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Nestled in the Costa Dorada on the west coast of Spain, a stone's throw away from the centre of the popular Salou resort, PortAventura is Spain equivalent of Alton Towers and Thorpe Park. With the amusement park home to five themed areas, based on historic civilisations from around the world, a visit to PortAventura is an absolute must for any adventure-filled itinerary.
While you could book yourself into one of the great accommodation options in Salou, holidays in the heart of PortAventura, at one of its on-site hotels, will place you in the heart of the action ready to go wild in both the theme park and Costa Caribe Aquatic Park.
If you want your next family holiday to be filled with excitement and jam-packed with adventure, you know where to go. PortAventura holidays offer this and so much more.
PortAventura Theme Park
One of the main reasons for staying within the complex is that the theme park is there to be enjoyed to the max. Take your time wandering through the various themed areas and sampling the rides and amusements that are on offer. Whether you dare to ride the Dragon Khan or you'd prefer to keep your feet on the ground meeting the Sesame Street characters, a day or two experiencing the magic of the PortAventura theme park is a must.
If you're staying at PortAventura, venture out to the resort of Salou during your stay so that you can spend some time appreciating the family-friendly atmosphere, charm and, of course, its beautiful, sweeping beaches scattered with sun loungers and parasols.
You'll only be ten minutes' drive from the action, with buses, taxis and even a fun train available to whisk you between the two destinations. Enjoy a game of crazy golf, dine at one of the Spanish tavernas and indulge in some authentic tapas, or set yourself up for a day on the beach as you watch the kids burying dad in the sand. The choice is yours!
Costa Caribe Aquatic Park
The Costa Caribe Aquatic Park will be a sure-fire hit with holidaymakers. After undergoing considerable renovation for 2013, it's been inundated with new attractions, including dedicated children's areas and a swashbuckling pirate ship occupied by characters from the childhood fave, Sesame Street. Ride the highest free-fall slide in Europe if your stomach's up to the job, or chill out on one of the water beds while your kids get wet and wild.
Chill Out in Polynesia
Unlike the other areas in the theme park, Polynesia has 'laidback' at the top of its agenda. You won't find any exhilarating, adrenaline-fuelled coasters here. Instead, you could pop in on one of its shows, win some prizes at its arcades or ride the Tutuki Splash ' be warned though, you will get soaked!
Get Cultured in Barcelona
If you fancy a change of scene on package holidays to PortAventura, the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona is just an hour away. Marvel at the stunning Sagrada Familia cathedral, wander down Las Ramblas and explore the Gothic Quarter, for a cultured break from the rollercoasters and waterslides.
Dig for Treasure in Salou
Even one of the PortAventura holidays centred on the theme parks requires a little bit of beach time, and with a trip to the coast, that's exactly what you can do. Pack your beach bag with all the essentials - don your cozzie and head for the sun loungers where you can sit back and relax as the kids dig for treasure with their trusty bucket and spade!
Stay in the heart of the thrills and spills at one of the four hotels within the PortAventura complex. Each hotel appeals for different reasons and you'll find some which are themed to mirror the exotic areas of the park perfectly. Relax at the Beach Club, chill out by the hotel pool or head for dizzy heights of the coasters in the theme park, where the fun never ends.
Staying in the main Salou resort will open up different possibilities, by placing you within easy reach of the beach, shops and attractions. A popular resort that caters for families of all ages, Salou is a perfect go-to resort if you don't want to stay on the doorstep of the theme park. Don't worry though, the thrills and spills will only be ten minutes away!
Book one of the great value PortAventura holidays with Direct Holidays and treat your kids to plenty of fun in the sun this summer.