Spain Guide


Salou Car Hire

With Port Aventura on your doorstep and a wealth of leisure activities within the resort, you may not feel the need to hire a car. It's easy enough to get around Salou on foot, by bus, taxi or using the mini land train which tours all the main local places of interest. But if you're on a fortnight's holiday you may want to spend at least part of the time exploring the many attractions of the Catalonian countryside and coastline.

With a rental car you'll be able to visit the many major tourist spots in the area as well as getting to know some of the "real Spain" (which you won't see an awful lot of in Salou!).

Besides Port Aventura there are two other popular family days out a little further afield the Aquopolis water park at La Pineda, nine kilometres along the coast from Salou, and Aqualeon, a safari and water park at Albinyana, 30 kilometres away.

Try to fit in at least a day visit to the fascinating city of Barcelona with its mind blowing Gaudi architecture, famous fountains and Gothic cathedral. A stroll along the pedestrianised Las Ramblas with its colourful flower stalls and street cafes is a must. And the kids will love the zoo which is one of the best in Spain. You may prefer to do this particular visit as part of an organised coach excursion.otherwise brace yourself for traffic and parking headaches.

Tarragona is well worth a visit with its wealth of ancient buildings and monuments including Roman aqueducts, amphitheatres and monasteries.

The independent state of Andorra in the Pyrenees is a beautiful place to spend a couple of days and it's a paradise for shopaholics (don't forget your passport).

Or head into the mountains to the north west of Barcelona to visit the breathtaking Benedictine Monastery at Montserrat. The monastery is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe and is home to the famous statue of the Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. The extraordinary rock formations of these mountains have attracted religious pilgrims for thousands of years.

In the hinterland around the resort you'll find many medieval towns and villages to explore, with castle ruins, ancient walled towns and huge monasteries built in the Middle Ages.

Local hotels, travel agents and car hire firms all supply rental cars but if you're holidaying in high season make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. You'll be more comfortable with air conditioning if you're travelling in July or August.

These are some of the questions you should be asking yourself before choosing your car hire company:

  • Does the company have a dedicated desk inside the airport where you can collect your keys and sort out the necessary paperwork and any problems? There's nothing worse than arriving in the middle of the night to find no car.and no one to complain to!
  • Does the company give a commitment on the quality of its cars are they, for example, all under a certain age?
  • Will you have to pay the local IVA tax (Spanish VAT) of 16% or is it included in the price?
  • Does the company offer "no quibble" insurance to cover such things as collision damage and theft? Is unlimited third party insurance and basic personal accident damage for the driver and occupants included?
  • Will you have to pay an "excess" charge in the event of an accident?

For just popping around Salou and the local area you may decide to go for a motorbike, scooter, quad bike or pushbike all of which are available for hire in the resort.