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Salou is a municipality of the comarca of Tarragonès, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain. The city is approximately 10km from Tarragona and Reus on the Costa Daurada and 112km from Barcelona. Salou is the tourist capital of the Costa Dorada, due to its many tourist facilities and its beautiful beaches; it is a popular holiday destination due to its Mediterranean climate. Aside from its string of beaches interrupted by rocky coves, and its landscaped promenade, one of its main attractions is the Port Aventura resort, formerly owned by Universal Parks & Resorts, the theme park division of NBCUniversal. Salou was famous for its permanent fairground at the end of the promenade. Salou is used as the base for the Catalunyan round of the World Rally Championship. The Dutch movie, Costa! and the television series with the same title were both filmed in Salou. (less...) (more...)
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Points of Interest in Salou
- Font lluminosa - A fountain located at the end of the seaside walkway which offers lighting and music shows at night. There is also a beautiful beach lined with many children's play areas and sculptures.
- Cybernetic fountains - The fountains are popular with tourists which are located at the opposite end of the Font lluminosa.
- Salou Promenade (Passeig Jaume I) - The promenade is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Salou, and it runs right along the coast adjacent to the Llevant Beach, the biggest beach in the town.
- Beaches - The main beach is the Llevant Beach, although other beaches include Platja de Ponent, Platja dels Capellans, Platja Llarga and Cala Crancs.
- Torre Vella - Originally built to protect the population from attacks now holds art exhibitions/events.
- Santa Maria Del Mar Church - Built in 1766 for use by seafarers, at a time of great activity in the port of Salou.
- Theatre (Teatre Auditori de Salou) - The theatre plays local events and famous acts such as Sergio Dalma.
Used as a port by Greeks and Romans, it appeared again in an important historic event, when in 1229 the fleet of James I of Aragon departed from the port of Salou to conquer the Balearic islands, thus creating the Kingdom of Majorca and in 1286 Alfons III of Aragon also departed from this port to conquer Minorca, the last muslim territory of the Balearic Islands. Later, Salou became a nest of pirates. After that it was considered an unsafe place, so in 1530 Archbishop of Tarragona decided to erect a new defence tower, now called Torre Vella. In 1865 the railway station began to operate, opening a new development time, that led one hundred years later to a tourist boom that has brought prosperity to the town. Salou was segregated from Vila-seca on 30 October 1989 by a decision of the Supreme Court of Spain. It is considered the capital and most popular destination of the Costa Daurada.
- PortAventura Resort - Includes a theme park, aquatic park and four hotels. It has many rollercoasters, water rides , simulators and restaurants. You can access PortAventura via the train, bus and taxi.
- Golf Course - Lumine Golf Club, Salou (formerly known as PortAventura golf). There are three courses, which are north, south and central. North and central were designed by Greg Norman and the green project designed the south course. The facilities consist of two clubhouses, beach club, restaurants, pro shop, rental services and a golf school.
- Watersports - Banana boats, pedaloes, windsurfing, boat trips can be arranged on the main beach (Llevant Beach).
- Arcades - They are open across the whole town of Salou with pool tables, basketball and slot machines.
- Karting Salou - Attraction includes Go-karting, bungee rocket and an arcade.
- Bosc Aventura - Attraction includes zip lines, a climbing wall and paintball.
In Salou you can find a high variety of international restaurants, including many Mediterranean restaurants serving Paella as their main dish, although the standard of cuisine is of the "non-Gourmet" type therefore very casual. For more upmarket and quality cuisine, walk up the promenade towards the Marina where many good restaurants surround the area or close to the Spanish mansions along the seafront where there is a upmarket restaurant called Villa Alexander. For local cuisine there is a lovely restaurant called las Brasas.
The area also serves for those wanting fast food such as McDonalds, Telepizza, Burger king, Pans&Company, and Subway.
The neighbouring town of Cambrils is famous throughout Spain for its seafood restaurants and therefore well worth taking a visit.
- The Guinness Tavern, Calle Alfonso V, Salou (Round the corner from Christys Irish bar), ☎ +34 650435791. 17.00-23.00. The Guinness Tavern has a lovely garden terrace where you can enjoy quality food, Prime fillet steaks, Steak and Guinness Pie, homemade fish cakes and much more, great service qnd reasonably priced.
Salou is a package holiday destination for many different age groups, and is mainly known for its nightlife during the summer time. There are many clubs and discos in Salou many of them crowded they include Snoepy's, Bus Stop, Tropical Salou and the famous nightclub chain called Pacha in the neighbouring resort of La Pineda. During these months, the number of foreigners is higher than the number of locals, which justifies the high number of international bars and pubs that you can find in Salou.
- The Rose & Crown. Great night with nightly bingo and quizzes during the summer.
- Christys Irish bar. Great live music every night fantasic atmosphere a great night out for all.
- Charlie Chaplin's. Fantastic disco bar with live entertainment every night.
- Snoepy's Club Sound. Nightclub offering great music every night with a fantasic atmosphere and a great night out for all.
- Flashback. Nightclub with brilliant music from yesteryear offering those who enjoy music from the past a guaranteed fun-filled night out.
There are plenty of small souvenir shops in Salou, specially in the streets along the beach and in Barcelona street. You can find some upmarket boutiques further up the promenade, near the station and marina, this is accompanied by a few upmarket restaurants. More upmarket shopping is also located in the old town with a market also located their every Monday. A shopping centre is in Vila-Seca across the road from PortAventura called Port Halley. Barcelona and Tarragona can be reached by using the many transport services for more extensive shopping.
Most shops and businesses take advantage of the lively night-time atmosphere and are open until quite late. Indeed, you can expect to see streets thronged with tourists shopping for souvenirs and gifts along with more practical items at 10PM in the evening, even in April.
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