Salou is situated on the Costa Daurada, about 10km from Tarragona. With its many beaches and close location to Reus Airport it is the busiest tourist location on this Costa.
It was used as a port by Greeks and Romans (then called Salauris), and came to fame again in the thirteenth century when King James I used the port as his departure point to conquer the Balearic islands in 1229, thus creating the Kingdom of Majorca. In 1286 Alfons III of Aragon followed suit and also departed from this port to conquer Menorca, the last Muslim territory of the Balearic Islands.
Salou later became popular with pirates and privateers. As a result, the area became less inhabited and in 1530 the Archbishop of Tarragona, Pere Cardona, ordered the building of a defense tower, the Torre Vella or Old tower.
In 1766 the Santa Maria del Mar Church was consecrated and soon afterwards the road from Reus to Salou was constructed. Beach huts were authorized 1863 and the train station opened in 1865. The well known Reus-Salou Carrilet local train was inaugurated in 1887, bringing the first summer tourist to the town.
It is now a very busy resort with an attractive seafront. If you want ready access to beaches, watersports, lively nightlife and plenty of fast food, this could be the place for you. Port Aventura is on your doorstep.
If you prefer something quieter, perhaps try Cambrils, about 10 km away along the coast.
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