Last Updated on July 13, 2022 by Louise
Are you going on holiday to Salou? Salou is a fabulous tourist resort with attractions for kids, families, teenagers and adults of all ages. There is no shortage of things to do.
From gorgeous beaches to brilliant theme parks, from tourist trains to go karting, from beautiful walks to bike rides- there is something for everyone!
We’ve also included information about how to get around Salou and some fabulous day trips you can take from Salou.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Salou.
Sunbath at Llevant Beach (the main beach in Salou)
Llevant beach is lovely. It’s long, wide and sandy. There are lots of water sports including paragliding, jet skis and banana boats. You can also hire pedalos.
The water is shallow and clear. It’s great for paddling and fantastic for kids.
All the way along the beach there is the magnificent Jaume I promenade which separates the beach from the main road. The promenade is wide and lovely to walk along. It has palm trees, fountains and playgrounds for younger kids. There are places to sit and chill here too.
There are plenty of facilities on the beach including public restrooms, showers, sunbeds and shades for hire.
The beach can get crowded in the height of summer but there is almost always somewhere you can find space to sunbathe. If you like secluded and quiet beaches, it’s probably not for you! (There are quieter beaches in Salou which are featured further down in the article.)
The Illuminated Fountain
In Salou during the summer, there is a nightly fountain show which takes place at the end of Promenade Jaume 1, near the port. The fountains are illuminated and they dance to the music.
It’s fun and peaceful to watch. Best of all it’s free!
The times of the fountain show vary according to the time of year, (between 22.00 and 23.00) Check before you go!
Port Aventura Theme Park
Port Aventura has something for everybody with 6 different areas including Mediterranean fisherman village, Polynesian jungle, imperial China, pre-Columbian Mexico or the Old West.
It’s a great park for thrillseekers with many rollercoasters, log flumes and rapids. The high adrenaline rides include Shambala which is Europe’s highest roller coaster. Shamhala has a 265ft drop and reaches speeds of up 134 km/h.
For younger riders there’s trains, a boat ride, canoes, swing rides and much more.
The shows at Portaventura are a must too. There’s parades, music and amazing performers. End your day in the park with the spectacular FiestAventura – a magical masterpiece of multimedia combining water with fire, light, sounds and special pyrotechnical effects.
Find out more at Port Aventura Theme Park
Visit Ferrari Land
Ferrari Land is next door to Port Aventura and is another brilliant theme park inspired by the Italian brand of Ferrari.
Adrenaline seekers will want to experience Red Force. Red Force reaches 0 to 180km/h in under 5 seconds. The huge rollercoaster dominates the skyline as you enter Salou.
There’s also some good rides for kids including the kids tower (minimum height 1m)where younger thrill seekers can experience 9m of free fall!
Find out more Ferrari Land
Bosc Aventura Salou
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Bosc Aventura Salou is a mini adventure park for kids with activities including climbing, zip wires, high ropes mini golf, archery and paintball. The instructors are helpful and bilingual. Its situated in the centre of Salou so easy to find.
There is something for kids of all ages and it’s very shaded so fantastic for shielding from the sun for a few hours.
Find out more at Bosc Aventura Salou
Just outside Salou, towards Reus there is a Go Kart track, which is another great activity for those thrill seekers. There is a track for both adults and children.
There is a free shuttle bus that will take you to the track from Salou itself.
Find out more at Go Karting
Walk Along the Cami De Ronda footpath
The Cami De Ronda footpath is beautiful to walk along. The Cami De Ronda is a path along the coast of Salou. The walk features some amazing views of the beaches and sea. It’s also a fantastic route to watch the sun set.
Walk from the Colom Street which has view of Llevant beach all the way along to Cala Crancs at the far end of Cap Salou.
If you wish, you can stop at one of the many picturesque little coves or beaches along the way to rest and recuperate with some sunbathing and swimming. The whole footpath is about 2km long in total which is a nice easy route for most people.
Caribe Waterpark PortaVentura
If you want water slides in Salou, check out PortAventura Carbie Aquatic Waterpark. There’s lots of slides (race slides, kamikaze slides and more ), a lazy river, swimming pools and water playgrounds for younger kids.
Find out more at Caribe Waterpark
Another option of waterpark is the Aquopolis waterpark. This park is massive with a large number of rides and attractions. As well as lots of slides, there’s a dolphin show, kids playgrounds, wave machines and lots more.
It’s a 5 minute car journey from Salou to the nearby resort of La Pineda. It’s also super easy to get there by bus or taxi. Take the the Bus Plana from Salou to La Pineda.
Find out more at Aquopolis Water Park
Hop Aboard The Tourist Train
The tourist train offers another way to see Salou. There are two different routes that the tourist train takes which you can find from their website.
Taking one of the routes is a great way to see Salou as it takes you to some more remote places as well as the more popular venues. Some of the stops include the Faro de Salou, Masía Catalana, Torre Vella or the sculpture Els Pilons, in honour of the village’s fishing tradition. You can also enjoy some spectacular views of the beaches.
However, do note that it’s not a hop on / hop off tour. You pay to get on and as soon as you get off, you have to pay to get back on again. Also it’s a one way trip, so at the end of the tour, you have to pay again to get where you started.
Another way to see Salou is the Bus plana, which is extremely easy to use and excellent value!
Find out more about the Tourist Train
Visit Capellans Beach
To the east of Salou, you will find Cappellans beach.
Cappellans Beach is a cove which can also get very busy in the summer months but possibly less busy than Llevant beach
The waters are very shallow for a long way out so it’s great paddling for the kids.
There are bars dotted along the beach, some public toilets a short walk away, sunbeds and pedalo boats to hire.
Visit Cala de la Font (and other small coves in Cap Salou)
Cala Font is situated in Cap Salou which is about a 10 minute drive from the centre of Salou. You can reach Cala Font via the bus plana which takes about 20 minutes. There is a small walk from the bus stop (about 5 / 10 minutes depending on how quickly you walk).
Tip – if you take the bus, the first time you go you may not be sure where to get off. You can use google maps as you travel on the bus so you know exactly when to get off.
You can also walk to Cala de la Font beachalong the Cami De Ronda footpath
Cala de la Font beach is in a beautiful cove. It’s smaller but also a lot quieter than Llevant beach in the height of the summer. If you have kids, it’s easier to keep an eye on the children. Watch them paddle in the sea without having to worry about them getting lost in crowds of people.
There other small coves near Cala de la Font in the Cap Salou area including Cala Penya Tallad and Cala Crancs. These coves are all quieter and less busy than Llevant beach.
Hire a Bike
Hiring a bike is easy and cheap to do. It’s a great activity for families because there are traffic free cycle lanes along the promenade from Salou to Cambrils.
Find out where to hire a bike,
Downhill Bike Tour
The downhill bike tour is a fantastic experience. You get to enjoy the “real” Spain and are taken out to a National Park (only 25 minute from Salou) by minibus.
There is some training in a traffic free area which is great if you haven’t ridden a bike in a while, you great an opportunity to build your confidence up again. Then cycle down through enjoy fantastic views, go through villages, past monasteries, through stunning countryside and vineyards. An exhilarating experience for all the family but particular fantastic for teenagers. It’s super fun and you are well looked after by the guides.
Find out more at Downhill Bike Tour
House of Illusion
If you’re looking for something different to do in the evening one cool option is The House of Illusion. It’s a family show featuring close up magic, illusions, mind reading and manipulation with some comedy and dancers too.
Find out more at House of Illusion.
Have an adventure with Aventura Tour Salou
This company will pick you up for your hotel in Salou and take you to have amazing adventures in Salou and the surrounding areas.
There are all kinds of adventures you can partake in which include waterfall trekking, canyoning, kayaking, railway biking and lots more.
Find out more at Aventura Tour Salou
Day Trips from Salou
If this isn’t enough to do in Salou, don’t forget day trips.
Take the plana bus to Cambrils which is a lovely little resort and fishing town just down the road for Salou
Tarrogona is only 10 minutes on the train, 20 minutes in the car or 40 minutes on the Bus Plana. Explore Roman history, enjoy shopping, relax on the beach, dine in one of the amazing seafood restaurants and experience the nightlife
Salou is 1 hour 6 minutes away by train from Barcelona, so it’s well worth a visit if you fance a day in the city.
Visit La Pineda
La Pineda has a lovely clean and sandy beach. The beach is much less crowded than Llevante beach is Salou. La Pineda is home to the Aquapolis waterpark. Overall it’s quieter and more chilled out that it’s neighbour Salou.
How To Get Around Salou
The best way to get around Salou is by the local bus service which is called Bus Plana. The Bus plana is excellent value and an excellent service.
You can pay the bus driver as you board the bus or if you want to make several journals buy a T10 card which will give you 10 journeys (regardless of how far you travel along the route) for about 15 euros. It makes your bus journeys much cheaper than if you buy a single ticket. You can buy a card from plana offices, tabacs and kiosks around Salou. In the summer months there are often bus agents at the major bus stops to help with your tickets and journeys. You can take the plana bus to locations including Portaventura, La Pineda, Cambrils, Tarragona and all round Salou.
Find more information about the bus plana here.
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