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Salou Spain

Salou is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia on the Costa Dorada. This aptly named Costa (literally "the Gold Coast") extends from the north of Barcelona to south of Tarragona with seemingly endless stretches of clean, soft sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Salou is the undisputed capital of this coastline which is one of the Mediterranean's most popular playgrounds.

The resort is particularly favoured by British tourists, partly because of its proximity to the nearby airport of Reus which is only 15 minutes drive away. The airport handles regular charter flights from London; average flying time is just two hours. International tourists also use scheduled flights into Barcelona, about one hour's drive north of Salou.

One of the biggest attractions of Salou is of course the mega theme park, Port Aventura, which is right alongside the resort. The world renowned Dragon Khan roller coaster, with no less than eight terrifying loop the loops, dominates the skyline for miles around.

The Universal Studios park is to Salou what Disneyworld is to Orlando in Florida. Many visitors centre their holiday here around daily visits to Port Aventura, which provides ample entertainment for three full days.

Salou also offers a host of other attractions not least of which are the beaches. The main beach of white sand is long and wide, shelving gently into the sea providing ideal conditions for young children. There's a second quieter beach beyond the harbour and several isolated coves around the headland of Cap Salou.

The resort is fully geared to the needs of international tourists. There's a huge number of bars, restaurants and clubs. You'll find most varieties of international cuisine here as well as first class restaurants specialising in Catalan dishes with the emphasis on fresh fish, local produce and rice.

Watersports abound and there are plenty of other sports and leisure activities including golf, para sailing, tennis, squash, hiking, cycling and horse riding.

The Aquopolis water park at La Pineda, six kilometres along the coast, is always a favourite day out with the kids.

Salou is ideally placed for exploring some fascinating cities and major tourist attractions, including the Salvador Dali museum at Figueres, the beautiful city of Barcelona with its fabulous Gaudi architecture and the awe inspiring mountain monastery at Montserrat.

The hinterland between the Mediterranean and the mountains consists of wide open spaces with vineyards, olive and almond groves and peaceful villages where you can savour a taste of "the real Spain". Many of the villages have the ruins of ancient medieval castles to explore.

The neighbouring resort of Cambrils has retained all the charm of a small fishing village. It's renowned for its excellent seafood restaurants; pop along there in the early evening on weekdays and you'll be able to see the day's catch being landed and auctioned.

Visit the historic walled town of Altafulla and Torredembarra with its 16th century castle and palace. The city of Tarragona, a short drive east of Salou, has a magnificent collection of Roman and medieval buildings and monuments including the impressive Gothic Cathedral, Roman towers and Cyclopean walls made from giant stone blocks.

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