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Spain's sun-kissed costas have long been a popular holiday spot with those looking for spectacular sun, sand and sea resorts just a short flight from the UK. Set on the sunny Costa Dorada, Salou holidays offer the best of beach and city, thanks to its fun-loving attractions and striking distance from the energetic metling pot of shopping, culture and nightlife of Barcelona. We take a look at why people are booking Salou, where to go, what to try and why it's made it onto our list of the best holiday destinations 2017!

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The vibrant city of Barcelona is just over an hour away by train or car from Salou and makes an exciting day out. Tour the iconic Antoni Gaudi architecture, shop till you drop on the Passeig de Gracia, watch the street performers on Las Ramblas, hit Barceloneta beach, sunbathe in Parc Guell or Parc Cuitadella, or explore the old gothic area of the city. An open top bus tour is a good way to save your feet and see most of the city’s main sights, including its famous Sagrada Familia cathedral - but there’s so much to do in Barcelona that a day won’t ever be enough! If you fancy staying a little longer next time, check out our cheap holidays in Barcelona and book a bargain city and beach break!
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Like many of the seaside resorts along this stretch of the Spanish coastline, Salou's beaches are a big part of its attraction. The two main beaches, Llevant and Ponent, both boast fantastic facilities including watersports, beach cafes, kids’ play areas and parasols. These golden sands can get busy in peak season, so the smaller coves at picturesque Cap Salou offer a great alternative for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Salou centre during your beach holidays!



Salou is a fantastic holiday choice for fun-loving families, with plenty going on to keep the boredom at bay for kids. The PortAventura themepark and Costa Caribe waterpark are both big attractions, but you also have high ropes adventure courses at Bosc Aventura, a fun tourist train, playgrounds, boat trips, an illuminated fountain and Karting Salou, one of the best karting complexes in Europe!
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This themepark is just a stone's throw away from the centre of Salou and is a must for holidaymakers of all ages who have a sense of adventure. Divided into six themed areas, Mediterrania, Polynesia, China, Mexico, Far West and Sesamo Aventura (where you’ll find Sesame Street characters and themed rides for little ones) there are enough thrills, spills, shows and gentle attractions here to keep everyone happy. Adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss Shambhala, Dragon Khan or Furius Baco!



There’s lots going on in Salou during the day and after dark, and party people won’t be short of all night clubs to dance till dawn in. There are lots of lower key night spots too though, including beach bars, karaoke bars and Irish pubs – plus a welcoming selection of family friendly pubs too. For live entertainment that’s great for kids and adults alike, try the popular Chaplin’s bar on Calle Falset.


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Sitting between the pretty seaside towns of sleepy Cambrils (with its harbour and nine Blue Flag beaches) and family-fave La Pineda (with its calm waters and seafront waterpark), Salou is perfectly placed for some fantastic days out during your summer holidays. Bike tours are also popular from Salou, where you can ride past rolling hills, towering Catalan mountains and lush vineyards. If you’re after something slightly less energetic, the city’s tranquil municipal park is also a pretty spot to catch a breath of fresh air, while enjoying the fountain, stream, play areas and gardens.



Just a few miles outside of Salou you’ll find Tarragona, a sophisticated city with a medieval old town at its centre and Roman ruins to explore. Don’t miss the city Cathedral, the seaside Roman amphitheatre, the Roman aqueduct, or al fresco drinks on the pretty Placa de la Font town square. Culture vultures will also want to visit some of the city’s museums and galleries – the archaeological museum is popular for those who want to delve deeper into Tarragona’s rich history.
If you’re looking for a holiday resort that has fun-filled attractions for all ages and is within day-tripping distance of both sleepy seaside towns and vibrant capital cities, Salou is well worth considering. Add endless golden beaches, sunshine from March to November and superb deals on holidays in Spain - and it’s clear why people are choosing this Costa hot spot year after year!
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