Water parks

18 Jun Top 5 Water Parks you need to visit in Spain

Off to enjoy the sizzling temperatures of Spain this summer? Check out these water parks for a fun-filled day out.

Take a spin out to the Wild West and splash about in Spain’s only western themed water park, about a 20min drive from the city of Palma. Take pictures alongside the resident parrots and pose as the parks Most Wanted. The Western Water Park boasts plenty of shows, slides and attractions that’ll keep the whole family busy for the day. When you need refuelling, pop into one of the many food stalls to stock up on pizza, chips and other fast-food options. There are also many picnic areas close to the attractions, if you prefer to bring your own lunch. For the braver kids, we’d recommend taking a spin on Boomerang – the huge 15-metre-high half pipe that will have your heart in your mouth!

Aqualand Torremolinos is just one of the 13 Aqualand chain parks dotted across the country. Situated just five minutes from the centre of Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, this park is about a half hour away from Malaga’s city centre. The park encompasses landscaped gardens, attractions and swimming pools and a total of 19 water slides for adults and 15 slides catered for the kids. Splash about on Europe’s highest water slide, the 22m high Kamikaze  -definitely not one for the faint-hearted! If adrenaline rides aren’t quite your thing, there’s the surf pool and the Jacuzzi to laze about and take in the Spanish sunshine.

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The ever-popular Spanish theme park, Portaventura, attracts over 4m visitors each year. Although the jaw-dropping theme rides usually garner much of the attention, the water park beside is just as exhilarating. With most rides and water slides tailored to suit smaller children, you don’t have to worry about the younger members of the family feeling left out by height restrictions. This park offers an indoor area completely geared towards the younger members of the family to enjoy themselves, with their own gentle water slides and water based play equipment. It boasts a more relaxed and chilled-out vibe than its rivals – something that will appeal to the younger families. The fantastic bars and restaurants scattered about the park are the perfect places to cool off in the shade.

This Siamese themed water park has the perfect combination of adrenaline, relaxation and family-friendly attractions. Take a walk down to the Floating Market where you can have a Thai massage or shop for souvenirs.  Its landmark attraction, though, is the Tower of Power, a slide with a 25m drop that brings the visitor through a tank full of sharks (don’t worry, they can’t eat you).  For the surfers out there, there’s also a large wave pool complete with sandy beach and waves of up to 3m high on site. Also works as a great spot to feel the waves breaking gently at your feet.

If you want a little extra packed into your day, then Terra Natura is the ideal excursion for you and your family. With one park located in Murcia and the other situated in the popular tourist area between Benidorm and Alicante, both of these parks are catered to suit families of all ages. Aqua Natura boats The Crest, an enclosed water slide, where you can experience the feeling of weightlessness before you finally land with a splash in the huge pool at the bottom. If splashing about on the water chutes and relaxing in the wave pools gets a little mundane, pop over next door to the wildlife park where huge elephants, camels, tigers, poisonous snakes, and chatty monkeys live.

Sharron Lynskey

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