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Visit PortAventura

PortAventura is one of the largest theme parks in Europe and the most visited in Spain. It has a theme park, a water park and four four-star hotels and is the biggest resort in the South of Europe.

Explore PortAventura

PortAventura is Spain's largest theme park and covers 117 hectares. It has lots of snack bars and restaurants as well as a number of shops. As well as the attractions there are 100 show performances that take place each day making sure you can easily fit one of these into your day.

The rides, shows and restaurants follow the different country themes that the park is divided into so that you can choose to eat Mexican, Chinese, American etc.

As well as the attractions park there is a seperate Aquatic park on the site.

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PortAventura's Theme Park

PortAventura's theme park is split into 5 different themed areas: Mediterrania, Polynesia, China, Mexico, the Far West and SesamoAventura. Each of these areas not only has a number of attractions but also has themed spectacles that take place over the course of the day and night.

In Mediterrania there is the fastest ride in the park. Furius Baco reaches speeds of 135km/h in less than 3 seconds! It's the fastest rollercoaster in Europe. During the ride you will be whizzed through tunnels, across ditches and skim the lake.

Polynesia is a lush, jungle environment and the Tutuki Splash is definitely a ride for a hot day as your trip through an 'erupting volcano' and a huge wave will leave you somewhat soaked, especially if you are sat at the front or the back of the boat.

The Dragon Khan found in 'China' is perhaps the most famous of all the PortAventura rides. It is an incredible roller-coaster, one of the longest in Europe and has 8 loop-the-loops and a top speed of 110km/h. This is the most spectacular of all the rides in the park and was the first roller coaster in the world to have 8 loops.


In 'Mexico' is the scariest ride in the park. Set upon the top of a hill the Hurakan Condor ride carries you to the top of a 100 meter tower - and then drops you! 100m free fall!

In the Far West there is a wooden rollercoaster which is a mile long and during the ride you will be racing the family in the 'car' next to you.

As well as the above 'white-knuckle' rides there are plenty more rides to try and something to suit every taste.

SesamoAventura is the newest land at PortAventura and is themed around Sesame Street. It has lots of rides and attractions for younger visitors to the park.

The Shambala ride is the tallest roller coaster in Europe standing at 76m high and has the longest drop 78m. It reaches a top speed of 134km/h. The Shambala ride is in the China land of the park.

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PortAventura Water Park

As well as its theme park there is a large aquatic park at PortAventura with a selection of different slides, a wave pool, an indoor area and a 'beach' pool around which you can sunbathe. More than 34000 square meters in size and packed full of tropical planting.

Payment for the water park is separate to the theme park but you can make savings by buying combined tickets.

PortAventura Hotels

There are four hotels on the PortAventura resort. Each is 4* and each offers free entrance to the Attractions park. The hotels all have their own restaurants and swimming pools and follow the theme of the 'land' they are in ie; Mexican, Tropical, Wild-West and Mediterranean.

Getting to PortAventura

If you are not staying in one of the PortAventura hotels then the coastal town of Salou is extremely close (7km). This is one of the largest resorts on the Costa Dorada and so has excellent facilities. Many of its hotels offer free shuttle services to PortAventura in the summer. Tarragona, with its impressive Roman ruins is only 9km away.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Tarragona guide and the Catalonia guide.

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Map of PortAventura and places to visit


PortAventura places to visit



Salou is the main resort on the Costa Dorado coast. It is situated next to the Port Aventura theme park.

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Montblanc is a beautiful, walled town with a number of Romanesque and Gothic monuments to see.

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Lleida has a large ruined fort, La Suda, and an outstanding cathedral, the Seu Vell

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