Port Aventura: a holiday every day
If you plan to travel with children to Spain, be sure to include a visit to Port Aventura - in your itinerary. You will get an unforgettable experience for the whole year.
It has everything that children and adults love: a water park with slides, sports attractions for the brave and not so, fear rooms, pools, amazing plants, restaurants with delicious food and much more.
Port Aventura is located on the Costa Daurada, near Barcelona, easily accessible by highway and rail. This is not just a park, but a huge resort area with beautiful hotels and developed infrastructure. This year he changed his name to PortAventura European Destination Resort. The new name reflected the concept of the resort as a place for family vacations and school holidays. You can come here for one day, but better - for a few or even a week.
Six wonders of the world
We arrived in Barcelona early in the morning and immediately went for a walk around the city center: we admired the old streets, tried the famous tapas, then we got on the bus and after an hour we were at the gates of Port Aventura Park.
We immediately realized that we were in a special world full of adventure. Among the tropical thickets paths with signs were whitewashed and there were platforms with sunbeds disposing to a tropical idyll. We were waited by a comfortable hotel "Costa Carib". Comfortable rooms, friendly staff. But the most important thing is the pool with a sandy bottom and a sandy beach! A few swims in the water helped relieve fatigue, and then, having a refreshment in the hotel bar, a cup of coffee with churros (Spanish type of donuts), we went to explore the park. Opened in 1995, it first offered visitors a trip around the world in one day. For this, six thematic zones with attractions were created: the Mediterranean, the Wild West, Mexico, China, Polynesia and Sesame Aventura.
Since then, the park has grown and its territory expanded to 119 hectares. There were 4 hotels and a huge water park "Costa Caribe." You can have a quick bite to eat or dine at 75 restaurants and cafes, while souvenirs can be bought at 27 stores. Impressive?
The whole next day we dedicated the Costa Caribe water park. The most daring went to the new King Kahuna waterslide with a height of 31 meters (this is a 12-story building!). The speed was breathtaking, truly dizzying sensations! For those who don’t like extreme sports, there is a lower water slide - the Cyclone Tropical, 19 meters high, with a winding 100-meter route and two ski jumps. In another part of the water park, we saw the “Rapid Flight” - a water slide with six compartments, here both adults and children can compete in speed on inflatable mattresses. There is also a children's pool with two levels, including for the smallest. But the most attractive is the Galleon, a pirate ship populated by characters from Sesame Street. The children's pool is adjacent to the Playa Paradiso adult pool with underwater sunbeds, a waterfall and other effects. Great place to relax.
To the top of Shambhala
And then we went to the Port Aventura theme zones. In the zone of China there is an attraction "Shambhala", perhaps more abruptly than a roller coaster. You board a mini-train that takes you to the top of a high mountain, and then swiftly rushes down. Adrenaline rolls over, everyone squeals, and then sigh in relief.
Fans of fast driving should visit the attraction "Bako" in the Mediterranean zone. Every day from morning to evening at various venues of the resort, funny performances, games, competitions are held, incendiary music is played. And you can always take a pleasant break: eat, swim or lie down, sunbathe by the pool.
On the balcony of the Mediterranean
Tarragona is a small town near Port Aventura. He is famous for the fact that during the reign of the Roman Empire was the Spanish capital. From the coastal hill, which here is called the balcony of the Mediterranean, offers magnificent views of the sea and the city. The ruins of Roman structures - an amphitheater, a circus, a forum, the governor’s palace, are preserved here, all of them are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Residential buildings in the center were built by the Moors in the Middle Ages. Worth seeing! It is also worth visiting the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona and the Cathedral of the XII century.
Tarragona often hosts costume parties. We were lucky - we got to the Roman week, when the whole city seemed to be transferred to the past: residents put on old costumes, a fair is held in the center, and gladiators fight for the public’s entertainment. Staged, of course. But even if you don’t catch the holiday, it’s nice to just wander around the medieval center and see the sunset sitting on the porch of one of the restaurants in the port.
Thanks to PortAventura European Destination Resort for a wonderful trip (www. Portaventura. Es)