In October half term we are jetting off to Costa Dorada to enjoy the thrills of yet another Theme Park, PortAventura.. Kyd's favourite pass time is scaring us rigid on as many rides as possible, much to 'scared of heights' Hoff's dismay. Luckily for us this is documented by many on #portaventura on twitter, as an awesome family trip away, so Hoff is happy to take the challenge. We are all looking forward to the thrills that lie ahead and here's why...
What is PortAventura?
PortAventura: European Destination Resort, with almost 4 million visitors, is a themed holiday resort on the Costa Dorada, south of Barcelona. It opened in 1995 as Spain’s first theme park, with the goal of offering a journey around the world in a single day. After meeting great initial success, and thanks to the opening of its hotels and Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, PortAventura has become an internationally renowned tourist destination in itself.
The resort offers four themed, four-star hotels: Hotel PortAventura, Hotel El Paso, Hotel Caribe and Hotel Gold River, all connected to the theme park.
The park's six themed areas – Mediterrània, Far West, México, China, Polynesia and SésamoAventura – boast more than 30 rides, 15 daily shows, 75 restaurants and food outlets, and 27 handicrafts and gift shops. The Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, expanded and completely updated in 2013, is a key feature of PortAventura and the resort's comprehensive facilities also include a 4,000-person capacity convention centre.
All of this, together with its excellent location on the Costa Dorada, its transport connections, its convenient closeness to Barcelona and Reus airports and the high-speed AVE train link, makes PortAventura one of the best European holiday destinations on the shores of the Mediterranean.