Spain is well known for its beautiful sandy beaches and thrilling water-based activities, but how about trying out one of the country’s many fun-filled water parks? Perfect for days when you want a break from the beach or the sun, you don’t want to shake even more sand out of your shorts, or for when the weather may not be quite as you would like, water parks are a great way to swim and cavort in the water without actually going to the beach. They are excellent places to go for all the family.
Aquavelis in Torre Del Mar is the largest water park in the area. It has over 20 different rides and water attractions, including two really fast and slippery slides, an inflatable rubber ring ride, a wave pool, a large regular swimming pool, a grassed sunbathing and relaxing area, where sun beds can be rented if required, and a separate children’s pool. A large cafeteria caters for even the fussiest of eaters. There is a small charge for lockers.
When in Benidorm, why not pay a visit to the exciting Aqualandia? The water park has over 20 attractions, with fast rides for adults and slower rides for kids. With some of the most thrilling water rides in Europe, thunder into the Big Bang, relax at Amazonas, ride along the River Rapids, race your friends on Splash and plummet from the heights of the Big Bang. There are places to eat and drink within the water park, and also zones where you can relax and soak up some Spanish sun.
Also in Benidorm is Aqua Natura, another fantastic fun-filled water park for all the family. A children’s pool gives 100% visibility at all times, meaning that parents always have complete view of their children as they play. There are different chutes and slides suitable for different ages. Some are gentle, some are fast, but all are fun! Some slides are open whereas others are closed, and there are some that require the rider go down on a mat. There are four different pools, including a wave pool and one similar to a hydrotherapy pool. Aqua Natura is also the world’s only water park where you can experience zero gravity. Known as La Cresta, the ride is part chute, part rollercoaster, and can be ridden individually or in pairs. After reaching a 20 metre high platform you will continue up an eight-metre ramp, before falling to a large pool at the bottom.
Illa Fantasia in Barcelona provides a perfect break to long days of culture and heritage. Kick back, cut loose and squeal for joy on the different water rides. As well as its own restaurant, the park has a perfectly appointed picnic area, so you can stock up on all your favourites before you even enter the grounds. With three different pools and a choice from over 20 water slides, it is the ideal way to cool off in the heat. There are attractions suitable for all members of the family, from the adrenalin junkie thrill seeker to the tiny tot.
PortAventura Aquatic Park
On the Costa Dorada, in Salou, you will find PortAventura Aquatic Park. Set in beautiful dreamy surrounding amidst palm trees, exotic trees and plants, beach-style huts and reggae music the atmosphere is really like that on a tropical and exotic island idyll. There is also a special Caribbean themed area for children to enjoy. You can go rafting, relax on loungers, swim, ride the exciting selection of slides, and try surfing the waves. With great restaurants and a truly unique feel, you will not want your day at PortAventura to come to an end.
Aqualeon, also on Costa Dorada in Albinyana, combines a terrific water park with an adventurous safari. In the water park there is a dedicated children’s area to ensure the little ones make the most of their day in a completely safe environment. Adults will love shooting down the extreme slide, Kamikaze, and riding the roller-coaster like Toboloko. There are racing slides, the Rapid River, Twister, the Slalom slide and the darkness of the Black Hole to contend with, before heading over to Surf Beach to try out your surfing skills. Food and drink is widely available. In the safari area you can visit a large pride of lions, journey through a bear inhabited prairie and see the beautiful yet ferocious big cats, including tigers and jaguars. A safari bus is available to enhance the experience, and an area of smaller animals will surely delight children, where they can see rabbits, meerkats, prairie dogs, raccoons, horses and pigs.
Many hotels across Spain have mini water parks incorporated, some for guests only and some where other people can pay to visit.
Outside of the mainland, on the different islands, Aquapark, Costa Teguise on Lanzarote is a firm favourite, as is the themes Western Water Park on Mallorca. On Tenerife, a good place to visit is Siam Park in Adeje.