Located in the beautiful Costa Dorada region of Catalonia, Salou is a popular holiday destination with British holidaymakers. This lively resort is full off great clubs and bars and offers an array of outdoor sports. However Salou is also an excellent choice for family holidays as it still has many quiet areas. Due to the regions all-year-round seasonal climate of warm summers and mild winters, Salou holidays can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
The beaches here form part of the Golden Coast region and are ideal for parents to relax in the glorious sunshine while the children play on the beautiful sandy beaches. Stretching for miles and miles, the beaches tend to get very busy in the summer months of July and August but with such a long coastline there is plenty of room for everyone. For complete tranquillity there are lots of little secluded coves along the coastline, the most isolated one can be found at Cap Salou which is just a ten minute drive from the resort. The two main beaches are the Ponent Beach, Llevant Beach and Playa Llarga, all of which have fine golden sand, crystal clear waters and lifeguards in attendance for parents can have the reassurance that their children are safe while they relax on their sun-loungers. The facilities at the beaches are excellent with sun bed and parasol hire, beach bars, cafes, ice cream kiosks, showers and toilets. Llevant Beach offers something for all ages including a dedicated children’s playground, gym and volleyball court. The fine golden sandy beach of Playa Llarga gently slopes to the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by a verdant pine forest which offers plenty of shade during the long hot sunny summer days. Water sports are in abundance at the resorts beaches, including jet-skiing, water-skiing, wind surfing, parasailing, sailing and banana boat rides.
Away from the beach is the Port Aventura theme park which attracts families looking for an exciting day out packed with fun and adventure.
Based around different civilisations and cultures such as the Mediterranean, Mexico, Polynesia, China and the wild west, the park not only offers a great day of fun and adventure but also an insight to other ‘ways of life’. The park also offers water slides, water rides, rollercoasters, entertainment, dining venues and plenty of fun and games for the whole family. The whole family will enjoy the wetlands of
the Ebro Delta National Park which is best explored by foot or bicycle in the milder weather of April and October. Bird watchers and nature enthusiasts will love this National Park where the different habitats, including coastal lagoons, marshland and sand dunes, are home to many species of birdlife such as herons, flamingos, kingfishers and many more. Not to be missed on your holidays to Salou is a visit to Barcelona and to the traditional fishing port of Cambrils where you will find narrow cobbled streets, a bustling street market, a working harbour, long sandy beaches, medieval houses and amazing seafood restaurants. Tarragona, the main city on the Costa Dorada, is a mixture of the old and the new. The ancient city walls, Roman ruins and old harbour blend perfectly with the tree lined boulevards and shopping centres which together with some of the regions best beaches makes a perfect day out. For culture vultures, the city also boasts some excellent museums which are home to priceless Roman relics, artwork, tapestries and archaeological finds.
Salou enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with the summer months of June to September seeing temperatures averaging 27C, often reaching highs of 29C in mid August. Summer nights are ideal for a relaxing evening walk as temperatures average a pleasant 18C. The summer days see around 10 hours of sunshine a day and very little rainfall. With average temperatures of 14C during the winter months, this an excellent time for enjoying outdoor activities but as night-time temperatures fall to around 7C you will need to remember to pack some warmer clothes for the evenings.
During May and October the resort is quieter and you will find great deals on hotels but if you are on a tight budget the best offers will be found for April and November. Check out this website for lots of great deals throughout the year.