When I was in Barcelona I spent a day at Tarragona as it has Spain’s most visited theme park, PortAventura. IT WAS PHENOMENAL. Not only does it have the highest roller-coaster boasting even higher speeds, the atmosphere is magical. I haven’t been to many theme parks in the UK so I can’t really make comparisons but I am sure PortAventura stands out for a variety of reasons.
The themes across the park appear very thought out and well-suited to the rides such as Western and Horror, and entertainment from staff is ongoing throughout the whole day. The facilities, such as bathrooms, lockers and restaurants, are dotted around the park which is convenient. One thing to note is that the food available is very pricey and typical fast food but there were one or two more gourmet restaurants. Expensive food seems to be a given at large attractions or events so I can’t complain.
A special shout out has to be given to the rides! Along with child-friendly rides, there are some very adventurous attractions which honestly scared the life out of me . . and trust me it doesn’t feel less scary having been on them 6 times in a row . . Yup I went on the highest roller-coaster in Spain 6 times in a row. Another one of my favorites was the ride which takes you up to have a bird’s-eye view then suddenly drops you to the ground. It is so nerve-wracking waiting for that crucial drop but hey at least the camera at the top kindly takes a photo of you before you go plunging down the sky with a face full of fear (well me anyway) You can buy life-sized prints of the pictures or can pay 1 euro to get it sent digitally to you.
PortAventura is a whole day thing so to get the most out of it you need to put the most of your day into it, just bring a waterproof jacket or anything that you can cover yourself with as some of the rides are water ones which you get pretty much soaked on. They do sell ponchos for these water rides but they look like giant bin bags haha.
PortAventura is 100% one of my greatest memories and it is well worth visiting! As cheesy as it sounds, it really is for any age. Just a tip though, pay attention to the map you can get free on arrival as once you pass a ride there is a large chance you won’t be able to find it again as the theme park is so big and maze like.
It takes approximately 1 and a half hours to get to the theme park from Barcelona by train and the stop for the theme park is right outside the entrance so you won’t miss it.
- Worth checking out? Yes!
- Affordable? A whole day ticket was around 40 euros but you can get a deal with a train for I think 60 euros per person ( This was the deal at my time of visiting)
- Any downsides? Food is typical fun fair food . .