Port Aventura, Salou – Image courtesy of terramartour.com
Top attractions in Salou
Salou offers a range of attractions, including the following:
Port Aventura Amusement Park
You’ll need at least two days to try all the rides at this massive 810ha theme park boasting five themed ‘worlds’, including China, Mexico and the Wild West.
The ‘worlds’ incorporate a number of death-defying rides such as the Sea Odyssey underwater adventure, the Grand Canyon Rapids water ride and the thrilling Dragon Khan ride – a legendary white-knuckle mega roller coaster.
Meet Universal Studios characters and remember to take in the entertaining multi-media evening show – the 'Fiesta Aventura' – which features nightly fireworks, fountains and floats.
If Salou is too crowded for your tastes, escape to the quiet resort of Cambrils, offering great golden-sand beaches and beachfront restaurants and hotels, with local fishing boats out to sea. For great sea views visit the Museu Torre del Port, a 17th century circular watchtower now converted into a maritime museum.
Discover the outstanding medieval and Roman ruins that dot this historic town. Stroll the Passeig Arqueològic Muralles, which fringes ancient Roman ramparts dating to the 3rd century BC, as well as British and Spanish fortifications erected in the 18th century.
Meander along a maze of narrow streets lined with tall picturesque houses in the medieval walled upper town known as La Part Alta.
Visit the impressive 12th century cathedral, with its soaring Gothic portal framed by Romanesque doors, and wander among well-preserved Roman remains including the 2nd BC century amphitheatre.
Visit the Roman Praetorium (said to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate) and see a collection of Roman statuary and relics including ceramics, mosaics and coins at the Museu Nacional Arqueològic.
Just out of town, stroll across one of the greatest Roman structures still standing in Spain – the 217m-long Pont del Diable (Devil's Bridge) aqueduct. Tarragona is located 110km south of Barcelona.