Where has Woody Woodpecker gone to retire? Why, in Catalonia! PortAventura also welcomes all the critters from Sesame Street in its newest zone. There are shows in the various zones (Polynesia, China, Mexico, and the Far West), especially at night; the kitsch is kitschier and the rides scarier than Disneyland, including, new in 2012 at the cost of €25 million, the highest (76m) and fastest 'hyper' roller coaster in Europe, with the biggest drop, achieving speeds of 134kmph. There's also the Caribe Water Park, where you can spend another whole day, and the new Ferrari Land for sports car thrills.
Check their website for a huge range of special hotel and/or flight promotions, golf packages and early booking discounts.
Just south of Tarragona, PortAventura is easy to reach from Barcelona in just over an hour on Línea R16 (Rodalies de Catalunya) departing from the Estació de França, Sants, or the Passeig de Gràcia metro/train station. Check on the PortAventura website for special discounts on train tickets combines with admission to the park.
Hours Open daily, most of the year, 10am-8pm. Weekends only Nov-mid Dec; closed most of Jan, Feb—see website for exact dates
Adm Online prices for one day start at €48, €42 ages 4-10 and over 60, with multiple packages including the waterpark and Ferrari Land.
+34 97 777 90 90
Images by: Michael Welsing