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 breathtaking landscape. The area offers something for everyone and every budget.
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.
One of the main attractions of Salou is the Port Aventura complex, which is a self-contained resort. It features the main theme park, as well as an aquatic park and 4 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 so when you staying 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 cafes, serving everything from traditional Spanish tapas and paella to a range of international cuisines.
Salou is a great place to visit year round, with sandy beaches for the summer and plenty of sightseeing opportunities in the winter months. It offers a great calendar of festivals including the Cavalcade of the 3 Kings in early January, the Children's Festival in June and the National Day of Catalonia in September. 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.
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