If you’re still looking to book your family holidays and really want to impress your kids then you really should consider a trip to PortAventura. Set on the coast of Costa Daurada next door to Salou, PortAventura is the Spanish version of Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, but with one difference….. sunshine!
So what is it that a family can gain from a PortAventura holiday? Well the answer is quite simply, a lot! The theme park has been split into 6 key areas which provide a range of thrilling roller coasters, small rides for little ones and regular entertainment shows. The fun doesn’t have to end there, as the park has its own Aquatic Park and golf course.
To really get the full PortAventura experience you can stay at one of the four incredible 4 star hotels on site. Guests at the hotels not only get to stay within close distance to the park (and beat the queues) but they will also get their park tickets included with their stay. Each one of the hotels has it’s own theme which reflects the different areas of the park. The Hotel Gold River is western themed, Hotel PortAventura has a classic Mediterranean theme, Hotel Caribe is tropical Caribbean themed and the Hotel El Paso is set out in a colonial style. I was lucky enough to stay at the Hotel Gold River, and have to say I was really impressed with the facilities and staff at the hotel . The western theme is carried out through the entire hotel; from the rooms to the swimming pool – there are even characters walking around the restaurants and bars that interact with you! There’s a really fun atmosphere about the hotel and great entertainment for little ones, though admittedly I found myself getting caught up in the excitement as well.
The park itself has some amazing rides, the ones that stick out the most are the Furius Baco, Dragon Khan, Stampedia and most of all Shambala! Shambala is only just a year old and is the current holder of the Highest Roller Coaster in Europe title, so avoid if you don’t like heights! If white knuckle rides aren’t your thing then there’s still a huge choice of rides such as the Grand Canyon Rapids and Tutuki Splash (if you hadn’t already cottoned on, they’re water rides!). For the very young there is SesamoAventura, a special Sesame Street themed area filled with rides and shows. The Costa Caribe Aquatic Park has had a complete refresh this year, as well as an additional new children’s area. The aquatic park is ideal for a break away from the theme park and a great way to cool down whilst the kids play (of course this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the rides yourself!).
As well as being a fantastic summer sun holiday, PortAventura is also worth a visit during Halloween and Christmas. There are themed shows and rides, particularly during Halloween, which is when I went, and it was great fun with the themed shows and characters walking around the park. I also stumbled into a haunted house, which you walk through with characters jumping out at you on the way. As I’m not the bravest person I found this pretty scary and let out more than a few screams!
There are always great discounts to take advantage of at PortAventura, with hotel bookings offering up to a staggering 50% off. You can save on bookings made up to 31st July, which will give you unlimited admission to the PortAventura Park and discounted tickets to the Aquatic Park and a free kids evening meal (not including the Hotel El Paso). If you didn’t want to stay at the PortAventura hotels but want to visit the park there are also many discounted tickets available on our PortAventura tickets page.
Have you been to PortAventura? What was your favourite part?