Thousands flood to Spain every year to soak up the sun and enjoy the relaxed way of life. Spain is rich in culture, has wild and rugged landscapes as well as hundreds of miles of idyllic sandy beaches. It’s easy to see why Spain remains a favourite holiday destination. Excellent roads link airports and beach resorts, vibrant cities and picturesque villages. Reasonably priced taxis means getting about to see what’s on offer is easy. But no matter how you plan on spending your well-deserved holiday, coast or mountains, there’s one thing everybody should do for a fun day out: visit a water park.
Not only does Spain have some of the best water parks in Europe, a few are ranked the best in the world. They’re a great day out for kids, but grown-ups get a chance to have some serious fun too, maybe more than their children. Water parks are safe and offer a huge choice of exciting things to do. Besides fun in the water, many have great restaurants, shaded areas, and are set in beautiful surroundings. Although there’s plenty of water parks to choose from in Spain, some do things better than others.
Away from the bustling centre, Aqualandia is set against an impressive natural landscape. Being the first of Spain’s water parks and amongst the largest on the planet, Aqualandia has a list of record-breaking attractions. Free parking and friendly staff are more bonuses.
Set on the Costa Tropical, Aquatropic has been expanding its choice in activities for over two decades. Not only does it have a great selection of water-based attractions, it also has a good-sized park with lots of shade for picnics and relaxing. It may not have world-ranking status, but it has something no other water park in Spain has: saltwater. No horrible-tasting chlorine. Hurray!
Aquapark Flamingo, Torrevieja
A favourite for families with small children. Many water parks are huge and filled with scary-looking rides and trecking around hundreds of square metres can turn a fun day out into a chore. That’s not the case here. Aquapark Flamingo is smaller but still packed with a good choice in attractions, all suitable for little people. It has a larger than average ratio of lifeguards too, and the cheaper entrance fee, free parking and sunbeds make up for them not allowing you to take your own food.
Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, Tarragona
Located in Costa Daurada, and part of the fun-packed Port Aventura, Costa Caribe offers a unique experience in an exotic setting. Where else can you listen to reggae music amongst 4000 species of tropical plants whilst white-water rafting? There’s also the usual variety of nail-biting water slides, and plenty of places to relax.
Although Madrid is a landlocked city without the beaches Spain is famed for, it’s serviced by national parks and an awesome water park. Anyone visiting Madrid during the summer months will definitely want to spend a day here. If you tire of riding down a huge slide on over-sized rubber rings, or lazing through the jungle, you can chill out by one of the many pools or treat yourself to a secluded cabin in the VIP area.
Siam Park, Tenerife
Winning the accolade of Spain’s, Europe’s, and even the world’s best water park, Siam offers its visitors an unforgettable experience. Situated in the south of the island, this giant playground has everything and more, including a surf school and tropical kingdoms. It sets the benchmark for all water parks and is a major tourist attraction in itself.