Salou is in north east Spain and is one of Catalonia's most important resorts. Barcelona is just over 100 km to the north, and the resort features prominently on the most popular places to visit on the famous Costa Dorada.
Salou climate information
Data obtained from Reus Airport weather station, 8 km to north-north-east. Sun data obtained from Barcelona.
Salou lies on the Spanish shores of the Costa Dorada. The 'Gold Coast' is popular with many English tourists for its warm temperatures throughout the year peaking in August with an average daily maximum of 31 °C. The beaches in Salou help to define the city's character and the main stretch of Llevant Beach is undoubtedly beautiful. Running adjacent to Llevant Beach is the promenade of Jaume I, visitors to the city tend to navigate via landmarks like the promenade. Other notable beaches in Salou include Ponent Beach, Llarga Beach, Platja dels Llenguadets and Platja dels Capellans.
Water sports are popular on all of the Spanish Costas, and Salou is no different. Surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, banana boats, sailing, windsurfing and all the usual Mediterranean favourites are available here - mainly at the Llevant Beach.
Salou backs up its claims as a haven for leisure activities with enterprises like Port Aventura - the largest theme park in Europe. Cutting edge rides like the Dragon Khan and the Furius Baco make the park a real favourite amongst theme park aficionados.
Salou and the Costa Dorada are not just about the leisure industry; Tarragona is close by, where you will find the astounding Cathedral and a Roman amphitheatre. A lot of visitors to Salou will hire a car to explore the Costa Dorada region as a whole, due to nearby attractions like Port Aventura. Cambrils is a quaint and typically Spanish town with some pleasant restaurants, and Reus is the renowned birthplace of Gaudi - artist and one of Catalonia's most prized citizens.
Back in Salou itself, there is the impressive and highly authentic Santa Maria Del Mar Church, and also the wonderful dancing fountain show which is something of a must for anyone visiting Salou.