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Salou
Take the children on holiday to Salou and there will be long faces when it is time to leave for home, because this vibrant resort on Spain’s Costa Dorada goes out of its way to provide entertainment for the young and young at heart. With a choice of an aqua park, theme park, go-karts, watersportsmore
Salou - good place for fun - Alex. Date of travel: Sep 2009
Salou - good place for fun
Salou's main beach is four miles long with further, quieter beaches and coves just around the headlands. They all face to the south-east and that is why the beaches are so warm and golden. The resort is also protected inland by the Catalunyan mountains, which makes the resort's climate very stable. There is Port Aventura, a massive theme park that's part of Universal Studios. The theme park is an absolute must for anyone into this sort of thing, with a good collection of roller coasters and water rides. Plus, it has everything else you expect of a theme park. There are many restaurants and tapas bars that stay open till late at night, these serve well priced meals and excellent food. La Pineda, a newer resort, six miles north of Salou, has an aquarium water park which is hugely popular for children. Catalunya is famous for its golf courses and there are two in the nearby region including one in Reus, near the airport. About 60 miles away is the historic Barcelona. Forget the reps trip, it's massively overpriced - 50 euros. We got the Bus Plana excursions - 19-24 euros. For anyone who likes culture, this is a must. It is also good for sports fans, with the 120,000 seater Nou Camp football stadium, the Olymic stadium and village. And of course, the well known Ramblas. If you do go, book a tour from Salou, as everything there is a bit spread out. All in all, Salou is well worth a visit. There is plenty to see and do so you'd never be bored.
Salou - Recomended places and 'to do' - Lois. Date of travel: Aug 2009
Salou - Recomended places and 'to do'
Salou is a nice place with a good atmosphere. I strongly recommend some sites in and around Salou... Portaventura - Just out of Salou, mega awesome theme park, Universal Studios. Caribe Aquatic Park - Right next to Portaventura. AquaPolis - La Pineda, older than Caribe but supposedly better. Lots for all ages but expensive. Pay $15 for a rubber ring and only get $5 back. Lots of nice places to eat in Salou and the beaches are lovely. And remember... a holiday isn't a holiday without ice-cream across the front!
We loved Salou & would definitely go back!! - C MacDonald. Date of travel: May 2009
Long, sandy, clean beaches, lovely warm sunshine, beautiful blue water...what a glorious holiday!! We've a 4yr old, so didn't do any clubbing. Most hotels have things for kids to do (Kids' Clubs), even in the evenings. Highly recommend you buy Bono-Bus card at 10 Euros for 10 bus journeys. Subseq, u can top up for just 8.70Euros (another 10trips). Stayed at Cap Salou & took buses to Salou Central, Cambrils, La Pineda, Reus & Tarragona (using the card). Be selective about booking First Choice tours; they are very expensive!! Don't get rushed into booking! Eg, we paid 15 Euros/ adult for a Sun morning Bonavista market trip & all we got was transport there & back to the hotel. We could hv easily taken the bus for abt 6 Euros in total! Generally, food & drinks are expensive. So, would recommend you bring some canned/packet food, if you've bkd self-catering accommodation & are on a budget.
Salou - cheap and nasty! - Alison. Date of travel: Oct 2008
We've just returned from a week in Salou, the weather was fab, the apartment was lovely and close to bus stops to escape this awful place, the restaurants were absolutely horrendous, the only good meals we had were when we spent the day in Cambrils. The best restaurant in Salou was Burger King - that's how bad it was!!!! The main road is full of Indian shops selling cheap tourist tat. Port Aventura was fab and a welcome escape from this god forsaken hole full of chav's with no class or taste! If you want a holiday that's a low grade version of Blackpool in the sun then this is the place for you..... hasta la vista baby we won't be back!
Salou trip Sept 2008 - Bob Wynne. Date of travel: Sep 2008
Salou resort very nice, seafront superb and spotless. Lots of shops just beware of cheap footie shirts. Buses run through Salou very frequently and good value but drivers clog bus up if they can so sit near centre exit if possible so you can get off easily. Great restaurant just off main street called Jack's. Lads in there are great, give you lots of information about what's going on around and who to look out for. Food is superb as well. Trips out: Barcelona footie/fountains tour very good flamenco dancing/horse show very good again. Jeep safari/superb day out our guide peter was a mine of information only downside was the dvd we bought €20 and did not play and only runs for 1 min 27 secs not happy about that but Montserrat mountains/another superb day views from mountains are breathtaking day in Barcelona get open top touristic bus €20 each. Superb views of all sites of interest hop on off when you want to get closer to things runs very regular trains from Salou very good prices reasonable smooth rides. Cambrillis lovely fishing town very clean and chic place. Hope you enjoy as much as we did!
Jeep safari - M. Date of travel: Aug 2008
Jeep safari in Salou was the best laugh ever. I loved the whole day sitting in the jeep and off roading the drivers were great Sean and Rogier were great loved them to bits and the rest of the guys they were all friendly and funny and sexy you even get to taste some wine which was a good laugh. It really is a good trip for everyone doesn't matter what age you are. There were people of all ages on it just remember it's jeep safari not jeep adventure. Jeep adventure is not as good.
Jeep Safari - Roz Miller. Date of travel: Aug 2008
Jeep Safari
We went back again this year, why, because we returned completely relaxed and refreshed last year! Salou is an open friendly place, the theme park is awesome, but Spanish teenagers spoiled one afternoon in the park. They are SO loud and over-exuberant that I wish they would go British - large it and fall slump semi-unconscious in a corner somewhere! (it's much less irritating). Went to Monserrat this year. It was a treat. Seeing the Black Madonna, jogged another memory of things I'd heard about and now I've seen. A trip up the mountain on the tram provides excellent views. The many and various shapes the rock pillars took was amusing and awe-inspiring too. Once again the Jeep Safari provided an enjoyable day out. No water pistols or standing when off road anymore, which detracted from the 'thrill' of the day. I could sit and look at the view down to the Dam, from Siruana for ever, it's mesmerizing. The swim in the fresh water lake was gratifyingly great and lots of fun. Our guide Roger was a fabulous guy, informative and personable. A couple of the other guides (they looked a bit 'longer in the tooth' than ours) provided entertainment on a 'sharking' level, as they sought to 'be tossed off over the edge of a cliff'!!!
Port Aventura, Salou - Nikki. Date of travel: Jul 2008
We all had a fantastic holiday staying at the El Paso hotel in Port Aventura, hotel in a perfect position. Very relaxing holiday yet plenty to do too! Port Aventura theme park was fab, fireworks are worth watching too! Costa Caribe waterpark has a lot of hidden costs so check that out before you go. Salou beach fab! Jeep safari tour was one of our favourite days out! The driver was a very good tour guide! All in all I would go again and recommend this holiday to a variety of people!
Salou, one of the best holidays i've ever been on! - Nikki and family. Date of travel: Jul 2008
FANTASTIC!! Our holiday in Salou was lovely, typical beach resort, lots of souveneir shops etc. Everywhere clean and lovely. We stayed in Port Aventura which is a must, fab rides especially Furious Baco, Dragon Kahn and Hurkan Condor!! Not for the faint hearted!! The beach was lovely and clean, they sieve the sand on the beach to keep it clean! We went on the Jeep Safari which was fab, it took us in an open top jeep right up into the mountains with a great tour guide/driver who was very friendly and full of information on the area! Jeep Safari included a chance to swim in a fresh water lake which was great too! Also go armed with a water pistol, you have great fun having water fights between jeeps! All in all one of the BEST HOLIDAYS EVER! I didn't want to leave and writing this, i want to go back now!!
Salou town - Morris. Date of travel: Jun 2008
Salou has a great beach, lots of shops and restaurants, can't recommend any, stayed half board at hotel. Very busy resort so early in the season (early June). Well worth a visit if you like the hustle and bustle.
Salou, great central place to vacation - Sue Oosterhuis. Date of travel: Jun 2008
I went to Salou with my daughter in June '08. Had a great time. Salou is a great central spot. We stayed at H10, five minutes from beach. You can walk for miles. Loved the little town of Cambrils. Getting around is so easy. You can take local buses which run along the waterfront. Around 30 minutes to Tarragona. Fabulous place with Roman ruins and many shops at Las Ramblas although I found them very expensive. We were a 20 minute walk from the train station which took us to Barcelona. Best time was the jeep safari to Mount Saints arranged through our hotel. Wine tasting was amazing, wish I could buy in Canada. I loved the village of Siruana at top of mountain. All I can say is spectacular. A trip I will never forget.
Salou Salou - Lisa (Kerry's hen do). Date of travel: May 2008
Stayed for 3 days in Salou for a hen weekend it was awesome. Great fun and very entertaining!! Favourite bars where Christy's and Chaplins!! Good music and great for dancing! Nightclub we usually went to was Kiss! This was great had the best music in Salou and was not full of Spanish people like in Snoepy's. Some of the touts for the clubs can be very pushy though so be firm with them. Mark from Kiss nightclub was cool, thinks himself as a bit of a player though! Very good at sweet talking people into the nightclub! Overall holiday was a ball and I would go back but only for a girly holiday!
Salou was good - Julie Latham. Date of travel: May 2008
Went to Port Aventura, which was brill, a bit pricy when you get in for something to eat. Did not have to queue up for that long, but it was early season. Rides are fantastic, daughter (13) really enjoyed herself. Went to Aquapolis (water park), which was a bit on the small side, but was great and even had a Seal and Dolphin show included in the price which was great. Chippies was good and at reasonable prices, the girls there made you feel welcome. Don’t go to the Chinese on the front street, just passed Gabbers, you don’t get your meal you ordered and then they try and bill other people for what you have not had. Rosie’s Return was nice. Go and get your photo taken with the European Cup in Shankley’s Bar. Don’t go and see Elvis at Sinatra’s unless you take the words with you so he can read them whilst he is singing, Elvis would have turned in his grave, awful performance!!!! There’s a hotel opposite Shamrock’s bar, great night out, has a 3.00am bar and happy hour. Entertainment is fantastic (Talentless Tom needs to go there and get trained up on how to entertain people!!!!).
Great - Denise Nightingale. Date of travel: May 2008
Salou was great but Id say I wouldn't go there again. Not after the time I had :(
Jeep Safari - scottishgal. Date of travel: May 2008
Driver didn't speak to English people. No commentary on tour-didn't have a clue where we were. Paid 130 euros to sit in a Jeep all day driving around, no communication. Would not recommend it.
I loved Salou and Kiss nightclub - Charlotte. Date of travel: May 2008
Salou is really good, going back again next year. Kiss nightclub was brill, weather was brill too.
Loved Salou! - Charlotte. Date of travel: May 2008
Salou is really good. There are plenty of things to do and it is really clean. The nightlife in Salou is really busy and there lots of great bars to choose from. I really enjoyed Kiss nightclub.
Salou rocks - Nikki. Date of travel: Sep 2007
Loved Salou. Apartments were nice, hotel was good too. The area was fab, so much to do around Salou. Theme park, water park, beach, zoo, Barcelona, booze cruizes, shops, restaurants bars and CLUBBING! Had a great week. Weather was good. Lots of friendly people. Would definitely go again!
I love Salou - Sloanes. Date of travel: Sep 2007
Its was our 5th time to Salou and I love it. We used to take our daughters but now they all grown up its just me and hubby, but we always meet a nice friendly crowd. Salou has everything to offer for the young, middle aged and elderly. The prom is lovely, you can walk in shade or sun as it has a section which is tree lined. There is a pub called captains cabin, dutch owed the cook is scotish, the meals are fantastic plenty of choice too. We were recommended, so pleased I was, we ate there every day. It's over the road at the robin hood second on the left at the super market on the corner, you will not be disappointed tell them Gloria told you. We are going back to Salou next year and taking our grandson, can't wait.
Salou next to everywhere - Bigmoni. Date of travel: Sep 2007
Nightlife in Salou never stops, it's also next to Portaventura. From Salou you get to Barcelona in less than 2 hours by train.
OK - Sharon. Date of travel: Sep 2007
I'm only just back from Salou, the weather was fab, especially for this time of the year. Salou itself is a bit old and worn compared to other resorts, but still a nice place to visit. Plenty to do, day trips to Barcelona, Nou Camp, Zoo, aquarium etc, and the beach is beautiful. I found the nightlife not great, not much of a variety, and by the end of the week you would be withered of the same pubs night after night, with the same bands, same songs, same jokes etc. Not many nice places to eat also, found a nice Italian, La Speziana, great food, and also The Danny Boy is a great pub with great food also.
Salou good for couples and families - Mrs Lynn Kendrick. Date of travel: Sep 2007
The front in Salou is great, trees for shade if you want that and seats so you can rest. The beach is perfect, the longest stretch of beach I have seen and it shelves gently into the sea. Always the mountains in the background. What a lovely backdrop.
I really enjoyed Salou it was my first time there and I'm going back next year - Natalie Smith. Date of travel: Sep 2007
Salou is a great place to visit. The Portaventura Park and the Caribe Water Park is a must place to go to. It's fun for all ages not just children. There are lots of bars and restaurants for you to eat in or just have a drink, you won't be stuck for that. Lots of English bars too which you will get the football on large screens or you can watch all you favourite soaps.
Salou - Rosemary Thomas. Date of travel: Sep 2007
Great for wheelchairs, lots of shops , fountains brill, Pizza Parlour ice-cream sundies out of this world and great value for money try it on the sea front just up from fountains and before the tobacco shop. Streets and roads perfect for wheelchairs easy to cross roads.
Salou big place but great - Tom. Date of travel: Aug 2007
Salou is very big. Pubs far apart but great place. Needs 2 visits to get familiar with area. Very clean but very busy streets at night. Watch out for the pick pockets but they are at every resort. Fun Park is brilliant but can be very busy. Better at night around 5pm. Fireworks display at 12am a must but get a good view point early. Had a great holiday 4 adults & 2 kids.
Excellent place, Salou - Susan Giles. Date of travel: Aug 2007
A very busy place, the beach, well you had a few to pick from, very clean. Lots of things for adults and kids to do, not to just sit there and sunbathe. Lots of shops around the town not just on the sea front. The theme park was just 5 mins on the local bus a very good day out. Don't be conned into buying the three day pass, though one day is enough as we bought 3 day pass and wished we hadn't. The beach front at night was buzzing the coloured fountains were lovely and the kids enjoyed playing in them. It was a bit more expensive on the sea front, but you were paying for a lovery view. Excellent place, would go again.
Salou is great - Mr & Mrs Bamber. Date of travel: Aug 2007
We have been to Salou three times. It is a great place for families. There are no drunks or hooligans in the streets like you get in the other parts of Spain. when we went shopping we would go to the Carrefour supermarket were you can get everything you need and if you are a lover of fresh fish you can get any kind of the massive fresh fish stall. The people who work there will be happy to gut and clean the fish for you. We didn't really bother with nightlife because we had entertainment on Sanguki. We ate out a lot. There are loads of restaurants of all nationalities. The Old Brown Cow in Salou centre do a lovely meal.
Things to Do in Salou, before you fry:) - Roz Miller. Date of travel: Aug 2007
Things to Do in Salou, before you fry:)
Make sure you take a day out and do the Jeep Safari (not Jeep adventure or any other company). Mad water fights between Jeeps as you travel along off-road sections, guided tour of historic village, an entertaining slant on wine tasting. Good knowledge of mountain region travelled through, guides with a sense of humour that join in! Great cooling off opportunity in the river by the dam in the latter half of the day. Great for adults and children (of all ages!) Everyone is encouraged to join in and everybody is included. Go armed to the teeth with water, water pistols, a neckerchief, and swimwear. Plenty of rest stops. Apply factor 50+ BEFORE you start, else you'll give yourself a mud wrap if you try and apply it later. DON'T wear white. A full day excursion for the same charge as the half day excursions I went on. AWESOME sights, brilliant value for money and thoroughly enjoyable.
Best Holiday Ever - Charlotte...Pink Top Girl. Date of travel: Jul 2007
If you are going on holiday to Salou, I recommend highly for you to go on the jeep safari you can have a laugh swimming being flung everywhere on a 4x4 jeep and you can have a laugh with the drivers as well as learn something new. The theme parks are amazing and have something for everyone and the weather is perfect espesh for a great day at the beach!!!
It was very busy - Michelle & Sean. Date of travel: Jun 2007
We ate in the Comedy Club which was value for money and also Sinatra's was good. We went on pub crawl with entertainment staff out of hotel which I thought was ok but couldn't do it every night. It was very busy in the town centre. wouldn't take little kids as I thought that there wasn't anything for them to do.
 
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