My first actual beach holiday wasn’t too long ago. Before 2012, I had been to Malta when I was two years old and Disneyland Paris three times but other than that, our family holidays had consisted of either camping trips or caravan holidays around the UK. Originally I had booked to go to Kavos with some friends of mine but to cut a long story short, they cancelled the holiday and I was pretty disappointed. That is until my partner as the time suggested we go away together… And that is how I ended up on my first official holiday to Salou back in 2012. Because it was my first actual holiday, Salou will always hold a little place in my heart and I bring to you my favourite parts of the holiday through The Salou Bucket List.
The main reason we went to Salou was for Portaventure. Being big kids at heart, we wanted a fun-filled holiday and a theme park was the way to go. We even stayed on site at the Portaventura Hotel. Now, my heart will always have the Disney parks at number one but Portaventura was a pretty amazing theme park. It seemed never ending with a different themed area around every corner and something for absolutely everyone. At the time, I hadn’t really been to many theme parks and was a little bit scared and not much of a thrill seeker. I know that if I went again now, I would enjoy it a hell of a lot more now that I’ve grown some balls but I still really enjoyed Portaventura.
A restaurant I saw on our first stroll to the beach front and for some reason took a shine to, wanting to visit all week. So on our last night, we have the most beautiful meal of the holiday with a stunning view of the sea. El Toro is famous for it’s steaks which I am ashamed to admit, I didn’t actually opt for, however, my chicken and ribs combo was to die for!
THE OBSTACLE COURSE AT AQUOPOLIS
I love a water park and Aquopolis was where it all began. Looking back, now I’ve been to Typhoon Lagoon and Siam Park among other great water parks, Aquopolis isn’t that special but it was my first experience and I loved it. One thing that made Aquopolis unique though is that as well as the slides, rides and lazy river which every water park in world has. Aquopolis had a water obstacle course which was incredibly fun and also the water zorbing balls which are both hilarious and exhausting. Although it may not be among the top water parks in the world, you’ll still enjoy a day out here.
DAY TRIP TO BARCELONA
Ok, going off the track of Salou a little bit here but just an hours journey away, why wouldn’t you want to visit this amazing city. We booked the Barcelona and Barcelona Zoo excursion which consisted of free time in the city centre during the morning and the zoo in the afternoon. It’s the perfect way to enjoy two different sides to your holiday. The relaxed, beach holiday in Salou and the cultural, exploring holiday in Barcelona.
HOUSE OF ILLUSION
An amazing magic and illusion show which you need to see. The end.
I have this weird obsession with fountains and water features. I have no idea why or where it came from but I love them. So when I found out their was an illuminated, dancing fountain in Salou. I had to go… And I was not disappointed.
RIDE AN ELECTRIC BIKE ALONG THE COAST
One of my favourite days was when we hired electric bikes and rode along the coast and beach front. Although Salou is mainly known as a popular British holidaymakers resort for it’s cheapness, it is also incredibly beautiful and this was a great day to take in the beautiful scenery of Costa Dorada.
ENJOY A SHIT SHOW AT CHAPLIN’S
Probably not your typical bucket list item but something you must do in Salou. With Salou and other popular destinations amongst British holidaymakers, you get a lot of tacky entertainment and Chaplin’s tops them all. Guaranteed to be the cheesiest and tackiest night of your holiday, Chaplin’s is a great place to have fun night out laughing at all the painfully, awful acts and enjoying dirt cheap drinks. A must for a typical British beach holiday.
Or as it is now known, Portaventura Cariba Aquatic Park which is a bit more of a mouthful. Portaventura’s Aqua park sister which is just as awesome as the theme park itself. Situated right next door, it’s hard to miss.
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