Salou Holidays, Port Aventura and the Costa Dorada
Named the “Golden Coast” in Catalan, the Costa Dorada, is often skipped over in the mind of the British holidaymaker due to the wealth of riches along the entire Spanish Med. Located between the glitz and glamour of the Costa Brava and the popular resorts of the Costa Blanca, this region, 100kms south of Barcelona and with good connections from Reus Airports which is served by most of the low cost carriers offers sandy beaches, world class theme parks, water parks, terrific day trips and superb Catalan cuisine.
Today we showcase the best of the local area and make the case for a Salou Holiday which may be the best holiday you have not yet taken! Ideal for couples and families, here’s what
the Costa Dorada holds in store for the holidaymaker in the know.
Just 20 minutes from Salou, PortAventura is one of the leading and best-known theme parks in Europe. Four million people visit PortAventura each year and you could easily spend 2-3 days here with the kids and still not have explored the full circumference and rides of the park; it’s immense.
A joy for the thrill-seeker, coaster junkies can look forward to the Shambhala and Dragon Khan rollercoasters, with the first being the fastest rollercoaster in Europe, which reaches
speeds of over 80mph. The same coaster also has the longest vertical drop in Europe!
The park has something for everyone including rides, dining and shows, from jungle areas to futuristic zones from China to the Wild West – you could easily spend a day in each of these worlds. The best rides in the heat of the summer have to be the log flumes and water rides which guarantee a cooling off period for your little ones.
Even littler ones, toddlers and babies, are also catered too with low intensity rides available in each zone.
Day Trip to Barcelona & Tarragona
Whether you hire a care and take the Autopista up the coast to Barcelona or use the cheap and quick Renfe rail services you’ll be in Barcelona in around 90 minutes from Salou. Tarragona is a fine Roman city and much closer and can be reached by the same means in around 30 minutes.
There’s plenty to do in Barcelona for a day whether that’s visiting the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi including the Sagrada Familia or Casa Batllo, catching a La Liga game at the Nou Camp or visiting the fresh produce markets at La Boqueria. It would be impossible to “do” Barcelona in one 8 hour visit but we recommend getting to know the city with an open tour bus ride in the morning, enjoying lunch on the beach at Barceloneta or Port Olimpic and enjoying the magnificence of perhaps the world’s most famous cathedral, the Sagrada Familia.
Tarragona, also on the sea and with a rich history, was once the important Roman colony of Tarraco. The second largest city in Catalonia holds many remnants of its past, from Roman tombs to the Medieval Old Town. A must see is the Roman Amphitheatre on the ocean front and the Passeig Arqueològic – a local path meandering along the city walls, botanical gardens and city landmarks. Tarragona’s seafront offers superb fresh fish restaurants in which to enjoy an amazing lunch.
Salou’s Town and Beaches
For those looking for the best of a traditional beach holiday, without the need for amazing day trips or world class theme parks, Salou also offers world class beaches including our favourite; Llarga Beach. This designer, urban beach is surrounded by forests and enjoys a pretty rocky promenade. With facilities including beach bars, toilets and small shops, the beach is rather quiet but the long strip of sand and the depth you can wade out until makes this a terrific beach for young children. Safe and secluded with all the facilities you need for a fun, relaxing day at the beach.
The town of Salou itself is walkable and pretty, benefitting from some top class Catalan restaurants and the attraction of the illuminated fountain. The harbour is the place to be on the evening with the best sea food restaurants and street entertainment coming out in the evening.