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Spain’s top rated theme park, PortAventura, visited by around 4 million people each year, celebrates its 20th anniversary throughout 2015. It has five themed lands to travel through – Mediterrania, China, Mexico, Polynesia and the Far West, as well as a Sesame Street themed attraction aimed at small children.
PortAventura is spread out over a large area, and you may need more than one day to enjoy it all, so check out our special offers to get more fun for your money, and if you get hot and bothered after all that globe trotting, why not combine your PortAventura ticket with a refreshing day at Costa Caribe water-park next door! There are now 6 hotels at PortAventura, but wherever you are staying the park is easy to get to.
How to get there
PortAventura is located on the Costa Dorada in Spain, 15 minutes from Reus Airport, and 1 hour’s drive from Barcelona. Exit 35 from the AP-7 motorway will take you straight to the resort, or use the Autopista del Mediterranean ( E-15 on the European Route) Parking costs are 9 euros for a car, 3.50 for motorcycles and 10.00 for a Motorhome.
The resort has a train station on the R-16 line which connects Barcelona to the south of Catalonia, and the return journey costs around 12 euros. Trains depart from Sants and Passeig de Gracia stations in Barcelona city centre.
Plana Bus Company has a direct route from Barcelona and Reus airports to PortAventura, and also services from Cambrils, Salou and La Pinada. The is a direct service to the park from Sants station in Barcelona.
Rides and Attractions
The land that welcomes you into PortAventura is designed as a traditional Catalonian fishing port, but is also home to the park’s record breaking thrill ride, Furius Baco – a winged roller coaster that catapults riders across the lake faster than a formula one racing car! In the evening there is a spectacular pyrotechnics show over the lake. From Mediterrania you can take a relaxing slow boat to China, though the tranquil journey is sometimes disturbed by the screams of Furius Baco riders whizzing overhead!
China’s top ride is Shambhala – a hypercoaster which claims to be the highest and fastest in Europe with the longest drop (78 metres, with 2m going underground!) Another thriller in this area is Dragon Khan, reaching speeds of 110 km/hr with 8 vertical loops. The latest addition to this area is Angkor, a family river ride. Armed with water pistols, you can shoot at anything that gets in your way, including other visitors on their rafts!
Enjoy panoramic views all the way to the coast as you rise 100 m above the park on Hurakan Condor, before plunging at high speed back down to earth! Climb aboard El Diablo, an ricketty old mining train driven by the Devil, or discover the secrets of the Mayas in a mirror maze full of trickery!
If you fancy getting soaked Tutuki is the ride for you! When the volcano starts to rumble, you know your boat is heading for a fall! The Kontiki ride is a giant swingboat that rises perpendicular to the calm Polynesian waters – you won’t get wet, but you may get seasick/airsick!
The Far West
Save the hot dogs for later if you fancy going on the Vol Paiute ride – it spins tilts and rises at a speed guaranteed to make you dizzy! If you like spinning, but want stay close to the ground, choose the Crazy Barrels instead. For watery family fun try the Grand Canyon Rapids – you’ll have to take the rough with the smooth, and keep a lookout for hidden snipers aiming to soak you even more! Another good soaking can be had on the Silver River Flume ride!
This area is dedicated to small children and has a multitude of rides and playgrounds for them to enjoy. No tastefully muted tones here – SesamoAventura is full-on glorious technicolour! The little ones can ride on trains, boats and planes, and grown-ups can go with them! Their favourite Sesame Street characters will be there to meet them too!
More fun for younger children
Every land at PortAventura has kiddy rides alongside the larger ones, so they need never feel left out. Imperial China is jam-packed with exciting things for the little ones to do, and the Far West has a traditional carousel, dodgems and a junior roller coaster. Penitence Station has several fun steam trains that transport you to different areas that will save those little legs from getting too tired! They will also enjoy some of the indoor shows, like Bubblebou (China) and get a break from the heat as well.
There are shows throughout the day in each area to appeal to all ages, as well as the special 20th anniversary celebration show, the Happy Birthday Parade, in 2015, and there is musical entertainment to suit each land. Don’t miss the pyrotechnics display before closing time, which takes place at the lake in Mediterrania.
Each land has themed shops where you can buy souvenirs and sweeties to take home (or scoff while you’re there!)
Eat your way around the world!
Mediterrania serves traditional dishes of the region, China offers oriental cuisine, Mexico provides tapas and Polynesia has some delicious tropical fruit drinks. If your kids are clamouring for hot dogs and burgers, they can be found in the Far West. The food is more varied than the average theme park fare – just don’t eat too much before going on the more extreme rides! Officially, you are not supposed to bring your own food in, but this rule has been ignored for so long by locals that staff tend not to enforce it. Just be discreet about it, and always pick up your litter.
Good to Know
- Measure your child (in metres!) to avoid disappointment. Some rides have a minimum height requirement of 1.10 – 1.40m, so check before you go.
- Bring photo ID for those eligible for reduced rates (over 60’s, 4-10 years) Children under 4 go free, and you may be asked for proof of age. You can always store your documents in a locker if you don’t want to carry them around all day.
- Single or double pushchairs, manual or electric wheelchairs, and single or family lockers are available for hire. Child ID bracelets are free. You can also put your bags in special lockers whilst you ride for 1 euro, at the entrance of Furius Baco, next to Tutuki Splash, at the Silver River Flume and between Shambhala and Dragon Khan.
- Fast passes can be purchased at the PortAventura Express office at Mediterrania main square, and also at vending machines next to the Shambhala, Tutuki Splash, Stampida and Silver River Flume rides.
- There’s no need to lug your souvenir purchases around with you – they can be dropped off free of charge at El Laboratorio, Mediterrania, for you to pick up when you leave the park.
- The temperature starts to climb into the mid 20’s in May and rises steadily into the 30’s during July and August. You’ll still need your sunscreen in September and October, and in winter the temperature rarely fall below 15C. September and October see the most rainfall, so take a poncho or small umbrella.
- Don’t expect orderly queues, especially during the summer months – pushing in is rife – be warned!
Generally, the park opens at 10am and most rides start at 10.30am. In July and August and during the 1st week of September, it stays open until midnight. In 2015, the park is open daily from 21st March and the 1st November, then weekends only until the Christmas period – 2nd December to 6th January. Closing times off peak vary between 7-9pm, and are later on special occasions – so check our website calendar before you book.
Next door to PortAventura is the Costa Caribe water park, which provides a welcome respite from the heat from May half-term through to the 3rd week of September. The park boasts Europe’s highest free fall slide, a multi racer slide, a wave pool, relaxation zones and loads more watery fun for all the family. In high season, Cirque du Soleil shows will add extra excitement to your holiday.
Ferrariland PortAventura is due to open in June 2016 adjacent to the theme park, and promises the highest roller coaster in Europe at 112 metres – a vertical accelerator fast enough to satisfy the most hardened of speed freaks! There will be racing simulators and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Enjoy PortAventura’s 20th anniversary celebrations for less with our 2 Days for the Price of 1 offer! Tickets are valid until the end of 2015, and are for two consecutive days.