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      27.08.2011 08:27

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      We have just returned from this theme park, having had our 4 year old daughter knocked to the ground, to look like an accident, then my wife was robbed of her wallet.All this took place in the new Sesame Street land (sesame aventura)The park staff and the local police seemed disinterested as apparently this happens all the time.Be careful after dark with small children in this park.Hotel was nice, but staff generally unfriendly to the British. Guest services in the park seem to only favour the spanish.

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      08.08.2011 16:29
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      the best theme park i have been to, short queues for the best rides you will ride

      Port Aventura is a theme park in Salou, Spain. I visited in July 2008, and it is by far the BEST theme park I have ever been to. (I have only been to theme parks in the UK, and this)

      GENERAL INFO
      When I visited, there were 5 different AREAS to the park: Meditteranean, Far west, Mexico, China and Polynesia. There is one extra new area now called SesamoAventura (Sesame Street), this is just for children. Each area is themed, so for example, China has Chinese dragons, and Chinese themed stalls and rides.

      Meditteranea is situated by the enterance and includes rides such as FURIOUS BACO (rollercoaster - fastest in Europe) and BOAT RIDE (transport ride taking visitors to China area).

      Far West is the largest area, and is themed like the wild west. Rides include STAMPIDA (wooden rollercoaster - 2 trains race one another), TOMAHAWK (smaller version of Stampida, for children), GRAND CANYON RAPIDS, (rapids where passers by can squirt people on the ride) and SILVER RIVER FLUME (log flume)

      Mexico has a Mayan theme and has more thrilling rides such as TEMPLE OF FIRE (a walk through ride like Indiana Jones with fire shows), and HURAKAN KONDOR (my favourite, a tower drop ride where your seats tilt - one of the tallest in the world).

      China has TEA CUPS for children as well as other small rides, as well as the largest ride in the park, DRAGON KHAN (rollercoaster with 8 inversions - definitely worth it! Is ranked as one of the best rollercoasters in the world)

      Polynesia is more laid back but includes TUTUKI SPLASH (giant log flume - you get absolutely DRENCHED) and SEA ODYESSY (4D cinema)

      Port Aventura is also one of the best decorated theme parks I have been to - the areas are well designed and decorated and there is lots of detail constantly portrayed around the park - Polynesia is stunning.

      PRICES
      Are around 40 Euros per person (adult) but change through the seasons - to keep updated visit the website for prices (just google Port Aventura)

      MY OPINION
      Port Aventura is my favourite theme park and I will definitly be visiting again. We went in July, and the longest we queued was 20 mins for a ride. I absolutely loved it.

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      05.07.2011 17:19
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      Not a holiday to be missed - something for absolutely everybody!

      *THE AREA*
      PortAventura is located in the busy holiday resort of Salou, South Spain - only an hour from Barcelona, in the Cost Daurada.

      The theme park consists of 6 different areas which are Polynesia, China, Sesamo Aventura, Mexico, Far West and Meditterania. Each area within the park contains rides and restaurants. The 4 main rides located in the park are Hurakan Condor, Stampida, Furius Baco and Dragon Khan.

      PortAventura also has a water park located on the resort. Inside the water park is many slides, rides and restaurants.

      The resort is also home to 4 four star hotels: The Hotel PortAventura, Hotel Caribe, Hotel El Paso and Hotel Gold River. Each hotel has a specific theme such as Caribbean, Mediterranean, Mexican and Far West.


      *MY EXPERIENCE*
      I have just returned to the UK from holidaying at the PortAventura resort with my boyfriend (the resort is not just for young children and families). We spent a week at the beautiful Hotel Caribe and the holiday was organised through First Choice. The overall cost was £750 per person, and we also took £400 spending money for the week (which was more than enough for the two of us). The holiday package also gave us unlimited access all week into the theme park and aqua park using our room keys.

      When we arrived, hotel staff were friendly, polite and very helpful - exactly what you would expect from hotel staff. Our hotel room (although only standard) was immaculate and very clean. We had a king size bed with satellite tv, a hairdryer and a balcony. We were staying half board, and therefore only had breakfast and an evening meal included in the overall price. The food available was of a huge variety, and was very tasty. The hotels also offer an option to swap your evening meal in the usual restaurant located in the hotel for a £21 voucher each for adults (unsure on the children's price) to spend in any other restaurant located in that particular restaurant or the voucher could be taken to be spent in another hotel located on the PortAventura resort or in the actual theme park itself, where many restaurants were located. Our favorite while we stayed there was the 'La Piazza' restaurant in the Hotel Caribe (where we were staying). We had a 3 course meal plus a drink each all within our vouchers. You could get new vouchers everyday if you chose to venture to another place to eat again that evening (if booked before 6pm).

      A great part of the holiday package was that we had a free train ride into the PortAventura theme park from our hotel (due to it being located on the resort). Even though the actual park was about 10 minutes walk from our hotel, the heat sometimes made the walk a little difficult. Knowing that we could just hop onto a train which came past our hotel every day, every 10 minutes, made the trip that little more exciting.

      Over the week, we went to the PortAventura theme park for about 2 hours each day. Our holiday rep advised us to break up the theme park over the week as it can get very busy there, especially during peak summer time. We found this worked well as we went on two rides each day instead of cramming it all into one day. The top rides were brilliant! I am quite an adrenaline junkie, and don't tend to be scared by large rides. I have to admit that the large free-fall drop ride Hurakan Condor definitely made my stomach lurch. We went on it twice, and couldn't bring ourselves to do it again. The best ride by far at the park has to be Dragon Khan (the highest roller coaster in the world apparently). It lasts about a minute and takes you over a large drop and through 5 loops. Definitely not one to miss!! The queues although are very long at times (sometimes up to 2 hours queue time), but 100% worth the wait. Another favorite of ours was Furius Baco, which from dead still rockets to 80mph in just 3 seconds. We only managed to get on this ride once as the queues were long every day. You can also pick up a DVD of yourself on this ride at the end, which we did and can't stop laughing and watching it even now we are home. Other rides allow you to pick up photographs and you can customize them onto t-shirts, bags and mugs. The park is open from 10am to 12pm every day during the summer season.

      At 11.30pm each night, just inside the theme park, a show was put on which contained machines, fireworks, and amazing holograms of cowboys fighting all of which is on top of water. The atmosphere was amazing!! Definitely not something to be missed.

      The theme park has many shows on offer to watch such as a wild west stunt show to a man who can stand inside blown up bubbles. We did not get to see any of these unfortunately because the shows are only available to view at certain times through the day and we were unfortunate to catch them at those shown.

      For children, Sesamo Aventura where sesame street comes alive is located in the PortAventura theme park (it only opened this year). Although me and my boyfriend do not have children, we even ventured into there ourselves where there are many rides for small children and families. The sesame street characters also came round our hotel bar and restaurant at certain times each day for the children (although they do interact a lot with adults too). We were lucky enough to see the Cookie Monster and Elmo.

      The Aqua park at PortAventura is a fantastic day out and especially in the warm weather (which was in-between 26 and 30 degrees) cools you down nicely. We only spent one full day here as we got badly sun burnt roaming around in our swimwear all day (although wearing LOTS of sun cream). The aqua park offers something for everyone whether you want slides, and chill out or even just to sun bathe. The best part here was definitely the lazy river, where you grab a rubber ring and lie in it whilst drifting down a river through the park.

      The aqua park also has lockers available to keep belongings in safely. It charges and also charges a deposit in order to use them.

      *WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS TO YOU?*
      1000% yes!! It doesn't matter whether you are young, middle-aged, elderly. This park and resort has something to offer for everybody whether you are a group of friends, family or just a couple (like us). This holiday is not one to be missed, and there's no way you can run out of things to do whilst there.

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      07.11.2010 15:20

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      was really good at Halloween not to much people go but the weekend before Halloween and Halloween weekend starts to get busier but bar that it is really good you will love it!!

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      21.06.2010 13:29
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      Great place, I would recommend a visit!

      Port Aventura is a theme park in Spain. There are 5 different themes inside with rides and decorations to match the theme which is a great idea! The themes are: Mediterrania, Polynesia, China, Mexico, and Far West.

      Close by was a water park called Costa Caribe that I didn't actually visit while I was there so I can't really give any info about it!

      Before coming to Port Aventura, I had never been a fan of roller coasters and in fact, had never actually been on one. In year 8 at school, they took us on a trip for a week to Spain and staying in Santa Susanna resort nearby Costa Brava. On the Wednesday, on our timetable was to visit the theme park, so that's what we did. From Santa Susanna Port Aventura was about a 2 hour drive away.

      It currently costs 24 euros for a day ticket to get in, so you can then go on any ride you want without paying any extra. But you do have to pay for any food you want.

      They have lots of restaurants that fit in the themes there, and lots of fast food places. Some places are really expensive, as you would expect as you are a captive audience for them whilst you are there.

      At the entrance when you show your ticket to go through, there are plenty of maps in all different languages for you to pick up so you can find your way around. There are also toilets, lost and found, and currency exchange.

      MEDITERRANIA:
      This is the entrance to the theme park, and the only ride you will find here is the Furius Baco. This is supposedly the fastest roller coaster in Europe that can go from 0-135km in 3 seconds. Before getting on the ride, there are lockers to put your belongings in so they do not get lost/damaged when you are on it. There are height restrictions on a few rides as you would expect, and these can be found on the map/information leaflet or at the entrance to the rides.

      POLYNESIA:
      The rides here are: The Canoes, Tutuki Splash, Kon-tiki Wave, Sea Odyssey 4D, Aloha Tahiti, Aves Del Paraiso, and Pareis De Bora Bora.

      CHINA:
      The main ride in China is the Dragon Khan. This roller coaster is huge and fast, and has around 12 upside down loops, and also has height restrictions as you would expect. It also has Port Aventura Live, this isn't a ride, but it is where shows happen and events go off. There is a timetable of all of the shows on you map/info leaflet. The other rides in China are: Tea Cups, Cobra Imperial, Fumanchu, Xian Mel Y El Pequeno Panda, and Bubblebou.

      MEXICO:
      The rides here are: Los Potrillos, Armadillos, El Diavlo-Tren De La Mina, Yucatan, Serpiente Emplumada, Hurakan Condor, Jarana Mexicana, and Templo Del Fuego.

      FAR WEST:
      This is by far the biggest theme with the most rides. It has a carousel, buffalo rodeo, tomahawk, silver river flume, wild buffalos, crazy barrels, grand canyon rapids, vol palute, stampida, bang bang west, can-can forever, country music, the big small show, and aventura en el oeste. Stampida is an amazing wooden roller coaster. There are two similar tracks side by side, one of the roller coasters is red, the other blue and they race eachother round the track. Obviously with people on them!

      Overall, it was a great and very busy day out at Port Aventura, and I would love to go again!

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        08.09.2009 18:54
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        Good day out, kids will love it.

        Port Aventura is located in Salou in the Costa Dorada, Spain and is a theme park which is divided into 5 areas of the world which areChina, Wild West, Mediterrania, Mexico and Polynesia.

        The first world you will come to is Polynesia which offers shows at certain times during the day, normally including hula dancing, together with a number of rides including a fabulous boat swing ride which gets higher and higher until your stomach churns.

        China has the amazing Dragon Khan roller coaster ride which has loop after loof and is not for the faint hearted. China also has a fabulous theatre show of Chines Acrobats which is well worth half an hour of anyones time.

        Mexico includes a number of rides and a Cantina where you can eat wonderful Mexican food, then it is on to The Wild West area where a good old shoot out takes place. This is great fun for the kids to watch. Don't forget to put on a mac for the water ride which carries you round in a cylindrical boat with thick buffers for protection. It is a wet ride, as is the log flume so be prepared to be soaked.

        With all the shows and places to eat, it is a wonderful day out and will tire the children out for a good nights rest.

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        04.02.2009 20:45
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        Port Aventura is in Spain, it is a theme park that is split into five different themes which are China, Far West, Mediterrania, Mexico and Polynesia. These lands are all decorated alike the country they are named after, the attention paid to the decoration is brilliant and it really gives you that fun theme park feeling.

        There is also a water park called the Costa Caribe which has an in and outdoor pool and some really good rides within it, there are different slides and rafting slides and a nice place to relax and catch a tan in this park. The water park is clean and has pleasant caribean surroundings. This park is only open in the summer period of the year, it can be very busy but is a great place to visit when you are visiting Port Aventura.

        There are a good selection of rides in the Port Aventura park including the Dragon Khan which is a really great rollarcoaster with lots of loops and inversions, Furious Baco which is a high speed ride that goes from 0-135km in 3 seconds and Stampida a great fast wooden rollarcoaster where two carriages race eachother around two similar tracks.

        There are also a range of shows in the park that are great to watch and that provide you with even more entertainment as you are walking around from land to land.

        There are lots of nice restaurants within the park that serve spanish, mexian and other style food, these restaurants can be very expensive compared to the other fast food places to eat, as in any park, the quality of the fast food can be hit and miss and I found that the selection of food was quite poor. I may have been easily put off but I was more tempted by the spanish restaurants in Salou town than the over priced fast food in the park.

        Overall I thought that this was a great holiday destination, however beware when you are pricing this holiday as sometimes you can get to the states for a similar price (which I prefere although you may not).

        The park is a great holiday filled with entertainment, but it lacks that magic that Disney provides, though Spanish weather is sometimes better than French weather. I recommend this park to people who love a good active theme park holiday, and I really enjoyed my time there, though I dont think I will be visiting it again soon.

        ***Also posted on ciao under lorrainek90***

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          24.10.2008 00:32
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          Overall good family holiday

          We went away with first choice on a package holiday to portaventura in august this year.

          There are 3 resort hotels, el paso, carribe and portaventura. We stayed at the el paso which is only a short walk from the theme/water park (slightly uphill) and there are little shuttle trains that run to/from the parks to the hotels and also a train that runs into salou town. Portaventura hotel is situated right next to the theme park and the carribe is the furthest distance from there but still within walking distance.

          You also benefit from your own private beach which again transport is provided for.

          The theme park has a good selection of rides but not much for little children. Water park has 2-3 pools and slides.

          There are pools within all of the hotels, usually a childs pool and a big pool.

          Buffets were very good, huge selection of different foods, the only thing that didn't really change was the breakfast buffet. There is also a bar, computer access and various drinks machines dotted around the complex.

          A nightly show was put on which ran from around 8-11 outside.

          A small shop was on site but it was mostly a gift shop, there were a few essentials (non food/drink) but there is nowhere to buy groceries unless you go into salou town itself either by the train which was 3 euros per person or you can get a taxi for around 7 euros oneway.

          One downfall in my opinion is the fact that you do not have a fridge to keep things fresh in your room but we found out after we got home that they can be hired at 60 euros for a week.

          Overall it is a good family holiday, especially for older children as there is always something to do.

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            16.10.2008 01:05
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            Great Holiday

            Welcome to Port Aventura - The sound of the man speaking over the tannoy still rings throuhg my head, one of many memory, great memorys I have of Port Aventura.

            We visited Port Aventura on a package holiday in summer 2007. Port Aventura is located in central Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain.

            We traveled with First Choice and although this is not a review of them I would definately recommend booking your package holiday with them as it was fantastic.

            We personally stayed in one of the Port Aventura hotels - El Paso. The hotel was beautiful and had great swimming pools, restaurnts and facilitys. The rooms were lovely and really clean. Staff were friendly and all spoke really excellent English. The evening and breakfast buffets were so yummy and there was such a wid variety every morning and night. Our breakfast and evening meal was all included in the price of our holiday and this was agreat advantage.

            There are also two other hotels within the Port Aventura complex, Port Aventura hotel and the Caribe hotel. If you are staying in one of the Port Aventura hotels you are also able to eat in any of the others hotels and also the park. They give you a £19 voucher per person and anything extra you have to add, but this almost always never happens.

            The park itself was amazing, in with our hotel we had unlimited access to the park and one free visit to the water park! There are so many rides and shows there and the firework show and parade was amazing every night!! There were so many shops there and things to do that we never even left the Port Aventura complex.

            I would really recommend anyone taking up the opportunity to go on a package holiday to Port Aventura, it is really worth every penny!!

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              05.09.2007 23:18
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              Fantastic holiday - will be going again

              We visited Port Aventura this year - we had a fabulous time - we were very iffy about it as we like a quieter holiday= but the food was great, the room was good, the staff were very helpful and friendly. We were surprised how relaxed it was = we spent most of our time at the private beach club which was brilliant = always got a bed and even had towels provided. Brilliant !!!!!

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                26.10.2006 14:00
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                Fun and thrillrides in a small Spanish holiday resort

                PortAventura had been on my to do list since before the name change the other year. I already knew about it when it was still known as Universal Mediterranea. This old name gives away who the owners of the park are. The park renamed PortAventura belongs to the Universal Studios people, the ones that bring you the parks in Orlando and Los Angeles as well as over in Japan. PortAventura, on the outskirts of the small Spanish tourist town of Salou, is the European arm of the Universal expansion. Last year the park celebrated its 10th anniversary and it's growing stronger each year.

                Getting to the park is easy, there are on site hotels plus a huge number of hotels just outside the perimeter fence. If you check on the internet and research your hotel, most will actually give you distance from the hotel to the park entrance, some hotels even have free shuttle busses for their guests that drop off and pick up at certain times of the day. Outside the main entrance of the park you can catch the trolley busses that trundle along the main streets of Salou. You pay the driver when you get on and then just hop off when you arrived where you want to go to.

                There is parking for coaches as well as cars located on either side of the main entrance.

                Just remember if you plan on walking from your hotel to the park, it's up a hill, only the first of many. The whole park is built on the side of a hill with the Dragon Khan ride being the highest (with a pretty steep drop to one side). You can actually see the ride on top of the hill when you're flying into the local airport.


                Port of Entry into the park is via the area called 'Mediterrània', a small fishing village built around a lake. There are plenty of souvenir shops here as well as one of their more expensive restaurants. You can have a sit down or explore the boats moored on the lake. One side of the park backs onto Hotel PortAventura complex and guests have their own entrance into the park.

                A bit further on you will have the train station where passenger trains will leave on their trip through the park. If anything it will only give you time to take the weight of your feet. Unlike at DisneyWorld in Florida this train does not stop at every 'land' to let people on and off. This train only stops once, in the 'Far West', only minutes before it arrives back from where it started. But it allows you to get a glimpse of what the park has to offer.

                From here you can also catch a boat that will take you to the foot of 'China', a short trip and although relaxing, there's nothing much to see. You're more likely to catch the boat back on the way out of the park after you've done a day's walking and can barely move.

                We visited PortAventura in the off-season and noticed that each land opened about 30 minutes after the last one and all visitors had to go the same direction. First thing in the morning you only have one option, to walk towards 'Polynesia' where you are stuck until the next section opens about 30 minutes later. I doubt they will do that in high season when there are plenty of people that have to be dispersed quickly and the road leading to 'Far West' is opened straight away and not lunchtime.

                While I understand the reasoning behind opening each section of the park at a slightly later time, I'm sure there are plenty of people like me who have been before and only want a quick adrenaline rush before doing something else for the rest of the day and having to wait with everyone else behind a rope until the next section is opened is not my idea of fun, in particular if you then have to rush to the big rides (like Dragon Khan in China) together with everyone else and the queues are instantly long and boring - unless you are first in line.


                PortAventura is divided into the following lands:

                POLYNESIA is a green and quiet oasis with calming waterfalls, lush green trees and many hideaway areas, a place to simply take it easy and watch the world go by.

                There's a very limited number of rides, the 'Tutuki Splash' is not dissimilar to Thorpe Park's Tidal Wave or other water rides where you're sitting in a boat that splashes into water soaking not only the rider but also everyone silly enough to be in the clearly marked splash zones. But that's part of the fun.

                A bit further on you will find an indoor ride by the name of 'Sea Odyssey', you are lead through an undersea adventure by a speaking dolphin (don't ask). It's cute and interesting the first time but don't expect too much. I don't think we had earphones but I'm convinced I could understand it despite everything else in the park being in Spanish (and my Spanish is very limited). Children will enjoy this underwater submarine adventure more than adults I reckon.

                If you are in no hurry to get through the park stop off and take in one of the many shows taking place all over the park. The one in Polynesia is with traditional Polynesian dance. It's fun to watch and the tunes are catchy.


                Continuing from here, upwards and onwards you walk into a completely new world, CHINA, with pagodas, Chinese lanterns and the Great Wall. Some of the smaller rides are found here, including the 'teacups' and an adventure play area for children.

                The main attraction in 'China' is the 8 loop rollercoaster called 'Dragon Khan'. It stands tall and proud on the highest point of the park. I suggest you don't look down when you are on the ride as you suddenly realise that there's a nasty drop on one side and what appeared level ground is almost like a cliff edge and the only way is down from there.

                Walking along the 'Great Wall of China' will get you to MEXICO.

                Towards the left is the runaway mine train 'El Diablo', quite enjoyable and a lot longer than expected. If you go during their Halloween celebrations you also get a chance to walk through a haunted house first before they let you onto the train. This ride has always had the longest queues while I was there. I only went on once the 4 times I visited the park. It's a bit hit and miss with the length of the lines.


                My favourite ride of the park is here, it's Hurakan Condor.

                The ride is basically a free fall/drop ride the likes of Thorpe Park's Detonator or in some way Universal Orlando's Dr Doom's Fearfall (although Dr Doom shoots you up first) On Hurakan Condor there are 5 seating areas fitting 4 people each. They are grouped around the centre pole . The fun thing is that they can operate each section separate so if they want they can send all 5 up and drop them at the same time or what's even more fun is while you are being pulled up 320 feet to the top, you have others already whooshing past on their way down again.

                At the top they lock the carriage into position, tilt you forward a little and release. All I can remember is my body getting an almighty jolt, my legs flew up past my head and the ground was coming ever nearer at incredible speed. The next two worries were that they wouldn't be able to stop the thing in time AND worst of all, my legs were catching up with the rest of the body going down and I was convinced the hole in which we were dropping was never going to be big enough and I would hit the outside walls with my heels upon re-entry. It's amazing the thoughts that can run through the brain in just a couple of seconds. I must say, this is definitely one of my all time favourite rides, not only in this park but of all I've ever been on so far.

                To round up the more interesting things to do in this part of the park I suggest you take in the 'Templo del Fuego'. If you are familiar with Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida I would say it's like 'Poseidon's Fury' where you are told a story at the beginning, then things start going wrong and you enter a cave and a battle between good and evil takes place. It's got a lot of fire and heat in this one, it's a bit tame for some but still good fun. The only downside is that the 'guide' only speaks Spanish so you have to imagine what he or she says, unless you speak the language of course. Smaller children might not like the noise, fire and heat so make sure you check if you have children with you.

                I don't know what's actually worse, walking uphill for most of the day with aching legs or having to walk all the way down again later. And the last area of the park is the FAR WEST, a cowboy town, looking like the typical Wild West place in your average western movie or television programme.

                There is one big wooden roller coaster in this area. Some people are enthusiasts and will only ride 'woodies' but to be honest, they give me a headache because they are so loud and rattle along. And because they are wooden, you don't need to get strapped in too tight as you won't go over, no loops, but you get shaken through to the core. I always leave wooden coasters till the end when I know I can go home and pop a headache pill.

                The wooden coaster here is 'Stampida'. It's a race between the red and blue train and at one point you have to pick which train you want to go on. The blue and red ones have slightly different tracks and meet at some points during the ride. As I said, not my kind of ride but I still tried both trains on different days with the same result, thumping headache and mild whiplash. It was definitely not as smooth as I remember from Gwazi at Bush Gardens. Stampida also has a junior version on the side of the big one with a yellow train. Parents can take their offspring on this one to give them their first wooden roller coaster experience. It even crosses paths with the big one and you have three trains racing.

                It's too much to mention all rides available in the park. There are plenty of smaller carousels, a river rapids ride (something you find as a staple in every park it seems), log flume. Not all rides are open all the time, some are down for maintenance, others closed due to lack of interest. To do everything you need a couple of days but personally I would pick and chose what I liked best.

                Food & Drink:

                Food can be a bit of a problem if you are not really keen on waffles, pizza or burgers as that seems to be the staple diet for most of the food outlets in the park. There are some restaurants that offer regional dishes (Chinese, Mexican for example) but the restaurants were not always open - seasonal closures, it's not worth it when there are not many people in the park. Of course, eating in one of the more 'upmarket' establishments also hit you even harder in the purse than a burger in a fast food place.

                I was truly put off by the food and apart from the price (park food is always more expensive, after all it's a captive audience) the food itself didn't look too appealing. We had packed fruit from the hotel breakfast buffet as well as some of their muffins and biscuits to help me through the day. The only thing I actually bought in the park was a bottle of Fanta and a few coffees that I only drank because I needed a caffeine rush. I don't know what I had expected by the food side let it down considerably, even a proper McDonald's would have been preferable to the unappetising food they were offering in some of the outlets. The only other time where I sniffed at the food on offer and not bothered was in Bush Gardens in Tampa/Florida. The PortAventura food was even less appetising.


                There are plenty of benches and chairs to sit on and relax, toilet facilities are plenty, at least two lots of restrooms per area. Some are very easy to find, next to fast food places or coffee shops, others are a little more hidden in buildings but they are always well signposted. The toilets were all cleaned on a regular basis and appeared of a good standard and most importantly, clean.

                I noticed that there are a lot more rides for small children and their parents than so called extreme rides. There are only a handful of really great rides for adults while children's rides and play areas are plenty all over the park. Some rides allow parents onto the ride, others are designed to allow children to sit on their own while the parent slowly walks next to the ride making sure the child is fine. This is most certainly a very child friendly park and even if the parents can't ride the rides, junior certainly can. Other rides cater for both adults and slightly older children but they are not the ones everyone goes for but only goes on because there's no queue at that time (I'm talking about the like of a waltzer)

                You will find disabled access all over the park, however, as I mentions ad nauseam in this review, the park is built on a hill and you will struggle if you have to push a wheelchair up some really steep climbs. I have yet to find a lift to take people up to the next level up. As able bodied people, my friends and I found the park very hard on feet and joints and often had to force ourselves to continue walking. Take the layout of the park into consideration if you are not good on your feet, have small children or push a wheelchair or buggy.

                To see everything and try out all or most of the rides I would suggest to set aside two days, the first day to find your way around and try as many of the rides as you can fit in and then the second day take it easy, stroll through the park and only ride the rides you want to do again and didn't have time to do the first time. More than two days will get boring, unless you really want to ride the extreme rides all day long for the whole time you are on holiday. I'm definitely going again soon, not necessarily this year but it's already pencilled in for next spring.


                All the boring, yet important, park information.

                PortAventura is open seasonally from late March till the first week in January. The park also only opens at weekends during the months of November and December will fully open for two weeks over Christmas and the new year.

                You will also find that July and August are their high season months and on the door tickets are €2.00 more expensive.

                A day pass (on the door) for adults is €35 and junior (age 4-10)/senior (age 60+) are €28 - you have to add the extra €2.00 for high season.

                If you only want to go for two consecutive days then you pay €53.50 for adults and the junior/senior price is €43.00 regardless of high or low season.

                For the real theme park enthusiasts there are currently special offers where you get 7 days for the price of 3 (€64.00/€51.00) or even 14 consecutive days (€73.00/€58.00)

                And one more bit of good news, for the first time this year, holders of a Tussauds Group annual pass (for entry into some of the big UK parks as well as other Tussauds properties in the UK and abroad) get FREE entry into PortAventura. It's definitely worth remembering if you have one of those passes.

                There are a number of different tickets available, prices are subject to change so next year you might have to pay more or certain combination tickets or special offers are unavailable.

                Opening hours are dependant on time of year. The park opens at 10am in the mornings but closes at 8pm in the official low season (some exceptions, check on the day you visit) and during the summer high season it stays open until midnight.

                Have fun, enjoy!

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                  03.10.2006 20:26

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                  went 2 salou 23/09/06-30/09/06 with family, all enjoyed so much didnt want 2 leave, went to port aventura theme park... wot a buzz did we av there. wud recommend u go if u went to spain... sum rides r out of this world.. cant explain the rush of sum of them its that scary.

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                  09.09.2006 16:47

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                  Well what can i say universal you should take a closer look what a shambles over rated overpriced and you have to pay for express ride tickets my advise is go to disney paris where they have got it right cheap enough freindly and lots more to see and do portaventura dosent have a spot on disney paris this isnt a 1 sided opinion its an honest one

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                  05.09.2006 21:30
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                  El Paso a good choice, if you dont have a morning flight - Portaventura an exciting and wothwhile tr

                  Recently spent a week at Portaventura, staying at the El Paso Hotel with First Choice holidays.
                  We had an early morning flight and arrived at the El Paso at 11.30am - but we could not check into our room until 3.00pm. This caused some inconvenience as we were hot and tired and just wanted to change out of our travelling clothes. We were not told prior that this would happen and the rep who transferred us from the airport did not tell us either. We were able to leave our luggage in a storage room then had to wander about until 3.00pm.
                  However, hotel was good. It was clean, the pool was spotless, plenty of sunbeds and a poolside bar. Dining room was rather chaotic and each mealtime we had to queue - this happened because you had to be shown to a table by a waiter instead of finding your own seat. Food was okay, but not always hot! Still it was august!
                  Theme park was excellent - lots of enjoyable rides and interesting attractions. Dragon Khan is terrifying! the water rides are brilliant, though remember to take off your hat - I lost mine! Space Odyssey is excellent and worth the wait. Also enjoyed the Tutuki Splash. Again, queues could be a problem, but we were there in high season. Best times to go are evenings when the crowds have lessened and it is not too hot. The park is open till midnight - the rides finish about 11.00pm and then there is a lovely firework and light show. A small train runs regulalry and is useful for transport to and from the El Paso.
                  If you decide to do a trip with First Choice - check that you are collected from the hotel. We booked a boat trip and had to walk to the Portaventura Hotel entrance to get picked up - about ten minutes away! and then dropped off there again.
                  There is also a small train that runs into the resort of Salou - it stops exactly outside the hotel and costs a couple of euros. A taxi to the resort is about six euros.

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                    01.09.2006 10:31
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                    Good holiday for young children and young adults alike, lots of quality activities and rides.

                    After a late night flight courtousy of First choice we arrived at the Port Aventura Hotel last in the line at 0430hrs. Checkin was'nt the best, but I guess we are all running on half steam at that hour, they forgot to give the safe primer key, the cards allowing access to Port aventura resort weren't validated causing problems early next day, but that was the sum total of all problems associated with the holiday. Breakfast was good, plenty on offer, cooked to a very good standard in a clean well cared for environment. Access to Port Aventura park is at 1000hrs via a turnstile close to the breakfast/dinner room. You enter the site at the Mediterrania resort, which surrounds the main lake where the midnight festival takes place with light displays, fireworks and water characters ~ very enjoyable but get to the sides of the mediterrania resort early for a good if rather uncomfortable hard stone seat.... If you dont wish to stay to such a late hour, there is always good entertainment in the hotel courtyard. The resort is sometimes opened half an hour early, but all persons without exception are held at a point just down from the first railway station, then allowed access via Polynesia , access over the bridge towards the 'Far West' was delayed until 1030hrs. This still allows you access towards China and the Dragon Khan ride, passing the Tutki Splash / Sea odyssey rides. Access from China towards Mexico and the Hurricane Condor drop was also delayed until 1030, however it was noted that you could take a train ride which stops at the Far West, then gain access from there backwards, a clever idea in filtering traffic to various parts of the resort without stampeeding them all in the same direction at the same time. The 'Express' system also allows privilidged access to the rides should the que's be lengthy as they sometimes were.
                    Having booked a week at the resort, it wasn't neccessary to rush to all parts in one day, unlike the day trippers, We managed to go on every ride, some more than once in a more relaxed manner, spending from approximately midday to late afternoon around the sumtious poolsides at the Port Aventura Hotel. This is a large pool of some 200m in total length,(waterfall to childrens safe area) surrounded by various curved inlets decreasing from app 1.3m to nil making it very safe for young children and babies to enjoy the facilities. There is a childrens club, small food area and ample sunbeds and umbrellas for shade. It is well maintained and there are many lifeguards on duty who keep a strict control on the activities of more exuberant customers. For those who would rather seek activities with lots of noise and action, there is the Caribe Aqua park adjacent, where in the childrens school holidays you are allowed access only once, I am informed this is not the case outside those six important weeks, and entered like most hotel guests on the Sunday when you are specified admission. It was relatively calm at 1000hrs, but within the hour it was busy, noisy and there was a delay for all rides. The interior swimming area is small, and more suitable for children. The water slides were enjoyable, the wave making machine was good fun, and on the whole excellent value if you enjoy being in a crowded atmosphere. If you want a sunbed, you need to be there early! The hotel roooms were very spacious and comfortable, ours was well maintained and cleaned daily by excellent staff. And so like every holiday it is often time to return, and the facilities at Reus Airport were acceptable for the short duration we were there, if there was a delay, I can see it being congested to the point of being uncomfortable, they really do need to expand considering the volume of traffic running through there. Thanks to all the staff with First Choice from the aeroplane to the resort.

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