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Spain: British students descend upon Catalonia

Spain, Catalonia
April 3, 2013 at 04:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spain: British students descend upon Catalonia

Around 4,500 British students arrived in Salou Tuesday for the second round of SalouFest 2013. For the 13th year in a row, the Brits hit the Spanish seaside town for a week with sports tours during the day and disco and street parties by night.

For many bars and clubs in Salou, the festival is the main source of income during the tourism off season. Reliant upon the revenue from binge drinking culture and flights from Britain arriving in the nearby city of Reus, SalouFest has extended from two to three weeks while promoting itself as the "biggest and best university sports tour available for British and Irish university students" and promising attendees "the best week of your life."

Although a lively resort in the Catalonian region of Costa Dorada, Salou is primarily a family destination. SalouFest organisers have boosted security staff and employed mentors to respond to local complaints of antisocial behaviour from tourists. Last year, the event reportedly saw several episodes of drunken behaviour and wild parties on the streets, which caused major disturbances.

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Spain: British students descend upon Catalonia

Around 4,500 British students arrived in Salou Tuesday for the second round of SalouFest 2013. For the 13th year in a row, the Brits hit the Spanish seaside town for a week with sports tours during the day and disco and street parties by night.

For many bars and clubs in Salou, the festival is the main source of income during the tourism off season. Reliant upon the revenue from binge drinking culture and flights from Britain arriving in the nearby city of Reus, SalouFest has extended from two to three weeks while promoting itself as the "biggest and best university sports tour available for British and Irish university students" and promising attendees "the best week of your life."

Although a lively resort in the Catalonian region of Costa Dorada, Salou is primarily a family destination. SalouFest organisers have boosted security staff and employed mentors to respond to local complaints of antisocial behaviour from tourists. Last year, the event reportedly saw several episodes of drunken behaviour and wild parties on the streets, which caused major disturbances.