PortAventura theme park is a huge adventure park for families and children near Barcelona. Port Aventura is 1 hour by car from Barcelona and 1.5 hours by train from Barcelona, which makes it a popular one day excursion for visitors to Barcelona. PortAventura is located in Vila-Seca near Tarragona, which is close to the popular Spanish coastal tourist resort towns of Reus, Salou and Cambrils.
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PortAventura has two top-ranking theme parks - PortAventura amusement park, or funfair, and a world class water park called PortAventura Aquatic Park. The PortAventura park is fun for all the family and has many action-packed rides and adventures themed on places around the globe like, imperial China, the wild Far West, exotic Polynesia, Aztec México and the mellow Mediterrénia.
PortAventura has three four-star resort hotels and a PortAventura golf course. Nearby attractions outside PortAventura include the Roman ruins and beaches of nearby city Tarragona, which is a "UNESCO World Heritage Site."
PortAventura celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2015 with new luxury hotels. ‘Lucy’s Mansion’ five-star hotel decorated as a Victorian house and the Gold River Hotel got a new building called ‘Callaghan’. These two projects, added to the new attractions of Ferrari land hotel and ‘Cirque du Soleil’ and three golf courses and a Beach Club, makes PortAventura an entertainment centre for all audiences.
With 4 million domestic and international visitors every year, PortAventura is one of the most important amusement parks in Europe.
PortAventura is very well maintained with a nice lake and various different themed areas. Each themed area is all well designed and features great rides, restaurants and shops. Like many top theme parks owned by studios - PortAventura is owned by Universal Studios - there are queues for the rides, but you can check signs all over the park that show the average length of queues for rides.
The most popular rides can have queues of 15 minutes to over an hour in peak season, but the queuing areas are themed and mostly shaded and the rides are worth the wait. The rides are very exciting and there is something for everyone and for all ages. The new Sesame Street area called "SesamoAventura) is open and is a wonderful area for small children. For adults and bigger kids there are some fantastic thrills and rides.
One ride worth trying is the mindblowing 'Furious Baco.' It is a rollercoaster ride in which you get shot off at the beginning rather than pulled up an incline. You are safely strapped in sitting in mid-air and when the ride starts you accelerate from 0 to 135 km/h in just three seconds!
The Furious Baco is just inside the entrance of Port Aventura or listen out for screams of joy above your head over the lake.
Don't miss the Shambhala rollercoaster. In 2012 PortAventura opened what was at the time the tallest rollercoaster in Europe. Shambhala is in the Himalaya area of the park (Shambhala is a Tibetan buddhist name of a mythical kingdom) The Shambhala rollercoaster is 76 metres high and reaches speeds of 134 kmh with the steepest descent of 86 degrees and the biggest fall of 78 metres and lots of 'airtime!' By the way the name for rollercoaster in Spanish is 'montaña rusa' which means Russian mountain.
Another popular ride is the older rollercoaster Dragon Kahn and don't miss some of the great free shows, like the Wild West Stunt Show.
All rides at PortAventura are free when you have paid for the entrance. Adults tickets in 2017 are around €44 but there are reduced rates for children up to 10 years old and usually many great family offers. If you want to skip-the-lines and take many rides then the express tickets are well worth it.
If you are going by car from Barcelona then remember that you will have to pay for toll roads to Tarragona and pay for parking at PortAventura. The car park at PortAventura costs around €7.5 for all day parking.
Port Aventura Aquatic Park
Port Aventura Aquatic Park is the water park beside Port Aventura. The aqua park is well kept and nicely themed in a tropical Caribbean style. (Previously called Caribe Aquatic Park) This is a separate park from PortAventura - although in same area, so you pay separate entrance fee. After paying the entrance free all rides and slides are free.
If you have visited PortAventura park, then you can visit the aqua park at half price the same day or anytime during the rest of the season. The Port Aventura Aquatic Park features many spectacular water slide rides and pools. There is an enormous focus on safety. There are lifeguards on duty all over the park and they are all friendly and attentive.
The large wave pool area usually has over five lifeguards on duty when the waves were active and all the water slides are controlled by park monitors ensuring that the rides are clear before the next guests is sent off. All rides are free when you have paid the entrance.A number of the rides are thrilling with high speed descents in round rafts or in two person "canoes" which are exhilarating for adults and kids alike and well worth the 15-20 minute wait in queues.
The aquapark also features a large wave pool, a number of fun play areas for smaller children and a big covered pool in case of bad weather. One of the most popular water rides is a “river” that flows around the water park and full of big rubber rings. You can relax and float round and round the never-ending river, although you will get a soaking from the many waterfalls and waterspouts along the way.
Parking is the same as for PortAventura, so not free but reasonably price for all day parking. You rent lockers for your valuables and a small locker is € 4.5 per day and a large family size locker is around € 7. Lockers are a good idea and allows the whole family to enjoy the rides and pools in the Aquatic Park without having to worry keeping an eye on personal items.
There are plenty of changing rooms around the park. Many people arrive in their swimming gear and a t-shirt ready to enjoy the water attractions and on a typical summer day you hardly even need a towel. Don't forget sun lotion!
How to get to Portaventura
The easiest way to get to Port Aventura from Barcelona is to take the train from Sants station, Passeig de Gracia station or Estacio de Francia station in Barcelona. The Spanish railway company Renfe has a special offer which includes a return ticket (ida y vuelta) and includes the Port Aventura Park ticket for around 47 euros.
You can also take a bus day trip to PortAventura from Barcelona Estacio Nord bus station which includes transport and entrance.
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