Salou is the perfect destination for an adrenaline-fuelled getaway. Located on Spain’s Costa Dorada, just 90 minutes away from Barcelona, this resort is chock full of fun things to do. Europe’s largest theme park is just down the road from Salou, and there’s also a water park on the city’s doorstep. There are two main beaches, one on either side of the city, which bask in warm weather for most of the year.
For partygoers and fun-seekers, the city has a vibrant 24-hour nightlife. There is an awesome choice of bars and clubs to let loose in after a day out, and all of them are filled with young, like-minded people in search of a good time. Whether you are looking for a chilled cocktail or two by the beach or a hell-raising 4am danceathon, Salou has got you covered.
The biggest theme park in Europe, PortAventura has unforgettable and hair-raising experiences that everyone can enjoy. The park is split into five areas, each of which is themed around a different civilization, ranging from China to Mexico. This guarantees that the large park is fresh and different throughout, with each area offering its own variety of restaurants and rides.
The most popular rides pull in thrill-seekers from across Europe and are renowned as some of the biggest and scariest that money can buy. ‘Dragon Kahn’ in the Chinese area is a favourite of traditional coaster lovers, previously holding world records for the most inversions and the tallest roller coaster. Also in the Chinese section, ‘Shambhala’ is the currently the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Europe, and has a matchless reputation.
Costa Dorada translates as “The Golden Coast”, named as such for its beautiful golden sand and calm blue waters. On the Salou section of the coast, there are two beaches in particular that you should make sure to visit.
Platja Llarga – Located a few minutes from the centre of Salou, this semi-urban beach is enclosed by a lovely pine forest. The sand here is golden and fine, and the beach is equipped with facilities such as sun loungers and umbrellas, which are available for rental. If you are into water sports (and why wouldn’t you be?), Platja Llarga offers jet ski rentals, so you can zoom around and enjoy the calm waters with friends.
Platja de Llevant – On the other side of the resort, you’ll find Platja de Llevant, which has more of a multi-purpose feel to it. On the sand, there are volleyball courts, bars and cafés, which are perfect for shooting the breeze with your mates. If you like to keep in shape while on holiday, the beach also has a gym.
Once the sun goes down, there is only one thing to do: hit the bars and clubs. Salou is revered for its excellent nightlife, and it’s impossible to not enjoy a party in this city. Locals and fellow tourists will probably suggest plenty of bars and clubs for you to try, but here are six of the best.
Robin Hood – This sports bar is an awesome place to grab a snack and a drink. Both are cheap and delicious, and can be enjoyed while watching live sport from around the world.
Danny Boy – Located in Salou’s most active and popular nightlife area, this pub showcases live bands and sells cheap pints. Quite a small venue, the atmosphere in here is bouncing every day of the week.
The Butler – Tim Butler, the owner of this pub, understands the love of beer that many of us share. That’s why his pub at the end of the strip specialises in giving punters a wide range of Spanish beers, as well as favourites, such as Guinness on draft.
The Victoria Pub – The live music here is good, but the bingo is even better. Get in on a round for the group and cross of your numbers in hope of a prize. If you don’t win the bingo, have a go at the karaoke.
Flash Back – With a reputation as Salou’s raucous and elite clubbing experience, this club has been entertaining party animals for 30 years. After an evening filled with food and even more drink, it’s difficult to pass up a night out at Flash Back.
Koko Beach Club – Cocktails, great views and delicious fresh food are in abundance at Koko Beach Club. The ideal destination for a chilled night, an evening here makes for a nice final night on your Salou holiday.
How to Get There
Visitors love Salou for ease of access from UK airports. Barcelona El Prat (BCN) is the closest major airport and is only a two-hour flight from London. Don’t fear if you are on a budget; most major budget airlines fly direct.
Just over an hour from the airport, Salou is best reached by a scenic drive. Book a transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave and take the hassle out of the journey. Shuttle Direct’s prices are low and fixed, so don’t worry about spending your travel money.
Where to Stay
Hotel Niza – Within walking distance of the beach, this hotel is right in the middle of things. The rooms are bright and modern, and come with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. There are plenty of shops and bars right outside and it’s easy to stagger home after a few too many drinks.
Hotel Portomar – Four minutes from the beach and 250 yards from Torre Vella Tower, Hotel Portormar is in a central location. The rooms are clean and spacious, offering air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Just five minutes’ walk away at the seafront, buses can take you to nearby PortAventura with no hassle.
About Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Direct has been offering fantastic service to its customers in Europe and North Africa for many years. Agree on a fixed, affordable fair with Shuttle Direct before you set off and take the stress out of your holiday.