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Getaway to Salou: Nature, adventure and sports

This adventure takes in a day at PortAventura World, a few rounds of golf and walks by the sea

Written by
Xavier Amat

Salou is one of the best-known destinations on the Costa Daurada, and the area bubbles with life all through the summer. But the town also has much to offer throughout autumn and winter, with exciting outdoor activities, and peaceful seaside walks along the Camí de Ronda.


Afternoon day 1: Exploring by train

Afternoon day 1: Exploring by train

A great way of getting to know the town is by taking a seat on the Tourist train, and letting it take you all around the main points of interest in Salou. The kids will love the excitement of travelling through the town on the railway.

If you’re ready to expend some energy with an adventure, try the heights of Bosc Aventura, the treetop adventure park where the whole family can swing and climb through the trees. The centre opened in 2011 and has 8,000 square metres of activities for all ages, including a circuit suitable for children ages three and older. At Bosc Aventura you also have great fun at ground level, where you can have a go at paintball, or practise your skills on the climbing wall. Or if you're more into spectator sports, you can always just relax in the picnic area and watch everybody else running around.

If you love motor sports, get yourself to Electric Karting Salou, where you can zoom through an exciting and fun afternoon.

For your meal tonight and while you’re in town, you need only wander into Passeig de Jaume I or the old quarter. If you start from Carrer de Barcelona, all the streets around have plenty of restaurants and places to eat. You'll want to hang around to see the spectacular Fountain show on Passeig de Jaume I, full of light and sound (in autumn you can catch them on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and the night before a holiday, but from November 1 they take a break for a few months).

Day 2: The magic of PortAventura World

You really can’t go to Salou and not make the most of PortAventura World while you’re in town. We can’t resist, and the whole of the second day is set aside for fun. There are special celebrations for Halloween / All Saints' Day and over the Christmas period, with all kinds of special decorations and shows. PortAventura World doesn’t really need an introduction, but you might not know that the adventure theme park has an incredible selection of roller coasters, pools and water slides, top-level entertainment, and restaurants throughout the complex offering a range of food.

This year you might also want to take advantage of Ferrari Land, a new theme park that boasts more than 70,000 m2 of excitement, adrenaline and fun.

It's the perfect way to spend the whole day with non-stop entertainment for all the family.

Day 3: Enjoy your sport on the green

Day 3: Enjoy your sport on the green

If you're a golf fan, you'll be in paradise in Salou, at the Lumine Golf Club, where they have not one golf course but three, with a total of 45 holes set in unique countryside. The North Course includes wetlands, the Centre Course crosses archaeological ruins, and the South Course includes views over the pinewoods and the coastline. The courses have also been awarded the Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary certificate in recognition of their sustainable environmental model and the facility’s water management.

If you prefer exploring nature’s marvels to hitting the golf course, or you just have a bit of time before you repack your suitcases for home, it’s worth visiting Salou’s Camí de Ronda, which takes you on a 2.5-kilometre walk along the coast. With spectacular views and a lighthouse with its recently occupied tower en route, the walk will leave you with fantastic memories to take away from your stay in Salou. You may even return in summer, when the town and the beaches take on a vibrant sunny buzz.

Cultural venues

  • Attractions
  • Historic buildings and sites

This is Salou’s oldest religious building, it has maritime origins, and it's important for its mural paintings by Josep M. Güell, dating from the mid 20th century, as well as for the mural that decorates the baptistery, which was painted by Joan Garriga in 1964.

  • Museums
  • Art and design

Dating from the mid-16th century, Torre Vella conserves its original façades but has been modernized inside and, together with the adjoining building, is now a cultural centre hosting art exhibitions and housing the Museum of Contemporary Enamels.

  • Attractions

This group of buildings was originally built as a nativity scene, and still stands today, together with rural implements and farm animals in a space of more than 5,000 square metres. There are a number of playgrounds for kids, and in the summer months you'll find a crafts market, while in December and January there is a nativity scene.

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