Whether you are travelling with children, or are simply in love with the magical feeling, winding roller coasters and crazy rides, amusement parks are an incredibly fun and memorable way to spend the day. Both Spain and France have amazing parks for you to explore, and Renfe-SNCF en Cooperation’s trains will take you between them in a blink of an eye. With the amazing views you will be riding alongside between the two cities, your time on the train will feel like another attraction in one of these amazing parks.
PARC ASTÉRIX – PARIS, FRANCE
Roller coaster - Arnaud 25, Wikimédia Commons
Located just outside Paris, Parc Astérix will be sure to offer you a day full of fun, whether you are a long-term fan of Asterix and Obelix stories or not. This phenomenal amusement park joins together all the best of these fantastic childhood stories, the characters, the stories, and the mixture of fantasy with history. The park has rides themed from all different cultures present in the stories – the Romans, the ancient Greeks, the Gauls and recently the Egyptians, giving you the chance to take a walk through history, complete with roller coasters and rides.
PORTAVENTURA WORLD – TARRAGONA, SPAIN
Roller coaster - Boris23, Wikimédia Commons
Located just outside the beautiful city of Tarragona, and not far from Barcelona, PortAventura is the most visited theme park in all of Spain, and the 6th most visited in all of Europe. The name itself, Adventure Port, should give you a sense of what is waiting for you. The amusement park is divided into 5 different areas: the Mediterranean, the Far West, Mexico, China and Polynesia, with each area appropriately decorated and themed to make you feel like you have just teleported around the world. With over 40 different rides available, along with themed shows and other forms of entertainment, the park is guaranteed to offer days and days of fun to anyone who visits it. Be such not to miss out on the Caribbean-themed water park, to cool off those hot summer days.
Hold on to your hats though, because that’s not all. PortAventura has been working alongside Ferrari to launch the much awaited Ferrari Land in 2017, the only Ferrari themed amusement park, in the world other than Ferrari World all the way over in Abu Dhabi. The new area will include new rides, a hotel, restaurants, shops and even racing car simulators. The main attraction is said to be a 112m high vertical accelerator coaster, which will become not only the tallest but also the fastest coaster in all of Europe.
CITÉ DE L'ESPACE ( CITY OF SPACE) - TOULOUSE,FRANCE
Le parc de la Cite de l'Espace - M.HUYNH
Located just outside Toulouse, this theme park submerges you into the Space universe. Discover the highlights of the conquest of space
, with a replica of major space station as the Mir space station, the Ariane 5 rocket size... There are countless experiences for children, the simulator of weightlessness, testing the combination of astronaut launch mini-rockets ... Moreover, you can experience a total immersion in space with the 3 D space: a room equipped with a 3D Imax screen high as a 6-storey. Let’s go on Space trip! Check out more details about the Cité de l’Espace.
TIBIDABO - BARCELONA,SPAIN
Overview of Barcelona - Tibidabo Amusement Park
Mount Tibidabo is one of the famous mountains located above the city of Barcelona, which offers amazing views of the city and sea at 512 meters of altitude. The mountain is just outside the city center, and can be easily reached either by hiking (by those more courageous) or by public transportation from anywhere in the city, the catching the famous funicular or tram to make your way up the mountain.
At the top there is a beautiful church, Sagrat Cor (Sacred Heart, in Catalan) and picture perfect places to have picnics or simply relax while looking over the fantastic views of the city. What does this have to do with amusement parks, you may ask? Well there’s the surprise. Up on the very top of the mountain, next to the church, is the Tibidabo amusement park. It was built back in 1899, making it one of the oldest amusement parks in the world still functioning. It has around 25 attractions from children and adults alike, and is sure to offer a day full of fun for all. Built on one of the highest points of the city, although small, it is most definitely a marvelous and unique experience, one you will not encounter in many places around the world. I promise you the Ferris Wheel will be the ride of a life time, with sensational views over both land and seas (as long as you are not afraid of heights!). For those more curious, there is a small photo gallery with a small trip through the history of the amusement park and its construction, and about all the different placed that can be seen up from its unique vantage point.