Annual Events in Salou
There are many events arranged throughout the calendar year. Ranging from whole week activities to one off events, and from traditional festivals to sports events.
Here are some of the more popular ones.
Cos Blanc - Fiesta D'Hivern
End of Januaury or early February
After Christmas, New Year and the Three Kings it's not long to wait before Salou celebrates its winter fiesta. A week of various arranged events, which include the procession of tradional Catalan Gigants and Los Diablos. The main event is Cos Blanc, the confetti fiesta, where an entire street is converted into one big party; with cannons expelling confetti high into the air and sound systems playing the latest songs.
Carnival is a century old tradition, which is connected to Christianity and is celebrated before the period of Lent. Although, some may respect the original meaning of "Carnival" most now see it as another oppurtunity to do what the Catalans do best. Have a good time!!
In May the town hosts "Challenge Salou", an international triathlon competition that brings together more than a thousand athletes and around 4,000 people come to give their support and encouragement. The Challenge is extremely demanding; with a 2,000 metre sea swim, 140 kilometre bike ride and to finish a 20 kilometre run. Only for the truly fit!
In Catalonia, the shortest night of the year is highly symbolic, representing a general renewal of one’s spirit, and in Salou it's no different. The only night of the year which you are legally allowed to sleep on the beach, sees the lighting of bonfires, BBQ's, lighting of fireworks and general partying. Also another chance to see the dance of the Devils along the main promenade.
At the height of the summer Salou celebrates its summer fiesta. A week long programme with lots of events, ranging from The Human Castles to all night concerts on the beach. Nearly all the activities are free and every year thousands of peopele come to celebrate summer. The last night has the main event, an amazing firework display on Salou's main beach.
For over 10 years Salou has been the base for the Catalan stage of the RACC Rally. Although, most of the rally races take part in the surrounding mountains, there are timed stages along the main promenade in Salou town. With many other Rally related attractions, this event attracts rally enthusiasts from all over Europe.
Now in its sixth year, the classic car rally covers a distance of about 30 kilometres from Salou, doing a circular route and finishing back in Salou. The oldest registered car was a two-seater Cadillac M 1905 but there are many other classic makes which take part. A worthwhile event to see even, if you're not a car enthusiast..