Are you looking for tips on best things do to and visit in Salou in 2024? Then you’re in the right place, as I’ve gathered a set of interesting activities for you to enjoy during your stay in this beautiful region of Catalonia, about 100 km (62.1 miles) from Barcelona!
To start, Salou’s beaches are a true paradise for sunbathers and those who enjoy swimming in warm waters!
They also boast golden sands and gentle waves, making them ideal for families with young children.
So, if you want to relax in the sun, build sandcastles with your kids, or take part in adrenaline-filled water sports, Salou’s beaches will certainly meet all your criteria.
However, for those visiting Salou for a few days or a week, believe that there is much to see and do in this region of Catalonia.
In other words, the magic and charm of Salou go beyond the paradisiacal beaches and endless horizon of the sea.
Get ready, then, to explore scenic viewpoints, hike challenging trails, taste the local wines of the region, plunge into secret coves, and enjoy flamenco shows.
Believe me, with so much to see and do, this is your chance to experience unforgettable moments in Salou.
Keep reading and let me guide you through the main tourist attractions of Salou, but also through lesser-known places.
So, here’s a list of things to do and see in Salou, so you can plan a truly memorable trip in Salou.
Best Things To Do and See in Salou
Walking on Passeig Jaume I
Passeig Jaume I is the most popular pedestrian promenade in Salou! It runs along Levante Beach with palm trees, gardens, and plenty of benches to relax and watch the world go by.
It features three fountains that refresh the air: the cybernetic fountain and the luminous fountain at the ends of Jaume I, and the Labyrinth roughly halfway through.
These spots are highly sought after on weekend nights, as light and music shows often take place there.
Visiting the Torre Vella of Salou
When you want to take a break from beach outings, how about visiting the Torre Vella? Make the most of the late afternoon, as the tower is only visitable from 6:00 PM onwards.
Currently, Torre Vella houses the MECS – Museum of Contemporary Enamel of Salou, so you have two reasons to include it in your itinerary.
This monument is located on Carrer Arquebisbe Pere de Cardona, which is a residential area in Salou.
Walking the Camí de Ronda, Ronda trail (coastal footpath)
The “Camí de Ronda” is a pedestrian trail that connects Salou to Cap Salou.
The once-forgotten coastal pathways have been revived and are now frequented by travelers.
To these natural paths were added boardwalks, dirt paths, and steps that contour the coast.
Although I’m not particularly fond of wooden boardwalks due to their impact on nature, I recognize that, otherwise, it would be impossible to reach deserted places and coves in such a touristy area like Salou!
In other words, the “Camí de Ronda,” besides its unique beauty, provides a closer contact with nature and allows access to remote beaches and viewpoints with magnificent views.
To walk this trail, you’ll have to head to Salou’s promenade and continue along the coast; however, it’s not an easy path, at least the final part.
Nevertheless, it’s well worth it for the experience!
Exploring the Sports Marina of Salou
The sports marina of Salou is located between Levante Beach and Ponent Beach, making it the perfect spot to observe boats coming and going out to sea.
Tip: There is a pedestrian walkway that allows you to see the sports marina from the sea and ends at a viewpoint overlooking Ponent Beach.
So, be sure to include it on your list of things to do and see in Salou!
Spending a day at one of the amusement parks in Salou: PortAventura and Aquopolis
Salou is known not only for its beautiful beaches but also for its amusement parks for adrenaline lovers.
So, here are two of the region’s main amusement parks that you can’t miss:
PortAventura World: This complex consists of three theme parks.
PortAventura Park offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages, from roller coasters to lively shows.
On the other hand, Ferrari Land is dedicated to sports car enthusiasts and provides incredible experiences related to the famous Italian brand.
Finally, Caribe Aquatic Park is the perfect place to cool off and have fun with its many pools, slides, and relaxation areas. In other words, it guarantees fun for the whole family!
Aquopolis: Located in La Pineda, Aquopolis is a must-visit water park in the Salou region.
Its main attractions include the Kamikaze, Speedrace, Huracán, and Boomerang, which provide moments of adrenaline and fun.
Additionally, the park also features dolphin shows, mini-golf, dining areas to enjoy a meal, and a special zone designed for children to have fun safely.
Exploring these water parks in Salou will certainly provide unforgettable moments and lots of fun.
So, make the most of your visit to this coastal city and dive into the excitement of these incredible water parks.
Lunch or dinner on the Salou Seafront Promenade (Passeig de Miramar)
If you’re looking for a lively spot to have lunch or dinner, the Salou Seafront Promenade, locally known as Passeig de Miramar, is the ideal place!
But don’t be fooled, it’s super touristy with prices to match.
You’ll find a variety of restaurants offering daily menus, pizzas, international cuisine, tapas, and more refined gastronomic options like fresh seafood.
Here’s a list of the places that seemed most interesting to me:
- Art BBQ ($$) – Steakhouse offering aged meats and burgers, accepts reservations;
- Xiringuito Elektra ($) – Beach bar serving quick meals, ideal for lunches with your toes in the sand;
- Bufacaldos Restaurant ($$) – Specializes in paellas, seafood, and shareable dishes, accepts reservations.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to enjoy a drink in a relaxed atmosphere with a view of the sea, here are my suggestions:
- Marino Beach ($$) – Also serves pizzas, tapas, and pasta dishes;
- Bar de platja 4 ($) – Beachfront bar with a casual atmosphere, perfect for cocktails;
- Super Trooper ($) – Offers cocktails and fruit smoothies.
I acknowledge that while it may not be the most authentic or budget-friendly dining option, it’s where vacationers gather.
The best beaches in Salou to visit in 2024
To help you decide for yourself which are the best beaches in Salou, I’ve grouped the beaches into two categories: the large, well-known beaches where everyone goes, and the smaller, less crowded beaches.
So, the large beaches essentially consist of four: Levante Beach, Ponent Beach, Llarga Beach, and La Pineda Beach.
Levante Beach: Located next to Jaume I, surrounded by many hotels, making it the busiest beach in Salou.
Ponent Beach: Situated next to Levante Beach, with the marina in the middle. It has a large stretch of sand but is also surrounded by many hotels, making it very popular among visitors.
Llarga Beach: This beach is located in Cap Salou, with a large stretch of sand but narrower compared to Levante and Ponent Beaches. However, it has two unique features that make it considered by many as the most beautiful beach in Salou: the rocky formations and a backdrop of trees.
La Pineda Beach: This was the beach we frequented the most, located in La Pineda and closest to the hotel we chose: Hotel Palas Pineda.
The smaller beaches have only one or two hotels nearby, meaning they usually have fewer people. But that doesn’t mean they are less beautiful!
This is the case, for example, with Capellans Beach (you have to go down some steps), Vinya Beach, and also Llenguadets Beach.
Best Accommodation in Salou
We were already aware of the reputation of Salou’s beaches, which unfortunately tend to be always crowded.
So, we decided to look for a quieter alternative without compromising the quality of the beaches. That’s how we discovered a great option: the area of La Pineda.
We chose the Hotel Palas Pineda, located less than 100 meters from La Pineda Beach.
It’s a four-star all-inclusive hotel that offers all the amenities expected of a hotel of this category: spacious rooms, attentive staff, a generous buffet, entertainment for the whole family, pools, and leisure areas.
If you prefer to explore other accommodation options, here are some suggestions for apartments and budget hotels in Salou.
Budget Accommodation in Salou:
- Aparthotel Marinada (2 stars) 500 meters from the beach with Full Board option;
- RoNi RoOms (guest house) 250 meters from the beach;
- htop Molinos Park #htopEnjoy (3 stars) 300 meters from the beach with Full Board option.
Hotels with electric vehicle charging stations in Salou:
- Alannia Salou (4 stars) 600 meters from the beach;
- Aparthotel SunClub Salou (4 stars) 200 meters from the beach;
- Hotel Best Da Vinci (4 stars) 250 meters from the beach.
What is the water temperature in Salou?
From May to November, it’s pleasant to swim in the sea in Salou, with the warmest water temperatures typically occurring in August and September.
Nevertheless, here’s a table with the average sea water temperature in Salou, so you can choose the best time to take a dip in this region.
|Average sea water temperature
|Min/Max sea water temperature
|15.2°C / 21.2°C (59.36°F / 70.16°F)
|18.6°C / 25.9°C (65.48°F / 78.62°F)
|21.4°C / 26.2°C (70.52°F / 79.16°F)
|23.1°C / 26.6°C (73.58°F / 79.88°F)
|21.7°C / 26.2°C (71.06°F / 79.16°F)
|19.1°C / 24.2°C (66.38°F / 75.56°F)
|16.2°C / 20.7°C (61.16°F / 69.26°F)
Best time to visit Salou
As a beach destination, the best time to visit Salou is during the spring and summer months, from May to September.
However, if you want to avoid the typical crowds, I recommend visiting Salou in late spring or early autumn when the weather is still pleasant.
Additionally, keep in mind that the Easter season and the months of July and August usually have more visitors, resulting in higher prices.
We traveled to Salou at the end of June, and while the beaches in the center of Salou were quite crowded, there was plenty of space to spread out towels and let the kids play freely in La Pineda.
This way, you can enjoy a more peaceful experience and make the most of the beaches.
What is the closest airport to Salou?
The closest airport to Salou is Reus Airport (REU), which is only 10 km away from Salou.
However, many visitors use Barcelona Airport (BCN), which is approximately 100 km from Salou, as there are more airlines flying to this airport.
How to get to Salou?
Vueling offers direct flights from London (LGW – London Gatwick and STN – London Stansted), while Ryanair has direct flights from Stansted Airport (STN) and EasyJet offers direct flights from London Gatwick Airport (LGW).
On the other hand, if you are traveling from the United States of America, note that Virgin Atlantic, KLM, Air France, and LEVEL have direct flights from JFK Airport in New York to Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN).
Arriving at Barcelona Airport, you can take the regular shuttle service between El Prat and Salou provided by Flybus.
If you are traveling to Reus Airport, you can use the shuttle service offered by the company Plana.
Flixbus is also a good alternative for traveling by bus in the region economically, including from Barcelona Airport.
Is it worth renting a car in Salou?
If you’re planning to explore the region, then yes, renting a car is definitely worth it.
I use Discovercars as I find they currently offer the best prices.
The most budget-friendly car rental company at Barcelona Airport is usually Rent a Car Smart, followed by Centauro and Click Rent.
However, these rental companies do not have offices at the airport, and you’ll need to take a shuttle (free of charge) to their respective offices.
So, if you want to save time waiting, my suggestion is to choose a car rental company with a counter at Barcelona Airport. Here are the options:
- OK Mobility.
*please verify this information when booking your rental car.
Check how much it costs to rent a car in Salou.
How to use public transportation in Salou?
If you’re not willing to rent a car, know that this region has a good public transportation network, with the most commonly used being buses (operated by the Plana company) and taxis. There’s no Uber or Bolt in Salou!
It’s worth noting that in many places, taxi fares are fixed, and the fare tables are posted at taxi stands.
We opted to purchase the rechargeable bus card, the T-10, at a Plana agency store (there are many scattered throughout Salou).
The cost of the card is 3.50 EUR, and each journey costs 1.20 EUR.
In addition to its low cost, this card can be used by multiple people at the same time.
This means that if two people are using the card, you need to swipe the card twice on the bus machine.
What to visit near Salou?
Salou is located just an hour and a half from Barcelona, so you have no excuse not to include the beautiful city of Gaudí in your itinerary.
If you prefer not to worry about transportation, you can join a group tour to visit various places.
From Salou, the most common tours include visiting the Montserrat Monastery and Colonia Güell, a Full Day panoramic tour with free time im Barcelona, and a 1-hour Quad Safari.
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