Theme Park Guide: PortAventura World


Thinking of taking a holiday to PortAventura? This guide will give you a breakdown of what’s on offer in the parks, the onsite hotels you can stay in and a few tips to make planning easier.

Spain’s Capital of Family Fun!

PortAventura is a truly iconic theme park destination. The biggest in the south of Europe, it plays host to about 4 million visitors every year.

It’s a real must-see for visitors to Salou and just an hour or so from Barcelona. With 2 major airports within 30 minutes of it, it’s also easily accessible.

PortAventura actually consists of 3 distinct parks, one of them split into 6 themed sections that all offer something different.

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PortAventura Park

The main event! PortAventura Park is home to 40 thrilling attractions, tons and daily shows and entertainment. It’s perfect for families, friends and couples. But if you’re travelling with kids, be aware of the height restrictions on most rides and plan ahead!

Refuel from a high-octane day at one of the over 70 restaurants and bars offering everything from casual dining to a la carte. You’ll find cuisine from all over the world across the Park’s 6 themed areas.

PortAventura’s 6 themed areas all offer their own unique twist on the theme park experience.


Mediterrania feels like a fishing village in the med but it’s packed with rides including the high-octane Furious Baco.

The Far West

This Wild West-themed area is the park’s largest and features a variety of coasters and water rides like the popular Stampida.


Designed to invoke the ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures. Why not dare the Hurakan Condor, a 300ft high drop tower!


The perfect place for tropical fun. Try the Tutuki Splash and don’t forget the exotic food options.


This Eastern-infused park is hone to the famous Shambala, a record-breaking roller coaster that’s one of PortAventura’s top attractions.


This area caters to small kids with fun games and rides, as well as some favourite Sesame Street characters.

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Caribe Aquatic Park

This is a water park with distinct Caribbean feel (even though it’s in Spain!). Splash around among the palm trees, enjoy the lagoon pool, lazy river, rapids and so much more. The park also caters to small children with a playground just for them. And, parents can take some time to relax in the Bahama beach area. Go early to grab a sunbed, they fill up fast!

Towels aren’t provided so make sure to bring one along. You can buy anything you forget in the park’s shop. Caribe Aquatic Park also has a range of cafes and restaurants to choose from when it comes to lunch time!


Ferrari Land

If you love rollercoasters, you’ll love Ferrari Land – it’s home to Europe’s highest rollercoaster called Red Force. If that’s too high-octane, then enjoy its F1-themed attractions that make you feel like a real driver. Step into Ferrari Experience and learn the amazing story of the world-famous Ferrari brand, enjoy the wide range of eateries, many of them Italian-inspired, enjoy the shows, shopping and kids areas.

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Stay Local with one of PortAventura’s Own Hotels

Get the most out of your PortAventura holiday experience by staying in one of its handy hotels. The park boasts six distinct themed hotels on site. Enjoy quality cuisine, affordable comfort and fun family-friendly themes.

All hotel stays come with:

  • Unlimited access to PortAventura Park
  • 1-day access to Ferrari Land
  • Discounts on entry to Caribe Aquatic Park

Hotel PortAventura

Hotel PortAventura feels like a Mediterranean-style resort. Designed to replicate a small fishing village, it’s an ideal escape from the hectic theme park life! It’s got two outdoor swimming pools and great facilities.

Hotel Colorado Creek

Get a taste of the Wild West! This hotel is inspired by the gold rush era. It has the modern facilities you want for your holiday while keeping an olde worlde frontier style. Really fun and and ideal for families.

Hotel Caribe

How about a taste of the Caribbean? The Hotel Caribe feels tropical, bright and welcoming. One of its main features is its heated white sand swimming pools that are just perfect for a fun afternoon of splashing around.

Hotel Mansión de Lucy

This is the Deluxe choice for your holidays to PortAventura. Enjoy a 5 star service while relaxing in elegant surrounds. The hotel has been carefully designed to look like a Victorian era mansion. Its well-appointed rooms have a plush feel, a great place to retreat after a day of theme park fun.

Hotel Gold River

In keeping the Wild West theme, Hotel Gold River harks back to the time when Cowboys roamed the open plains. It’s designed to make you feel like you’re part of a classic Western, and makes for a great place to recharge in between park visits.

Hotel el Paso

You can also opt for an infusion of colour with Hotel el Paso, which takes its inspiration from old colonial-era Mexico. Enjoy the hotel’s 4 star service, relaxing ambience, great pool and beautiful garden vistas.

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Travel Tips

Book your tickets in advance!

Beat the queues by booking your tickets well ahead of time. It’s the best way to save time and money and make the most of your trip. See our deals right here.

If you’re staying in one of onsite hotels make sure you know what’s included with your stay – double check that your booking includes access to PortAventura Park and the 1 day access to Ferrari World. If you want to get your discount on the Caribe Aquatic Park access, book that in advance, too.


Remember to factor in those extras like food (as it’s not permitted to bring food into the park), parking & transport and locker rental for storing your valuables.

Go Express

If you really want to jump queues and squeeze every drop of fun out of your time here, consider opting for the Express Pass. It adds some expense to your trip but you do get access to priority queues, so you’ll be able to get in more rides. You can get discounts on this if you’re staying in one of the 6 on-site hotels.

Travelling with kids?

PortAventura operates height restrictions on its rides, so be aware of this beforehand if you’re bringing children with you. There are also several designated areas for small children, so they’ll have something to keep them entertained, too!

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