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Costa Caribe © PortAventura
© PortAventura

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | This article is listed in the sections Water parks and Magazine.

PortAventura piles up

After the Italian private equity firm Investindustrial took full control of the Spanish theme park and resort PortAventura, located near Barcelona, last year, it announced that it is going to invest around 75 million EUR in the park on the Mediterranean Sea – light at the end of the tunnel for Spain which has been hit hard by the economic crisis.

Costa Caribe © PortAventura
© PortAventura
Water slide at Costa Caribe
Roughly 10 million of that sum are supposed to put into PortAventura's Costa Caribe water park in order to attract, above all, foreign visitors. For this purpose, it will be extended by 14,000 square metres, aiming to reinforce the tropical atmosphere by introducing new theme elements. Furthermore, visitors to Costa Caribe can already look forward to a number of new attractions.

Without a doubt, the major attraction on the way is said to be the tallest slide in all of Europe, according to the park, that will stand more than 30 metres tall, feature a 55 degree plunge and thunder towards the ground at a speed of six metres per second. Whoever experienced a slide of this sort knows perfectly well what it takes to slide down from that height, the more so as an incorrect lying-position may cause painful injuries. The Multi-Bump-Slide towering 20 metres is going to look tiny in comparison to its neighbouring thrill monster, but its track of more than 100 metres in length is sure to be fun, though. A six-lane matt racer slide will also be added along with two pools: a Sesame Street themed kiddie pool with several small slides and interactive water games, and one rather aimed at adults with tropical flair and a waterfall.

Time will tell whether or not the slightly scratched resort will attract many more visitors by its water park expansion, and whether or not it would suffice to add a few slides and two pools to convince foreign guests to spend a stay of several days in one of the resort's hotels. After launching the tallest roller coaster in Europe, Shambhala, last year, it is quite apparent that PortAventura wants to offer more for families with children in the upcoming season.

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