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Salou Holidays

Salou Holidays

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Destination highlights

  • Great for families
  • Huge theme park & waterpark
  • Lively nightlifes
  • Choice of beaches
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food & drink | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Salou?

    Sitting on the sunny northeast coast of Spain, Salou is certainly not short of a beach or two. For a fun-filled family day out or a lively beach day with friends, it has to be the famous Playa Llevant - Salou’s main sandy stretch. With playgrounds for little ones and plenty of bars and restaurants for bigger ones, it’s easy to spend every day relaxing on this gorgeous beach. For something a little quieter, head to Capellans Beach, just north of Llevant Beach. This gently sloping stretch of sand is sheltered by the headlands so the waters tend to be calmer and shallower than its busier neighbour - perfect for families with young children. If you’re looking for a totally blissful beach day then check out some of the smaller coves around the headland or Cap de Salou. With minimal facilities and access mainly by car or coastal walk, these beaches are much quieter, relaxing and romantic. We recommend trying Cala els Crancs or Cala de la Font.



    Salou beach

    What are the top hotels in Salou?

    From family-friendly to adult-only, Salou has a great range of hotels just waiting to be discovered. For an action-packed break for all the family, it has to be PortAventura World. With a huge theme park at its centre and a whopping six hotels to choose from, each with a different theme, there’s a holiday to suit every family here. Whether you choose to spend your days in the tropical paradise of Hotel Caribe or step back in time and visit the Wild West at Hotel Gold River, you’ll be sure to have a fantastic Salou holiday with PortAventura!If you’re travelling with older children or looking for a relaxing break away from theme parks and themed hotels, take a look at Dorada Palace or Best Oasis Park. Dorada Palace is located in the tourist centre of Salou with great transport links around. With two swimming pools, a kids club and an adult-only spa, this hotel caters for everyone. If you want to be slightly out of the resort centre, the Best Oasis Park is located just 250m from the quieter Capellans Beach and has a great range of on-site facilities including a large swimming pool, kids playground and a bar.



    Salou beach

    What’s the food like in Salou?

    Traditional Spanish Tapas, classic English fish and chips, tasty Italian specials and delicious Chinese dishes. Salou’s restaurant scene has something for every taste and every budget, so you’re sure to satisfy even the fussiest eaters on a Salou holiday.

    If it’s traditional Spanish food you’re after then Salou doesn’t disappoint. Alongside the delicious paella, patatas bravas, gambas pil pil (prawns in chilli and garlic) and albondigas (meatballs) that we know and love, Salou cuisine features a huge selection of Catalan dishes. From the famous suquet de peix or fish stew, to the local dish of mongetes amb botifarra - local pork sausages served with beans, you’ll certainly find something new to try here.

    This region of Spain is also well known for its wine production. Venture a couple of miles inland and you’re met with sprawling vineyards and numerous wineries - many of which offer great tours and tasting events. After all, it would be rude not to, right?

    Where is the best nightlife in Salou?

    Lively, varied and full of fun, the nightlife in Salou is certainly not to be missed. The main ‘strip’ in Salou stretches from the beach and is known as Carlos Buigas. With neon lights, live music and plenty of dancing, this is the place to go for an unforgettable night out on your Salou holiday. Make sure to check out Chaplins for live shows for all ages and dance ‘till dawn at Koko Beach Club. Looking for something a little more laid-back? Beach xiringuito’s are the perfect place to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset. Head to the opposite end of Llevant Beach and you’ll find local restaurants and traditional tavernas - great for a good glass of wine and tapas!



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    What events can I go to in Salou?

    With events and celebrations taking place throughout the year, there’ll always be something happening in Salou. So, whether you’re into your msic festivals or like to experience a traditional cultural festival, Salou is the place to be. Here are a few of our favourites.

    April see’s the Spanish celebration of Sant Jordi, otherise known as Spanish Valentines Day. For a week in April Salou remembers a Medieval past culminating in big feasts and celebrations on St George’s Day (April 23rd). It is custom to give a gift of either a rose or a book to those you love on this day. If you’re lucky enough to be heading out to Salou in June then make sure you visit during the Salou Gastrotour. For around 10 days each year, many of Salou’s restaurants take part in the Gastrotour - a delicious tapas route showing off the best food made with the best ingredients. In August the town turns gold with Salou's Golden Nights (Nits Daurades). Celebrating the patron saint of Salou, Santa Maria del Mar. With light displays, fireworks and a big parage on August 15th, it’s definitely not to be missed. Finally, if you’re into your music (and over 30, sorry) then Salou’s Soul Weekender in September is definitely for you. Enjoy a banging line up, perfect weather and top music - the best way to end your summer.

    What is there to do in Salou?

    PortAventura Park

    Adrenaline junkies are in for a treat at PortAventura Park. Six different worlds, countless teeth-clenching attractions and spectacular show performances await, at one of Europe’s most iconic theme parks! Challenge your friends and family to ride the exhilarating Hurakan Condor and make a splash if you dare to journey through the rocky Grand Canyon Rapids. Little ones will love Sesamoaventura world. Meet Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street gang, see exciting shows and ride attractions like the splashtastic Magic Fish and magical Kiddie Dragons.

    City Park

    Escape the city and take a stroll around this tranquil utopia in the centre of Salou. Lush, leafy greenery surrounds the peaceful paths of the City Park. With sparkling ponds, a children’s play area and great local coffee – it’s a must-see spot in Salou. If you’re visiting during the summer months, you’re in luck as you’ll find all sorts of exhibitions and fairs to discover here.

    House of Illusion

    Experience a spectacular evening of mysterious magic and utter amazement at the House of illusion Theatre Show in Placa de Bonet. Expect the unexpected with an unforgettable performance of magic, comedy and illusion that will blow your mind. If you feel like celebrating in style, upgrade to the exclusive VIP package to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and champagne service.

    Tourist Train

    Hop on the Tourist Train to explore all that Salou has to offer. Embark on an exciting adventure of the city’s local hotspots, learn about the history of this captivating capital and snap some perfect holiday pics along the way. With two different routes and helpful audio guides, make sure to look out for attractions like the fountains of Salou, Torre Vella and Santa Maria del Mar Church.

    Font Luminosa

    Created in 1973 by famous engineer Carles Buigas, Font Luminosa is a beautiful fountain located at the end of Paseo Jaume I. By day, this is the perfect spot to stop for a coffee or take a rest but by night the fountain comes alive with exciting water and light shows.

    Salou Weekly Market

    From fresh fruit and veg to artisan crafts and locally produced honey and olive oil, you can spend hours wandering this local market. It’s a great place to bag a bargain - and there’s plenty of places to stop off for coffee and a bite to eat.



    Salou PortAventura


    What's the weather like in Salou?

    The summer months in Salou are hot, with temperature averages of 25 °C to 23 °C from July through until September. Although a little milder, the months of May, June and October still see average temperatures of 16 °C to 20°C.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 9 °c 13 °c 5 h
    Feb 9 °c 13 °c 7 h
    Mar 12 °c 13 °c 7 h
    Apr 14 °c 14 °c 8 h
    May 18 °c 17 °c 8 h
    Jun 22 °c 20 °c 10 h
    Jul 25 °c 23 °c 11 h
    Aug 24 °c 25 °c 9 h
    Sep 21 °c 23 °c 8 h
    Oct 18 °c 20 °c 7 h
    Nov 12 °c 17 °c 5 h
    Dec 9 °c 15 °c 5 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Salou

    How long does it take to fly to Salou?

    It takes about two hours and 15 minutes to fly to Salou from the UK.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Salou?

    Salou is one hour ahead of the UK.

    What currency do they use in Salou?

    The official currency of Salou is the Euro.

    What language do they speak in Salou?

    The official language spoken in Salou is Catalan.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Salou?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Salou?

    Customers will be required to pay a sustainable tourist tax when staying in Salou. This is usually between €0.65-€2.25 per person per night, depending on the season and star rating of the hotel. This is usually payable in local currency to the hotel.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Salou?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to the Balearic Islands on the FCO website.


    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Salou for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Lesley Ormerod:


    Fantastic company! Booked many times & never been disappointed. Even when our holiday was cancelled due to covid in 2020 they dealt with it promptly.

    Dave:


    First class service from start to finish.kept us updated with all covid 19 changes. Simple straight forward booking and help

    Victoria Baker:


    Brilliant service, very quick with communication. Our holiday was cancelled and we were refunded within the week .

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    Salou Weather

    Despite the number of sunny days that Salou basks in year round, the temperatures are not as intense as other destinations such as the Costa del Sol, with temperatures routinely ranging from between 20° Celsius and 26° Celsius from May until late August. The cooling breeze from the Mediterranean takes the edge off the worst of the humidity – perfect for working on that tan!

    Jan 13ºC
    Feb 15ºC
    Mar 16ºC
    Apr 18ºC
    May 21ºC
    Jun 24ºC
    Jul 27ºC
    Aug 27ºC
    Sep 25ºC
    Oct 20ºC
    Nov 16ºC
    Dec 13ºC

    Landscape

    Enjoying the golden sandy beaches that characterise the Costa Dorada, Salou also offers smaller, rocky coves with clear, shallow waters that make it extremely popular with families with small children. Whilst not as rocky and mountainous as nearby Tarragona, Salou is similarly hilly yet boasts a beautifully landscaped beachfront and gently sloping beaches.

    Things To Do on Salou Holidays

    One of the most popular attractions in the area is the Port Aventura theme park/waterpark. The park has six different thematic areas: the Mediterranean, the Far West, Mexico, China, Polynesia and Sesame Street Adventure, with a stunning 30 plus rides, 15 daily shows, 75 restaurants and 27 gift and handicraft shops. Salou also offers a mixture of the cultural and the contemporary, the exciting and the relaxing. The area offers some of the best watersports activities on the southern coast, with windsurfing, and banana boating proving popular with both children and adults. The area also offers more cultural attractions such as the Torre Vella watchtower museum and Salou’s Central park offering a chance to enjoy the rich, historical atmosphere at your own pace.

    Book a Salou Holiday now!

    Salou offers the ideal blend of excitement and culture for anyone considering a holiday in the Costa Dorada. Whether it’s relaxing, historical Mediterranean charm or energetic nightlife, Salou is hard to beat. On the Beach has great deals on flights and accommodation, so why not try us out and see what Salou has to offer!