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- Pals is a must-see for history buffs, couples, and travelers looking for a break from Barcelona.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, especially if you plan to visit the beach.
This is a serious theme park, Spain's biggest and baddest, with a collection of wild rides - like Dragon Khan and Furios Baco, both clocking in at well over 100kph (65mph) - that will keep thrill junkies coming back for more. Port Aventura is the flagship park, divided into several "lands," such as the Wild West, Mexico, and China, with themed shows, restaurants, and gift shops. Though it could keep a family busy all day (or week), that's just the beginning.
In addition to Port Aventura, you could also visit several other parks - Port Aventura Aquatic Park, with dolphin shows and water slides; the Beach club, right on the Caribbean; and Golf PortAventura, with three premium golf courses. Savvy travelers can find packages that include several parks, special shows, and even discounts on hotels.
The closest airport to Port Aventura Park is Tarragona's Reus Airport (REU), with just handful of year-round direct flights to major European cities from April through September. It's about 15 minutes by bus or taxi between the airport and the park.
Renfe trains stop at the Port Aventura station, right at the park, while the AVE line's Camp de Tarragona station has regular bus service to the park. There are several hotels right next to Port Aventura, catering to park goers.
Built above 12 kilometers (8 miles) of beautiful beaches paved with soft, golden sand, the medieval town of Palafrugell has long been a port of some importance. Until recently, it was also the region's top producer of cork, for popping off fine Spanish wines.
Today, the windy, winsome spot is a popular resort town, though it remains a real city beyond the quaint tourist quarter. Palafrugell is best known for its impressive coastline, which can be explored in yachts, kayaks, or on foot. But culture lovers and adventurous foodies will also enjoy the city's famed markets, selling fresh seafood (sea urchin is a local specialty), produce, and inexpensive eats made with the same - don't miss the famous night market. La Cuina de les Festes, the city's Spring Festival, is known for its gastronomic delights.
There are several other festivals held here throughout the year, as well museums, botanical gardens, and other attractions to keep you busy between tanning sessions.
Unfortunately, there's no train service to Palafrugell, but you can get direct buses from Barcelona, and from here to the less developed beaches of Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc.
The actual city of Palafrugell is located about four kilometers from the coast, where the tourist quarter - including most hotels and other amusements - are located. There's regular bus service, and of course taxis, that can take you between the two parts of town.