Salou is located in the province of Tarragona, Spain and is a popular town resort. A family favourite for its beautiful beaches, large Spanish villas, exciting fiesta’s and claim to not one, but two theme parks. Salou itself is located on the Costa Dorada and nestles between quaint Cambrils and calm La Pineda. The resort is just seven miles south of elegant Tarragona which is also a treat to visit. Enjoying relaxing on gentle beaches and a slew of exciting fiestas in August add to Salou's appeal for families. Salou is a historical place too and was once used by the Greeks and the Romans as an important port. After a period of inactivity the town has seen its fortunes revied and now the area is a popular tourist destination. The town is in the region of Catalonia and thus the main language is Catalan, a different language to Spanish. Naturally Spanish and English are also spoke widely in the town.
Apartments and Villas in Salou
If you are planning a trip to Salou as a family, rather than opting for your typical all-inclusive holiday accommodation, you can actually get much more for your money with a Wimdu apartment. These are privately owned holiday rentals, offered by hosts who either live or holiday regularly in Salou - which means you get a real feel for what it’s like to be a local in the area. Compared to apartments available from global commercial companies, Wimdu apartments have a homely feel, perfect for families. Not too far from Salou is Saragossa which boasts some beautiful architecture including the largest Baroque building in Spain. Check out our accommodation in Saragossa today!
- Nearby Tarragona is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities.
- Tarragona is a large city with over 350,000 inhabitants!
- Costa! The famous Dutch movie and TV series of the same name were both filmed in Salou
Things to see and do
If relaxing in the sun on a beach - or by your own private villa pool for that matter! - is your thing, Salou is the ideal place for you. However there is more to discover in Salou apart from the beautiful beaches. Visitors of Salou can experience the spectacular water show in the new fountains at the end of the main promenade. If your apartment is located towards the south of the municipality, you may also like to visit Parc de Salou which has many pine trees, plants and flowers and is an ideal place to take a pleasurable walk, have a picnic and simply rest. There is of course also one of Salou’s main attractions, Port Adventura which has many family friendly activities which will be sure to appeal to both adults and children. If you’re staying in an apartment in town, why not check out the Font Illuminosa, a pretty fountain located at the end of the seaside walkway. At night the fountain lights up beautifully! As with much of coastal Spain, Salou has many excellent golf courses in the surrounding countryside, though not far a drive from your accommodation, that are ideal for not just beginner golfers but also experts too! Water sports and arcades are in abundance in Salou too – everything you need to have an excellent fun filled holiday!
If you’re staying in Salou then it would be a shame not to visit the intriguing nearby city of Tarragona. It is the capital of the province of the same name and is an exciting city to visit. Many significant historical remains exist in the city including some of the bases of the Cyclopean walls located near the Cuartel de Pilatos. These walls predate even the Romans! There is also an impressive
ancient Amphitheatrelocated close to the seashore that used to be used as a quarry. On the area which is now known as the Place de la Font there is evidence of a huge 1500 feet long circus. Throughout Tarragona you’ll see Latin and Phoenician inscriptions on stones describing the town’s history. On the outskirts of the town there is a well preserved Roman aqueduct that is also worth checking out.
If that wasn’t enough excitement to prize you away from the villa pool for a day, you can always travel across the sea to the nearby Ibiza! Don’t worry if you end up having a bit of a crazy night through, Wimdu have some great bed and breakfasts located in the area if you need somewhere to crash. Mallorca is not far away either, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay on after Salou, and Wimdu have some great holiday rentals available in this area, from inspirational apartments to down-to-earth villas.
Salou can be reached by car from the AP-7 highway which links the Costa Del Sol. If you are arriving by plane then you’ll more than likely be flying into Reus-Salou Airport or Barcelona El Prat Airport. A bus services connects the airport with Salou and nearby Tarragona. But you can always rent a car for travelling around the island with ease. Just be sure to check that your villa has parking. You can also reach Tarragona by train and the RENFE medium-distance train connects Barcelona with Tarragona. Several long distance trains also stop in Salou on the way between Valencia and Barcelona. It is easy to get around