Nothing screams “perfect summer getaway” more than the city of Salou located in Northeastern Spain. There is generally no off-season for coming to Salou if you’re looking for some fun away from the shade. Like the other cities along the coastline, Salou shares the same Mediterranean climate which feels like the city has an eternal summer. Thousands of people flock from all over the world just to get their feet in the tides and their heads in the sun.
Are you in for the hottest summer vacation yet? Here’s a list of the eight best things to do in Salou:
1. Take the Tourist Train
The Tourist Train (Trenet) will take you around the city’s most famous landmarks. There are two lines available to tourists with the first one taking you through most places in the city area like the Monument to King Jaume I, the Fountains of Salou, the Capitania, the Modernist Villas of Salou, the Harbour and the Monument to Fisherman, while the second line takes you through areas around the Cap Salou area. The ride is a little slow so it’s good for those who would want to take their time exploring the city. Also, you have the choice to hop on and off at any destination you choose.
Tourist Train Salou
Address: Avenida de Carles Buigas, Salou, Spain
Contact Number: +34 977350102
Operating Hours: Available in their website
Website: Tourist Train Salou
2. Llevant Beach
What’s a trip to Salou without getting your feet wet? Llevant Beach is impossible to miss as it sits just in front of the city. It is the city’s longest, cleanest, and even safest beach. There is a lot of activity going on here from the early morning until late at night. The beach is open to both wet and dry sports. Bars and restaurants line the beach as well so it’s also a great place to get some tapas by the water.
There’s no off-season for visiting Llevant Beach as the climate is temperate all year round. It does get crowded during the hot summer season so be prepared to face some crowds if you go down to Salou during peak season.
Address: Passeig Jaume I, Salou, Spain
Operating Hours: 24 Hours
Entrance Fee: Free of charge
3. Try stand up paddling
Whenever you’re in Llevant Beach, it wouldn’t hurt to try some of the water sports they offer. Salou’s waters allow a variety of water sports including paddle boarding, jet skiing, and boating. One of the more famous sports in the area would be Stand Up Paddling. The sport is not only relaxing but also great exercise. Stand Up Salou offers beach goers gear and guides for the activity, as well as variations like SUP yoga.
SUP - Stand Up Paddling
Address: Calle Colon 13, Playa de Llevant, 43840 Salou, Spain
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4. Stroll through Avenida Jaume I
On the edge of Playa de Llevant is this lively promenade that promises a good view of both the city and sea. The area is so named because of the monument of James I of Aragon who was Spain’s longest running Iberian monarch, which resides in the compound. Lined with numerous shops, bars, and apartments, the promenade is a good place to do some shopping for souvenirs and rest thereafter.
Avenida Jaume I
Address: Salou, Spain
Operating Hours: 24 hours
Entrance Fee: Free of charge
5. Have dinner in the House of Illusion
A dinner and a show all in one. The House of Illusion is a must-see in Salou and is open to all ages. The House of Illusion serves their guests with dinner and drinks while entertaining them with magic tricks - dinner here is worth every penny as both locals and tourists say.
House of Illusion
Address: Placa de Bonet, 1, 43840 Salou, Spain
Contact Number: +34 977380940
Operating Hours: The Houdini Terrace is open from Monday to Saturday from 4:00 pm-2:00 am, the establishment is closed every Sunday
Show Hours: Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Friday: 6:30 pm-9:30 pm and 10 pm-12:30 am; Wednesday and Sunday: 9:00 pm-12:00 am
Entrance Fee: 28 - 98 EUR (35 - 110 USD)
Website: House of Illusion
6. Bosc Aventura Park
This park has zip lines, a mini golf course, paintball, and more dry activities. People can also book the park for parties and events. Bosc Aventura is a very safe park for all ages as it is complete with safety harnesses and nets.
Bosc Aventura Park
Address: Carrer de Barbastre, 15, 43840 Salou, Spain
Contact Number: +34 877050444
Operating Hours: Weekdays: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm-7:00 pm, Weekends: 10:00 pm-2:00 am and 4:00 am - 7:00 am
Website: Bosc Aventura Park
7. Watch the fountains light up
There are a total of three fountains found in Salou; the Illuminated Fountain, the Cybernetic Fountain, and the Labyrinth Fountain. Every year starting from Easter until late November, once the sun has set, the already stunning fountains transform as the night falls with light shows and synchronized music. Each fountain has a different vibe from the other, so seeing all three is a must-do while in the city. For both tourists and locals, watching the spectacle unfold before their eyes is the best way to end the day. Entrance is free of charge.
Address: Plaça Francesc Germà, Salou, Spain
Operating Hours: From the week before Easter until June 30 on Fridays, Saturdays, the day before bank holidays and bank holidays:10:30 pm; From July 1 to September 10: Every day at 11:00 Ppm; From September 11 to November 1 on Fridays, Saturdays, the day before bank holidays and bank holidays: 10:00 pm
Address: Passeig de Jaume I, Salou, Spain
Operating Hours: From the week before Easter until June 30 on Fridays, Saturdays, the day before bank holidays and bank holidays: 10:30 pm; From July 1 to September 10: Every day at 10:00 pm; From September 11 to November 1 on Fridays, Saturdays, the day before bank holidays and bank holidays: 9:00 pm
Address: Passeig de Jaume I, Salou, Spain
Operating Hours: From the week before Easter until June 30 on Fridays, Saturdays, the day before bank holidays and bank holidays: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm; From July 1 to September 10: Every day at 6:00 pm until midnight; From September 11 to November 1 on Fridays, Saturdays, the day before bank holidays and bank holidays: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
8. PortAventura World
PortAventura World is one of - if not the most - recognized attraction in the city and the EU. The park has both entertaining and informative rides and performances which is perfect for a hot summer day out in Salou. PortAventura World also showcases Ferrari Land which also offers different rides and activities for its visitors. The park is relatively safe and child friendly, which makes it a good place for both kids and adults.
Address: Avinguda de l'Alcalde Pere Molas, Km 2, Vila-seca, 43840 Salou, Spain
Contact Number: +34 902202220
Operating Hours: The park is open everyday from 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Prices are available on their website
Website: PortAventura World
Tans fade but the memories will stay forever
The number of summer destinations in the world might be indefinite like grains of sand, but there’s no doubt that each and every one of them is unique. From its golden beaches, fresh sea breeze, and cool waters, to its culture and the beautiful people who welcome you with smiles as warm as the sun, Salou promises you an experience you will never forget.
So pack on the sunscreen, because this summer is going to be the hottest yet!
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