What makes a great summer holiday? Is it the beautiful beaches? The buzzing nightlife? Or even the tantalising local cuisine?
Whatever you feel makes your holiday great, why not top it all off with a visit to a theme park? Don’t fancy jetting halfway across the world to get your theme park fix? We’ve compiled a list of the best theme parks, all less than a 5 hour plane journey from the UK.
Located in eastern Spain, PortAventura attracts a whopping four million visitors per year, making it the most visited theme park in the country.
The unique thing about PortAventura is that you can travel around the world, and never leave the park. It’s split into five themed areas that are based on different civilisations from across the globe. These are: Mediterranea, Far West, Mexico, China and Polynesia.
PortAventura was opened in 1995, and features seven rollercoasters, including Shambhala: Expedicion al Himalaya, which peaks at 83 miles per hour. There’s also three water rides, including Tutuki Splash in the Polynesia section of the park, which is located at the top of an artificial volcano.
Have you ever dreamt of being on a rollercoaster and looking at the Pyramids of Giza at the same time? Neither have we. But this is something you can do if you visit Dream Park in Egypt.
Located in Cairo, the park was opened in 1999 and features a variety of fun rides including the suspended roller coaster, shoot drop and the crazy pineapple.
While this technically isn’t a full theme park, we had to include it in our list.
The Slingshot, in Ibiza, is a thrilling ride that’s located in front of Es Paradis. Here you’ll be catapulted into the air at 160 mph, and you’ll get a DVD of your experience – to prove that you actually did it.
For younger kids, there’s also bumper cars and trampolines on site, so you can have fun as a family.
Located in Benidorm, Spain, Terra Mitica is a popular theme park – with a difference. The myths and legends of ancient times are brought to life here, with ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt, The Islands and Iberia all waiting to be explored.
The longest wooden roller coaster in Europe is waiting for thrill seekers in the Rome section of the park. The enormous Magnas Colossus reaches speeds of 100 kph, and features a gut-wrenching 54 metre free fall.
If you fancy a break from the thrilling rides during your visit, why not take in a spectacular show? Acrobats and circus acts are just part of the excitement, which will take your breath away and leave you doubled over with laughter.
If you fancy a break from the bars, clubs and restaurants in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, head over Luna Park.
Here you’ll find a variety of rides and attractions – some of which are definitely not for the faint hearted!
The ever-popular loop roller coaster is great for thrill seekers, and boasts fabulous views of Sunny Beach and the surrounding area.
Fancy being spooked during your visit? Check out the House of Horrors, where lots of supernatural excitement awaits you.
Opened in 1999, Parko Paliasto is located in the clubbing paradise of Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, give the highest ejection ride in Europe a go. The famous sling-shot will catapult you 90 metres in the air, in just 2 seconds.
For a more relaxing experience, try the Giant Wheel. Here you’ll be able to see far and wide across the region, from 45 metres up.