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At PortAventura surprises await you at every turn from the first moment you step into the Park. Take a look at the timeline to find out more about the history of the adventure that is PortAventura park!

PortAventura Timeline

Since opening its doors in 1995 as the first theme park in Spain, PortAventura Theme Park has grown into a fantastic destination for family holidays in Spain. Today, PortAventura is one of Europe’s largest theme park resorts, and includes the main PortAventura theme park, Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, Hotel Caribe, Hotel Gold River, Hotel El Paso and Hotel PortAventura.


In its history the theme park has had several names including Universal’s PortAventura, Universal Mediterranea and of course PortAventura, but it has always remained an incredibly popular theme park resort.

Here are our best bits!

1995 - PortAventura theme park opened near the town of Salou, Costa Dorada, Spain, becoming the first theme park of its kind in Spain. Split into different themed areas or worlds, each with its own rides, roller coasters, shops and restaurants. This is just 3 years after EuroDisney Paris opened (which later become Disneyland Paris).

1997 - PortAventura changed its name to 'Universal’s PortAventura Theme Park'.

1999 - Brand new firework show, FiestAventura showed for the first time. The show amazed PortAventura’s guests with lights, water and fireworks, in the same year that Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park opens.

2000 - Universal’s PortAventura Theme Park became 'Universal Mediterranea'. A brand new theme park ride opened, 'Sea Odyssey' - an underwater submarine simulator, and became one of the theme park’s most popular rides.

2002 - The theme park opened 2 brand new PortAventura hotels: Hotel Villa Mediterranea and Hotel El Paso. Costa Caribe Aquatic Park also opened.

2003 - PortAventura’s new Hotel Caribe opened, with an exotic and exciting Caribbean theme.

2005 - The theme park changed its name from 'Universal Mediterranea' back to the original 'PortAventura'.

2006 - PortAventura Beach Club opened - this beautiful beach club has breathtaking views of the ocean, swimming  pools and relaxing spa treatments for guests of the PortAventura hotels to enjoy. (Beach Club is now no longer available)

2007 - PortAventura introduced a brand new theme park ride, Furious Baco. This white-knuckle roller coaster is in the Mediterranea area of the park, and  reaches speeds of up to 135km per hour.

2009 - Hotel Gold River, PortAventura opened. This fantastic hotel transports guests back to the American Wild West, and is the ideal accommodation for PortAventura holidays.

2010 - PortAventura was 15 year's old! The whole theme park celebrated this great anniversary with special shows, parades and PortAventura special offers.

2011 - PortAventura opened SesamoAventura, a themed area for children inspired by the cartoon universe and the world of Sesame Street. As the park's 6th theme area it offers eleven new rides and services adapted for the needs of the little ones in the family.

2012 - Shambhala - Europe's tallest rollercoaster took us to new heights Expedition to the Himalayas

2013 - PortAventura opened the fully refurbished Costa Caribe Aquatic Park in May 2013

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Don't forget, there’s so much more to find out about PortAventura! Read all about the rides, find out about family holidays in Spain, check out the fantastic PortAventura hotels and see what special offers are available for holidays to PortAventura - call us now for our latest deals:

  • United Kingdom - Call for free on 0800 091 3886
  • Ireland - Call 0818 274 087

And don't forget...

By booking through PortAventura Holidays you also are entitled to these exclusive benefits:

  • Free theme park tickets for the duration of your stay for on site hotels and 3 day tickets included for staying nearby.
  • Free Costa Caribe Aquatic Park (for May and September) - Onsite hotels only
  • 30% discount off Costa Caribe Aquatic Park tickets (all other dates) - Onsite hotels only

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