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PortAventura World, Costa Dorada

Family fun at PortAventura.Family fun at PortAventura.

Located on the sunshine-flooded Costa Dorada, with direct trains from Barcelona, this is one of Spain's most popular themeparks, with something for everyone from tots to the most demanding of thrill-seekers. With so much full-on family fun and full-on entertainment on offer, you'll definitely need a multi-day ticket to make the most of it, or there are also a number of on-site hotels so you can make a short break of it.

See our reviews of a theme-park short break at PortAventura and of Portaventura's waterpark.  

Best for: All ages

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What to Expect:

  • Advance tickets
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Family tickets
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Seasonal opening

What to do

In a single day at PortAventura, you can visit six different 'worlds': Ferrari Land (new in 2017), the Mediterranean, Polynesia, China, Mexico, the Far West and, in an homage to Sesame Street, SesamoAventura.

Each has something different to offer, with something for all ages. Some of the highlights are:

In Ferrari Land, Red Force (the highest and fastest vertical accelerator rollercoaster in Europe, with carriages like red Formula 1 cars), an F2 simulara, and a race track).

In the Mediterranean, the 'horizontal catapult' rollercoaster Furius Baco.

In Polynesia, canoeing around the jungle.

In China, Shambhala roller coaster with the longest drop in Europe, and Cobra Imperial.

In Mexico, Hurakan Condor, a 100-metre freefall ride.

In the Far West, the Grand Canyon Rapids and some tame rides for younger children.

In SesamoAventura, lot of great rides for tots.

The are also family shows and parades, and the Costa Caribe aquatic park.

Where to stay

PortAventura World has a choice of places to stay on-site, with packages available for accommodation, free access to the themepark and discounted rates to Costa Caribe waterpark. We particularly recommend:

Hotel Caribe - A Caribbean-themed 4-star hotel with one of Europe's largest white-sand swimming pools.

Hotel Gold River - A 4-star Wild West themed hotel also including bungalows with kitchenettes.

Hotel PortAventura - A Mediterranean-style complex with interconnecting rooms great for larger families.

Off-site options include holiday parks and campsites such as Playa Montroig Camping Resort and Camping Sanguli.


PortAventura World is generally open from mid-March to early January, although in autumn and winter some of the hotels, facilities and activities are only open on selected dates. The themepark opens at 10am but closing times vary; in July and August it stays open 'til midnight.


Portaventura is on the Costa Dorada, a short drive from the popular holiday resort of Salou and the city of Tarragona. It's well served by local buses from many of the surrounding resorts plus there is a train station specifically for PortAventura, with trains direct from Barcelona.


Choose from Spanish and international cuisine at à la carte restaurants, themed restaurants and snack bars.


Expect to pay around £28/child (under 10 years) and £33/adult for a one-day pass. Multi-day tickets are available with discounts when you pre-book.

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