I was really impressed when I visited PortAventura theme park last year. Together with FerrariLand and Caribe Water Park, it so much to offer. Here are my top 10 reasons to visit PortAventura World.
PortAventura World is one of Europe’s largest theme parks. It boasts the tallest and fastest coaster in Europe, great attractions, shows and parades for children of all ages. There are a choice of hotels onsite and some great restaurants – something that is not always available in theme parks. These are just some of the reasons to visit PortAventura – find out more below.
1. There are three parks in PortAventura.
One of the main reasons to visit PortAventura is it’s sheer size! With PortAventura Park, Caribe Aquatic Park and Ferrari Land, PortAventura World now has the largest number of theme parks in Europe. And 65 million visitors over 20 years – the numbers say it all…
2. PortAventura Park has 6 different lands.
6 lands, with 41 attractions and 40 daily performances, there is a huge variety on offer to suit all ages groups. Highlights include the famous Shambhala & Dragon Khan roller coasters and Tutuki Splash, where wagons drop rapidly from the top of a volcano to a lake – not for the faint hearted!
3. The Caribe Aquatic Park has 14 rides
Caribe Aquatic Park is another park that caters for all ages. Daredevils will love King Khajuna where you take on a free fall from 31 metres and reach speeds of 6 metres per second! Not your thing ? Why not stretch out on one of the water beds in the Caribbean style swimming pool.
4. Ferrari Land is home to the Vertical Accelerator
At 112 meters tall, it is Europe’s highest roller coaster. You will experience the same sensation as in Formula 1 racing, and reach a speed of 180km per hour in 5 seconds – yikes! You will also discover what it feels to ride a Ferrari in an F1 simulator, there are 8 simulators, two of which are suitable for children. For more information read my definitive guide to Ferrari Land.
5. There are many special events throughout the year in PortAventura.
If you still need reasons to visit PortAventura, you will love the special events that are on throughout the year. During the summer months there are White Nights where the park opens until the small hours of the morning. Cirque du Soleil will perform their amazing show from the 6th of July – 13th of August.
Christmas time is a magical time to visit where the park is covered in coloured lights and lots of decorations. Meet Santa Claus and enjoy Christmas shows, songs and parades.At Halloween the park is filled with spooky characters and there is a special scary parade at closing time.
6. Little ones are well catered for too.
Sesame Street characters wander around the land of Sésamoaventura where there are 11 rides especially catered for children from age 1. Caribe Aquatic Park also has a separate children’s pool and water slides for small children.
7 It’s not all rollercoasters and water slides.
Anyone for Golf? There are three golf courses and two of these designed by Greg Norman. PortAventura World also caters for conferences – who said you can’t have fun on a business trip! After a few days at the parks what better than a chill out at their beach club. Choose from 8 swimming pools, including an infinity pool with sea views or take advantage of the direct access to the beach.
8. The food is surprisingly good in PortAventura!
Usually when you visit a theme park you can right off healthy eating. In fact you can write off eating well at all. In Port Aventura there are plenty of good restaurants and they wont break the bank either. With different themed lands, come different themed restaurants. Try noodles in China, tacos in Mexico and Italian in Ferrari Land. Many restaurants even cater for food allergies and intolerances.
9. There are plenty of places to stay in PortAventura.
There are five hotels within the resort, including the 5* Mansión de Lucy and spacious bungalows at the Gold River Hotel. If you stay in one of these hotels you have unlimited access to all the Port Aventura Parks. There are also a limited number of camper-van spaces available or you can choose some self catering options in the nearby resort of Salou.
10. It is so easy to get to PortAventura!
Only 15 minutes from Reus, 1 hour from Barcelona and 2 hours from Girona. With numerous low cost flights daily – you really have no excuse not to go!
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This post, 10 reasons to visit PortAventura was sponsored by Port Aventura World but all views, as always, are my own.