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 seaside resorts towns of Reus, Salou and Cambrils.
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PortAventura has two top-ranking theme parks - PortAventura amusement park, or funfair, and top 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 celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2015 with new luxury hotels. ‘Lucy’s Mansion’ will be a five-star hotel decorated as a Victorian house and the Gold River Hotel gets 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 where you are shot off at the beginning rather than pulled up a steep hill. You sit safely strapped in mid air and then 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. And don't miss the new Shambhala rollercoaster. In May 2012 PortAventura opened the tallest rollercoaster in Europe in the HImalaya area of the park ( Shambhala is a Tibetan buddhist name of a mythical kingdom) which 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" (Russian mountain.)
Another popular ride is the Dragon Kahn and don't miss some of the free shows like the Wild West Stunt Show. All rides at PortAventura are free when you have paid for the entrance. Adults tickets in 2011 are around €44 but there are reduced rates for children up to 10 years old and usually great family offers. 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 7.5 Euro 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 € 7 (2011 prices." 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 the 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 Sagales bus to PortAventura from Barcelona Estacio Nord bus station which includes transport and entrance.
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How to get to Portaventura park near Barcelona
Closest airports are Reus airport (10 minutes away) Barcelona airport (1 hour away.) From Barcelona there is a bus service that takes you directly to Port Aventura from Barcelona airport with bus company Autocars Plana
By car from Barcelona car AP-7 motorway (exit 35)
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By train from Barcelona.
Port Aventura has its own station on Catalonia's regional railway network.From Barcelona take the train from one of three stations: Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig de Gracia or Barcelona Estacio de Francia. Note: There is a usually a special offer which includes a return ticket (ida y vuelta) and Port Aventura Park entrance for around 47 euros (2011 prices)
Renfe Port Aventura offers
Page of all Spanish stations. Find Port Aventura, click on it, then choose departure station
By Bus from Barcelona Airport
From Barcelona there is a bus service that takes you directly to Port Aventura from the airport. The bus company is called Autocars Plana
Opening times PortAventura park:
Open every day from April to end October from 10:00 to 22:00
Open Saturdays and Sundays from November to end December
Open at Christmas usually between 28/12 to 31/12
Opening times Aquatic Park:
Open every day from end May to mid-September
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