Spain's PortAventura resort contains both the PortAventura theme park and the adjacent Costa Caribe water park. It has a truly remarkable ownership history, having changed hands from Tussauds Group and Anheuser-Busch to Universal Studios and later from Universal to a Spanish banking group called Caixa. 'Universal Mediterranea', once Europe's only Universal-branded theme park, has since been abandoned by Universal Studios. Not sure what that should tell us.
Ride-wise, PortAventura is exciting with good coasters and flume rides throughout. The external theming is world-class, but isn't followed through in the rides themselves. PortAventura is a superior example of theme park window dressing, which reflects its soullessness resulting from so many owner changes.
Further construction is going on at the moment and there are plans to expand massively in the future. I look forward to seeing where they take it!
PortAventura entrance. Universal Studios' Woody Woodpecker is still here!
Superbly-themed PortAventura theme park
PortAventura coaster Furius Baco
It's extremely fast
African dance show
Water splash ride
It's a bit less wet than it looks!
Queuing for the Sea Odyssey dark ride
Sea Odyssey movie simulator ride
PortAventura's landmark roller coaster
Chairoplane meets roller coaster
Coastering through well-manicured landscape
Mexican-themed drop tower
Express passes available for this ride
Stampida is a dueling wooden roller coaster
Stampida coaster in action
Mine train coaster
Mine train in action
River rapids ride on two levels
Rafting through the Wild West
River rapids ride POV
PortAventura is one hour's drive south of Barcelona
The Theme Park Guy having a siesta
PortAventura in the evening