Salou, one of Spain's most family friendly holiday destinations, was originally known as Salauris by the Greeks and is revered for its scenic promenade, the Passeig Jaume I. Like many other Mediterranean resorts, it overlooks a fantastic sandy beach and attracts large numbers of golfing enthusiasts thanks to its popular Lumine Golf Club.
The PortAventura theme park
Opened in 1995, the PortAventura theme park welcomes millions of visitors annually and is one of the leading family attractions in the country. The park comprises several mini-theme parks with continental and national themes, and is famed for its Hurakan Condor ride, a formidable 330-foot drop tower that is perfect for people seeking an adrenaline rush.
The birthplace of one of the most iconic and influential architects in history, Antoni Gaudí, Reus also has earned an enviable reputation for its exceptional wines. The Baix Camp capital contains many notable Catalan modernist landmarks, one of the most intriguing of which is the Casa Gasull, which was built in 1910 and was designed by another eminent architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The main place of interest in this picturesque coastal community is the Roman amphitheatre of Tarraco, which is one of the finest preserved ancient landmarks in the country and was part of a strategic Roman city. The site is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which also includes a large Roman aqueduct, a Provincial Forum, and several other preserved monuments.
Further afield: Barcelona
If you have the time, you might want to consider taking a day trip to Barcelona to see some of the city's fascinating Gaudí masterpieces and world-class museums such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art or the Museu Picasso. Visit the magnificent fountain of Montjuïc at night, explore the enchanting Sagrada Família church, see the city's Gothic Quarter, and immerse yourself in the Middle Ages. For outstanding live music performances, head to the Palau de la Música Catalana, or wander along the famous shopping street of Las Ramblas to buy some luxury souvenirs.
Dining suggestions in Salou
For some delicious international-themed dishes, you can dine at the Lindas Bar,or head to Olivers Restaurant for some delectable steaks and other tasty international recipes. La Venus de Pepe, meanwhile, provides tempting Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, while the Gabers Grill is the place to be if you're looking for some mouthwatering British-themed classics.
For luxury surroundings and deluxe accommodation, book a room at the PortAventura Hotel Caribe, or choose the affordable, beautifully landscaped H10 Mediterranean Village. A few other reputed Salou hotels to consider include the MedPlaya Hotel Calypso, the 4R Playa Park Hotel, and the Sol Costa Daurada.
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