My first review so here goes.......we came here on holiday as a family the last two weeks in july 2010, our children aged 10, 6, 5 and 4 mths.
We arrived to friendly staff, a refundable deposit is required of 100 euros and safe was 20 euros a week.
Our appartment was very clean and spacious. Although to advertise as self-catering appartments, I think is a joke. We had a six - bed appartment with small table that had four chairs, cooking facilities were two ring hob which struggled to fit two saucepans on and a microwave, it was lucky we had small children because you would struggle to cook enough for 6 adults. The maids came every day, apart from wednesday and saturday, to make beds and fresh towels, we had clean sheets a few times so there didn't seem to be a set day given.
The pool opened at 10 and closed at 7, size sufficient enough, area was very clean and lifeguard really friendly.
The entertainment was poor although Sammy who run it tried his best. As stated in brochure there was a kids club for 4 hrs a day, that didn't happen, there was a playroom open from 10.30 til 11.30 which just had colours, no set activities were planned. He did arrrange darts, water polo and aqua aerobics which wasn't suitable for young children. There was a mini disco each night which was a CD so played exactly same songs, for 14 nts this was annoying. One night there was a tribal dance group which were fantastic but only lasted an hour then you were back to the same disco..
These appartments are on a hill, the main area of Cap Salou is 10 min walk away down a steep hill. We found some nice restaurants, Route 66 was reasonable and lovely food, Big Bens was great for the kids and value for money, Smugglers Inn was quite expensive in comparison and wasn't impressed. There are small funfair rides which didn't appeal to my children.
Salou is a good 40 mins walk which is downhill then along beach front then uphill so for little children quite hard. The buses are every 10 mins but at 1 euro 90 one way worked out expensive for a family there and back just under 20 euros, also not suitable for a pram which mine has to be taken apart to collapse so was awkward to use the bus especially if he was sleeping and you had to get him out. Salou itself was very busy, the beach was long and narrow so couldn't play ball games. Plenty of bars/restaurants and lots of shops.
La Pineda is in opposite direction to Salou, about 20 mins walk way, all downhill. There the beach is huge so plenty of room, sand was extemely hot which I didn't expect. Lovely quaint shops, The aquapolis water park is here, on a Friday a market is in its carpark which we thoroughly enjoyed looking around. The waterpark is fantastic for small ones and big ones but those in between like my 6 yr old was quite frustruating. Also, the prices go on height so my 10 yr old is tall for her age got charged an adult price which was quite fair as she was able to go on every ride. There's a fabulous dolphin and sea lion show at 1pm and 4.30pm, so awesome.
On the whole we found two weeks two long as to do anything you had to either walk a fair way or spend loads on buses, I wouldn't recommend cap salou to families with young children.
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