itself is fairly compact, but blends into La Pineda in the east and Cambrils in the west. Along the landscaped promenade you'll find a wealth of restaurants and cafés, serving everything from traditional Spanish tapas and paella to a range of international cuisines.

Where to stay?

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Hotels in Salou range from basic hotels to more luxurious surroundings. With an emphasis on family-friendly activities and facilities, there are a number of international chains, including H10, Ibersol, Medplaya and Sol. They cater for all requirements with both self-catering and all inclusive hotels and resorts.

What to see?

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You're unlikely to hear the kids chorusing, “I'm bored”, when you stay in Salou as this family favourite features plenty of opportunities to have fun.

Top five attractions

PortAventura Park

One of the best theme parks in Spain is on your doorstep in Salou. From the very young to the young at heart, everyone can enjoy the activities at this popular park. Note that during winter the park opens only at weekends.

Costa Caribe Aquatic Park

Part of PortAventura Resort, the pools and slides have been themed around the Caribbean and provide hours of good times in the sun. The park is open between May and September.

Levante Beach

The largest beach in Salou, Levante offers safe and clean waters and a host of watersports.

Bosc Aventura

Children can get wild among the trees on climbing frames, ropes, bridges and zip wires at this adventure facility, which also offers paintball at its location at the heart of Salou.

Tarragona

The city is just a short drive or bus journey away. Besides the excellent shopping and dining on offer, you can also take a look at some of the remains of Tarraco - the name given by the Romans when they founded the city.

What's on?

Salou is a great place to visit year round, with sandy beaches for the summer and many sightseeing opportunities in winter... Read more

Salou offers a great calendar of festivals. If you visit during February you can take part in the CCs Blanc (winter festival) or there's the Nits Daurades (summer festival) in August. Then there's the Children's Festival in June.

Find out what else is on with our brief guide.

Events

Cavalcade of the Three Kings; early January: Christmas might be over in the UK, but in Spain the Three Kings arrive on January 6 and parade around Salou, giving gifts to your delighted children.

Golden Night's Summer Festival; August: Music, dance, fireworks - all the essential fiesta ingredients combine with much, much more to make an unforgettable event.

National Day of Catalonia; September: This day-long festival is celebrated throughout the region. Expect a party atmosphere, huge paellas, and plenty of dancing.