Salou is a very popular holiday resort located on the Costa Dorada in Spain… Advertised as a great family get away for the British and as young persons resort in Holland and other Northern European countries, here you will find a mix of young and old amongst the hotels, bars and clubs of Salou.

For me Salou is definitely a place to go with all the family and this summer my husband and I took our 3 kids aged 16, 13 and 9 along with us… We had a great time and there is plenty to do for all the family..

Salou has beautiful sandy beaches, many of which have blue flag awards and are guarded by life guards during the summer months which makes it ideal for those with younger kids who have the nasty habit of wandering off. Also the sand is great for making massive sandcastles which kept our younger kids amused for most of the day. In the evening we would take a stroll along the promenade Passeig Jaume which is lined with palm trees and runs along the main beach known as Llevant there are plenty of play ground facilities and during the day on the beach there were plenty of water sports available for the older kids

Those who travel with families know how hard it is to be able to get something that everyone enjoys eating. My husband and I wanted to eat some traditional Spanish dishes but trying to get a 9 year old to eat deep fried whitebait was more of a problem, luckily the majority of restaurants in Salou cater for us Brits and our fussy eating habits and you can find plenty of Burger and chips, fish and chips etc etc…

Having a 16 year old girl on holiday is not always fun especially when the 16 year old thinks she is 18. Salou has a great nightlife scene and you can party until early hours of the morning in many of the different bars, pubs and discos which is what our 16 year old wanted to do.. We did allow here to go out most of the evening as she was with other people who she met in the hotel and there are plenty of British and Irish bars ad on some occasions I myself joined her and we headed to the area around Murillo and Carles Buigas Streets which is locally known as the Slammers, because of the many lively music bars which are very popular with the younger crowd and some of us oldies enjoyed it as well.

However for those with young families of for those just looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy your time in Salou then the pavement terraces of Salou’s cafes and ice cream parlors provide a great alternative from the bars and nightclubs and the kids ca enjoy the ice cream why you relax..

Whilst we were in Salou we decided to take a day trip to the Port Adventura theme park, which is also home to Universal Studios which was an amazing day out and one all the family enjoyed. We travelled there by train which was very easy and there are also buses which run from Salou to the park which are cheap and easy to use.

We only had one day at the park and from experience I would say that you need at least two days to fit everything. We managed to do the main rides etc but there was so much more that we wanted to see.. The most famous ride is the Dragon Khan which is Europe’s biggest rollercoaster and this is the ultimate terrifying ride and my children had to peel my knuckles from the safety bar at the end of the ride…

Universal Studios Port Adventura is divided into five themed lands – China (where you’ll find the Dragon Khan), Polynesia, Mexico, the Mediterranean and the Far West it was great that there was different rides in the different lands including water slides, more roller coasters ad plenty of live entertainment…

However please be aware that the costs inside the park ca be extremely high especially for those with a large family so make sure you eat a big breakfast before you go !!!

After the family fun we decided that the adults also needed a day out to do some adult things so we dragged the kids to Barcelona for the day.. Barcelona is a beautiful city however it ca take up to 2 hours on the train to reach Barcelona even though it is only 50 or so miles to the city which may not be fun in the hot sun of Spain. However for us it was worth the journey. Barcelona is a fascinating city full of amazing architecture by Gaudi and even the kids were inspired by the famous Gothic Cathedral. We all enjoyed a stroll down Las Ramblas with its flower stalls and street cafes, eve though expensive we could not resist the temptation in sitting in one of the cafes and watching a street performance take place. We spent the day exploring Barcelona and eventually made our way to the beach so that the kids could have a splash about and we enjoyed a cocktail in one of the many beach front bars…

There are many of other activities that we wanted to do in Salou but just didn’t have time to do but it means we can do them again next time. So if you are thinking of a great family holiday with lots to do to keep the kids amused then Salou will be a great option

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