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Top 10 Spanish Attractions

Top 10 Spanish Attractions

Spain continues to be the favourite holiday destination of British holidaymakers, especially for families. Rain never stops play, and Spanish theme parks are as big a draw as the sandy beaches.  City breaks in Spain are also popular, particularly in spring and autumn, with Barcelona being the most visited.  So what’s hot in Spain, apart from the the weather?

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  • PortAventura: Spain’s most popular theme park has rides to suit all the family,  Europe’s tallest rollercoaster, Shambhala, and an adjoining aquatic park with a caribbean theme, Costa Caribe.
  • Aquopolis: Perfect for keeping cool in the heat, Aquopolis waterpark has a good variety of water rides and an amazing dolphin show.
  • House of Illusion: Be very afraid if the skillful close-up magicians from this show ever opt for an alternative career as pickpockets! Meet the cast in the bar (mind your wallet!) then enjoy the baffling illusions, mind games and comedy.

 

Benidorm

  • Terra Mitica: Themed on the myths and legends of ancient civilisations,Terra Mitica boasts Europe’s first ball roller coaster, Inferno. It also has mini versions of some big rides for younger children.

 

Tenerife

  • Siam Park: Thai themed water park that has the world’s longest lazy river and highest man-made wave. There is a sandy beach for sunbathers and a shallow play area for small children.
  • Loro Parque: Animal park that began as a parrot sanctuary and now has 4,000 resident parrots. It is also home to monkeys, otters, tigers, alligators, and many other species. There are dolphin, sea lion and orca shows, and the parrots do a turn too!

 

Barcelona

  • Sagrada Familia/Works of  Gaudi: The beautiful, yet unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage building site! Inspired by his love of architecture, religion, nature and (allegedly) a fondness for magic mushrooms, Gaudi’s other works, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera and Parc Guell are equally impressive.
  • Nou Camp: Home Ground of FC Barcelona and Europe’s largest sports arena, Nou Camp has a seating capacity of more than 99,000. Do a stadium tour, visit the museum , shop for souvenirs, then relax in the beer garden.
  • Barcelona Zoo: Situated in the beautiful Ciutadella Park, Barcelona Zoo has a good variety of animals, dolphin shows, and shady picnic areas. Pony rides are available at weekends.
  • Barcelona Aquarium: A Mediterranean themed aquarium that has a spectacular Oceanarium with an 80 metre underwater tunnel, penguins, reptiles and amphibians and  all kinds of fascinating sea creatures.

 

What’s new for 2015?

Cirque du Soleil present  Amaluna (Mother Moon) at PortAventura from 2nd July – 23rd August. With a storyline loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, breathtaking routines, colourful costumes, atmospheric music and lighting.

Why not try Flyboarding in Tenerife? No experience is necessary and this exciting new water sport is easy to learn.

Check out our new family packages for Aqua Natura and Terra Natura, Benidorm, and the PortAventura 2 for 1 20th anniversary offer.

Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer