Portaventura is home to Spain’s biggest theme park which comes in three different parts: PortAventura World, Ferrari Land and the Caribe Aquatic Park. Among these three parks there is something for all ages and all levels of thrill seeking. Portaventura park has over 40 incredible rides, fun and interactive shows and a vast selection of restaurants and cafes. Meanwhile, Ferrari Land has fewer rides with 16 attractions but is home to Red Force which happens to be an 880m ride reaching 112 metres high at 180 km/h – in just 5 seconds!
If water rides are more your thing then head to Caribe Aquatic park where you’ll find a variety of water slides, shoots and flumes ideal for everyone. A waterpark is a great way to keep everyone happy and cool – and tire out the kids!
There’s a market for every day of the week in Costa Dorada. You can start off with Salou’s Monday morning street market, take in Cambrils’ market on Wednesday and stop off at La Pineda on Friday. They’ll all keep you stocked up with fresh local produce and bags full of gifts and souvenirs for those back home. The biggest market, however, is saved for the end of the week. On a Sunday, people flock to Bonavista, 20 minutes from Salou, to hunt and haggle for ceramics, lace, tablecloths, handbags, shoes, clothing, music, toys and many other bargains.
Alternatively, for the latest fashions, Barcelona and Tarragona have everything from exclusive Spanish fashion boutiques and designer shops to big malls packed with your favourite high street names. Sitges and Salou have major chains as well as individual boutiques where you can buy something no one else will have. In Salou, tourist-centred shops open up on the promenade during the summer season as well. Some of the smaller, year-round shops do stick to siesta time, when they shut between 2pm and 5pm.