HOLIDAY HOT SPOTS: FRIGHT OF THE CONDOR! GHOULS ADD TO TERROR OF NEW 70mph PLUNGE RIDE... PREPARE TO BE SCARED AS THEME PARK CELEBRATES HALLOWE'EN

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HOLIDAY HOT SPOTS: FRIGHT OF THE CONDOR! GHOULS ADD TO TERROR OF NEW 70mph PLUNGE RIDE... PREPARE TO BE SCARED AS THEME PARK CELEBRATES HALLOWE'EN


Byline: By MATT GLASS

I'M perched 382 feet in the air with my legs dangling helplessly below.

There's nothing but a bicycle seat and a harness between me and certain death - it's not the most comfortable place I've ever been.

But what makes my situation even worse is knowing that any second now, the hook above my head is going to open and let me freefall at 70mph, only starting to break 40 feet from a painful looking concrete floor.

It might not sound like the greatest holiday activity of all time but, believe me, a visit to Spain's PortAventura theme park wouldn't be complete without trying its newest ride - the Hurakan Condor. Built to celebrate the park's 10th anniversary in May, Condor designer Vincenc Veses, claims there is no other ride in the world that comes close to it.

And an F1 test driver who recently strapped himself into a seat, described it as "absolutely petrifying". I couldn't agree more.

But visitors to the park from now until November 13 are in for even more chilling moments.

For PortAventura is celebrating Hallowe'en with fright nights that will have you shivering in your shoes.

With shows like The Devil Said Yes, ghouls wandering the park, hotel rooms turned into horror chambers and ghost walks...prepared to be scared.

Kids will love the nightmare nights and as Hallowe'en falls at the end of half-term, a visit is a perfect treat.

PortAventura makes sure it gears itself for every age and taste so if heart-stopping Hallowe'en and rides aren't your thing, don't worry, there's plenty more on offer.

Hotels Caribe, El Paso and PortAventura are perfectly placed to explore the park.

From my luxurious room at the PortAventura, it's a two-minute walk to the entrance.

After sharing a buffet breakfast with Shrek, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye and other Universal characters, it was time to hit the rides.

The park is broken up into different themed sections - Mediterrania, Polynesia, China, Mexico and Far West. Each one is beautifully laid out to make visitors feel as though they've been transported back in time to visit cowboys and Indians, or across the world to ancient China.

And on top there's the Caribe Aquatic Park with indoor and outdoor pools and attractions.

For the more fearless members of the family, China houses the petrifying Dragon Khan - the world's only 8-loop rollercoaster. I took my turn on it straight after lunch and regretted it soon afterwards.

For the faint-hearted, there are more tranquil rides to enjoy. Sea Odyssey takes you on a submarine through the murky depths of the ocean, encountering huge monsters along the way.

If the weather is still good, try the Tutuki Splash log ride or the Far West's Grand Canyon Rapids - they're guaranteed to cool you off even if you leave a little damp! …

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