Salou is located in the region of Catalonia, which is one of the most popular parts of Spain for tourism, and for good reason. Between the unique Catalonian culture, the beautiful coastlines, and the incredible culture, the region is the place to be if you want to take in the very best that Spain has to offer the discerning visitor.
Situated on the Costa Daurada, Salou has excellent sandy beaches interspersed with many rocky coves. And with the calm turquoise waters and the sun shining more often than not, this is one of the nicest places in Spain to top up your tan and take in some of the best that this beautiful country has to offer.
The Paseo de Les Palmeres is the town’s focal point, where both relaxation and fun are available in equal measures. At more than one kilometre in length, this promenade serves as a meeting point for locals and tourists alike. Bars, clubs and many hotels line the promenade, surrounded by swaying palm trees. The buildings and structures along this beautiful strip are typical examples of modern Spanish architecture, with the Torre de Cal Bonet and the monument of King Jaume I being great examples.
Salou – A Tradition of Tourism
You always know that you’ll be well taken care of when you visit Salou. The town has evolved from a trading and fishing centre where the inhabitants carved out a meagre living to become a fixture on the European tourism map. Today, the hundred-year tradition of tourism is alive and well, and the locals are especially grateful for this.
Salou itself lay on a strip of the coastline between the Llevant and Platja Llarga beaches. However, travel further along the coast in either direction and you will encounter secluded coves and rocky outcrops intermingled with golden sandy beaches. One way to appreciate all that the wonderful coastline around Salou has to offer is to rent out one of the pleasure boats and enjoy some time cruising along the shoreline.
The Paseo de Les Palmeres might be the main tourist-orientated avenue of Salou, but the whole town is a magnificent example of modernist architecture. Tour the tower of Cal Bonet, or example, where in the Middle Ages the then Spanish king set off to conquer Mallorca.
You can also enjoy the sixteenth century Torre Vella, or visit the old railway station, which has been restored to its original state. Or travel a few miles out of town to visit the Port Aventura theme park from Universal, which just so happens to be one of the largest in Spain.
What about Salou’s nightlife? As you would expect, this Spanish town is well-known for its nightlife. Many of the streets are given over to restaurants, bars and clubs. Moreover, regardless of what time of year you visit Salou, there’s always something going on to keep you occupied.
What’s Around the Town?
There’s lot to see around Salou, both on the coast and if you decide to travel further inland. Just 10 km to the east and you have the town of Tarragona. This is most famous for the ancient Roman ruins, which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And Tarragona’s status as the provincial capital automatically makes this town worth visiting.
Calafell, Cambrils, and Torredembarra are also nearby towns that you can check out. With historic buildings and gorgeous landscapes, why not spend a day of your visit to Salou touring these other towns?
Food to Remember
A visit to the Catalonian coast would not be complete without tasting some of the famous cuisine on offer. You absolutely must try the fish and shellfish dishes that are very much local favourites. If you are in Cambrils, try out the crustaceans, or if you’re in San Carlos de la Rapita, try the langoustine in Romesco sauce. And of course, a little further afield are the delights awaiting in Barcelona. Delicious.
And this is just the start of an adventure that you will remember forever. Whether you are to visit Salou in the near future, or you have visited at some point in the past, I’d love to hear about your experiences there. Why not leave a comment at the end of this page and let me know?