Port Aventura Holidays
Port Aventura Holidays – Treat the kids!
So many package holidays to Port Aventura in Spain get snapped up as soon as they are advertised. Parents across the UK see Spanish holidays at the resort in Catalonia’s Costa Dorada region as a ‘trip of a lifetime’ for their kids. Why? Because of the Universal Port Aventura theme park which has the highest rollercoaster in Europe!
Although the resort’s theme park is its biggest draw, you and your family can also enjoy everything you would expect from a ‘traditional’ Spanish holiday: great accommodation, an array of dining options, soft sandy beaches, water sports aplenty, a vibrant night-life, and more. Trips to the resort can also be enjoyed as weekend getaways. Do be prepared for most places to be Disney-themed, but this only adds to the family fun!
When to go to Port Aventura
During the UK’s Easter and summer school holidays is when most British families fly out to the resort, eager to have a ball on the exciting rides at the theme park. But, because it is an all-year-round holiday location, you can book your break there at any time and look forward to enjoying yourself from the first day of your trip away to your last.
Although the resort is situated in Catalonia’s ‘Fiesta-Lovers Mecca’, the traditional processions, festivals and carnivals there (always a riot of colour) won’t encroach. But why not have a break from the theme park occasionally and head for neighbouring resorts, where Tarragona’s rich heritage is constantly brought alive by proud and dedicated locals.
The weather in Port Aventura
A Mediterranean (seasonal) climate is what you can expect at the resort. Because the hot summers see so little rain, you can fly out at any time between June and mid-September and look forward to up to 10 hours of scorching sunshine daily. After an afternoon enjoying the thrilling theme park rides, a cool dip in the sea before evening dinner might be just the thing.
The average summer temperature is 28°C, sometimes reaching a sizzling 30°C in mid-August, so remember to pack your sun cream and drink plenty of bottled water. Night-time temperatures level out at 18°C. The winters there are wonderfully mild, with the average temperature being 14-15°C during the day, and 7°C at night.
Getting the best deal to Port Aventura
Holidays to Port Aventura in Spain are not just summer holidays. You and your family can fly out during any season and have a lovely time (with outdoor pursuits being included in your itinerary). The cheapest holidays at the resort are during the off-peak periods (May and October), with breaks taken outside of school holidays being the cheapest of all.
If an action-packed holiday is not your thing, and you just want a tranquil week away, fly out to the resort during April. It is cooler then, of course, but quieter. Off-peak holidays at the resort often see hotel room prices drop, and there may even be discounted restaurant meals on offer at the many family-friendly eateries there. The sociable Spanish are renowned for adoring children. This is particularly true of the local people throughout Catalonia.
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Airport and transport need to know
You and your family can fly out to Catalonia from any one of several UK airports. There are regular flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Newcastle, Bristol, Aberdeen and Belfast. Choose to fly to either Reus Airport (REU) or Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). If you’re jetting off from London, allow for a two-hour flight.
Once there, you’ll find both airports modern. Baggage collection will be quick and hassle-free. Barcelona Airport is obviously much larger than the airport at Reus, and has numerous shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. But if you like to grab a bite to eat, a cool drink, and to stock upon on duty free whenever you arrive at an airport abroad, you can still do that at Reus.
From Reus Airport there is a shuttle service to the theme park at Salou. If you grab a taxi instead, expect a 20-minute drive; around 10 euro (£8.50) is what you’ll pay. The taxis are modern saloon models and estates, with friendly drivers. They like a chat and a laugh and joke, so ready yourself for an entertaining trip! For groups, minibuses are available for hire.
The drive to the resort from Barcelona Airport takes much longer - 1 hour and 15 minutes - so be prepared for that. Add another ten minutes to your journey if you opt for the train (there is a train station at the resort).
The best beaches in Port Aventura
Port Aventura holidays are in many ways unique holidays in Catalonia. Combining ‘all the fun or the fair’ at the theme park with long, lazy days on some of the prettiest beaches in Europe is something Brits return home raving about. They are also extremely eager to return.
Most make the short hop to neighbouring resorts to enjoy sunbathing, watersports, and to grab some quiet time alone at one of the beautiful secluded coves.
If lying back on a sun lounger and topping up your tan for a few hours each afternoon is your idea of holiday heaven, you can easily do that during your break. Sun loungers and parasols can be hired in the area at cheap rates. Sometimes they are even free, but it depends upon which hotel you are booked into in the region.
Adrenaline junkies seeking even more thrills and spills (after a visit to the fabulous theme park) won’t be disappointed. The number of water sports available to enjoy locally is almost countless! Water-skiing, jet-skiing, surfing, kayaking, parasailing… What will you try your hand at?
After all that physical exertion, a few hours spent getting your breath back and stilling your mind might be in order. For utter tranquillity, your best bet is to make your way towards any one of the rocky coves along the coastline. There you can enjoy private sunbathing and simply ‘tune out’ for a while before thoughts turn to dinner, and beyond.