Cap Salou Holidays
Cap Salou is ideal for those who like their holidays peaceful and with a healthy dose of Catalonian culture. Tucked away on Spain’s north-eastern coast, Cap Salou is a sleepy resort, just a ten-minute drive from its noisier namesake Salou; perfect for those who want upbeat nightlife and low-tempo days. The beaches tend to be more secluded that those in the livelier resorts, offering private little coves, with shallow shores and golden sands. Perfect for families with younger children and couples looking to enjoy some quiet, quality downtime together, Cap Salou holidays are a little slice of paradise.
Cap Salou is best for…
Beach fans: With craggy coves and sheltered bays, you’ve got all you need to top up your tan in peace and quiet.
Scenery lovers: The perfumed pine forests and unspoilt clifftops offer excellent opportunities for walkers and cyclists.
Adrenaline junkies: Scream your way across the huge variety of rollercoasters, rides and slides at nearby Portaventura.
Cap Salou Fast Facts
Language: The language spoken in Cap Salou is Spanish. It’s a good idea to pack a phrasebook or download our handy language app so you can try out a few basic Spanish phrases for yourself.
Currency: You’ll need to swap your Sterling for Euros, before you zip off on your Cap Salou holidays.
Local time: Cap Salou is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Reus Airport. The transfer time to Cap Salou is 40 minutes
Flight time from UK: The Cap Salou flight time is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.spain.info
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holidays to Cap Salou.
Cap Salou Weather and Climate
Temperature: 9°C – 25˚C
July and August offer the best conditions for tan fans, with average temperatures of 25°C, and highs of 28˚C. If you’re planning to get out and about, you may find the cooler conditions offered by the late spring and early autumn shoulder seasons more comfortable, when the mercury hovers between the high teens and early twenties. For virtually-empty beaches, the winter season is mild, with temperatures averaging between 9°C and 12°C.
On foot: Stroll through the pine woods on the headland or follow the 2.5km coastal path into Salou.
By bike: Cycle-friendly routes make it easy to explore the local scenery on two wheels.
By taxi: Taxis are easily available and a quick way to get between quiet Cap Salou and the livelier resorts nearby, such as Salou and the fishing village of Cambrils.
By tourist train: Once you’re in Salou, the mini-train is a fun way to get around. It even stops at Portaventura.
By hire car: Highly recommended if you’re using the resort as a peaceful base for sightseeing around the Costa Dorada.
By bus: There’s lots to see and do in the busier town of Salou. Hop on one of the local buses to take advantage of the buzzing nightlife.
For music-lovers: Held in Tarragona, on a date between July and August, the Cambrils International Music Festival hosts a wide variety of music and dance styles, from laid-back jazz to sultry flamenco. Less than 20 minutes’ drive from Cap Salou, you’ll find performances taking place in spectacular venues, such as Vilafortuny Castle.
Summer fun: August sees Salou’s Golden Nights descend across the Costa Dorada. Famous throughout the Golden Coast, this is the name given to the extravagant summer festivities, which include giant puppets and human towers.
Fit for a king: With everything from markets to medieval re-enactments, Salou brings the Middle Ages back to life in September for the King Jaume I Festival.
For petrol-heads: The Spanish stage of the World Rally Championship starts in Salou each October, with the main race taking place in nearby Portaventura.
Things to do
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the beach or the hotel pool, you’ll find there are plenty of things to see and do on your holidays to Cap Salou. A low-key resort, there’s only a handful of restaurants and bars in town. If you want it livelier, hop on a bus for Salou. Families can take advantage of one of Europe’s biggest and best theme parks in nearby Portaventura, while couples might prefer to wander the cobbled streets and winding back alleys of Salou’s old town.
Beaches: There are plenty of beaches along this stretch of the Golden Coast, mainly made up of secluded bays and hidden coves. For extra peace and quiet, visit the rocky cove of Cala Penya Tallada or stretch out at Cala Morisca, which is next to the lighthouse. Head into Salou for a livelier beach scene, where the kids can play on the gently-shelving sands of Levante Beach. This is one of the best beaches on the Costa Dorada, with plenty of water sports, restaurants and shops on tap.
Attractions: Cap Salou is something of a draw for golfers of all abilities. There are four golf courses in the immediate area, offering challenging fairways set against breath-taking backdrops. For families with children, the most popular attraction by far is the enormous theme park at nearby Portaventura, offering high-octane rides and slides for older kids and low-tempo attractions for little ones. A trip to Barcelona ought to be on your to-do list, where you can see Antoni Gaudi’s unusual Sagrada Família cathedral, tour the Nou Camp football stadium, and stroll among the market stalls and street performers on the bustling Las Ramblas.
Eating and Drinking: If you’re taking your holidays to Cap Salou, don’t expect to see much in the way of English food. There are around half a dozen restaurants in town serving authentic Spanish food, such as paella, fresh fish with romesco sauce, and traditional tapas. For pickier palates or those who want something a little more familiar, head to Salou, which has plenty of English and Irish bars, serving family favourites. Don’t forget to try a Kalimotxo: Spanish red wine, served over ice and topped up with coke!