A trip to a waterpark makes a great day out for the whole family, especially in Spain where the weather’s hot and sunny. If you’re looking for inspiration or just a change from the beach, here’s our pick of the best waterparks in Spain.
This Thailand-themed waterpark in Adeje was named the world’s top waterpark by TripAdvisor users in 2017. A wave pool with the largest artificial waves on the planet is waiting for you here, or get your kicks on the adrenaline-fuelled Tower of Power. This ride sends you flying down a see-through, vertical slide, via a pool of stingrays and sharks. When you’re ready to take a break from all that excitement, grab a seat on the sunbeds next to the park’s own beach.
If you’re looking for the biggest waterpark in Spain, look no further. Aqualand El Arenal isn’t just the biggest in Spain, it’s the biggest waterpark in Europe. You can take it fast or slow here; it’s up to you. Take your pick from laid-back Jacuzzis and kids pools (like Polynesia and Dragonland), or head straight for the fast and furious rides like the Rapids and Tornado, or even the Black Hole slide that plunges you into darkness and out the other side into the pool.
This is the main waterpark on the Costa Brava, and you’ll find it just outside Lloret de Mar, so it’s ideal if you’re staying at the resort for your Spanish holiday. There are rides and attractions to suit kids of all ages. Little ones will love splashing around in Kiddie Island and Kid’s lagoon, while older children can head straight for the bigger rides. Speed Furious, a slide with a vertical drop, and Storm, which sucks you into a whirlpool, are two of the most exciting. You can get to Water World by bus from nearby towns, like Lloret de Mal, Blanes and Tossa del Mar.
Located just outside Benidorm, a fun-filled day out at Aqualandia awaits. There’s something for all ages here, with swimming pools, water slides and river rapids. If you’re looking for serious thrills, you’re in luck; the Verti-go is a turbocharged vertical waterslide, where you stand on a trap door before being dropped.
You’ll discover this Wild West themed waterpark close to Magaluf. Attractions here range from children’s pools to amazing high-diving shows (by the professionals, of course). If you’re looking for thrills of your own, make a beeline for the Boomerang; this 15 metre (50-foot) half pipe sends you plunging down a vertical drop.
Aquópolis, Costa Dorada
You’ll find Aquópolis on the Costa Dorada, a short way south of Barcelona. Little ones can splash around in Treasure Island and the Funny Jungle, while older children can take on the obstacle course over on Indiana Lake. Want to take it up a gear? The Black Hole and Kamikaze are guaranteed to get your heart racing. If you like, you can also give surfing or bodyboarding a try over at Surf Waimea.
Caribe Aquatic Park, PortAventura
Caribe Aquatic Park is one of the most visited waterparks in Spain. Located near Salou, you’ll find lots of water-based rides suitable for all ages. Young kids will love playing in Jack Sparrow’s pirate playground, while thrill seekers can’t get enough of the highest free-fall slide in Europe. There’s also a lazy river if you’d rather take things a little slower.
Aqualand Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
This is one of the greatest family-friendly waterparks in Spain. This place is brimming with slides of all shapes and sizes, as well as a special kids’ area. The park is open all year round, on-site parking is free of charge, and you can catch the bus to the park from most resorts on Gran Canaria.
Take a trip to Aqua Natura in Benidorm and you’ll find a wave pool, a spa, a sun deck and waterslides galore. If you’re feeling brave, there’s also La Cresta; a unique ride that gives you the feeling of zero gravity. You can also combine your visit with a trip to Terra Natura, a wildlife park that’s located next door.
Illa Fantasia, near Barcelona
Within easy reach of Barcelona, you’ll find Illa Fantasia; in fact, it’s the closest waterpark to the city. There are 18 rides and seven pools in total, including the huge wave pool, the Torpedo ride, and zigzag slides. It’s a great option if you fancy taking a break from the city; you can catch the bus here from the Arc de Triomf bus station or take the train from Plaza de Catalunya train station.
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