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Salou is one of the main resorts on Spain's popular Costa Dorado coast. It is in the Tarragona province in the Catalonia region of Spain.
Visit Salou, Spain
The Costa Dorado is known as the Gold Coast for its long sandy beaches. Salou is one of the key resorts on this stretch of the coast. Popular for its beaches, its proximity to PortAventura, one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, and to the small airport of Reus which is only 15 minutes away and has regular flights to and from London. Salou is also only about an hour away from Barcelona.
The main action is Salou is centered around the Passeig Jaume I, a long boulevard running along the edge of the main beach. There are some historic sights to look out for including the Santa Maria del Mar church and the Torre Vella, a defensive tower built in 1530 to defend the town against pirates.
Salou is not a luxury holiday resort. It is a fairly budget resort with lots of cheap eateries and bars around. The beaches are good, long strips of golden sand and the delights of Catalonia are at your fingertips.
There are plenty of opportunities for watersports, golf, karting or tennis. In fact really everything you need is at hand at this lively resort.
The main beach is the Platja Llevant though there are plenty more beaches as well as small sheltered coves. All in all there are 34 blue flag beaches in and around Salou and they are sheltered by Cape Salou.
Nightlife in Salou is lively with plenty of bars and clubs to choose from. However if you are looking for something quiet or authentic this is not the spot for you.
PortAventura is Europe's biggest theme park. If you want to see and do everything you can get 3 day passes. Port Aventura is famous for its Dragon Khan roller coaster which has 8 loop the loops and can be seen from afar. It also has the Furius Baco ride which is the fastest roller coaster in Europe. Many of Salou's visitors come specially to be close to the theme park.
Tired of the theme park? PortAventura also has an aqutic park with lots of slides.
Map of Salou and places to visit
Salou places to visit
See more places nearby in the Catalonia guide