Cap de Salou is one of the most attractive and visited parts of Tarragona. Situated just to the southwest of Barcelona, it's a fabulous destination for a family holiday, with sun, sand, and sea in abundance. With Reus International Airport just 15km away it's also easy to reach, and there are plenty of attractions and entertainment options to enjoy. There's theme parks and aqua parks for the kids, and lots of shops and restaurants for family outings together.
Places to Go
Most visitors to Cap Salou take the opportunity for a trip into nearby Barcelona, one of Spain's most vibrant, colourful and creative cities. The famous Sagrada Familia is a particular attraction here, along with the historic Gothic Quarter and the colourful shops of La Rambla. Cambrils Fishing Village makes a great alternative to spending another day on the beaches under the baking sun, tempting though that may be. It's a much quieter alternative to a day in Barcelona, too, with plenty of shade and a lovely traditional character.
One of the best-loved attractions here is the Cap Salou Tourist Train. This is a fun and convenient train that passes through all the most popular destinations around the city. After a day in the Spanish sun, it's a relief to sit back and be taken effortlessly past lots of popular sights, and it's also great inspiration for planning things to do on subsequent days without wearing yourself out in the process.
Salou's souvenir shops and boutiques are among the most colourful in Tarragona. The Old Town is especially good for traditional shopping and souvenir hunting, and on Monday mornings you'll find a bustling street market on the Via Roma where you can also stop off for some of the local food.
Places to Visit
The Eco-Historic Park on the outskirts of the city is a particular favourite with the kids. Its most impressive single feature is a huge Roman aqueduct nicknamed the Devil's Bridge, built in the first century to transport water to Tarraco. The park is also home to lots of picnic areas and hiking routes, and makes for a fun day out for the whole family. This part of Spain is full of old monasteries, several of which are connected by the popular Ruta del Cister walking route.
The monasteries are in pristine condition and the countryside around them is breathtakingly beautiful. If you fancy exploring the area, combined with some exercise and plenty of rest stops and conveniences along the way, then this attractively organised route may be just what you're looking for as a fun and educational day out.
PortAventura is the biggest and most popular theme park in Spain and is located right here in Salou. Visitors come here from across the country and especially holidaymakers from around other parts of Tarragona. The kids will love the park for its numerous exciting rides spread over six different themed areas, and there are numerous venues for families to enjoy refreshments within the park perimeter.