Salou is a traditional family holiday destination and was the first town in Catalonia to receive the official “Family Holiday Resort” certification. Its more than seven kilometres of very safe beaches and the huge range of family leisure and entertainment facilities are your guarantee of an unforgettable holiday.
Salou’s endless leisure options make it the holiday capital of the Costa Daurada. Catamaran excursions and sailing and diving courses are just some of the activities the Costa Daurada Water Sports Centre can arrange for you, while the beaches are full of fun activities, entertainment and sports.
Salou Town Council
Xalet Torremar, Passeig de Jaume I, 4
Tel. 977 350 102 – www.visitsalou.es
Salou’s beaches are one of its main attractions. There are eight of them making a total 7.5 kilometres. They are all superbly maintained and some are set in quiet natural surroundings of pine trees and Mediterranean vegetation. The following are some of the beaches:
The Capellans Beach has been awarded the European Blue Flag for the quality of its bathing waters. It is 220 metres long and reached from Brussel·les Street.
The Llevant Beach is the resort’s largest. It is 1.2 kilometres long and up to 140 metres wide.
What distinguishes the Llarga Beach from all the others is that it is lined by pine trees. It is 600 metres long and its location a little way from the town centre means it is often uncrowded.
The Ponent Beach is more than 1,000 metres long and one of the most popular in the resort.
The Cap Salou area has several attractive cales or coves set in beautiful natural scenery. They include Cala Llenguadets (next to the Llarga Beach), Cala Penya Tallada, Cala Font and Cala Crancs.
Jaume I Promenade
More than a kilometre long, this seafront promenade runs parallel to the Llevant Beach. In the summer months it can be considered the heart of the resort. Halfway along there is a monument designed by Luis M. Saumells and erected in 1965 to commemorate King Jaume of Aragon’s departure from Salou in 1229 to conquer Mallorca.
Masia Catalana (Catalan Farmhouse)
In 1974 a replica of a Catalan farmhouse was built in Carles Buïgas Street using the traditional materials of the countryside. In summer a handicrafts market is held here and at Christmas it is the venue for the traditional “Living Nativity Scene” and “caga tió”.
The Illuminated Fountain
This fountain is at one end of the Jaume I Promenade and in summer it delights visitors with a spectacle of water, light and music. It was created by the architect Carles Buïgas, who also designed the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona.
Torre Vella (old tower)
A watchtower built in 1530 to defend Salou from the constant sacking and pillaging by pirates along the Mediterranean coast. Since 1991 it has been the home of the Contemporary Enamel Museum, as well as occasional temporary exhibitions.
Address: C/ Arquebisbe Pere de Cardona, 1. Telephone: 977383235
Along the Jaume I Promenade you can see several examples of houses built in the Modernist architectural style in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The most impressive is the Bonet House designed by the architect Doménech Sugranyes i Gras, a follower of Antoni Gaudí.
SALOU TENNIS CLUB
In addition to tennis, the club offers fronton, pétanque and mini-golf facilities. It also has a gym, a swimming pool and a multi-sports court.
C/ Avenc, s/n. Tel.977.370.012
The Club Nàutic Costa Daurada has a sailing school and is the departure point for short cruises. Salou Marina. 977.382.166
WATER SPORTS CENTRE
The centre arranges all types of water sports including sailing, windsurfing, catamaran excursions, water skiing, jet skis, fishing, diving, canoeing and parasailing.
C/ Barenys, s/n – Tel. 977.353.592
WEST FORK HORSERIDING
A riding school that offers horseback excursions in the surrounding area.
Autovía Reus- Tarragona s/n. Tel. 977.384.002
At Km 2.1 on the dual carriageway between Salou and Reus it offers various activities including go-karts. Tel.977.385.317
Guided countryside tours in 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
C/ Vendrell, 2 local 10. Tel. 977.350.676
PORTAVENTURA AND COSTA CARIBE
A theme park with its own water park. The entrance is at Avinguda Batlle Pere Molas, km 2. Tel 902.202.220