Sun, Sand, and Serenity: Exploring Salou’s Cultural Treasures


Your little piece of paradise. You are in Catalonia, Spain. In the Costa Daurada, there is a little strip of Mediterranean coastline called Salou. When you think of golden beaches and turquoise waters, think of this destination too.

This little town offers relaxation and fun combined with a pinch of nostalgia. Just witness its beautiful sunsets while you are swimming among the coastines’ hidden coves and you’ll understand what we are talking about.

This once base of operations of pirates and sea robbers, is now yours to explore. After all, Salou has a rich cultural and historical heritage. This Mediterranean gem has evolved from a humble fishing village into a famous destination that blends tradition, art, and modernity.

💡 Travel with us to Salou’s culture, traditions, festivals, cuisine, and heart-warming people who make Salou a true cultural treasure on the Spanish coast.

And if you don’t know how to travel to Salou, we have the best suggestion for you. When you book your flight for Barcelona’s airport, you should also book your private airport transfers from Barcelona airport to Salou with AtoB. This is the most comfortable, affordable, stress- and hassle-free way to reach the city. A great start to a great journey with AtoB airport taxi service. Let’s travel to Salou!

Torre Vella tower

Torre Vella tower

In the Middle Ages, Salou was raided time after time from pirates as it was a significant strategic target. For this reason, the residents of the city erected a defense tower in 1530 which is still well preserved. When you visit the tower using Barcelona airport taxi, you’ll learn the whole history behind its construction, the battles that took place behind its walls and you’ll also have the opportunity to see relevant exhibitions from an era long gone.

Currently, part of this defense tower is under the management of the Contemporary Enamel Art Museum where a great range of exhibits are accessible to the public. Outside and around the tower, there is a marvelous garden where you can stroll between old trees and magnificent sculptures.

La Masia Catalana of Salou

In a more understandable expression, The Catalan Farmhouse. You can book an AtoB airport transfer and literally visit the farmhouse and experience the typical dwelling of local farmers from centuries ago. There you can find a rich collection of ancient farm implements and objects of farmers’ daily life.

This is one of those unique and once in a lifetime experiences which seem like walking through space and time to a place that once was full of life and joy but no more (not until you show).

Boulevard of King Jaime I

A wide pedestrian street named after King Jaime the first. When someone suggests a little stroll in Salou, they mean a stroll in this boulevard. During the high season this promenade is the meeting and walking place for locals and visitors alike. The addition of palm streets on both sides for this pedestrian street make it picturesque and attractive.

In the center of the Boulevard, you’ll find an impressive monument to the famous king who on September 5th, 1229, took the Catalan fleet from Salou to conquer Mallorca. Now, on one side of this area is the sea, and on the other side is a zone for family recreation. Keep that in mind if you are visiting Salou with your family.

Xalet Bonet

Xalet Bonet

Nearby the Boulevard there are several architectural monuments and landmarks such as the Bonet House or Xalet Bonet. The house was built in 1918 for the local businessman Ciriac Bonet by the architect Domenec Sugranyes i Gras, who was a disciple of Gaudi.

This house is a reflection of the late modernist style whose neo-Gothic letters on the main facade summarize a specific philosophy of life: “Take advantage of the time that passes and does not return”.

Memento mori.

Llevant Beach

We are talking about a beach that spans for around 1.17 km, the longest in Salou. If you have young children with you, this is the ideal place for swimming as the water is shallow and the waves are small.

This beach is back by the Boulevard which is full with shops, restaurants, and bars so when your sea adventures start to deplete your energy levels, you know what to do. If you are also a water sports fan, here you’ll find jet skis and kayaks for hire. Since this is a sought out destination during  the summer, book an airport transfer and get there as early as you can to claim your spot.

Llenguadets Beach

One main difference with Llevant beach is that this one is more peaceful and can offer the ideal tranquility. It is only a 10-minute walk from the city’s center using AtoB airport taxi, however, for a reason it’s not as crowded as it could be.

There you can only find one beach bar, one hammock rental, and white sand with crystal blue water. Like the rest of Salou’s beaches, the water is shallow, therefore, your children and you can easily swim in. And don’t forget! If you can manage and stick around until the end of the day, you’ll witness the most beautiful and serene sunset in Salou.



The traditional food of Spain can be found here as well. In fact, paella is Salou’s most popular dish. Whether you are on a beach and you decide to have a “holiday beach snack” or you are dining in one of the many Salou’s restaurants, paella will always be one of your first choices. There are many variations of seafood paella in several restaurants, so try to taste as much as possible during your stay in Salou.

Whether you are strolling through its historic streets, savoring the Mediterranean flavors, or swimming in its crystal clear waters, Salou invites you to immerse yourself in its unique charm. Salou is indeed sun, sand, and serenity.

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