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Holidays in Cap Salou
Cap Salou is perfect for a quiet holiday. You’ll find this secluded resort on a headland of the same name, just outside lively Salou. The sun-kissed little coves (‘calas’) of Cap Salou’s rugged coastline are overlooked by pine woods, while the hilly streets offer a handful of restaurants, bars and shops. It’s a get-away-from-it-all kind of place, but with plenty of attractions nearby should you want them.
Summer for the longest days.
Reus Airport, 14.5km north of Cap Salou.
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When you’re not spending the tranquil days sunbathing on the beach or by the pool, you could be teeing off at a golf course with a view of the sea. There are also a few bars and restaurants to choose from, with many more in the nearby resort of Salou. It’s just along the coast and home to PortAventura, Europe’s largest theme park, waterparks and everything else you could want for a day of fun in the Spanish sunshine. Salou’s old town is lovely to explore, with a more traditional style, and the seaside city of Barcelona is in easy reach.
You’ll find lots of great little beaches around here. They’re the main attractions in Cap Salou. Windsurfers love the breeze at sandy Cala Vinya beach, which is also perfect for both volleyball and sunbathing. For extra peace and quiet, visit the rocky cove of Cala Penya Tallada or stretch out at Cala Morisca, which is next to the lighthouse. Head into Salou for a livelier beach scene, where kids play on the gently shelving sands of Llevant Beach. This is one of the best beaches on the Costa Dorada, so there are plenty of watersports, restaurants and shops available.
Famous for its natural woodlands, Cap Salou is an idyllic place for a game of golf. There are four golf courses to choose from, plus many more along the rest of the Costa Dorada. There are plenty of things for kids to do in Cap Salou too; the rollercoasters of the huge PortAventura theme park and the slides of the Aquopolis waterpark are close by. And you’ll be in a great location for a day trip to Barcelona, where you can see Antoni Gaudí’s unusual Sagrada Família cathedral, tour the Nou Camp football stadium and stroll amongst the market stalls and street performers on the bustling Las Ramblas.
Some of Spain’s best-known foods are from this region, including the spicy chorizo sausage. Other cured meats are popular here too; make sure you try the local hams and dried boar. You’ll also find lots of places in Cap Salou and Salou serving fresh seafood. Fish often comes with romesco sauce, which is made from tomatoes, red peppers and almonds. It’s just as delicious smothered over vegetables. To round off your meal with a classic dessert, pick the crema Catalana (similar to crème brûlée). You can wash the whole lot down with wine from one of Costa Dorada’s many vineyards.
Beach fans: Unwind in a peaceful cove with the sun on your skin and the sea lapping the sand.
Scenery lovers: Explore the woodlands and cliff tops of Cap Salou by bike or on foot.
Thrilseekers: Ride the rollercoasters, slide down the water chutes and see the shows at PortAventura.
Language: The language spoken in Cap Salou is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Cap Salou is the Euro (€)
Local time: Cap Salou is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Reus Airport, 14.5km north of Cap Salou.
Flight time from UK: 2 hours
Tourist Information: Further Cap Salou tourist information can be found at www.spain.info
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cap Salou.
Temperature: Highs of 30˚C in summer and 20˚C in winter.
Best time to visit: Summer for the longest days.
If you like to get out and about, you’ll probably find late spring or early autumn more comfortable for sightseeing and exploring. It’ll still be warm enough for sunbathing on the beach.
On foot: Stroll through the pine woods on the Cap Salou headland or follow the 2.5km coastal path into Salou.
By bike: Cycle-friendly routes make it easy to explore Cap Salou’s scenery on two wheels.
By taxi: Taxis are easily available and a quick way to get between quiet Cap Salou and the livelier resorts nearby, such as Salou and the fishing village of Cambrils.
By tourist train: Once you’re in Salou, the mini-train is a fun way to get around. It even stops at PortAventura.
By hire car: Highly recommended if you’re using Cap Salou as a peaceful base for sightseeing around the Costa Dorada.
For music-lovers: In July-August, the Cambrils International Music Festival hosts all kinds of concerts in spectacular venues, such as Vilafortuny Castle. And it’s less than 15km from Cap Salou.
Summer fun: Join the festivities of Salou’s Golden Nights in August. As well as music and art events, it’s a great chance to see the local traditions which include giant puppets and human towers.
Fit for a king: With everything from a market to medieval re-enactments, Salou brings the Middle Ages back to life in September for the King Jaume I Festival.
For petrol-heads: The Spanish stage of the World Rally Championship starts in Salou each October.