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PortAventura

Key information

Location:
Salou, Spain

Operator:
Investindustrial

Official website:
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One of Europe's most popular theme park resorts, PortAventura boasts a wide array of rides and attractions, along with four hotels. The park features a variety of major thrill rides, including the innovative winged launch coaster Furius Baco, eight-inversion coaster Dragon Khan and 330-foot drop tower Hurakan Condor. Unlike many European parks, though, it places a heavy emphasis on theming as well as rides, and its six lands are intricately detailed. Kids are well served, too, by the Sesame Street-themed SésamoAventura area.

History: First opened in 1995, PortAventura was built by a consortium involving the Tussauds Group (the owner of Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, since taken over by Merlin Entertainments Group), Anheuser-Busch (which owned the Busch Gardens parks in the US) and Universal. Universal bought out its partners in 1997, rebranding the park as Universal's Port Aventura. Despite the addition of two hotels and a water park, it opted to sell the resort in 2004 to investment group Criteria CaixaCorp. The firm invested heavily in new rides and attractions, including the addition of the towering Shambhala: Expedicion al Himalaya roller coaster in 2012. However, it opted to sell its stake in the park to Italian private equity group Investindustrial in November 2012.

Top Rides and Shows:

Dragon Khan
Your rating: None (281 votes)
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Stampida
Your rating: None (210 votes)
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Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya
Your rating: None (313 votes)
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Furius Baco
Your rating: None (202 votes)
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Tutuki Splash
Your rating: None (63 votes)
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Top Restaurants:

Cactus Express
Your rating: None (97 votes)
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Erawan
Your rating: None (147 votes)
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Economato
Your rating: None (52 votes)
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Happiness Station
Your rating: None (31 votes)
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Long Branch Saloon
Your rating: None (151 votes)
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Top Hotels:

Hotel Caribe
Your rating: None (228 votes)
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Hotel PortAventura
Your rating: None (236 votes)
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Hotel Gold River
Your rating: None (260 votes)
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Hotel El Paso
Your rating: None (214 votes)
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More information:

New attraction opening dates
Find out the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new rides at PortAventura.

Refurbishment schedule
Check for any scheduled temporary ride closures at PortAventura.

Latest News:

Europe is set to welcome three major new theme parks between now and 2016 - and here's what you can expect from these new rivals to the dominant Disneyland Resort Paris.

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