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PortAventura opens 22nd March after $10 Million Water Park Expansion

PortAventura theme park and resort, located in Tarragona, Spain, has had a rather busy couple of years.

In 2011, PortAventura opened SésamoAventura – a family theme area based on the characters of Sesame Street – where magic and fantasy are waiting for our smaller visitors. In this new family area younger children will find lots of attractions created especially for them, from slides to a roller coaster that is just as much fun as the big rides, or a tractor ride through an amusing farm.

Last season saw Portaventura’s debut for Europe’s tallest coaster, the massive Shambhala coaster.Portaventura

New for 2013 in Costa Caribe Aquatic Park – Discover the new and fantastic Caribbean Adventure! The aquatic park has been extended by 12,500 m2, completely themed and full of water fun for everyone: brave Europe’s highest free fall slide, or zoom down an exciting new 6-lane racer. And if you want to relax, discover the magnificent Caribbean pool or explore with the little ones the Sesame Street themed pool, with all their favourite characters.

The park, which is part of a larger resort consisting of other activities, hotels, and amenities, is in the middle of a $75 million expansion plan that will last several years.

Portaventura MapOn the left you will see how the Portaventura Water Park will have been expanded a

great deal – with the map to the left showing off the full new collection of attractions. You guessed it PortAventura is also breaking records again, the star attraction of the expanded park will be the highest freefall water slide in Europe which stands 31 meters (102 feet) tall at its peak.  Thrill seekers will drop down at a 55 degree angle as they race toward the finish.  On the same launch tower will be another slide, staring from about 60 feet in the air and featuring several hills on the way down for the less brave of us. Hold on that is not all that will be new at  Portaventura’s Costa Caribe Aquatic Park there will be a six lane mat racing slide.  Families will be able to race each other down a series of hills and slopes until one is declared the winner at the finish line.

As if those new slides weren’t enough there is a large pool area that can be seen in the concept art.  This will be a children’s area with an enormous pirate ship, themed as the Sesame Street characters.  There will be several small slides coming from the ship’s deck, which is also filled with play elements and a small splash pad.

Lastly, located a small level up from the children’s area will be a more secluded adult pool.  Meant as a place for adults to take a swim or relax in the water, it will feature “water beds” and plenty of waterfalls.  The entire expansion area will be heavily themed to match the existing Caribbean theme, which includes more than 50 species of plants and palm trees.
When the expansion is complete the Costa Caribe Aquatic park will feature sixteen attractions and slides.  I can’t wait to see what’s next for the resort!

Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer