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Salou Honeymoon Travel Guide

Take in the thrills at one of the largest theme parks in Europe and sunbathe on a choice of three golden-sand beaches opposite the main town of Salou.

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Salou, Spain
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Introducing Salou

Salou is a bustling beach resort on the Costa Dorada (or Costa Daurada), just a short drive away from the sights of Barcelona and Tarragona, and offers a great spot for a honeymoon.


Salou water park

What to do and see in Salou

Take in the thrills at one of the largest theme parks in Europe and sunbathe on a choice of three golden-sand beaches opposite the main town.

Or relax on one of several secluded coves surrounded by pine-fringed cliffs and luxury villas on nearby Cap (Cape) Salou.

Away from the beach, discover rides at the Salou fun fair, the illuminated ‘dancing' fountains on the promenade, and Torre Vella, a 16th century watchtower that hosts modern art exhibitions.

For some of the best thrills, head to the Port Aventura Amusement Park, one of Europe's largest theme parks, crammed with a series of fantastic rides and an excellent water park, the Costa Caribe (photo).

Watch the dolphin show and try the water chutes at Aquopolis Water Park in the neighbouring resort of La Pineda. Or stroll amid impressive Roman ruins and monuments at nearby Tarragona.

To the south lie the lagoons and marshes of the Delta de l'Ebre, a 32,000ha riverine wetland – the perfect locale for a day cruise; try to spot some of the 320-odd species of birdlife that migrate through this region.

After dark, discover a huge choice of music bars, discos, English-style pubs and nightclubs such as La Cage nightclub or Pacha in nearby La Pineda – perfect for party-going honeymoon couples.

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Best beaches in Salou

Discover a series of Blue Flag golden-sand beaches that sit between clean turquoise waters and a broad promenade crowded with bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels.

To the east lies Cap Salou, a picturesque craggy promontory indented with secluded coves of golden sand surrounded by pine-covered cliffs. The best beaches in Salou include the following…

Playa de Levante, Salou

Playa de Levante

Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this broad, 1.2km-long, golden-sand beach that lies between a wide palm-fringed promenade and a clean Blue Flag-awarded turquoise bay with perfect conditions for swimming.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, a gym, children’s play areas, showers, toilets, volleyball courts, ramps for people with disabilities, lifeguards, regular police patrols, a range of water sports and a choice of beach bars and cafes close by.

Playa Poniente, Salou

Playa Poniente

Unwind on this long golden-sand beach that is a quiet alternative to the Playa de Levante, which sits just a short walk away to the east.

Facilities on this popular beach include parasols and sun loungers for hire, children’s play areas, showers, toilets, ramps for people with disabilities, lifeguards, regular police patrols and a range of water sports.

The palm-fringed beach is lined with bars and cafes and merges into Playa Cambrils in the neighbouring resort of Cambrils.

Playa de Capellans, Salou

Playa de Capellans

Relax on this less crowded 250m-long golden-sand beach that is fringed by a grove of pine trees and nestles between low cliffs crowded with hotels and apartments.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, ramps for people with disabilities, lifeguards, regular police patrols and a few beach bars and cafes.

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Playa de Llenguadets, Salou

Playa Llenguadets

Escape the more crowded main beaches fronting Salou town for this quiet golden-sand beach that sits beneath Punta de Porroig (Porroig Point), facing a small cove.

Playa Llenguadets is easily accessed by descending stairs from De la Torrassa Street or from a cliff-side path that separates the beach from Platja Llarga to the east.

There are no facilities on this beach except lifeguards, so it’s probably best to take your own food and beverages. Although there are houses sitting atop cliffs overlooking the beach, this is a charming spot to sunbathe and swim.

Playa Llarga, Salou

Playa Llarga

Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this 600m stretch of fine golden sand that sits beneath a pine forest, promenade and low cliffs on picturesque Cap Salou (Salou's Cape).

The beach is accessible by stairs on both sides. There are no facilities on this beach except lifeguards, so it’s probably best to bring your own food and drink. The Hotel Negresco Princes sits on a headland overlooking the beach.

Penya Tallada, Salou

Penya Tallada

Find some solitude on this quiet golden-sand beach that faces a tiny turquoise cove on Cap Salou and is fringed by the ‘Penya Tallada’ (Sculptured Rock), which juts into the sea.

There are no facilities on this beach except for lifeguards, so it’s probably best to take your own food and drinks.

Cala de la Font, Salou

Cala de la Font

Sunbathe on this tiny golden-sand beach that lies beneath dramatic cliffs covered in lush vegetation and pine trees.

Swim and snorkel in the warm turquoise waters beneath three nature-sculpted caves then go for a stroll along the scenic coastal track to discover more secluded coves on this picturesque side of Cap Salou, which was once a favourite staging ground for local pirates.

There are no facilities on this beach except for lifeguards, so it’s probably best to take your own food and drinks.

Playa Cala Crancs, Salou

Playa Cala Crancs

This tiny, 70m-long golden-sand beach nestles between cliffs topped with pine trees and villas. The beach is accessed down a steep asphalt pathway that leads from Carrer Pins del Cintet (Pins del Cintet Street).

Swim in the clear water and snorkel beneath the impressive cliffs. There are no facilities on this beach except lifeguards, so it’s probably best to take your own food and drinks.

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Where to stay

Salou offers a wide range of honeymoon accommodation including 4-star hotels such as the California Palace Hotel Salou, located close to the beach, and the Hotel El Paso Salou, which boasts a huge range of facilities and sits next door to Port Aventura.

Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about hotel accommodation in Salou at TripAdvisor.


Best time to honeymoon in Salou

The best time to visit Salou is late May and June when the daytime temperature average 26ºC (79°F), and the resort is not yet swamped with the visitors that arrive during the high season months of July and August, when temperatures soar beyond 30°C (86°F).

September and October are also good times to holiday in Salou, averaging between 23°C (73°F) and 25°C (77°F), although you can also expect some short heavy downpours.

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Getting there

Salou is located on the Costa Dorada on the east coast of Spain, 11km south of Tarragona and 110km southwest of Barcelona.

Reus-Salou Airport is just 16km northwest of Salou, with daily flights from Madrid. Salou is just an hour from Barcelona by train or car.


Latest update Salou honeymoon destination: 11 October, 2017


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