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Salou Holidays – Best Family Apartments, Hotels and Campsites in Salou

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From self catering apartments to luxury 5-star hotels, I’ve hand picked apartments, hotels and campsites for the best Salou holidays for families.

Literally translating as ‘The Golden Coast’, Spain’s Costa Dorada covers 216km of coastline south of Barcelona. This stretch of the Mediterranean certainly lives up to its name, boasting an abundance of beautiful sandy beaches, many of which have been awarded Blue Flags for cleanliness and safety. However, it would be a mistake to assume Salou holidays are only about beaches, there is a lot more on offer in this region than may initially meet the eye.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Salou holidays – Which resort to choose

Cambrils port near Salou
Cambrils

Let’s begin with the resorts. The lively resort of Salou boasts a palm tree-lined promenade that divides the golden sandy beach of Playa Levante from the many restaurants, shops, and great value accommodations in the town. If you like lively holiday resorts, there is a host of family-friendly bars and restaurants to choose from.
 

 

 
The beach has lots of fancy sun bed offerings and an inflatable water park for kids. The fountain displays on the promenade are also a big hit at night-time for all the family. So although very lively, Salou has a family atmosphere throughout. 

As well as the main resort of Salou, there are neighbouring resorts that would suit families looking for quieter more relaxed Salou holidays. A few kilometres from Salou you will find La Pineda. Although smaller and quieter, La Pineda has plenty of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. This is a popular location for families on the lookout for a quieter base within easy proximity to Salou. Notably, La Pineda also offers quite a few properties with two-bedroom apartments.
 

 

 
The port town of Cambrils is the perfect choice for families looking for more upmarket Salou holidays in pretty relaxed surroundings. Originally an old fishing village, Cambrils is now a well-established resort which has maintained its typical Spanish character, with an array of narrow cobbled streets and picturesque squares.

restaurants in Cambrils
Cambrils

Cambrils is only 7km or 10 minutes by bus from Salou, but feels world’s apart. The beachfront is lined with cafes and bars, perfect for a evening cocktail, and there is a wide choice of top dining options. From tapas bars to Michelin star restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice in Cambrils.
 

 

 

Things to do in Salou 

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The Costa Dorada has a universal appeal, with something for everyone. One of Europe’s best city break destinations, Barcelona is just an hour from Salou, and it is city that appeals to adults and children alike. 

Read: Where to stay in Barcelona and the top things to do
 

 

 
Culture vultures will love the town of Tarragona. It has medieval centre packed with Roman ruins, including a seaside amphitheatre and a stunning cathedral. Luke and Alex enjoyed exploring the ancient ruins and I couldn’t help stopping constantly to take pictures, Tarragona is an Instagrammers dream! 
 

 

 
There is a gorgeous old square with lots of tapas bars, which are ideal for lunch, and a local train will take you around if you don’t fancy walking. It stops at all the highlights and I would definitely recommend it if you plan on spending the day here. 

Taragona near Salou
Tarragona

Golf enthusiasts can take their pick from the seven courses on offer in the Costa Dorada, while wine connoisseurs can book a tour to one of the many wineries (or wine cathedrals as they are known in the area).
 

 

 
However, the main draw for family Salou holidays is PortAventura and FerrariLand, which together make one of Europe’s largest theme parks. We enjoyed a fabulous weekend there and I loved the variety of rides available for children of all ages. 

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit PortAventura

Read: The best tickets to buy for PortAventura

PortAventura is one of the main attractions for Salou holidays
Caribe waterpark

Reus Airport, which is located just 20 – 30 minutes transfer from each of the main resorts, can be accessed from Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airport. The combination of a short flight and short transfers help make Salou holidays one of the most popular family holiday destinations from Ireland.
 

 

 
With an endless choice of accommodation in the region, let me save you time searching by offering you my top picks for Salou holidays, with a selection of apartments, hotels, and campsites in Salou and the surrounding area.
 

 

 

Best family apartments in Salou 

4-Star H10 Mediterranean Village, Salou

H10 Mediterranan Village best family apartments in Salou

One of my favourite chain of family hotels across mainland Spain and the Spanish islands, H10 properties will not disappoint. Located on the outskirts of Salou, this village style aparthotel offers hotel rooms, one- and two bedroom apartments to cater for all family and group sizes.
 

 

 
At the H10 Mediterranean Village you will find a full entertainment programme for children divided into three age categories, with activities also included for teenagers. The main focal point is the large swimming pool which hosts a pirate boat, slides, and waterjets.

Be sure to check out the half board supplement to include breakfast and dinner in your stay, which can added on as little as €10 per person per night. This aparthotel can be booked independently or as a package holiday.

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4-Star Aquasplash Estival Resort, La Pineda

Estival Resort has free waterpark access

I am regularly asked about All Inclusive recommendations for a family, which can often be difficult to find if you have more than two children (unless you take separate rooms). At Aquasplash Estival Resort in La Pineda, you will find both one and two bedroom Apartments on an All-Inclusive basis, with the bonus of getting unlimited entry to the Aquopolis waterpark, located a 10-minute walk from the resort.
 

 

 
Aquapolis boasts the Kamikaze, Boomerang, and the Black-Hole, by the names alone I presume these waterslides don’t need further description! But for younger children or those less adventurous, there is an endless choice of more moderate and gentle slides. Back at the Estival Resort you won’t be short of entertainment either, as they provide a kids club, evening shows, mini
disco, and lots of daytime activities.
 

 

 
On an All-Inclusive Basis, you can choose from three buffet restaurants and two snack bars. This is ideal for families that want a fully inclusive holiday with very little spending money to budget for after you book. Note to gain free waterpark access you need to book this as a package holiday, with flights and transfers included.

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4-Star Golden Avenida Suites, Salou

Golden Avenida Suites, Salou

For a family looking to stay close to the action in Salou, the Golden Avenida is a great choice. The one and two-bedroom air-conditioned suites with kitchenette are modern and spacious, with the largest sleeping up to six.

At Golden Avenida Suites you’ll find both an indoor and outdoor pool in addition to a splash pool where kids are sure to get hours of fun from the slides, mini-flumes, and tipping bucket.
 

 

 
The animation team are on hand to offer a range of activities during your stay and with PortAventura only 2km from the property, there are certainly plenty of options to keep the whole family entertained. This aparthotel can be booked independently or as a package holiday.

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4-Star Pineda Park

salou holidays at La Pineda

Located just five minutes walk the beach, these spacious two-bedroom apartments are a great choice for relaxed Salou holidays. As well as an adults and children’s pool, there is an outdoor terrace that offers evening entertainment. There is also a games room with pool table and mini discos for children.
 

 

 
Port Aventura is only 5km away and the popular waterpark Aquapolis is within walking distance. The Pineda Park apartments are highly rated on TripAdvisor, have many repeat guests, and are ideal for families who want all the advantages of Salou holidays, with a more low key vibe. These apartments can be booked independently or as a package holiday.

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4-Star Dorada Palace

kids entertainment at dorada palace apartments

As well as being just 800 metres from the Levante Beach, and five minutes walk from the town centre, you can actually see the rollercoasters at PortAventura from the roof terrace at Dorada Palace.
 

 

 
There is an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as a children’s pool, and an entertainment program operates during summer holidays. There is a choice of room types from hotel rooms to apartments, as well as a choice of board options including self catering, half board and full board. This is a good value choice for family holidays in Salou.

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3-Star Cye Holiday Centre, Salou

low cost family holidays in Salou

Cye Holiday Centre offer a popular choice for central, low-cost accommodation in Salou, located just five minutes’ walk from the beach. These three-star self-catering one- and two-bedroom apartments are a great base for your family to enjoy everything this region of Spain has to offer.
 

 

 
During high season, the entertainment team offer a schedule of activities both during the day and night for adults and children. These include water polo, volleyball and tai-chi classes for daytime entertainment, as well as a range of shows in the evening. Within a few minutes’ walk you will be spoiled for choice for bars and restaurants in Salou.

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Family hotels in Salou

4-Star H10 Salauris Palace, Salou

family hotels in Salou - H10 Salauris Palace

Consistently one of the best reviewed hotels in Salou on TripAdvisor, H10 Salauris Palace is the perfect option for families on the lookout for a good four-star hotel in a central location. Just an 800-metre walk will take you to the centre of Salou and Levante Beach where you will find an abundance of bars and restaurants to choose from. In saying that, it is worth checking out the half board option at the Salauris Palace as it can be quite reasonable to consider including in your rate.
 

 

 
The main feature at this property is the impressive large swimming pool with waterfall and jacuzzi. Live music and dance acts will keep you entertained throughout the evening. If you prefer something a little more relaxing, head to the adult only terrace on the 6th Floor where you will find sun loungers and jacuzzi. This hotel can be booked independently or as a package holiday.

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4-Star Sol Port Cambrils Hotel, Cambrils

hotels in Cambrils for families - Sol Port Cambrils Hotel

Within a five-minute walk of the Sol Port Cambrils Hotel, you will reach the beach, marina, and an abundance of great restaurants that this quaint resort has to offer. Rooms are a generous size, particularly the Junior Suites which boast two sun terraces, and they also offer guaranteed interconnecting rooms sleeping two adults and up to four children.
 

 

 
Half board is particularly well reviewed with the regular themed nights at Tosca Buffet Restaurant offering plenty of variety to choose from. Live music and entertainment are also a regular feature at Sol Port Cambrils.

This hotel is surprisingly a great value option considering the standard of accommodation. If you still need convincing, Sol Port Cambrils is one of the highest rating hotels in Cambrils on TripAdvisor.

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5-Star PortAventura Mansión de Lucy

family at Portaventura

For many families, PortAventura is the deciding factor in choosing Salou for a summer holiday. Each of the PortAventura hotels have an individual theme and offer a range of benefits including unlimited entry to PortAventura Park, one day access to Ferrari Land and discounts to Caribe Aquatic Park.
 

 

 
In my opinion, the most impressive of these hotels is Mansión de Lucy with its Far West theme and Victorian-style rooms. In addition to the amenities available at Mansión de Lucy, you also have access to all facilities at Hotel Golden River. If you opt for half board, your evening meal can either be eaten at the hotel or in select restaurants in the park.
 

 

 
A stay at a Port Aventura hotel is a perfect choice for a theme park junkie. You can pop into the parks during the evening time and enjoy the fabulous fire work displays – something that may tend to overlook during their visit. Other Port Aventura Hotels are Gold River, Hotel Caribe, Hotel El Paso, Colorado Creek and Hotel Port Aventura.

Read: My review of PortAventura World

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Best family campsites near Salou

Sanguli

Sanguli campsite in Salou

Open from Easter right through to the Halloween break, it’s not difficult to see why Sanguli is a firm family favourite. The  location – a short distance from Salou and within a few minutes’ walk from the beach, are the secondary advantages when compared to the wealth of facilities available on site.
 

 

 
The five themed pools will leave you spoiled for choice, with waterslides to suit children of all ages. During peak season there is an endless timetable of activities, shows and entertainment arranged throughout the day. Sanguli is renowned for their incredible night-time shows at the parks very own Amphitheatre.

With bars, supermarkets, restaurants, and a sport complex onsite, you will find little reason for your family to leave Sanguli.

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Cambrils Park

Cambrils Park near Salou

There can’t be too many Irish families that haven’t heard of Cambrils Park by now. Although the park is considered a ‘campsite’, the bungalow style accommodation at Cambrils Park is a great alternative for those not keen on a mobile home. Accommodation aside, Cambrils Park offers an incredible array of facilities to rival the best family campsites in Europe..
 

 

 
The main talking point is the choice of four spectacular pool areas with waterslides, lagoons, and children / toddler pools, impressively complete with elephants, a pirate ship, and a lighthouse.
 

 

 
There is no shortage of both land and water-based activities scheduled throughout the day for children, teenagers, and adults. For the sports fanatic, there’s tennis, football, mini golf, trampolining, and basketball, just to name a few. The entertainment continues into the evening with a full programme of nightly shows. 

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Playa Montroig

Playa Montroig campsite near Salou

Direct access to a stunning sandy beach and an impressive schedule of activities make for a winning combination at Playa Montroig. Although car rental is recommended at this park, it is certainly not a necessity, particularly if you are intending of availing of everything Playa Montroig has to offer.
 

 

 
The jam pack day and evening entertainment program is sure to keep the whole family occupied. That’s if you can tear the kids away from the pool complex with the choice of four pools and six water slides.
 

 

 
For those evenings you don’t fancy lighting up the barbeque, the park offers two restaurants and a takeaway. From feedback on this park, the prices are very reasonable for both the restaurants and supermarket. If you want a change of scenery, the bus to Cambrils stops right outside the park and will take you there for just a few euro.

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Camping La Siesta

 Camping La Siesta pool, Salou

Camping La Siesta is an ideal choice if you want to stay in Salou but want a quiet area to relax at the same time. In fact although it is only five minutes walk from the promenade you would think you were miles away. It is like an oasis in the middle of a busy resort.
 

 

 
Don’t get me wrong, the pool area is busy, but you can enjoy a quiet time at your bungalow if you feel like it. We stayed in the Caribe bungalows. They are modern, brightly furnished and come with a huge BBQ, sun loungers and the biggest hit of all – a hammock! We all loved the hammock and it was the first thing my kids did when they got up in the morning and when they came back from the pool.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The swimming pools are busy, but great for children. There is a splash park for small children and a great choice of slides in the main pool which we all enjoyed. There is a regular day and evening entertainment program here too, so it is ideal for families who are looking for a lively atmosphere.

Read: My family holiday in Salou
 

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Vilanova Park, i la Geltrú

Vilanova campsite

During peak season months when the prices for the popular campsites close to Salou are at a premium, I would suggest having a look at Vilanova Park in Vilanova i la Geltrú. The rates are very reasonable, and the location is ideal for exploring all this area has to offer. You can reach Barcelona, Salou, Port Aventura and Sitges each by either bus or train.
 

 

 
However, I am not suggesting choosing this park only on this basis, Villanova holds its own when it comes to onsite amenities. You’ll find pools, kid’s clubs, night-time entertainment, a wellness centre and a multi sports pitch, just to name a few. This combined with a bar, restaurant, take away and supermarket, ensures that you have everything you need for a great family holiday on your doorstep.

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I hope you enjoyed my travel guide on Salou and that it helps you when planning family Salou holidays. While every effort is made to ensure that accommodation services and facilities are accurate, they are subject to change. Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a commission if a booking is made but at no additional cost to you.

 

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Top 10 Family Holiday Deals In July – 2ad & 2ch From €1648!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, who have some amazing family holiday deals in July. Here are my top ten picks!

 

***UPDATE – USE PROMOCODE HOLIDAY100 AND SAVE A FURTHER €100 OFF ALL OF THESE PRICES***

 

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in July, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘EDIT SEARCH’, once you click on the links below.


 

Salou: Villa Dorada, All Inclusive, €2384!

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

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While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

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Lanzarote: All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach, €3072 ex Shannon; €3194 ex Dublin

Lanzarote has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years, in fact it is constantly voted best sun destination at the Irish Travel Trade Awards. You can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options. I have chosen an All-Inclusive resort but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

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Formerly known as the Holiday Village, the TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach is super family complex with kids clubs for children, teenagers and even babies. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.

Click here for more details: €3072 ex Shannon

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Tenerife: All Inclusive, Splashworld, Villa Mandi & Siam Park, €3454

One of the main reasons families flock to Tenerife each year is to visit one of the world’s best water parks – Siam Park. There is a wide choice of slides here for kids of all ages. The Tower of Power and The Dragon will keep adrenaline junkies happy, while the Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, are great for all the family. Younger kids will love the Lost City – a fortress teeming with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and 9 slides!

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This popular All-Inclusive resort offers free access to one of the world’s best waterparks, Siam Park, throughout your stay. Located off the beaten track, you can enjoy some quiet time but are also within easy reach of the lively Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. This large complex resembles a Mediterranean village and comes with four swimming pools, two playgrounds, a kids club and plenty of activities for adults and children, including a football pitch and live music shows.  The beauty of staying here is that not only are all meals and drinks included, but you have added advantage of staying in a 2 bedroom apartment, and not a small hotel room. Of course you also have free access to Siam Park which is accessible by a free shuttle bus. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is sure to please an active family.

 

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Majorca:  Self Catering Mariners Club Apartments, €1861

Majorca is very popular with families. With short flying times and family friendly resorts, it’s not surprising Irish holidaymakers flock here during the Summer months. The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

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Majorca: All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €3008

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

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Costa del Sol: All Inclusive, Globales Cortijo Blanco from €2300 ex Cork, €3095 ex Dublin

TUI have a wide range of holiday options along the Costa del Sol and Marbella is one of their most popular resorts. The beautiful old town of Marbella is full of shops bars and restaurants and you are also close to the stylish marina in Puerto Banus, if you fancy a change of scene.

The Globales Cortijo Blanco’s white washed exterior has a villa style appearance, with pretty courtyards and plenty of family friendly facilities on site. There are three main swimming pools, two childrens pools, a brand new outdoor play-zone, daytime entertainment programme, mini discos and a large open-air entertainment stage for evening shows. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and a shuttle bus ride from Puerto Banus (free of charge), this is a great value property, with all meals and drinks included

Click here for more details: €2300 ex Cork

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Algarve: Self Catering Alvorferrias Apartments, €2144 

One of my favourite family friendly resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvorferrias have been welcoming Irish holiday makers for many years. Although basic, they are ideal for families looking for good value accommodation within walking distance to the pretty resort of Alvor and the beach. The on-site facilities include a kids club, two swimming pools and an à la carte restaurant.

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Algarve: All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia, €3389

The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

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Lake Garda: 4* Poiano Hotel, Half Board, €2982

Lake Garda is becoming more and more popular with families. Not only is it visually beautiful, but there are many activities on the lake for families to enjoy. Gardaland theme park is  also close by which is a great day out for all the family.

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The Poiano Hotel is a great choice for a family holiday. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa as well with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away. You will be staying in a junior suite which has lake view and balcony, with breakfast and evening meal included each day.

 

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Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village Apartments, €1968

I brought my children to Corfu a few years ago and stayed in this very resort! The scenery, laid back pace, low cost of living and superb restaurants, make a winning combination. So if you are looking to try something different this year, Corfu might just be it!

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Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, the Loulas Village has been receiving Irish holidaymakers for many years. Kostos will be sure to give you a warm welcome and make you enjoy this laid back, family run apartment complex. Ideally located with some excellent restaurants and bars close by, this is a family property with traditional Greek charm.

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I hope one of these family holiday deals will suit you. However if you need to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, just click on EDIT SEARCH’ on the TUI website and change your requirements there.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 12th April, but are subject to change. This family holiday deals post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

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My Top Picks For Family Holidays This Summer – 2ad & 2ch from €1599!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to bring you my top picks for family holidays from their 2018 January sale.

 

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. And that’s not all, you only need a deposit of €75 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in June, July and August, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’, once you click on the links below.


 

Best in Salou 

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

3* Villa Dorada, All Inclusive from €1998!

While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

Click here for 15th June: €1998

Click here for 27th July €2257

Click here for 17th August €2099

 

Best in the Canary Islands

Whether you choose Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, or Tenerife, you can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options.  I have chosen two All Inclusive resorts but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

Lanzarote, All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach from €2695

Formerly known as the Holiday Village this super family complex has kids clubs for children, teenagers and even has a baby club. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.

Click here for 7th June €2695

Click here for 30th July €2833

Click here for 13th August €2848 

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Tenerife, All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Villa Mandi & Siam Park from €2629

Another excellent All Inclusive resort, the Villa Mandi offers free access to Siam Park, one of the world’s best water parks, throughout your stay. This pretty complex is like a Mediterranean village with four swimming pools, kids clubs and plenty of sports activities on site.

Click here for 8th June €2629

Click here for 20th July €3060

Click here for 17th August €2913

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Best in Majorca

The north of Majorca is very popular with families and TUI have a wide choice of accommodation to choose from. I have selected two properties, an All Inclusive property with a water park on site, and a quieter self-catering option with family friendly facilities.

Self Catering, 3* Mariners Club Apartments from €1619

The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

Click here for 12th June €1753

Click here for 18th July €1831

Click here for 10th August €1619

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All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €2489

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

Click here for 13th June €2489

Click here for 17th July €2698

Click here for 14th August €2689

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Best in Costa del Sol

All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Globales Playa Estepona from €2632

TUI have some excellent All Inclusive options in the Costa del Sol, I have chosen the highly rated Globales Playa Estepona. This four star property has a brand new water park, numerous sports activities, kids club, day and night time entertainment and even has its own beach club restaurant. The hotel is situated close to glitzy Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre.

Click here for 29th July €2699

Click here for 19th August €2632

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Best in the Algarve

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two properties, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira and an All Inclusive property in the pretty village of Alvor.

Self-Catering, 4* Cerro Mar Garden from €1777

Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation, without entertainment programmes or pool games.  Highly rated on tripadvisor there is a spa, gym and whirlpool on site as well as some sports activities and a children’s pool.

Click here for 10th June €1777

Click here for 29th July €2075

Click here for 19th August €2040

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All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia from €2798

One of my favourite resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

Click here for 17th June €2798

Click here for 22nd July €2944

Click here for 12th August €3027

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Best in Greece

I brought my children to Corfu and Zakynthos and loved them both! The scenery, laid back pace and excellent value for money, makes Greece an ideal alternative if you want to try something different this year. From self-catering to All Inclusive resorts, TUI offer both in abundance. Here are my top picks.

Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village from €1619

Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, the Loulas Village has been receiving Irish holidaymakers for many years. Kostos will be sure to give you a warm welcome and make you enjoy this laid back, family run apartment complex. Ideally located with some excellent restaurants and bars close by, this is a family property with traditional Greek charm.

Click here for 8th June €1619

Click here for 27th July €1799

Click here for 17th August €1699

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Corfu, All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3*+ Aqualand Village from €2639

For families looking for some adventure, the highly rated Aqualand Village won’t disappoint. With a waterpark on site and an afternoon and evening entertainment programme, the kids will be spoiled for choice!

Click here for 8th June €2639

Click here for 27th July €3284

Click here for 17th August €3063

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Kos, Self-Catering, 3* Mayflower apartments from €1597

These family run apartments are situated in the pretty resort of Tingaki. Highly rated on tripadvisor they are the perfect choice for families who are looking for a relaxing Greek holiday, but within easy reach of Kos town.

Click here for 2nd June €1597

Click here for 28th July €1772

Click here for 11th August €1730

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Zakynthos, All Inclusive 4* Alykanas Beach Village from €2878

This highly rated All Inclusive resort has a small splash park for young children, kids clubs and a great entertainment programme for everyone. There is also a quiet, adults only pool beside the beach if you fancy some quiet time! (I spent many afternoons there)! Visit Shipwreck Beach or swim with the turtles, Zakynthos is a beautiful island with lots to do for all the family.

Click here for 12th June €2878

Click here for 24th July €3266

Click here for 14th August €3125

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I hope you enjoyed my top picks for family holidays and that you found something to suit you. Remember you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’ once you click on the links above.

 

All prices are correct at the date of issue , 12th of January, but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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My Family Holiday in Salou

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My family holiday in Salou thought me that there is a more to this sunshine resort than beautiful beaches and busy bars. Check out my review.

Busy built up resorts are not really my style, in fact normally I run a mile from them. However I really wanted to visit PortAventura and I had heard so many promising things about the Costa Dorada in general, that I thought I would go and see for myself what it was really like. We had an action packed four days and thankfully managed to see most of the highlights during our family holiday in Salou.

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Salou was pretty much as I expected, built up and busy! To be fair, the tree lined boulevard is impressive and spotless. The beach is also superb with lots of fancy sun bed offerings and an inflatable water park for kids. The fountain displays on the promenade are also a big hit at night-time for all the family. So although very lively, Salou has a nice happy atmosphere throughout. There are some excellent shops too and prices are very reasonable.
 

 


 
A family holiday in Salou is popular with Spanish holiday makers too who come from Barcelona and neighbouring cities, so there is a good mix of local and international shops to choose from. Similarly with dining options, don’t be put off by the rows of fast food outlets along the main road, if you walk along the promenade down by the area known as ‘The Rocks” there are some nice restaurants and bars to choose from.
 

 

 
Look out for the pointed metal sculpture that resembles a ship’s sail (its called Els Pilons) and you will not only find lots of tapas bars but also some great cocktail bars to watch the sunset. We ate in Bamboo, a typical family restaurant but the pizzas were great (€11.90) and the kids menu is only €6.90!

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Things to do on family holiday in Salou:

One of the best things about holidaying in Salou is that there is so much to see and do in the surrounding area. If you find Salou is too busy for you, there are numerous quieter resorts dotted along the coast, that are easily accessible. Cambrils is only 7km away or 10 minutes by bus, and this is definitely worth a visit, especially during the evening time.
 

 

 
The beachfront is lined with cafes and bars, perfect for a evening cocktail and there is a wide choice of top dining options. From tapas bars to Michelin star restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice in Cambrils. We ate in Meat Market, a good choice if you fancy a steak. They offer a choice of meats which are cooked on the stone and they even have fillet steak on the kids menu.

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We also took the bus to nearby Tarragona, and this was a real treat. Walking down from the bus stop we came across the Monumento a los Castellers, which is a sculpture of the human pyramid, a famous Spanish tradition that has been celebrated since the 18th century.
 

 

 
The Concurs de Castell festival takes place in Tarragona every two years. Thirty two teams (including children from 5 years of age) climb on top of each other to make the tallest human pyramid. It must be a fantastic sight to see! We had to settle for the sculpture instead!


 

 

 
Tarragona has a medieval centre packed with Roman ruins, including a seaside amphitheatre and a stunning cathedral. The kids enjoyed exploring the ancient ruins and I couldn’t help stopping constantly to take pictures, Tarragona is Instagram heaven!
 

 

 
We came across an old square where locals spilled out into the centre, enjoying lunch time tapas, we simply had to join in 🙂 There is a local train that you can take if you don’t fancy walking. It stops at all the high lights and I would definitely recommend it if you plan on spending the day here.

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PortAventura World is the other reason why a family holiday in Salou is a popular choice. There are now three parks, PortAventura, Caribe Aquatic Park and Ferrari Land. We spent two full days here and actually I would recommend three if you have the time. It is a great theme park that offers a fantastic variety of rides and shows for children of all ages.
 

 

 
Don’t miss the fireworks and parade at night time! If you are planning a visit buy your tickets in advance from Attraction Tickets Direct. Not only are they cheaper but you may get 2 days for the price of 1 or free access to the water park or Ferrari Land. Read my review on PortAventura World before you go.

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Depending on how much time you have you can also pay a visit to Barcelona, it is only an hour by train from Salou. It is a great city to ramble around as well as being home to some of Europe’s most visited attractions.
 

 

 
Enjoy some tasty tapas and watch the local street artists perform on the Ramblas, take a tour of the Nou Camp, Barcelona’s football stadium, or visit the famous Sagrada Familia. There is so much to see and do in Barcelona, you will need to plan your day in advance!

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Family holiday in Salou – where to stay:

Cambrils was where I originally wanted to stay. However I found it lacks a choice of good quality family apartments. For those screaming at me right now, I know Cambrils Park is a great family resort but it is enormous and personally I prefer a smaller complex.
 

 

 
You also need to book it a year in advance, and I’m never that organised! We decided to mix things up a bit and stay two nights in Camping La Siesta in Salou and two nights in the Gold River hotel (one of the PortAventura hotel’s) and check out the benefits of both.
 

 

 
Camping La Siesta is an ideal choice if you want to stay in Salou but want a quiet area to relax at the same time. In fact although it is only five minutes walk from the promenade you would think you were miles away. It is like an oasis in the middle of a busy resort.

Don’t get me wrong, the pool area is busy but you can enjoy a quiet time at your bungalow if you feel like it. We stayed in the Caribe bungalows and I was really impressed. They are modern, brightly furnished and come with a huge BBQ, sun loungers and the biggest hit of all – a hammock!
 

 

 
We all loved the hammock and it was the first thing my kids did when they got up in the morning and when they came back from the pool. Luckily they could both fit into it as there would have been murder otherwise!


 

 

 
The swimming pools are great for children, there is a splash park for small children and a great choice of slides in the main pool which we all enjoyed. There is a regular day and evening entertainment program here too so it is ideal for families who are looking for a lively atmosphere. We booked it through Sunway Holidays who offer a wide range of  family holidays in Salou.

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We also spent two days at one of the PortAventura hotels, the Gold River. The reason we moved hotels was because I was reviewing PortAventura World so I want to get the most out of our time at the park.

The Gold River is a great choice if you want to stay at the park. The family rooms are really spacious and come with a kitchenette. The Wild West theme was a big hit with my kids as they spent lots of time climbing in and out of props that were lying around!

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We were staying on a half board basis but never ate in the buffet restaurant at all (I’m not a fan of buffets!). Their dine around system means you can eat in any of the restaurants in the park (you need to prebook at reception) and use your dining credit. There may be a supplement to pay depending on which restaurant you choose.
 

 

 
We ate in the Gold River’s own a la carte restaurant, Opera. It has a lovely outdoor seating area which is beside the main square so we could relax and enjoy our meal while the kids played happily. The kids disco is on here too and the kids loved the dance lessons to Despacito!

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The main reason for staying in a PortAventura hotel is to have unlimited access to the park and being only a few minutes walk proved a God send. We were able to come and go as we pleased which was particularly good at night time. There are little or no queues during the evening. We were able to see the parade and fireworks display and then walk back to our hotel afterwards. 

Read: My review on PortAventura World.


 

 

 
My overall feeling about the Costa Dorada in general is that it is a superb family holiday destination. Salou is busy, built up and not pretty but it has so much to offer for families.

The neighbouring resorts of Cambrils and La Pineda are more relaxed if that suits your style. You will find some of Spain’s best beaches, fascinating cities and one of Europe’s largest theme parks on your door step. What more could you want?

 


 

 

 

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