Monday, December 21, 2009

Salou

Salou is a tourist and residential city that has consolidated its capital role as the leisure and service centre of the Costa Dorada through the diversity of its offer and the quality and quantity of its tourism facilities.

With this, on the hand, it presents itself as a holiday destination and reference point, concentrating the majority of the basic tourism industry infrastructure in the Tarragona region. Salou is home to the amazing theme park Port Aventura which attracts millions of holiday makers to this area.

The Festival Village Apartments is situated in Cap Salou just on the edge of Salou but with easy access right in to Salou either by public transport, or leisurely walking.

The Costa Dorada offers good temperatures; safe, orderly shallow beaches offering all services and equipment; hidden coves of great natural and scenic interest; an urban design plan that gives centre stage to green spaces, plants, design and the architecture of the landscape; points of historical, architectural and monumental interest; a varied entertainment and leisure on offer; and quality facilities have all helped to run Salou into the “Capital of the Costa Daurada” and to earn the top rating for a family holiday destination in Catalunya.

The main stretch of beach in Salou is 3 km long making it ideal for sunbathing and swimming in the shallow waters of the Mediterranean. For the more adventurous journey, try the water sports on offer such as water skiing or jet skiing.The promenade runs alongside the beach making it an ideal walk, especially at dusk to watch the fantastic sunsets, and fountain show of an evening with music and lights

On the promenade you can see a statue of king Jaime I, from the 16th Century. Another relic of the area is the Torre Vella, a building which is located just behind the railway station, and helped Salou to be safe from the Turkish pirates and is now used as a museum or weddings.
The main shopping area of Salou is at the far end of the promenade and is where you will find the Avenida Andorra. Around here you will find shops open in the day and most evenings.


Out of all the apartments in Salou, the Festival village offers you a fantastic location to explore the area of Salou and the Costa Dorada along with been the only apartments also offer you all inclusive, making it the ideal destination for families.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Reus from the Festival Village Salou


Reus is an example of a medium sized Catalan town with a clear Mediterranean influence, located at 100 km from Barcelona and 8 km from the beaches of the Costa Dorada, and 20-25 minutes journey from the Festival Village Aparments in Salou. Today it is a major shopping and cultural centre for southern Catalonia.

Reus is also home to the local airport for Salou and the Costa Dorada just 20 minutes away from the Festival Village Aparments in Salou.

The world famous architect Antoni Gaudi was born in Reus on 25th June 1852, it was here that the future architect grew up, made friends and received his early education before leaving for Barcelona. Some of his closest associates were also from his home town, including the architects Joan Rubio I Bellver, Domenech Sugranyes and Francesc Berenguer, as well as several of his future clients.

On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Antoni Gaudi, the itinerary “Gaudi’s Reus” was created, a sentimental journey to find out about Antoni Gaudi’s life and his links to his town. The town still recalls the places the young Gaudi frequented during the sixteen years he lived here, as well as on his later visits: the house where he was born, the church where he was christened, the school he attended, the place where he met up with friends and associates.

We also recommend that you visit the exhibition “Gaudi’s Reus” at the Salvador Vilaseca local museum. This presents Gaudi’s background and family, and helps visitors to find out about some of the most significant sides to this personality and view of the world, as well as his links to Reus throughout his life.

The arrival of Lluis Domenech i Montaner, the other great architect of the time, marked the beginning of Reus brilliant modernist period. He was in charge of the building project which was to create the Pere Mata psychiatric institute, begun in 1898.

The Reus modernist Trail was created to help to find out about this modernist heritage. It is a pleasant stroll through the centre of Reus, where there is a wide range of shopping and leisure facilities on offer. The route is especially signposted and the buildings are identified with plaques, so that you can discover the town’s finest modernist sights.

Cap Salou and the Festival Village Salou is the ideal family base for a fantastic holiday to explore the means and facilities the Costa Dorada has to offer with a huge range of history.

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