Salou (Catalan pronunciation: [səˈlɔw]) is a municipality of the comarca of Tarragonès, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain. The city is approximately 10 km from Tarragona and Reus on the Costa Daurada and 112 km from Barcelona. Aside from its string of beaches interrupted by rocky coves, and its landscaped promenade, one of its main attractions is the PortAventura World resort. The Dutch movie Costa! and the television series with the same title were both filmed in Salou.

Monument to Jaume I
Monument to Jaume I
Flag of Salou

Coat of arms of Salou

Coat of arms
Salou is located in Spain
Location of Salou in Spain
Coordinates: 41°04′37″N 1°08′38″E / 41.077°N 1.144°ECoordinates: 41°04′37″N 1°08′38″E / 41.077°N 1.144°E
Country Spain
Community Catalonia
Municipality30 October 1989
 • TypeMayor-council
 • BodyAjuntament de Salou
 • MayorPere Granados Carrillo (2015)[1] (Formació Unitat Per Salou (FUPS))
 • Total15.1 km2 (5.8 sq mi)
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
 • Total26,775
 • Density1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
salouenc, salouenca
Postal code
Area code+34 (Spain) 977 (Province)


Used as a port by Greeks (who named it Salauris) and Romans, it appeared again in an important historic event, when in 1229 the fleet of James I of Aragon departed from the port of Salou to conquer the Balearic Islands, thus creating the Kingdom of Majorca. In 1286 Alfons III of Aragon also departed from this port to conquer Menorca, the last Moorish territory of the Balearic Islands. Later, Salou became a nest of pirates. After that it was considered an unsafe place, so in 1530 Archbishop of Tarragona decided to erect a new defence tower, now called Torre Vella. In 1865 the railway station began to operate, opening a new development time, that led one hundred years later to a tourist boom that has brought prosperity to the town. Salou was separated from the adjacent municipality of Vila-seca on 30 October 1989 by a decision of the Supreme Court of Spain.[4]

In the summer of 2001, Salou suffered a terrorist attack by ETA, through a car bomb near a hotel. 13 people were injured, including two civil guards.

Main Sights

Historic Buildings and Monuments

  • Church of Santa Maria del Mar, built in 18th-century and enlarged after 1950.
  • Torre Vella, a tower built in the 16th century
  • Harbour-master's Office
  • Monument to Jaume I
  • Fountains of the Font lluminosa
  • Monument to Fishermen
  • Old Carrilet Railway Station
  • Sagrada Familia
  • pakistan cricket team

PortAventura World

PortAventura World is a growing theme park resort on the Costa Daurada. The resort includes luxury four-star accommodation, two theme parks (PortAventura Park and Ferrari Land), PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, a convention centre and a RV park. The PortAventura Park's main attractions are the Dragon Khan, a massive B&M mega-looper; Furius Baco, which is one of the fastest roller coasters in Europe; and Hurakan Condor, a tall falling-tower ride which is 100 metres tall. In 2012 a new roller coaster called Shambhala opened adjacent to the Dragon Khan. The park also has a grand multi-media show, called the FiestaAventura, every night between the end of June and the end of August which features fireworks, fountains and parade floats. Ferrari Land, with the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe, opened in 2017, and will also include the world's first Ferrari hotel.

Lumine Mediterranea Beach & Golf Community

Salou is also home to the Lumine Golf Club (formerly known as PortAventura golf). There are three courses, labeled as north, south, and central. North and central were designed by Greg Norman and the south course was designed by "Green Project".[1] The facilities consist of two clubhouses, a beach club, Lumine restaurant, Hoyo 19 restaurant, a pro shop, rental services and a golf school. In the future the area surrounding the golf course will be developed into a community with six residential areas and services that include two five-star hotels, a sports area and the International School of Salou that will cater for up to 1200 students as part of the Lumine community.[5]

Auditorium Theatre of Salou

The Auditorium Theatre of Salou (Teatre Auditori de Salou) is an important part of the local community in terms of cultural and leisure in the municipality. The theatre plays local events such as political, school and cultural events and has also welcomed famous musicians to the area such as Sergio Dalma.


Salou's main promenade is the Passeig Jaume I, which runs along the coast adjacent to the Llevant Beach, the longest beach in the town. Other beaches include Platja de Ponent, Platja dels Capellans, Platja Llarga and Platja Cala Crancs. Salou has 34 Blue Flag beaches. Water-sports, rentals and trips can be arranged on the Llevant Beach.

Sport tourism

Salou has been used since 2005 as the base for Rally Catalunya, part of the World Rally Championship.[6] Salou has also held volleyball championships, football tournaments, a triathlon [7] and many other competitive sports.

Saloufest is the University sports festival which takes place on two separate occasions in April on an annual basis. The festival is infamous for its wild nature.[8] The festival includes DJs and parties at the neighbouring resort's nightclub called Pacha.

In the future, the local government is expected to position Salou as a sport tourism destination and therefore will promote different projects that include first class facilities to provide the city with the necessary resources to become a tourist destination that attracts visitors of reference, especially in low season. They have announced a project that will feature swimming pools, football fields and tennis courts.[9] In April 2012 the Mayor of Salou inaugurated the facilities that have been built, which are six football fields (four artificial and 2 natural) including changing rooms, bar, waiting rooms and rooms for training sessions the second phase includes a further 6 more open fields, billiards room and shop selling merchandise.[10][11]

Salou is the sub-site for the 2018 Mediterranean Games for sports such as sailing.[12]


Salou has a Typical Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: Csa) characterized with mild winters and hot summers. The rainiest season is the autumn, and the driest season is the summer. The sunshine hours are above 2,500.

Local Festivals

Salou escut
Logo of Salou
  • Cavalcade of the Three Kings (January)
  • Cós Blanc (Winter festival; first weekend of February)
  • International draughts tournament "Salou Open" (May)
  • Children's Festival (June)
  • St. John's Eve (Late June)
  • Nits Daurades (Summer festival, week of 15 August)
  • King Jaume I Festival (7 September)
  • National Day of Catalonia (11 September)
  • Festa de la Segregació (30 October)



Salou's closest airport is Reus (which it is connected to by a regular bus service) followed by Barcelona. Reus Airport is mainly served by the low cost airline Ryanair. The major charter airlines from Britain use Reus throughout the summer as a gateway to the Costa Daurada. The airport mainly serves British and Irish destinations, but domestic and other European destinations are also served.


The Railway Station in Salou is served by the Spanish state rail-network, RENFE. The destinations from Salou include major cities in Catalonia such as Tarragona and Barcelona, as well as a train south to the city of Valencia.


There are plenty of taxi services throughout the area including taxi ranks in locations such as opposite the Font lluminosa, Cap Salou and Reus Airport.


The bus company that serves the area is called Plana Bus, the destinations include Cambrils, La Pineda, PortAventura, Reus and Tarragona.



Llevant Beach

Torre Vella

The Torre Vella defence tower

Salou Fountain

Font lluminosa

Salou boulevard

Passeig Jaume I


  • The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon (available in PDF format)
  • Ramon Muntaner, Chronicle, tr. Lady Goodenough (available in PDF format).


  1. ^ "Ajuntament de Salou". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. ^ "El municipi en xifres: Salou". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ Salou, Ajuntament de. "Ajuntament de Salou - La nostra ciutat - Història". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
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  6. ^ "2012 WRC Rally Spain to include stage through centre of host town Salou". 16 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2011-06-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Worden, Tom; Wilkes, David (11 April 2011). "Wish you weren't here! British students rampage through Spanish seaside resort during drunken festival". Daily Mail. London.
  9. ^ Salou, Ajuntament de. "Salou presenta dos complexes esportius per reforçar l'aposta turística amb una inversió de 20 milions d'euros".
  10. ^ Salou, Ajuntament de. "La capital de la Costa Daurada es posiciona en la marca de turisme esportiu amb les instal·lacions del complex esportiu Futbol Salou".
  11. ^ "Complex Esportiu Futbol Salou".
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Valores Climatológicos Normales. Salou - Reús / Aeropuerto". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20.

External links

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2003 Volta a Catalunya

The 2003 Volta a Catalunya was the 83rd edition of the Volta a Catalunya cycle race and was held from 16 June to 22 June 2003. The race started in Salou and finished in Barcelona. The race was won by José Antonio Pecharromán of the Paternina–Costa de Almería team.

2005 Volta a Catalunya

The 85th edition of the Volta a Catalunya cycling race took place from May 16 to May 22, 2005, in Catalonia, Spain. It began in Salou with a team time trial and ended in Barcelona. Yaroslav Popovych won the first major win of his career.

2006 Volta a Catalunya

The 86th edition of the Volta a Catalunya cycling race took place from May 15 to May 21, 2006, in Catalonia. It began in Salou with an individual time trial and ended in Barcelona. The race was won by David Cañada of Spain.

2007 Volta a Catalunya

The 2007 Volta a Catalunya road cycling race took place from May 21 to May 27, 2007, in Catalonia. It began in Salou with a team time trial and ends in Barcelona. The race was won by Russian Vladimir Karpets of the Caisse d'Epargne team, who won the race thanks to winning the team time trial, and second placings on the toughest mountain stage (stage 4) and the mountain time trial (stage 5). The race also saw the first UCI ProTour victories for young British sprinter Mark Cavendish of the T-Mobile Team, when he took stages 2 and 6.

25 teams took part. The five wildcards have were awarded to Karpin-Galicia, Relax-GAM, Andalucía-Cajasur, Fuerteventura-Canarias and Slipstream Chipotle.

2012 Rally Catalunya

The 48º Rally RACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada, alternatively RACC Rally de España, was the thirteenth and the final round of the 2012 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place over 9–11 November, and was based in Salou, Catalonia. The rally was also the final round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship, Production World Rally Championship and WRC Academy.

2015 Rally Catalunya

The 2015 Rally Catalunya (formally the 51. RallyRACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada) was the twelfth round of the 2015 World Rally Championship. The race was held over four days between 22 October and 25 October 2015, and operated out of Salou, Catalonia, Spain. Volkswagen's Andreas Mikkelsen won the race, his first win in the World Rally Championship.

2018 Rally Catalunya

The 2018 Rally Catalunya (formally known as the 54. RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada) was a motor racing event for rally cars that took place between 25 and 28 October. The event was open to entries competing in World Rally Cars and cars complying with Group R regulations. It marked the fifty-fourth running of Rally Catalunya and was the twelfth round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship, the highest class of competition in international rallying. Seventy-six crews, including manufacturer teams and privateers, were entered to compete in the World Rally Championship, the FIA World Rally Championship-2 and FIA World Rally Championship-3 support series and the Spanish national Rally Championship and Peugeot Rally Cup Ibérica championship. The 2018 event was based in Salou in Tarragona and consisted of eighteen special stages. The rally covered a total competitive distance of a 331.58 km (206.03 miles) and an additional 1,132.79 km (703.88 miles) in transport stages.Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle were the reigning rally winners, but did not defend their win after Meeke was fired from Citroën. The Finnish crew of Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula were the reigning winners of the World Rally Championship-2, but did not defend their title as they will compete in the World Rally Championship class. Nil Solans and Miquel Ibáñez Sotos were the reigning World Rally Championship-3 winners, but Marc Martí replaced Ibáñez Sotos as Solans' co-driver in the WRC-2 category.

Nine-time world champions Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena won the rally for the first time since 2013 Rally Argentina. The victory also marked Loeb the third oldest winner overall. The margin between second-place Sébastien Ogier was 2.9 seconds, which also made the rally become the tenth closest wins in history. The Škoda Motorsport II crew of Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen won in the World Rally Championship-2 in a Škoda Fabia R5, while the Italian crew of Enrico Brazzoli and Luca Beltrame won in the World Rally Championship-3.The Czech crew of Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler finished second in WRC-2, which made them the drivers' and co-drivers' champions of 2018 World Rally Championship-2 respectively.

Autovia C-14

The C-14 is a highway in Catalonia, Spain from La Seu d'Urgell to Salou through Reus.

Nowadays is a highway from Salou to Reus and in the future the rest of the C-14 road will be upgraded to a highway. The N-145 from La Seu d'Urgell to Andorra will be added to C-14 too.

Bachirou Salou

Bachirou Salou (born 15 September 1970) is a Togolese retired footballer who played as a centre forward.

Due to the many years (over a decade) spent in Germany, where he played for five clubs, he possessed double nationality.

Falset, Tarragona

Falset (pop. 2,935) is the principal village of the comarca of the Priorat, in Catalonia, very famous for its wine. It has a castle and two palaces (Medinacelli and Azahara). It is located about 30km inland from Salou on the N420 road.

The old winery of Falset, also known in Catalonia as one of the Wine Cathedrals, is from Modernisme and Noucentisme style and was designed by the architect Cèsar Martinell.


Namaro is a village and rural commune in Niger.It is the birthplace of Salou Djibo, who took power in Niger in a military coup in February 2010.

PortAventura World

PortAventura World is an entertainment resort in Salou and Vila-seca, Tarragona, on the Costa Daurada in Catalonia, Spain. It was built around the PortAventura Park theme park, which attracts around 3.5 million visitors per year, making it the most visited theme park in Spain and the sixth most visited theme park in Europe. The resort includes a second theme park, Ferrari Land, since 2017 and also includes PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, five hotels, a convention centre and a RV park. It is the biggest resort in the south of Europe which attracts around 5 million visitors per year. It has Reus Airport within 15 minutes of it and Barcelona Airport within an hour. There is a train station for PortAventura which has connections to Barcelona, Salou and Tortosa.

Province of Tarragona

Tarragona (Catalan: [tərəˈɣonə]), is a province of the southern part of Catalonia. It is bordered by the provinces of Castelló, Terol, Saragossa, Lleida and Barcelona and by the Mediterranean Sea.

The province's population is 795,902 (2018), about one fifth of whom live in the capital, Tarragona. Some of the larger cities and towns in Tarragona province include Reus, Salou, El Vendrell, Tortosa, Valls, Amposta. This province has 183 municipalities. The province includes several World Heritage Sites and is a popular tourist destination. There are Roman Catholic cathedrals in Tarragona and Tortosa.

Salou Djibo

Lieutenant General Salou Djibo (born April 15, 1965) is a Nigerien military officer. After President Mamadou Tandja's attempts to remain in power after the end of his term, Djibo led the military coup of 18 February 2010 that ousted Tandja, after which he became the head of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy. The Supreme Council returned power to the government after the 2011 elections.

Salou Ibrahim

Salou Ibrahim (also sometimes known as Ibrahim Salou; born 29 May 1979 in Kumasi) is a Ghanaian footballer currently with Hoboken playing in the Belgian Provincial leagues.

Sant Andreu Salou

Sant Andreu Salou is a village in the province of Girona and autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain. The municipality covers an area of 5.98 square kilometres (2.31 sq mi) and the population in 2014 was 155.

Tadjou Salou

Tadjou Salou (24 December 1974 – 2 April 2007) was a Togolese footballer player who played as a defender.

Taekwondo at the 2018 Mediterranean Games

The taekwondo competitions at the 2018 Mediterranean Games will take place between 28 June and 30 June at the Salou Pavilion in Salou.

Athletes will compete in 8 weight categories.


Vila-seca (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈbilə ˈsɛkə]; literally 'Dry-town') is a municipality of the comarca of Tarragonès, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain. The historical name was Vila-seca de Solcina and since the 80's known as Vila-seca i Salou until Salou was segregated from Vila-seca on 1989, however the municipality includes the urban areas of La Plana and La Pineda. Vila-seca has a large petrochemical complex shared with Tarragona and La Canonja, including Repsol complex in El Morell makes one of the greatest petrochemical areas of Europe like Ludwigshafen am Rhein.

Climate data for Salou
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 14.1
Daily mean °C (°F) 9.8
Average low °C (°F) 5.9
Average precipitation mm (inches) 38
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 4 3 4 6 6 4 2 4 5 5 4 4 51
Mean monthly sunshine hours 160 164 199 223 243 264 308 264 201 184 160 138 2,509
Source: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología[13]
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