Historically, Salou has been known as a summer tourist destination, associated with the sun, the beach, and leisure. The capital of the Costa Daurada, however, has more to offer. This is being demonstrated by the latest actions carried out in the municipality, which seek to publicize the less notorious attractions of the city.
There are many claims that Salou has made to move towards a more sustainable tourism model and, above all, seasonally adjusted; and that progress has been one of the highest priorities of the current local government in recent years. Yesterday, the City Council carried out a route through the viewpoints of the coast. From the urban center to the municipal limit with Vila-Seca, the coast of Salou offers a natural Mediterranean landscape that we want to give value to.
The route started at the Town Hall. There, the attendees got on the Trenet Turístic, which took them to the Mirador dels Pilons, located at the beginning of the Camí de Ronda. The location of the viewpoint allows you to admire Platja de Llevant in its entirety, with the buildings of Passeig Jaume I in the foreground and views of the port.
Subsequently, the route entered the eastern sector of the municipality, starting with Platja Llarga, where the section of Mediterranean forest located immediately behind the sand stands out. This area of Salou, the most unknown, contrasts with the extensive downtown beaches. Here you can find cliffs and areas with dense vegetation that extends to the very shore.
Natural and historical value
The visit concluded at the eastern end of the municipality, at Cap de Salou. The area, possibly the most remote and virgin in the municipality, is home to hectares of dense forest. In it, the leafy vegetation coexists with a sandy surface, as if it were a beach, in a surprising contrast.
Entering the forest, and after following an ascending path, you reach the Mirador de la Talaia. In it you can find anti-aircraft batteries from the Spanish Civil War, as well as bunkers and machine gun nests. Its state of conservation is good, although it is necessary to carry out rehabilitation work so that it can be visited. These fortifications are surrounded by a privileged vegetal environment, and in a position from which you can admire an overwhelming view of the Mediterranean, La Pineda and Tarragona.
The mayor of Salou, Pere Granados, stated during the route that “Salou’s natural heritage is of great beauty and interest, and one of the many attractions of the municipality.” Granados assured that he was working to “make these spaces known, enable them and prepare them to be visited.” He also stated that the Camí de Ronda “will be completely finished at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2023”.