Altitude: 2 m
Salou is located in the center of the Costa Dorada, one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean Sea. With a privileged location, Salou is located on a rich coastline, very close to quiet villages and farmlands, where you can complement your stay by discovering the regions of Alt Camp, Baix Camp, Conca de Barberà, Priorat, Tarragonès and the Baix Penedès.
The history of Salou has been written in the shelter of its natural port, located on the coast of the Costa Dorada. First the Iberians settled there, and then the Romans followed, all of them under the name of Salauris, the old name of Salou. Later, King Jaime I would set sail for the conquest of Mallorca from these waters, and centuries later, the commercial intensity of the port, would end up making it the objective of the corsairs.
In the second half of the 19th century, Salou began to receive vacationers. In 1863 the first bathing huts were authorized on Poniente beach. Salou began, at the gates of the 20th century, an activity that led it to be known as La playa de Europa. Starting in the sixties, Salou experienced significant urban growth thanks to tourist activity, which was consolidated in 1995 with the establishment of PortAventura, a leader in the supply of theme parks in Europe.
In Salou, the best hours are spent on the beaches or sheltered by its coast. With more than 14 kilometers of seafront, in Salou you will find urban beaches, adapted, accessible and with all services. But you will also find coves sheltered by cliffs and pine forests, quieter and more remote.
Salou has a wide range of accommodation adapted to your needs. From 4-star superior hotels to apartments, apartment-hotels, pensions and campsites. About thirty establishments are distinguished with the Family Tourism Destination seal and cover the needs of the smallest to the oldest of the family.
Salou is a destination with a rich leisure and entertainment offer for the whole family. Getting on the tourist train is an essential experience during your visit to Salou, strolling through the most emblematic places of the city and along the coastal path or choosing between the dozens of daily leisure and sports proposals are some of the options that we propose during your stay.
PortAventura World is a leading holiday theme resort in Europe, located largely in the municipality of Salou. The park is made up of six themed areas: Mediterranean, Far West, Mexico, China, Polynesia and Sésamo Aventura, and offers visitors more than 30 attractions, 15 daily shows, 75 food points and 27 craft and gift shops. PortAventura World also offers a water park: Costa CaribeAquaticPark, expanded and totally renovated in 2013, and Ferrari Land, an authentic experience in more than 70,000 m2 of excitement, adrenaline and fun, inaugurated in 2017.
Salou is also a destination where you can find everything you are looking for to enjoy your holidays. From stores that offer you the latest fashion trends, through establishments to buy the ideal accessories for your leisure moments on the beach.
Sports tourism and bicycle tourism
Good weather conditions and the creation of infrastructures have multiplied in recent years, the quality sports offer, from those aimed at teams and professional athletes, to those aimed at tourism and leisure. In this way, Salou has emerged as an exceptional sports tourism destination all year round.
Salou received the Sports Tourism Destination certificate in 2013, and has been specializing in sports such as football, sailing and triathlon. Golf and cycling are also disciplines that can be practiced in Salou. The three Infinitum golf courses allow you to play in a privileged environment, surrounded by pine forests and with extraordinary views of the sea. Also, cycling teams or water sports and swimming teams in the open sea, have discovered the conditions of the municipality for their training, be it high-level or amateur.
The nautical activities have the reference point in the Nautical Station, which offers and coordinates nautical and complementary activities and accommodation. Among the activities that it offers we find from the most traditional, such as canoeing or scuba diving, to parasailing or water skiing.
The destination for playing golf is unique and very attractive for people who enjoy this sport. The three Lumine Golf courses allow you to play in a privileged natural environment, surrounded by pine forests, and with extraordinary views of the sea.
The municipality also hosts mass events such as the Half Marathon, the Challenge triathlon and the RACC Catalunya-Costa Dorada Rally.
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