PP’s Amusement Park, Platja D’Aro, Costa Brava
If you’re looking for colour, bright lights, noise (don’t go with a headache) and laughter then PP’s Amusement Park in Platja D’Aro on the Costa Brava is the destination for possibly the happiest children in Spain.
At PP’s children zoom, row, fly, drive, shriek, crash, bounce and swing from ride to ride. They will love you forever if you take them here but I can guarantee tears when you dare to leave.
We paid €20 for a card which bought us €32 credit. Most rides started at two euros upwards. Some of the rides were pretty epic but Mr Toddler was delighted with the trampolines, driving his own rally car, racing a motorbike, rowing a log cabin heroically down the Amazon and monumentally failing to steer a water taxi and simply going endlessly round in circles. His absolute favourite area was the Spongebob Squarepants play zone where he climbed into the character’s mouth and it ate him. What’s not to love? Every time the whistle blew on this session Mr Toddler was reduced to tears. There’s always one.
Many of the attractions were suitable for our two year old toddler but older kids (schoolchildren) will have a total blast – you will spend a fortune. Mr Toddler is tall but most of the ride stewards either trusted our judgement on which rides we put him on or went by his height – perhaps we were just making the right calls anyway. Mr Baby was just big enough for a ride on the carousel but the park staff were pretty relaxed about allowing accompanying adults onto rides free of charge to take care of their kids. We did take the baby on one ride that clearly didn’t agree with him and he roared the house down (bad parenting move on our part). The steward took our card, walked to the kiosk and refunded the cost of the ride. Unexpected and exceptional service.
The park’s opening hours in peak season were a little odd for my British mentality – 5.30pm-1.00am! What’s that about?! I’m assuming it’s to avoid the heat of the sun. We were pretty much the first people through the gates at 5.30pm. Even with our relaxed ‘putting the babies to bed at 9.00pm cos we’re on holiday’ vibe, as soon as the park opened our dinner time and bedtime routine were beckoning. When it came time to leave Mr Toddler cried his eyes out … again. He had had the time of his tiny life. But it was soon forgotten once we mentioned dinner. His toddler goldfish memory worked to our advantage for once.
Tots2Travel flew with Norwegian from Edinburgh airport to Barcelona. We spent five nights on the Costa Brava in the Platja D’Aro area (post on our accommodation to come), followed by two nights in the Barcelona Golf Resort and Spa, hiring a car to get around.
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