Top attractions and travel Tips for a perfect family holiday
As one of the most popular cities on the Costa Dorada, Salou is always crowded with tourists. But one of the best ways to get to know the capital of the Costa Dorada is exploring by foot.
With this self guided walking tour, we are sharing all our secrets about the best things to do in Salou. You’ll do as the locals do with our recommendations for the best places in town for lunch, tapas and plenty of stops along the way.
After a long, sunny day at the beach and a refreshing shower, you will be ready for this enriching experience.
Start your evening stroll on the Paseo Jaime I at the harbour. This is not just the tipical promenade you can find everywhere. This is a fun walk of 2 km with plenty of playgrounds in the sand, shops, ice cream parlours, beach bars,…and of course it’s most famous palm trees all along.
As Salou has a long history of fishing, the best place to start your walk is on the well known pier with the Fishermans monument and next to it the local fishing boats on the beach. The perfect image to reflect on part of the history.
Don’t miss the impressive modernist houses in front of the harbour. Specially the Bonet Villa, disigned by the architect Domenech Sugranyès, one of Gaudi’s pupils. Check out the fantastic color of the tiles, very similar to those in Park Güell in Barcelona.
Along the way, you will find many fountains, each an every one of them with a show going on or a special venue coming up. The first one you will find is the Cybernetic Fountain. right next to the harbour. Spectacular shows with lights and music (rock and classical) every 15 minutes.
Almost half way, at the satue of Jaume I, kids will go crazy about the Labyrinth Fountain, made up of a maze of jets and a geyser. This is the perfect place for the kids to refresh themselves, play with water and have fun on a lovely summer evening.
After this crazy water fun, head towards the Iluminated Fountain. Work of the famous engineer Carles Buigas. With over 100 jets and dispensers, a fantastic show of light and music is guaranteed. There only 1 show per day (11pm), so don’t miss it! Right next to the fountain, you can enjoy one of the best ice creams in Salou. Go find your favorite flavor, take a seat and watch the show!
Botanical Gardens Salou + Monumental Olive Trees
Believe it or not, in Salou you can also disconnect from the tourist hustle and bustle and enjoy some green spaces and great landscape values. A must if you come to Salou.
The Botanical Gardens Salou is a contemporary space with over 400 species of beautiful local plants, flowers and succulents as well as birds, butterflies and other native creatures. It covers more than 1.7 hectares and is a perfect place for an afternoon stroll in the Mediterranean sunshine.
At a short distance from the gardens, on the Paseo del 30 de Octubre, the monumental Olive Trees are definitly worth a visit. Over 1000 years old, these 16 Olive trees have huge trunks with impressive shapes.
Discover other fascinating Places of Interest in Salou
- The Torre Vella
- The Catalan Farmhouse
- The Old Carrilet Station
- The Chrurch of Santa Maria del Mar
- The Iberian settlement of the tip of La Cella
- The Roman Villa of Barenys
- The Salou Lighthouse