Salou was the first municipality in Catalonia to qualify as a “Family Holiday Resort”. It has been a traditional family holiday destination for many years thanks to its wide range of things to do for the whole family and its magnificent spacious and very safe beaches, with their shallow waters and excellent facilities.
The never-ending variety of leisure activities, including sports, water sports, entertainment, gastronomy, theme parks and aquatic parks, make Salou the ideal place to holiday with family and friends.
Salou Town Council
Xalet Torremar, Passeig de Jaume I, 4
Tel. 977 350 102 – www.visitsalou.es
To complement its marvellous beaches and fantastic choice of leisure activities, Salou also has many interesting cultural sites.
Jaume I Promenade
This promenade runs parallel to the sea for more than a kilometre. It is one of the most popular places in the resort to stroll and enjoy the magnificent palm trees, gardens and fountains or take part in some of the many activities held there. In the middle of the promenade there is a monument to King James I of Aragon, who set sail from Salou in 1229 to conquer the kingdom of Mallorca. The monument is the work of Lluis Saumells and Salvador Ripoll and was inaugurated in 1965.
Torre Vella (Old Tower)
In the 16th century the people who lived along the Mediterranean coasts were constantly in fear of pirate and corsair attack. In an attempt to put an end to these sackings and pillagings a series of watchtowers was built along the coast. The Torre Vella in Salou was one of these. Since 1991 it has housed the Museum of Contemporary Enamel and other temporary art exhibitions.
Masía Catalana (Catalan Farmhouse)
In Carles Buigas Street you will find a reproduction of a typical Catalan farmhouse. Built in 1974 with the materials traditionally used in rural Catalonia, in summer it is the site of a handicrafts market and during the Christmas holidays an original living nativity scene is performed there.
Modernist Architecture in Salou
At the beginning of the Jaume I Promenade there is a series of Modernist houses built towards the end of the 19th century. Perhaps the most impressive of them, the Bonet House, is at the southern end of the promenade. It was designed by Doménech Sugranyes i Gras, a disciple of Antoni Gaudí.
The Illuminated Fountain
At the northern end of the promenade, this fountain was built by Carles Buïgas, who also designed the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona. During the summer months it delights visitors with a spectacular daily performance of water, sound and light.
Salou’s more than seven and a half kilometres of beaches are one of its main attractions. They are all immaculately kept, have shallow bathing waters and facilities that make them very safe.
The largest beaches are the Llevant and Ponent, both more than a kilometre long, and the Capellans and Llarga. The resort also has several much smaller, but very attractive coves set in natural surroundings, including Cala Crancs, Cala Font and Cala Llenguadets.
Salou offers its visitors a wide variety of leisure and sports options, including the Tennis Club, the Water Sports Centre, the Yacht Club, Karting Salou and West Fork Horse Riding, to name but a few.
And, of course, at the top of many visitors’ lists are the fabulous attractions offered by PortAventura and Costa Caribe with their theme park, aquatic park and fantastic shows and entertainment.