Although there have been amusement parks in Spain since the beginning of the 18th century, the boom of the theme parks in the country started in 1995 with the opening of PortAventura. That was a new concept for the Spaniards and the success of the park continues today, as it’s the most popular park in Spain. PortAventura offers perfect theming based on different civilizations around the world and has a large selection of rides. Its icon is Dragon Khan, a roller coaster that broke several records when it opened, like the inversion record, with a number of 8 inversion.
As a result of the popularity of PortAventura, other parks started construction around the nation soon after. Parque Warner Madrid, originally managed by Six Flags, opened in 2002. It is the second most visited theme park in Spain. With the characters of the Warner factory, among its rides has the tallest free fall ride in Europe, a Giant Inverted Boomerang from Vekoma and a floorless B&M roller coaster themed to Superman. Only a few kilometers away, we can find Madrid’s city park: Parque de Atracciones de Madrid. Running since 1969, this park keeps a nostalgic scene combined with new generation rollercoasters like a Maurer Söhne SkyLoop coaster and a kiddie land themed to Nickelodeon.
Other parks built after PortAventura are Isla Magica, located in Seville and opened in 1997, which is themed to pirates… and Terra Mitica, themed around different civilizations of the Mediterranean and opened in 2000. A notable park in Spain is Tibidabo, one of oldest amusement parks in Europe, as it’s running since 1901. Located at the top of a mountain that is 500 meters high (which bears the same name), Tibidabo is a family amusement park with a unique attraction: the view of the city of Barcelona. The park also runs unique and centenarian rides and a family coaster from Vekoma that goes through a forest.