Port Aventura is one of Spain’s most impressive amusement parks, located within the PortAventura World entertainment resort in Salou and Vila-Seca, Tarragona, on the Costa Daurada in Cataluña, Spain. One of the best things to enjoy in Spain with children!
Port Aventura attracts around 3.5 million visitors per year, which means that it is the most visited theme park in Spain and the 6th most visited in all of Europe. making it the most visited theme park in Spain and the sixth most visited theme park in Europe. The full Port Aventura World complex features a resort, a second amusement park known as Ferrari World, and a water park known as the Caribe Aquatic Park, five hotels, a convention center, and an RV park. It is the biggest such complex in southern Europe and as a whole brings in over 5 million guests each year.
Port Aventura is also Spain’s largest theme park featuring six different ‘worlds’, including China, Mexico, and the Far West. The park also has a kid-friendly area with less intimidating rides.
Port Aventura’s best rides
The park is GIGANTIC and there is a great number of rides to enjoy. Here is a list of the ones that you just have to try:
- Dragon Khan: The Park’s most emblematic ride. A giant red structure that can be seen from any point within the park. It features 8 loops and reaches speeds of over 110 km an hour.
- Furius Baco: This is the best ride in the Mediterranean portion of the park. Furius Baco is a giant, ancient Greece-themed roller coaster. Rider hangs off the side, feet dangling, as the ride shoots them out at a break-neck speed of 135 km an hour (the fastest in all of Europe). Not for the faint of heart.
- Tutuki Splash: You will only have a small wooden boat to escape this Polynesian volcano. Lava will chase you down the mountain as you speed down a river on your raft. Easily the most fun water ride in the park, perfect for a hot day when you need to cool down.
- Tren de la Mina El Diablo: Another exhilarating roller coaster, this time one of the indoor variety. Guests ride in the dark on a rickety old train down into an abandoned mine, not knowing where the twists and turns are coming from.
- Hurakan Condor: Located in the Mexico portion of the park. This ride is a free-fall ride. You ascend through a Mexican temple, enjoying the aerial views of the park, knowing that you will drop at any moment. The tower is over 100 meters tall, so be ready for quite a plunge.
- Silver River Flume: This ride is located in the far west portion of the park. It is the classic water ride where guests take a plunge from a great hide. Fun, refreshing, a must.
- Shambhala: Named after the lost city of the Himalayas this roller coaster is equal parts speed and vértigo. It features the largest falls f any roller coaster in Europe. The ride is designed to make you come off your seat and feel like you are truly falling. Scary stuff.
- El Secreto de Los Mayas: A giant Mayan labyrinth that spans over 175 square meters. This ride will test your wits, your sense of orientation, and your puzzle-solving abilities.
- Grand Canyon Rapids: A White-water- rapids ride down the Colorado River. Your round boat will spin and twist as you rush down the river.
- Tami Tami: The Park’s best kids’ roller coaster. If you are traveling with kids, you can’t miss out.
Airports near Portaventura
Port Aventura is just 15 minutes from Reus Airport and about an hour from Barcelona Airport which makes it very easy to get to. Also, there is a direct train that goes from Barcelona straight to the amusement park.
How far is Port Aventura from Barcelona?
Port Aventura is 112 km south of Barcelona by car, about an hour and a half drive.
Of course if you want to have the most comfortable Port Aventura experience you can always book a tour from Barcelona and just sit back and relax.
PortAventura, when to go?
There really isn’t a low season at Port Aventure. No matter where you go, there are usually large crowds and long queues for the more popular rides. So the best advice is to pick the time of year that fits your schedule best and head on over.