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IF you're looking for a unique and unforgettable experience for all the family, visit PortAventura in Spain. Just an hour from Barcelona, this amazing holiday destination is perfect for the whole family.

Boasting an array of thrilling rides, four themed hotels, an aquatic park and fun and relaxation for all, PortAventura will ensure your holiday is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Be transported across the world by visiting six exotic themed parks including China, Polynesia, Far West, Mexico, Mediterrania and SesamoAventura.

In each of these exciting areas you'll find attractions, shows, shops and themed restaurants.

In fact, PortAventura theme park offers more than 30 attractions that will delight both adrenaline junkies and little ones alike.

At the park you can discover the record-breaking Shambhala, the highest roller coaster in Europe and drink in the atmosphere at one of the park's many restaurants.

You can enjoy up to 15 shows every day, from can-can dancers to Chinese acrobats or tribal dances from Polynesia.

And the amazing Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, which has recently been enlarged, is located right next door in a dream setting among palm trees, huts and relaxing reggae music.

The fantastic bars, restaurants and exotic vegetation will transport you to a paradise island, where you and the children can enjoy the water like never before, with thrilling rides and calming river waters.

At the aquatic park you can practise rafting, speed down slides or relax on a lounger.

Visit the highest free-fall toboggan in Europe, standing at 31m high with a vertical slope of 55deg and a drop speed of six metres per second.

Or try the nail-biting multi-bump toboggan, a rolling route with two fast gradient changes, where you'll experience an adrenalin rush like no other.

An amazing pirate adventure also awaits, with a children's pool, a pirate ship full of Sesame Street characters and, for the adults, a Caribbean-themed pool.

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Mediterrania is the first area you'll find on arrival, and offers a warm welcome to PortAventura.

It recreates a charming Mediterranean fishing village, priding itself on its attention to detail in recreating the original features of picturesque towns along the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada.

Here you can enjoy amazing rides and magical entertainment combining the tranquility of a Mediterranean village with the adrenalin of its main attraction, the Furius Baco, a horizontal catapult that fires you from 0 to 135 km/h in three seconds.

And the magnificent spectacle of water, electricity, fire, pyrotechnics and special effects on the Lake of PortAventura Mediterrania will leave you absolutely speechless.

Polynesia Step into the jungle of PortAventura Park and take refuge among the palm trees, shrubs and plants in the themed area of Polynesia. Welcome to a world that realistically recreates, with great detail, the landscape, vegetation and environment of the islands of Polynesia.

You will feel like you are in a tropical paradise, with fun rides and great shows that will simply blow you away.

Try the dizzying Tutuki Splash, a seemingly dormant volcano full of surprises with an exciting descent which, over the years, has become one of the icons of PortAventura.

Enter the 4D simulator Sea Odyssey, a creator of illusion and fantasy, or enjoy the musical performances which are the essence of Polynesia.

China The next stop on your adventure takes you to PortAventura China, a vast themed area that is carefully maintained down to the smallest detail, where you can enjoy a fun tour through colonial China and Mongolia.

Here you will find the challenging Dragon Khan, one of the most emblematic and iconic rides of PortAventura. Inspired by an old Chinese fable, this white-knuckle ride offers eight vertical loops and a speed of 110 km/h. One of the most successful parts of this region, the children's area in the Mongolia camp gives little ones the chance to cross endless bridges, enjoy climbing nets and dive down a huge slide on the great Chinese dragon.

Mexico With its dense jungle vegetation, ancient ruins and the great Mayan pyramid, PortAventura Mexico will transport you to an exotic land.

Discover the culture through its Mexican rhythm with musical entertainment that will make you want to dance, and then dare to try the most daring of rides, the Hurakan Condor.

Far West The Far West of PortAventura is the place where you can live exciting adventures in true American style. Recreating an authentic Western village down to the last detail, the Far West area will show you how the US celebrates its national holiday on July 4. Are you brave enough to ride the Stampida, a race between two angry herds of buffalo? Which herd will you choose to go with? Perhaps you would prefer to plunge down the vertical waterfalls aboard a trunk that's lost in the river? Only in PortAventura Far West can you sit back and enjoy a genuine can-can show or feel like a real cowboy.

SesamoAventura is one of the newest attractions at PortAventura theme park and has rides to delight both young and old.

Be enthralled by its magical inhabitants including Bert, Ernie and all the Sesame Street characters.

Ride the attractions and lose yourself in this fantasy world. Fly like a bird on the aircraft SesamoAventura CocoPiloto (Pilot Grover). Navigate the canals of SesamoAventura with new ride the Magic Fish. Experience, a fascinating journey by train while you meet the characters who live in SesamoAventura in the farm attraction featuring Elmo.

And for the fearless, hop on to Tami Tami, a rollercoaster that will delight children of all ages.

WHERE TO STAY THERE are four themed hotels you can choose between: ? Hotel PortAventura (Mediterranean ambience) ? Hotel Caribe (Caribbean theme) ? Hotel Gold River (where you'll be back in the Wild West) ? Hotel El Paso (with a Mexican touch and all inclusive) Every customer can benefit from several offers, including unlimited entry to PortAventura Park during your stay and special shows in every hotel.


THRILLING: The Costa Caribe Aquatic Park is now bigger and better. Top right, SesamoAventura. Bottom right, Sambhala
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2013
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