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Port Aventura theme park

The most popular theme park in Spain welcomes over three million visitors a year. Portaventura holidays offer monster thrills across the rollercoasters, shows and waterslides as well as plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in downtown Salou.

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Theme park thrills

Family holidays don't get more exciting than holidays to Portaventura. Exhilarating, terrifying, extraordinary, unforgettable; these are just some of the adjectives that can be used to describe how fantastic this resort is.

What is more amazing is that all of the fun and frolics of the theme park, waterpark and the nearby town can be enjoyed for less than the price of a holiday to Disneyland Paris. When you select to stay at a hotel within the Portaventura resort, your entry fee to the parks is included in the price of the holiday.

The kids won't be able to thank you enough for taking them to this Spanish funhouse. With the vibrant city of Salou just five minutes away too, there is something for everyone to enjoy on holidays to Portaventura.

Places to Visit

Christy’s Bar, Calle Falset, Salou

This place rocks – literally. Six nights a week you'll get live music here. They favour Irish folk and soft rock so you'll be shaking your hair to the Eagles, Van Morrison and Oasis. Performers are on from 10pm to 1am, but the place doesn't shut up shop 'til 4am so there's no rush to leave.

Spend the day on the sand

Out of the resort, nearby Cambrils gives you a 9-kilometre sweep of sand with 9 beaches, all of them with Blue Flags to their name. If you like surfing, busy Prat d'en Flores is a popular spot, or for a quieter patch with calm, child-friendly water head to del Cavet.

Portaventura Park

Built in 1995, this theme park is always developing and introducing new exciting attractions to entice you into coming back year after year.

The resort boasts a number of records including largest theme park in Spain, fastest rollercoaster in Europe and one of the tallest drop rides in the world. All of this fun is spread around 5 different themed areas: China, Mediterranean, Mexico, Far West and Polynesia. 2016 will see the introduction of Ferrari Land which promises to be a fast and furious motor-themed addition.

Added in 2011, there is a new Sesame Street section to enjoy; or as it is called here, Sésamo Aventura. This is the only theme park in Europe where kids will be able to meet and play with Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo and all the other colourful characters.

Costa Caribe Aquatic Park

Directly next to Portaventura Park is this exciting waterpark that features attractions for big kids and smaller ones too. There are 17 slides and rides to enjoy in the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park.

There are a mix of single slides as well as multi-person inflatable tubes that promise to have riders screaming in fear and delight. The Sesame Street gang make an appearance here too with a kiddie park themed after them and another after Woody Woodpecker.

Nightlife in Salou

Portaventura is located within the city of Salou, a very popular holiday destination in its own right. The resort features several fantastic and spacious beaches, an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a wonderful array of evening entertainment. All of this and more is accessible via a quick five minute drive into the centre of town.

The House of Illusion is a family favourite show in Salou and there are dozens of other venues that host entertainment in the evenings. Musicians, tribute acts, dancers and so much more can be seen performing for tourists around different pubs and bars in Salou.

Shop for a holiday keepsake

The shopping within the Portaventura area doesn't venture far from the massive selection of souvenirs and cuddly toys but fortunately Salou has a large array of shopping opportunities.

By the beach front and the marina you'll find a mix of designer brand shops and independent boutiques. On a Sunday morning and a Monday there is a weekly market held where handmade crafts, ornaments and artwork are available to purchase.

Over 250 eateries in Salou

You can choose to enjoy a half-board or an all-inclusive holiday in Portaventura where you can enjoy convenient and delicious dining. The parks also feature plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can grab a snack or an evening meal.

There is a huge selection of restaurants to choose from in downtown Salou with every taste and pocket catered for.

Five minutes from town

The transfer from Reus Airport to Portaventura hotels will only take around 10 minutes. It could be slightly longer depending on other hotel drop offs.

A bus runs regularly from Portaventura to several stops around the city of Salou including Avenida Jaume I and Placa Europa. The bus could take up to half an hour while a taxi ride will get you there in around five minutes.

Salou has a train station where you can take a trip to the neighbouring Tarragona or to Barcelona and Valencia.

Best time of year to visit

Temperatures around Portaventura and Salou reach an average of 25C during the summer but the days will often pass 30C. Fortunately the water park is open and Portaventura's flumes and rapids will cool you down.

The theme park shuts down for a couple of weeks during winter but opens up during celebratory weeks like Christmas and New Year. The water park opens mid-May and closes again half way through September. Package holidays will be cheaper in the weeks outside of the schools summer holidays.

Location of Portaventura

Average monthly temperature (°C) for Portaventura
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Jan
JanuaryTemp: 14°C
Feb
FebruaryTemp: 15°C
Mar
MarchTemp: 17°C
Apr
AprilTemp: 19°C
May
MayTemp: 23°C
Jun
JuneTemp: 27°C
Jul
JulyTemp: 29°C
Aug
AugustTemp: 30°C
Sep
SeptemberTemp: 26°C
Oct
OctoberTemp: 22°C
Nov
NovemberTemp: 18°C
Dec
DecemberTemp: 15°C