With the end of summer now on the horizon, many families will now be rushing to find a perfect late getaway and Spain is always a top consideration. The warm climate, excellent food and fantastic hospitality have made it a popular option for Britons over the years.

However, narrowing your options down to Spain still leaves you with some tough decisions to make. Do you take in the architecture and big-city feel of Barcelona, the tranquility of the Canaries or the beautiful Balearics?

We have another candidate: Salou. This mainland resort is close to a host of attractions and promises plenty of things to do for adults and children alike. Let’s take a look.

Enjoy a thrilling day out at Portaventura

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Portaventura is one of the leading theme parks in Europe and is only around 10 minutes away from the centre of Salou. It attracts around four million visitors a year and boasts a wide selection of rides for all of the family.

If you’re a thrill-seeker, you can look forward to the Dragon Khan and Shambhala rollercoasters, with the latter being the fastest in Europe, running at a maximum speed of 83 miles per hour. It also has the longest drop of any coaster across the continent.

However, there is much more to this park than thrill-rides, with a total of six worlds full of experiences to enjoy. For those wanting to cool off in the sun, there are water rides across the park as well, including the Grand Canyon Rapids and Silver River Flume attractions.

Finally, the little ones do not need to feel left out either, with low-intensity experiences such as Coco Piloto and Magic Fish being ideal for infants.

Take in some breathtaking beaches and the Illuminated Fountain

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It’s not just the kids who will love Salou, as there are plenty of fantastic attractions for adults. For example, you can put your feet up in style on the Llevant or Capellans beaches, where stunning views of the Mediterranean coastline and a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere awaits.

Another must-see fixture in Salou is the Illuminated Fountain. This stunning monument first opened in 1973 and its combination of water jets, lights and sound create an unforgettable display.

There is a total of 210 combinations of water from 100 jets, which release liquid at different speeds in time with spellbinding music. It’s unlike any other monument in Europe and attracts thousands of tourists every year of all ages.

Visit Barcelona for a day of exploring

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Salou is only 67 miles away from Barcelona, making it a fantastic option for a day trip.

Trying to squeeze all of the city’s delights into eight or ten hours is impossible, but there is still time to explore plenty of amazing sights. It’s an extraordinary family destination too, with lots of things to do for both kids and adults.

Football fans in particular will be enticed by the tours of Barcelona’s home stadium, Camp Nou. This legendary venue is one of the most well-known in the world and is a must-see for sports enthusiasts.

The CosmoCaixa Barcelona Museum is one of the top attractions for children. The interactive experiences here are marvellous and give kids a great insight into rainforest animals and science.

However, with such a unique atmosphere, hours can be spent simply exploring the city on foot. Areas like the Old Town and the Gothic Quarter offer some incredible architecture and history, while shoppers will be left amazed by the variety of stores on La Rambla.

Adam loves to mix city breaks with relaxing retreats in the sun. He recently returned from a trip to San Francisco and Toronto and Oslo are next on his list.

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