Why Spain rivals Florida in the family fun stakes

Orlando, Florida has long-reigned supreme as the attraction and entertainment capital of the world, but with Europe’s biggest theme park, Port Aventura, constantly updating and expanding its attractions, Spain is certainly giving the USA a run for its money.

Families are feeling the pinch in these tough economic times, but with the well documented benefits of holidays on our wellbeing, parents are reluctant to forgo their yearly getaway.

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In terms of sun, fun and affordability, the Costa Dorada certainly has plenty to offer families, and with Salou’s premier attraction completing renovations and an extension to the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, the second park of the resort, it’s not surprising that Port Aventura Tickets are being snapped up in 2013.


How much will it cost?

The overall cost of your holiday will of course vary depending on who you fly with and where you choose to stay, but those wishing to save money on park tickets should consider booking in advance rather than buying on arrival. Online attraction websites such as AttractionTix offer extremely competitive prices on single-day, seven and 14 day tickets and many exclusive savings only available to UK customers. You can book your PortAventura Tickets with AttractionTix.

About the park

The park is split into six themed zones featuring award-winning rides, shows and attractions. The first area, Mediterrània, combines the peace and tranquillity of a Mediterranean village with a selection of shops, restaurants and rides. The main attraction is the Furius Baco, a horizontal catapult that fires passengers from 0 to 135 km in three seconds – a must for adrenalin junkies and not for the faint hearted. Other themed areas – Polynesia, China, Mexico, Far West, and SésamoAventura – each offer a combination of rides, themed gastronomy and entertainment suitable for adults and children of all ages.

The rides

Let’s face it, theme parks are all about the rides and Port Aventura has some real crackers. Aside from the awesome Furius Baco mentioned earlier, there is a selection of white knuckle rollercoasters and more sedate rides for the little ones. China’s teacup ride will delight the younger children, while Polynesia’s scream-inducing Kon Tiki Wave Ride is sure to impress those hard to please teenagers. However, no trip to Port Aventura is complete without checking out the Shambala Ride, Europe’s highest and fastest rollercoaster reaching speeds up to 134 km an hour.

Eating out

The park’s restaurants offer a selection of cuisine appropriate to each of the themed zones so you can try everything from Mediterranean to Mexican dishes. Those looking for a fine dining experience should head to Tapas i Vins where you can enjoy a wide choice of tapas, Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines in understated yet elegant surroundings. Families on a budget may prefer to keep it simple and purchase drinks, refreshments and sandwiches from the numerous snack bars dotted around the park.

Where to stay

The resort of Salou has numerous accommodation options, from five star hotels to self-catering apartments, the latter perfect for families trying to work round fussy toddler’s mealtimes. Those wishing to immerse themselves in the magic of Port Aventura may wish to stay in an onsite hotel allowing easy access to the parks and offering a host of facilities. There are four to choose from, including Hotel Gold River, Hotel PortAventura, Hotel Caribe and Hotel El Paso, each offering themed interiors and large swimming pool areas.

Family holidays create memories that last a lifetime, so instead of forgoing your yearly getaway, consider an affordable alternative and start planning your 2013 break today.