Salou is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations on the Costa Dorada. You may ask what draws so many tourists to this region? The magnificent beaches and coves of course! With and impressive 325 days of sunshine, you are guaranteed a relaxing and leisurely stay in this wonderful and sunny city. Salou boasts over 14 kilometers of coastline, covered with beaches and coves of many shapes and sizes. We have put together a list of our favorite beaches and coves in Salou to ensure you see and experience all the natural attractions of this beautiful coastal city.
Beaches with facilities for families
In Salou there are two main beaches great for families due to their easy access and variety of facilities:
The first is Ponent beach. With its fine golden sand, and calm waters it is, in fact, the perfect spot for families. Children can easily play in the sea without parents having to worry too much about their safety. On the beach you will find many facilities and activities for everyone. For children you will find a kids area with swings, toboggan. For older children and adults, services include paddle boat, jet-ski and other waters sports equipment rental. If you get hungry there are also plenty of restaurants, bars and cafés, not to mention wonderful ice-cream booths and soft drinks vendors all along the beach. Everything you need to really enjoy the wonderful holiday vibes of Salou! The beach also features a relatively cheap parking lot, which costs only 2€ for the afternoon.
The second family-friendly beach is Llevan beach. This one comes right after Ponent beach, just past the harbor. Llevan is quite similar to Ponent beach, although Llevan could perhaps be more attractive for sportier types because of the fitness club and volleyball courts to be found here. It’s the ideal place for friends looking to spend a great time being active under the sun on the the Costa Dorada. At Llevan beach you will also find showers and toilets, and a kids area exclusively for children. The beach also has several cafes, bars and restaurants. The parking can be found just near the harbor. If you are planning to spend an entire day at the beach, we recommend organizing a picnic in the green area just behind the path to the beach. This is a favorite spot for many, especially locals, one where you can relax in the shade of palm trees on a hot summer day.
Seeking freedom and nature?
If you wish to get away from the noisy, busy city center and enjoy some of the natural beauty of the city´s surroundings, we recommend getting yourself to the Southern cape of Salou, where you will find many natural coves and spectaculars landscapes. Fewer people come out to these places, so they tend to be a bit more peaceful and less crowded. Some of the smaller coves of the Southern cape feature restaurants and deck chair rental. Out of all of them our favorite is Cala Font Crancs, a stunning cove only 5,5 kilometer from the city center of Salou. It’s the perfect spot for a day-trip from Salou, from Barcelona or from Sitges!
- By car: Get on B-10 from Via Laietana, Passeig de Colom and Passeig de Josep Carner. Take AP-7 to C-14. Take exit 35 from AP-7. Continue on C-14. Take Carrer de la Ciutat de Reus to Carrer de Barcelona in Salou. It will take around 1 hour to reach Salou from Barcelona.
- By bus: To reach Salou from Barcelona by bus, you have to go first to Passeig de Gracia, 36, Barcelona to the bus station. Buses start running at 7 a.m and the last one at 11 p.m . The frequency is one every 1 to 2 hours, please take a look at the schedule of Plana, the company which provide this road. It will take around 2 hours, and cost around 13€ for a one-way trip.
- By train: The train company RENFE covers the service between Barcelona Sants station and Salou. Trains start running at 8 a.m, and the last one at 7:30 p.m. The frequency is one train per 3 minutes to 2 hours. The journey takes approximately an hour and a half, and ticket prices range between €8,80 and €13,80. And for the return, from Salou to Barcelona Sants, trains start running at 6 a.m and end at 10p.m. The frequency is one per 20 minutes to an hour and a half. The journey takes approximately an hour and a half, and ticket prices are 7,00€.
So don´t forget your favorite book, your sunglasses, your towel and your sun cream. And get ready for a weekend of rest and relaxation under the Mediterranean sunshine!
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