I did have Alton Towers (and
The Smiler) pencilled in for my October trip in 2013, believing the
delays and technical problems should be over by then, (I got that
wrong) but due to a load of issues I won't go in to all 3 of the
people I was planning to go with ended up having to cancel.
The idea of a solo trip to Alton Towers didn't hold that much
appeal, so I looked online for possible alternatives. I managed to
find a cheap deal to Barcelona with 2 nights at a (very basic) hotel
plus flights that would allow for time sightseeing on the first and
third day, leaving the second day free to visit PortAventura. Being
near the top of the list of parks I wanted to do in Europe I hadn't
done yet this became the obvious choice.
Overall it was a good trip. It was a lot busier and warmer
than I expected, for mid week in October. Judging by this I would
avoid visiting at hotter and busier times of year if I could. These
small problems aside it was a great trip, and with some of the best
roller coasters in Europe at PortAventura, it's a definite must do
for the roller coaster enthusiast at some point.