Things to do in Salou

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Salou – Where Old Spain Meets Tourism

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Salou is located on the north-east coast of Spain in the province of Tarragona, which itself is part of Catalonia. Before we take a look at all the things to do in Salou, let’s have a little history lesson, just to give you a flavour of how old this region really is in terms of inhabitation and importance.

Salou, as a port, dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who both used the area for various reasons. The Kingdom of Majorca was actually founded back in the thirteenth century, when James I of Aragon sailed from the port of Salou to conquer the Balearic Islands. As you can see, the region has a long and storied history.

There are plenty of things to see and do for the visitor to Salou. Local festivals are held almost every month of the year, and there are many cultural and historic sites to visit in the area. The town has a wonderful landscaped promenade, and there are many beaches and secluded rocky coves up and down the coastline. The area’s biggest attraction is the Port Aventura resort, a massive theme park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Salou is well served by a local train station, local bus service, and many taxi ranks. The closest airport is in Reus, which is about a fifteen-minute drive away.

 

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Port Aventura - Things to Do in Salou

Port Aventura is located just a few miles from Salou, on Spain’s Costa Daurada. Attracting over 4 million visitors annually, this theme park is the most popular in the country (it is actually the sixth most visited in the whole of Europe).

Opened in May 1995, the theme park consists of five theme areas, all based on different civilisations: Far (Wild) West, Mediterrània, China, Mexico, and Polynesia. There are a total of 36 rides within the park, along with 8 roller coasters and 4 water rides.

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Aquapolis Waterpark - Things to do in Salou

Aquapolis is a waterpark and dolphinarium located a five-minute drive from Salou. There are water slides, themed swimming pools, wave pools, and activity lakes, as well as dolphin and sea-lion shows. The park is open from May to October. This should definitely be near the top of your list for things to do in Salou.

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Fonte Luminosa - Things to do in Salou

The Fonte Luminosa (illuminated fountain) can be found at the front end of the main Salou seafront promenade. Designed in 1973, the wonderful fountains transform after sunset into a majestic display of water, music and colourful light.

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The House of Illusions - Things to do in Salou

The House of Illusion theatre show offers an amazing experience to those guests looking for things to do in Salou. From illusions to magic tricks to a comedy variety show with audience participation, this venue ensures a great time will be had by all.

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Image Attribution:

Port Aventura – By Sotti (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Aquapolis Waterpark – falconholidays.ie

Fonte Luminosa – http://www.panoramio.com/user/5839575

The House of Illusion – https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g562814-d620200-i26027201-House_of_Illusion-Salou_Costa_Dorada_Province_of_Tarragona_Catalonia.html

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3 Comments
  1. Kevin deaney says

    Great article. Very informative. I have been to Spain before but not to this region. I feel as tho your guide would be very helpful to people visiting this area. Love the photos and the way you write. Great job.

  2. Matt says

    Wow I love water-parks and that Illusion park looks like a lot of fun! I never been to Spain before but I always wanted to go. I think I gotta definitely check out Salou.

  3. Claudia says

    Great article. I traveled to Spain many time but never been to Salou. Next time I guess it will be on my list and I will check back into this page. Thank you for the input.

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