Barcelona’s one of the world’s most visited cities. If you need proof, go in summer and see the crowds for yourself. Alternatively, do what smart families do and head west to the lovely Costa Dorada. Just an hour from Barcelona Airport, this is the slice of Mediterranean coast where PortAventura World Resort has mastered the perfect combo of outrageously exciting theme parks and waterparks, luxury family hotels and all the sun, sand and sea you'd expect in summertime Spain. Here are our top five reasons why you need to take the kids to PortaVentura World this summer:

PortaVenture overview

1/5  PortAventura Park: six wonderful worlds in one single, sensational place

PortAventura Park’s the original white-knuckle wonderland which put PortAventura on the map and made Costa Dorada even more fun than nearby Barcelona for summer holidays. Bigger and brighter than ever in 2017, it now has over 40 rides from truly terrifying Furius Baco (a catapult that goes from zero to 135kmph in three seconds) to the ridiculously cute Coco Piloto - designed by none other than Sesame Street’s Grover.

But, just in case warp-speeds and cuddly characters aren’t thrilling enough, PortAventura Park famously throws world travel into the mix too. So kids can spin round Mexico, chute through Polynesia, ride the wilds of America’s Far West, sail into China, speed round the Mediterranean or glide about SésamoAventura: a newly invented country created just for younger explorers, again, with more than a little help from Sesame Street.

Mention downtime and most kids just hear, ‘boring’, and that definitely isn’t the PortAventura way. Gaps between rollercoasters and roundabouts are filled with a packed programme of shows, parades and interactive events. The entertainment’s endless and the dreaded ‘b’ word’s completely banned: whether you’ve a budding mega-star or a potential palaeontologist on your hands.

Book a family holiday to PortAventura World with BA Holidays and enjoy unlimited access to the park