Salou is a destination with a rich offer of accommodation, leisure and entertainment for the whole family, unique in the Mediterranean. Certified by the Generalitat with the Family Tourism Destination seal that has been renewed every year since 2003.
Nine o'clock beaches and coves in the heart of the Costa DoradaWith fine, golden sand and shallow waters, they are the ideal place to have fun with children. Thus, the most urban ones, Ponent, Llarga and Llevant, in Capellans, have all the facilities and services, and during the summer, Llevant beach offers a kids' club with activities for children.
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But if you prefer to bathe in the most remote natural areas, the coves of Font, Penya Tallada or Llenguadets are small paradises for lovers of this connection with nature.
Sea and beach in Salou with children
Once on the beach, and to get your taste buds going, you can have a refreshing drink and enjoy some tapas in the different bars.
You can savor some mussels a la marinera, fried potatoes battered in spicy tomato sauce, grilled cuttlefish or freshly caught fried fish; authentic gastronomic delights for the whole family.
We recommend a walk through the shops of Salou; from going shopping to catch up on the latest fashion trends, to buying the sports kit for the FC Barcelona players, without forgetting the small shops where you can find costume jewelery to wear this summer.
In Salou, almost 30% of the accommodations are certified as premises adapted to accommodate families with children; Bottle warmers, children's menus, entertainment depending on the age of the children, socket protectors, family rooms, etc... practically everything designed to make your holidays a success.
When it comes to entertainment, in Salou you will discover a world of fun, full of adrenaline and continuous excitement.
In PortAventuraWorld (look at this post to skip queues), located 5 minutes from Salou, you can enjoy a wide variety of world-renowned attractions and shows, a visit to Ferrari Land will give you an adrenaline rush with amazing attractions and fascinating areas dedicated to the legendary Italian team.
The Costa Dorada Nautical Station, with nautical activities for the whole family, encourages you to enjoy the sea practicing fly-board, water skiing, parasailing, snorkeling or even a boat trip. You dare?
In BoscAventura, a park with zip lines in the heart of Salou, where you will find dozens of outdoor activities to enjoy, from high-altitude circuits, climbing, paintball and mini golf.
And if you like car racing, in Salou you can find two karting centers, the traditional and the electric.
Enjoy with family
To complement the family leisure offer, we suggest that you reserve your energy for the evenings. In Salou, the sunsets along the coast they are spectacular, such as the Camino de Ronda, where the sky turns an impressive red and gives the impression of wanting to caress the waves of the sea.
To finish off the day, we suggest you visit the cybernetic fountains located on Passeig Jaume I, where you can enjoy the light and sound show and you will surely not be disappointed.
A very fun way to get to know Salou is to do it by boarding the tourist train, enjoying the landscape, the people and the atmosphere in the heart of the Costa Dorada, throughout the year.
Where to stay in Salou with children
There are many family hotels in Salou, many of which have entertainment for both children and adults. One of the most popular is the H10 Salauris Palace, close to the beach and bars, with a huge swimming pool and the Daisy Club mini-club for children from 4 to 12 years old.
Golden Avenue Suites It's also a good option for families with older children, as each suite has two bedrooms; there are several pools, including one for children with slides.
There are also camping options galore with bungalows, mobile homes and traditional camping pitches. For example, The NAP is in the heart of Salou, while Sanguli is on the outskirts, both have swimming pools, mini-clubs and entertainment for adults and children.
Where to eat with children in Salou
Many of the restaurants in Salou serve burgers and chips, so if your children like to eat family food, you won't have any problems. However, there are traditional Spanish restaurants out there if you look closely, and tapas can be a great way to encourage kids to try something new without committing to a full plate.
The Little Hampton Steakhouse (26 Carles Buigas; +34 977 35 43 51) is popular with families for its friendly service and well-priced meals from around €10 (around €7 for the children's menu that includes a drink and ice cream). Kids will love the fabulous burgers, but here the steaks are the highlight.
The Goretti's pizzeria Beachside (Paseo Jaime I; +34 977 38 02 24) also offers excellent tapas (from around €4 a plate) along with pizzas and salads from around €10.
For authentic and inexpensive tapas, the Little Bar (Plaça d'Europa, 6; +34 669 96 87 09) is one of the most popular in Salou and frequented by locals (book in advance) and offers tapas in very generous portions.
El Trasto Taberna (Autovia Salou Tarragona 6 in front of the Flash Back nightclub; +34 977 35 12 24) is another of the more traditional tapas bars. Don't be put off by the busy road outside, and even if your kids are worried about unfamiliar food, they're sure to love the Catalan tomato bread here.
How to get around Salou with children
Salou is quite compact and you will find that you can walk to most places you want to go. There is also a tourist train that will take you through the center and also to PortAventura and some of the smaller coves on the outskirts. from the city.
A 24-hour ticket for the tourist bus costs €7 for adults and teenagers and €4 for children from 4 to 12 years old; family tickets (two adults and two children) cost €20.
There are regular buses along the coast to other beaches (such as Cambrils), as well as to Tarragona and Barcelona. Our children particularly enjoyed a ride along the boardwalk on electric scooters: bicycles are also a good way to get around (There are 27 km of cycle lanes in Salou, 9 km of which run along the coast).
Some advice for parents visiting Salou with children
- Even if you usually like to keep your kids in a routine, try to set your clock a bit later if you can. While you can easily get a good meal anytime here, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and entertainment are a bit later than you might be used to, Spanish-style. It is cooler at night and a good time to take a walk with your family, as are the locals. If you're lucky, your kids might sleep in later in the morning, too.
- It can get very hot in the middle of the day, so try to schedule some down time, perhaps sitting by the pool in the shade or a nap for younger children. Make sure everyone uses plenty of sunscreen when you're out and about too, not just when you're at the beach.
- If you have a bad weather day, Tarragona and Barcelona are good day trips and are easily accessible by public transport.