Salou's main beach of Playa Llevant is great for beach side bars and restaurants with stunning sea views. Playa Llevant stretches from the main fountain along to the port of Salou and it's promenade is one of the best in Spain and is perfect for leisurely evening strolls. Along the promenade there are a number of fountains that have light and water shows, which are best seen after dark.
Salou is an ideal place to make yourself a base to explore Tarragona or the wonderful, vibrant city of Barcelona. The ancient Roman town of Tarragona still has several Roman remains and various museums. There is a lovely cathedral ( with a Sunday flea market in its plaza and surrounding streets ) and lots of shops, bars and restaurants. On Sundays there is also the general market at Bonavista (just outside Tarragona) and sells everything from clothes to livestock. It is said to be the third largest outdoor market in Europe.
The city of Barcelona is just over one hour by train or car and it is a definite place to visit. To see buildings designed by Gaudi, take a tour around the Nou Camp Stadium ( home to Barcelona FC ) or simply to walk "Las Ramblas" and soak up the Catalunyan atmosphere. There is so much to see and do in the city and a great way to sightsee if you have a limited time is to take one of the tour buses. These are very reasonably priced have an audio commentary and offer unlimited on/off stops on one of three circular routes around Barcelona's tourist attractions.
A 30 minute trip inland from Salou and you are in spectacular countryside with stunning views and opportunities for some fantastic photographs. Village restaurants serve excellent local cuisine at prices well below that of the UK, a three course lunch/dinner with wine is approx. 12€ ( or less ). The region is also famous for Priorat wine, a close relation to the more well known Rioja but by some considered to be far better.
There are plenty of old historic buildings to see and traditional villages to visit. The area is also very popular for sporting activities like walking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, horse riding or canoeing.
Beach fishing is also very popular, but for the course angler the River Ebro holds some magnificent fish including record breaking catfish and carp.
So whether you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday, exciting nightlife, sports activities, sightseeing or exploring beautiful Catalunya, Salou makes an ideal place to stay. It's got it all!.