Spain Guide


Salou Beaches

Salou has miles of golden sandy beaches which stretch as far as the neighbouring Costa Dorada resorts of Cambrils and La Pineda. The sand shelves gently into the safe, shallow waters of the Mediterranean making the beaches here ideal for small children. Watersports enthusiasts will be in paradise too as Salou offers a wealth of activities down at the seafront.

The longest and most popular of the resort's sandy beaches is Platja Llevant, flanked by the one kilometre long Paseo Maritimo seafront promenade. Here you'll find the main centre of the summertime action with a huge range of sports, leisure and pleasure activities.

The beach has children's play areas, a sports area, beach huts, showers, bars, restaurants and ice cream kiosks. Sun beds and shades are available for hire and for the more active types there's jet ski ing, water ski ing, kayaking, sailing, parasailing and windsurfing. There are regular boat excursions along the coastline, including trips to the neighbouring fishing village of Cambrils.

Llevant Beach is 1,200 metres long but can still get a bit crowded in high season. Regular cleaning of the sand, water testing and Red Cross patrols ensure high standards of hygiene and safety. In fact, due to great efforts on the part of the local authorities here, Salou can quite justifiably claim to boast some of the cleanest and safest beaches in the whole of the Mediterranean.

Between Llevant and the town centre is Avenida Jaume I, the main artery running alongside the seafront. This palm fringed avenue is peppered with children's play parks, parking lots, plants and street cafes. The illuminated fountains and permanent funfair are at the end of avenue.

In the old days when mixed bathing was socially unacceptable, Llevant was the men's beach and nextdoor Ponent, on the other side of the port, was reserved for women bathers! Ponent is one kilometre long and runs all the way to the next resort of Cambrils. This beach is also well served with bars, restaurants and water sports.

The smaller Platja dels Capellans, reached from Bruselles Street, is 220 metres long with good tourist facilities and high standards of cleanliness which consistently earn it the European Blue Flag. Platja Larga is a 600 metre sandy beach, bordered by pine trees alongside the Salou Tarragona coast road.

Platja dels Llenguadets is a small cove that can only be reached on foot from Tortosa Street. Facilities are limited but you can buy ice creams and soft drinks and hire sunshades and pedaloes.

Platja Cala de la Font beach, reached from Led Dunes Street, takes its name from the "font" or freshwater spring that flowed permanently here until a few years ago. Platja Penya Tallada, a 125 metre long cove of great natural beauty, is worth a visit if you fancy taking a break from the frantic activity of the main beachfront area. You can buy drinks at these coves but you won't find all the tourist trappings of the main beaches.

There are a number of small, isolated coves around the Cap Salou promontory. The most eastern and one of the most attractive is Platja Cala Cranc which is a beautiful 50 metre cove, reached via the Faro de Salou road.

And in the unlikely event of the kids not finding enough to do down at the beach, there's the Aquopolis Water Park at Pineda, six kilometres along the coast. Attractions include a wave pool, activity lake, kamikaze ride, winding toboggans and "black hole" water shute.