Perfect for families and couples who love nothing more than having a good time will enjoy holidays to PortAventura. Built in 1997, PortAventura is less a resort and more a series of gigantic theme parks, giving you all the family entertainment you could ever need, right on your doorstep. It’s a mere 10-minute drive from the sun-bleached beaches of pretty Salou, allowing you to enjoy the best of a traditional beach break combined with the thrills and spills on offer at the theme parks. However, if you want it all on a plate, there are some superb onsite hotels, giving you direct access to the rides, slides, flumes, shows and shops, as often as you like. There are even pools and sunloungers available, so worn-out parents can catch some rays, while older children can make the most of everything this outstanding resort has to offer.
PortAventura is best for…
Adrenaline junkies: The parks are home to some of the highest, tallest and fastest rides in Europe.
Families: For laid-back fun, take a quiet boat trip at the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park.
Kids: Younger visitors don’t have to miss out: there are junior rollercoasters, child-friendly farms and shallow lagoons for little ones to enjoy.
PortAventura Fast facts
Language: The language spoken in PortAventura is Spanish. English isn’t widely spoken here (except in key tourist spots), so pack a phrasebook or download our handy language app.
Currency: You’ll need to change your pounds and pence into Euros before you jet off on your PortAventura holidays.
Local time: PortAventura is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Reus Airport. The transfer time to PortAventura is 30 minutes.
Flight time from the UK: The flight time to PortAventura is 2.5 hours.
Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at https://www.portaventuraworld.com/en.
Visa & health: Before your holiday, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
PortAventura Weather and Climate
Temperature: July and August are the warmest months, with temperatures reaching the high twenties °C. For cooler conditions with plenty of sunshine, book your PortAventura holidays in the early autumn.
Best time to visit: For shorter queues, book your break between May and September, when there are fewer people and the weather is still warm and sunny.
Getting Around PortAventura
On foot: The theme parks are large but easy to cover on foot.
By bike: Bus companies offer direct service to PortAventura from Barcelona, Reus and Salou.
By ‘Noddy’ train: This mini-road train travels from Salou to Portaventura, stopping at all the main hotels along the way.
By train: PortAventura has its own train station, about a 15-minute walk from the park entrance. You can purchase train tickets that include park entrance fees.
By car: If arriving by car, there are several paid parking options on site.
Summer nights: On evenings during the high season, you can expect music, dancing and a fantastic firework display. Between June and September, there’s also a nightly water show.
Halloween: October 31st sees the theme park come alive with spine-chilling dinner shows, the Passage of Terror, monstrous creatures, and spooky rides.
Christmas: PortAventura opens on weekends in November and December as well as the weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day. Expect festive décor, Christmas lights, and warm and cosy activities.
Things to do Around PortAventura
Thrill-seekers can get their hearts pumping on a selection of rollercoasters, in themed areas such as Far West, Mexico and China. Though many of the popular activities in the park have height requirements, younger children can still be part of the fun on the park’s junior rides. Between attractions, stop for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or snack bars. The huge variety here means you can pick a different cuisine for every meal!
Ferrari Land: Perfect for pint-sized petrol-heads and wannabe-Sebastian Vettels, Ferrari Land is a theme park that celebrates every aspect of the famous Italian sports cars. The Vertical Accelerator is the highest and fastest ride of its kind in Europe, while the 55-metre-high Bounce-Back Towers will test your ability to hang onto your lunch! For lower-tempo thrills, take the family for a spin around the racing circuit, test drive one of eight exciting simulators, or make a pit-stop in the trattoria restaurant beside replicas of famous Italian landmarks. There’s even a gift shop based on the factory owned by Enzo Ferrari himself!
Rides and Shows: With 40 rides to enjoy and up to 40 shows to sit back and watch, there’s something for everyone at this outstanding theme park. Try out Europe’s highest rollercoaster: the 78-metre-high Shambhala, while if it’s speed you need, the Furius Baco should see you leaving your eyebrows somewhere behind you as you reach speeds of up to 135kmph! You’ll find water-cannon battles, pyrotechnic displays, canoe rides, mirrored mazes, waterslides and everything you could need to make your PortAventura holidays special.
Junior Attractions: Younger children who are either too small or too scared to tackle the big rides needn’t feel left out: PortAventura caters for kids of all ages. The Sesame Street Adventure was designed with younger visitors in mind and features 10 rides, a smaller drop-tower, and the fun-filled chaos of Elmo’s farm. Bert, Ernie and their friends are always nearby for photos and fun. PortAventura also offers a smaller wooden rollercoaster in Far West, junior canoe ride in Polynesia and several children’s attractions and junior coasters in Mexico.
Food and Drink: With themed restaurants serving cuisine from virtually every corner of the world, you’ll find food to please even the pickiest of palates. On top of the buffet restaurants, snack bars, ice cream parlours and coffee shops, you’ll find that the various districts have themed restaurants with table service and children’s menus. Far West has an old-fashioned steakhouse, Polynesia serves exotic salads and tropical juices in the middle of a rainforest, while China offers three restaurants with international, Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine. You can feast on authentic Mexican dishes while watching folk dancing, or, in Mediterrània, dine al fresco overlooking the lake.
Costa Caribe Aquatic Park
Discover the extended and renovated Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, with more than 50,000 square metres of watery fun. The waterpark is carefully themed and designed with waterfalls, huge pools, green areas full of plants and palm trees, and an amazing pirate ship manned by a crew of Sesame Street characters. A great combination of excitement and relaxation with one single goal: for the whole family to experience a unique Caribbean adventure but without the long flight!