Theme Parks, Night club strips, scenic beaches, mini-golf, gorgeous food, cheap drinks, all without being massively overcrowded by tourists. What more could you ask for?
Salou is one of those places that keeps drawing you back to it, and I’ve been back to visit it 3 times since first discovering it. I went with a company called ILoveTour ( https://www.ilovetour.co.uk/) who organise holidays away for University students. I saw flyers all around my university for something they called SalouFest. Now, if you’re one of the thousands of uni students who signed up for this and went on these incredible holidays, you either know this was one of the greatest experiences of your uni life, or probably don’t remember 90% of the trip because of the amount of binge-drinking we did. 2 tequila shots for 1 euro? YES PLEASE! Unfortunately the company no longer runs SalouFest (nothing at all to do with the 2,000 uni student who took over the town every year in April and destroyed it). But Salou is very much still a great holiday destination, and definitely one that should be considered for your next lad/girls trip away. Forget expensive Ibiza, cheesy Kavos, and the mainstream Tenerife, take a trip to Salou, a beautiful beachside town, only around a half hour ride from Barcelona, with a massive selection of clubs, bars, hotels and holiday apartments to choose from to make your holiday one to remember. Drinks are ridiculously cheap here and nightclubs are practically on your door step, with free entry, great music and easy accessibility. Below I’ll show you some of my favourite restaurants, bars and clubs here to give you an idea of what you’re in for.
Koko Beach Club (the home of the best fishbowls)
I sadly never discovered this bar until my second trip to Salou. We landed, dropped our bags off, and went to wonder the town (and get our drink on), when we stumbled across this rooftop bar. It has stunning views of the entire town, with sandy white beaches and sparkling blue oceans stretching below. A perfect place for a picture opportunity. We sat down and glanced at the menu where we saw they were offering fishbowls for €14 or two for €20, so it was an obvious choice. We ordered 4 fishbowls between the 5 of us and chatted to the super friendly bartender while he made them. I stood there in amazement as I watched him turn 2 bottles of hard liquor upside down and let them drain into one fishbowl, before adding almost half a bottle of another spirit in there, add some blue coloured syrup, and then maybe 2 cup fulls of juice… I knew we were about to have an interesting evening. He followed a similar recipe and pouring technique for the other 3 bowls and we stuck our straws in and got to work. Half an hour later we were just finishing up on our first bowls and definitely feeling the effects. An hour later we were heading back to our apartment in great spirits, blasting music and dancing on the balcony. An amazing way to start off the trip. We visited this bar again at least another 3 times for the remainder of our trip. Definitely a must try if you’re looking for good quality, cheap drinks and a scenic views.
As you can see above, Salou likes to keep their visitors quenched. The restaurant serves large table cocktails, as well as complementary Limoncello after every meal. I revisit this restaurant several times over the course of my trip whenever I go. It’s one of the first restaurants on the beach-side strip, with an outdoor seating area so you can top up your tan while you eat, and have a gorgeous view of the ocean. This is a great place to visit day or night. The food is always to die for, with fresh seafood, freshly made, giant Paella’s brought to the table, a great selection of tapas, and even a good gluten free selection for those of you who are intolerant. It must be noted as well, for you instagram addicts out there, this restaurant also has some of the best free wifi connection compared to other restaurants in the town. There’s no time limit here, so you can keep a table all day and come and go for breakfast lunch and dinner, while taking breaks to catch some sun and sea on the beach right in front of it, or getting your hair braided with colourful threads tourist style, by one of the many women offering this service along the promenade. If the beach isn’t your thing, a little further up is a mini-golf course or visit Port Adventura, Salou’s theme park for a day of thrills.
Now of course, no girls or lads trip is complete without the Nightlife! Salou has a great variety of clubs and bar’s on it’s nightclub strip. Many of the clubs I bounced in and out of, I didn’t realise the names until the next morning, walking past them in the daylight like “oh so this is where I was all night”, trying to avoid flashbacks of your crazy night. The best clubs on the strip, with the most variety of music, instead of bumping techno and house music alone all nigh (I’m sorry ravers, not everyone’s into it, but don’t worry there are plenty of clubs along the strip that cater to your music tastes), which played a good mix of bashment, R&B, hip hop, house, techno, and others, were Kiss, and Snoepy’s. These were the two clubs I kept returning to the most throughout my trips. They had a good atmosphere, great DJ’s, the drinks were still super cheap, especially when compared to London clubs, and it made for great, wild nights out. I also visited the famous Pacha branch in Salou. One of the biggest nightclubs I’ve been in, with raised stages and poles for those of you who love to dance, but hold on to your friends because this place is HUGE so if you lose each other, it’ll be a while before you find each other again. Another note which will make you guys say “hallelujah” is that there are plenty of food places open all night for those alcohol fueled cravings. The most popular was probably Burger King, I guess because its something we all know, but if you want to get some late night potatas bravas or some nachos, there are restaurants which serve those too at 3am.
Tips for your trip: Bring plenty of ibuprofen for those morning hangovers (the cheapness of the alcohol can be tempting to over-indulge, and you’re on holiday, why shouldn’t you!), in april it can get a bit chilly at night so pack a hoodie, bring like minded people you know you’re going to have fun with. Nothing kills a holiday like realising your friends aren’t as fun as you thought they were once you’re already out of the country!
Flights at the moment cost around £26 with Ryanair so get booking! https://www.google.com/search?q=london+to+salou&oq=london+to+salou&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.3912j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Consider Salou for your next trip! Signing off for now, the CBH xxx