Salou Fest is dubbed as the world’s greatest student festival and officially the best Spring break student party available to UK students.
Salou Fest has been running since 2002 and is held in Salou a small fishing village just outside Barcelona, Spain. Salou Fest describes itself as a sporting event, however every year many students end up joining the fun for the sun, sea and nightlife. The organisers of Salou Fest say why pay to stand in the rain in Newquay, and shiver in a tent, when for just £200 you are in sunny SALOU with 8,000 other students, sipping cold beers, playing sports and enjoying live music. The greatest week of your life!!
Salou is an area rich with water sports like windsurfing, jet skiing or Catamaran cruises. Tickets for all of water sport activities can be booked in advance or at group discounts by university organisers.
Saloufest visitors can even try a Jeep Safari which is an exciting trip to view the scenic side of Catalunya or enjoy a round of Golf at the Lumine Golf Club & Beach Resort.
Events are held in Salou all year long, with concentrations during the summer high season and the winter holidays. Visitors will find that some festivals in Salou are specifically designed to lure in tourists, while others are centuries old and staunchly traditional. Salou is a popular holiday location for all nationalities and its unique location provides an average of 300 days sunshine per annum which puts it at the top of the list for desirable student festival locations.
Salou Fest 2012 attracted more than 8,000 British students. This is 1,000 more students than 2011 which took part in last year’s Saloufest – the Costa Dorada’s now famous sport and partying event.
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“The Saloufest is the best sporting trip for college English and Irish students. This year we will offer more sports than ever and we are organizing the best parties and all the action you would expect for unforgettable trip,” said British operator I Love Tour.
Event organiser, Doreen Straatman states, the students’ goal is to play some sport, see the country and enjoy Salou’s nightlife.
Salou’s Tourism Councillor, Benet Dam, says “University football, basketball and field hockey teams are coming over to compete against one another. They are young and obviously, many will want to go out in the evening. We tell them to respect the residents, not because disturbances and to behave in an acceptable manner.”
Many local business owners support Saloufest, saying it helps to break the seasonal emphasis of local tourism.