FEATURED HOTELS - COSTA DORADA, SPAIN
a seaside resort and tourist center, about 10 km from Tarragona on the
Costa Dorada, Spain. Aside from its string of beaches interrupted by rocky
coves, and its landscaped promenade, one of its main attractions is the
Aventura complex, a large theme park.
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The Augustus Hotel is a
seafront resort property situated directly on the beach overlooking the
promenade in the resort of Salou on the Costa Dorada. It is five kilometres
from Cambrils and 10 kilometres from Port Aventura. Amenities at this family-friendly
hotel include a swimming pool for adults, with a separate pool for children
and a sun terrace. Drinks are available from the poolside bar, and kids
can be kept amused at the kids' club. There is also an entertainment
programme, musical shows, dances and folklore evenings, and a TV room with
a large satellite television and video screenings. The Augustus Hotel
has a modern restaurant serving buffet-style Mediterranean and international
dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Children can enjoy the playground,
and other activities include billiards and video games. Augustus Hotel
offers 340 air-conditioned guestrooms, located on five floors, which have
simple, modern decor with tiled floors and wooden furnishings.
Cala Font, Salou
The Hotel Cala Font is housed
in an eight-storey tower block overlooking a bay with a sandy beach, and
is located three kilometres from the centre of the resort town of Salou.
The hotel offers an outdoor pool with a bar, as well as a dedicated children's
pool. Guests can unwind in the jetted tub. A kids' club and a children's
playground will keep younger guests entertained. In the evenings,
guests can unwind over drinks in the hotel bar or play pool in the games
room. Diners can head for the Cala Font restaurant, which serves a buffet
of international dishes and Spanish specialities. Those arriving by car
will find garage-parking facilities on site. The Port Aventura theme park
is six kilometres from the hotel, and the Modern Art Museum is ten kilometres
away. The 312 guestrooms feature light decor, brightly patterned
fabrics and sliding glass doors leading to balconies.
The Hotel President is located
in Salou, Spain, 70 metres from the beach. The railway station in the centre
of town is 200 metres away. Port Aventura theme park is three kilometres.
Designed in a contemporary style with a neutral colour scheme, the Hotel
President has a lounge with cream sofas, and a roof terrace area with large
hot tubs and a sauna. The hotel restaurant serves breakfast, lunch
and dinner. It offers a selection of international dishes. There is also
a ground-floor cafeteria with terrace area. Breakfast is complimentary,
and half-board rates are also available. Services include bicycle
hire and ticket- booking. A 24-hour room service is available. There is
also live music in the restaurant at weekends. The 56 air-conditioned
guestrooms all have balconies, some with views of the sea. Rooms have wooden
laminate floors and blue bedspreads with matching curtains.
I Hotel, Salou
The Jaime I Hotel is located
on the Costa Dorada, in the resort town of Salou, Spain, 300 metres from
the centre of Salou and 500 metres from the beach. The hotel is 2.5 kilometres
from the Port Aventura theme park, and the ancient town of Tarragona is
approximately 15 kilometres to the north. With a restaurant, shops,
a hair salon and five bars, including one by the pool, the Jaime I Hotel
is a self-contained modern resort. Facilities include indoor and outdoor
swimming pools, and a health club with a gym, squash court, sauna, spa
tub and Turkish bath. A splash pool and playground are provided for children,
and the kids' club offers supervised activities. A buffet-style complimentary
breakfast is served each morning, with lunch and dinner buffets available
later in the day. The beach, 500 metres away, offers opportunities for
boat hire, scuba diving and snorkelling. Activities available in
the local area include golf, tennis and horseback riding.
Paraisol, Holiday Apartment Complex, Salou
Set amid lush greenery,
the Jardines Paraisol is a modern property located within 500 metres of
the beach and Salou town centre, and ten kilometres from Reus. Guests can
enjoy a stroll through the hotel gardens and go for a cooling dip in the
hotel's outdoor pool, which comes complete with a waterfall and slides.
The hotel also offers a play area for children. Further practical amenities
include a multilingual staff on hand to exchange currency and offer tour
assistance. Sun worshippers can pend a day at the beach, next to
the hotel. Those with children can head to the Port Aventura fun park,
two kilometres away, which offers roller-coasters, rides and live entertainment.
The 59 modern apartments are decorated in light colours with patterned
fabrics and painted wood furnishings and open onto balconies.
Costa Daurada, Salou
The Sol Costa Daurada is
a modern resort situated in Salou on the Costa Dorada, 900 metres from
a beach and one kilometre from Port Aventura theme park. The hotel is close
to many of the areas main attractions; five kilometres away is the Aquopolis
aqua park, while Tarragona and its Roman ruins, shops and restaurants,
is 15 kilometres distant. The hotel's Restaurante Mediterraneo offers
Mediterranean buffet cuisine served in a cool ambience with modern furnishings.
Guests can swim in the indoor and outdoor pools, and there is a separate
children's pool, all within gardens, with ample terraces for sunbathing
and a poolside bar serving snacks. The spa centre is the place to unwind,
featuring an indoor pool, gymnasium, jetted tub, sauna, Turkish Bath, solarium
and a massage treatment room, while the Miniclub can keep kids out of trouble
with a range of activities.
Tourist Information by Gary Marshall
Salou is a family holiday
resort situated on the Costa Dorada, around 50 miles (80km) south-west
of Barcelona. The town's biggest draw is the main sandy beach, Playa Levante,
which is clean and well-maintained. It also boasts calm and shallow water
making it ideal for children. Playa Levante has excellent facilities including
lifeguards, snack bars, sun beds and a first aid post. Salou has several
other good beaches, most notably Playa de Poniente which borders the neighbouring
resort of Cambrils, and the pretty little Playa de Capellans which is overlooked
by cliffs. If you are into waterspouts there are plenty of choices available
at the marina, including scuba diving, water-skiing, windsurfing, jet-skiing
the beach runs a lovely seafront promenade, Passeig Jaume I, which is lined
with landscaped gardens, palm trees and flower beds. At one end of the
promenade is the Font Lluminosa, designed by Carles Buida. This beautiful
fountain is best viewed at night-time when it becomes the subject of a
spectacular light and water show. Halfway along the seafront is the Jaume
I monument, built in 1965, which celebrates this famous Catalan king who
set sail from Salou in 1229 on his voyage to recapture Mallorca from the
Another of Salou's important
landmarks is the 16th century watchtower of Torre Vella, which was built
to help protect this stretch of coastline from attacks by pirates. It now
houses a municipal museum and regular art exhibitions, while the tower's
gardens contain Adoma Puig's sculpture of the three maidens. For an insight
into the area's rural heritage, the Masia Catalana is worth visiting. This
is in fact a modern reproduction of a typical Catalan farmhouse, but one
that was built using traditional methods. Inside are exhibits which trace
the evolution of farming methods through the centuries.
Other notable attractions
in Salou include the Old Customs House and Harbour master's Office, both
impressive early 19th century buildings which have played an important
role in the town's maritime history. The church of Santa Maria del Mar
also has links with the sea, having been built in 1766 for use by sailors.
Inside the church are Josep Grau Garriga's contemporary-style baptistery
decorations which were painted in 1964.
For younger visitors the
nearby Port Aventura, regarded by many as one of the best theme parks in
Europe, is a must-visit. There is plenty here to keep thrill-seekers happy,
including the Dragon Khan rollercoaster and Grand Canyon Rapids, as well
as more gentle rides for small children. The park is based on the theme
of five worlds: Mexico, Far West, Mediterranean, Polynesia and China. Adjoining
Port Aventura is the Costa Caribe water park. There is also a small funfair
at the end of Passeig Jaume I with traditional rides such as the big wheel.
The nearest airport to Salou
is at Reus, around 9 miles (6km) away. Salou has a train station, with
regular services to Barcelona and Valencia. There are frequent bus services
from Salou to neighbouring Cambrils and Tarragona, with an infrequent service
to Reus Airport.
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