Something for everyone: Family friendly theme parks in Spain

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With the stunning Spanish sunshine and a rich culture to explore, Spain is a fantastic destination for a family holiday. Yet its theme parks can lift your holiday from good to great.

So, when you’re browsing for spacious villas in Spain that are large enough for the whole family, find the nearest family-friendly theme park to you with this list.

PortAventura, Mainland Spain

PortAventura is one of the most famous theme parks in Spain, bringing in approximately five million visitors a year. Within walking distance from Salou on the Spanish Mainland and only around an hour’s drive from Barcelona, PortAventura is a popular day out for the whole family. Nearly 300 acres in size, the huge park is split up into six themed areas. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere in Mediterrania, where you can ride on a steam train, or set sail through the park to the Imperial China world.

In China, the atmosphere is more upbeat with iconic roller coasters such as the Dragon Khan with its 8 loops and speeds of up to 110 km/h. Scaling 76 metres tall, Shambhala is also here and is the tallest roller coaster in the whole of the park.

Next to PortAventura are two other great theme parks, Ferrari Land and PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park. With water rapids, slides, an indoor splash pool and a large wave pool, the Aquatic Park is perfect for cooling off on sunny afternoons. Ferrari Land was inspired by the Italian car and offers not only rides and roller coasters but unique F1 racing experiences in their immersive 4D cinema.

Siam Park, Tenerife

With waterslides, rides and rapids, visit the popular Siam Park in the Costa Adeje resort in Tenerife. The park was voted last year as the best water park in Europe in TripAdvisor’s Traveler Choice Awards and it doesn’t disappoint. Its main attraction is the plummeting Tower of Power. With a knee-trembling 28m drop, the Tower of Power is not for the faint-hearted.

The whole family can experience the epic Vulcano – with four-person rafts taking you through dark tunnels. Or pair up and ride The Gigante as you navigate through the twists and turns backwards.

Unleash your competitive side and race down the Naga Racer slides or relax on the Lazy River and enjoy the Thai inspired setting. With a wave pool and slides suitable for all ages, the whole family can feel the excitement together.

Oasys MiniHollywood, Almeria

For a theme park with a twist, visit Oasys MiniHollywood. Set in the vast Tabernas desert, venture to Almeria in southeast Spain to discover this attraction. Enjoy an action-packed afternoon in the wild west on this classic movie set, which was the location for many spaghetti western films in the 60s and 70s. Visit the interactive prop museums, stroll around the cactus gardens and get involved in the western shows. With Can Can dance shows in the saloon, a themed pool area and a small zoo, there’s a lot to explore here.

Terra Mitcha, Benidorm

A theme park with a historical twist, take the family to Terra Mitcha in Benidorm to enjoy a world where five ancient civilisations meet. The park has five distinct areas: Egypt, Rome, Greece, Iberia and The Islands with themed roller coasters, rides and slides to discover. In ancient Greece, immerse yourself in the avant-garde world with a 5D cinema that’s set in an authentic Parthenon. Or, if you’re feeling brave, ride the Magnus Colossus roller coaster.

In Egypt, ride in a Pharaoh’s sarcophagus through the twists and turns before you plummet 20 metres in this epic water rapid ride. Enjoy the bubbling hot tubs and fountains in the Nile River and, for something downbeat, sail from the shores of Egypt to Iberia to take in the seafaring landscape.

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