Salou is a Spanish resort town that punches well above its quaint size. Golden beaches, theme parks and historical sites make this gorgeous spot on Spain’s Costa Daurada the ideal destination for a family vacation.
One of Salou’s most popular attractions is the PortAventura World theme park. It’s the perfect place to take the family for an exciting day out and ranks as the most visited theme park in Spain. Here, you’ll find all the classic experiences like roller coasters and log flumes, as well as an interactive Sesame Street ride.
Salou is a dream if you’re a fan of sun-soaked beaches. There’s Llevant Beach, a long stretch of golden sand that opens up from the city centre into the deep-blue Balearic Ocean. With a calm current, it’s the perfect spot to spend lazy summer days with the kids. If you’re looking for something quieter, the coast is filled with cozy, smaller beaches too.
Salou is packed with plenty of cultural things to see and do. Check out Torre Vella, a 16th-century stone defense tower that now houses a collection of art and artefacts as the Museum of Contemporary Enamels. The Church of Santa Maria del Mar of Salou is another must-see. With a rich maritime history, it’s Salou’s oldest religious building and features gorgeous mural paintings.
From per night
From $530 per night
|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.03|
|Average weekend price||$137 per night|
|Average weekday price||$133 per night|
|Average stay||3 nights|
It is really a hidden gem. We traveled to Salou, to visit PortaVentura, but ended up falling in love with Salou as well. Perfect place for relaxing. Can be a bit bothersome to get a taxi, and the beach is quite crowded.
Only for the weather being bad as it was May , salou was overall a great holiday , portaventura world is a must to visit as is the strip along the beach which has cool restaurants and nice views. We stayed in apart hotel dorada palace overall the stay here was good and the hotel was clean and all staff were friendly, perfect place to go if you have kids as they do a disco and usually some type of music or activity at night and throughout the day for everyone.
Salou is a vibrant and beautiful city, with a lot of things to do for everyone, teenagers, young adults, families and seniors. What is more important is that each generation looks like is getting along with the other. The beach is a 10+, the sand and the water are clean, with a lot of beach bars, restaurants and sweets stores.
The overall area of Salou is a little run down and dirty. Definitely seen better days. We didn't like it too much and have stayed in nicer areas over the years. Very noisy too. Do not come here if you want peace and quiet. If its not noise from bars, it's cars roaring around, construction noise and drunk people arguing late at night. I didnt have one night's sleep without being disturbed by someone or something. At night we always got taxis back to the hotel as it just had a bad vibe at night and with a family in tow I wasn't taking any chances. The footpaths are awful too. Very narrow and large trees planted along them making them awkward to travel along when people are coming the other way. All of these trees should be removed. As our first post Covid holiday we enjoyed it overall. But we wouldn't return to Salou for another family break to be honest. For the money it cost to go there I think there are much nicer places to go to that don't have all of these negatives. However I would recommend it as a place to go to for couples or with a groups of friends for a long weekend. It's only a 2 hour plane journey (from ROI), plus there is plenty of parks, nightlife and the weather can be very good too.
I was just looking for a place to stay overnight. I had tried another town, but felt unsafe so I drove on to Salou. I felt safe, felt that the street parking for the car was safe, the town is only minutes from the highway exit. Although it is a holiday town I know from years ago, it is excellent for an off-season transit.
lot of the decent pubs were closed,not a lot to do,maybe better next year without all the hassle of tests and forms to fill in.best bar for music was Danny boys.Shanklys for sport and a cheeky flutter
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