Everyone knows that happy kids mean happy parents and on your family holidays the best way to put a smile on your children’s faces is a day out at the local water park. With Europe geared towards the package holiday market, there is a plethora of parks to choose from.
Here’s our pick of the top 5 water recreation parks in Europe:
5. Adaland Aquapark,Turkey
Adaland is divided into three distinct areas and each of them is guaranteed to cause your family hours of fun while there. The spiralling slides and windy rides all take place in the Aquapark area and the water park is best known for the slithering Yellow Python, a brightly coloured spinning tube which drops you out into a giant splash pool. The remaining areas of the park are the dolphin section, giving you and your family the opportunity to watch daily dolphin shows and afterwards swim with the stars, and the Seapark, which allows you to hand-feed magnificent manta-rays and snorkel amongst Turkey’s marine life.
4. Water World, Ayia Napa
Water World claims to be Europe’s biggest water park, but it is the park’s ancient Greek styling and not the sheer size of the destination that has earned it many travel industry awards. There are 18 rides in total from the spinning Aeolos Whirlpool to the rather sedate Aphrodite’s Pool, a huge relaxing Jacuzzi aimed at the park’s adult visitors. Many of the rides feature height restrictions, but younger children will have hours of fun in the Trojan Adventure, a gentler play structure featuring water pistols and smaller slides.
3. Aqualand, Tenerife
Aqualand is actually a chain of seven water parks situated in Europe. However, the best of the bunch is located on the island of Tenerife. Like all the best water parks, the site features a dolphinarium and the dolphin shows here are the best in Europe. The park is home to a vast array of water based rides and customers that have visited other Aqualand parks, while on their family vacation, will be pleased to note that it has all the old favorites from the spiralling Anaconda to the five-slide spectacular, which is the Super Slalom.
2. Aquasur, Gran Canaria
Aquasur is the Canary Island’s biggest water park and also one of their most popular tourist attractions. This sun holiday daytrip destination is another Aqualand park, and while it doesn’t have the friendly dolphins of Tenerife, it instead features a population of sea lions that your children will love swimming with after their spectacular show. All the family favorites feature in this park, including the spiralling Anaconda and the adrenaline packed Kamikaze and Adrenalina rides.
1. Fasouri Watermania, Cyprus
Fasouri Watermania won the much coveted award for the best water park in Europe at the 2007 World Travel Awards and it isn’t hard to see why. The park remains the biggest in Cyprus and is definitely a must visit for those on a family holiday. There is enough to entertain both adults and children alike and competitive families can organise a race down the six-lane Mat Chaser, to see who’ll be taking on the washing-up duties for the remainder of their vacation. The bizarre Crossover game is a lot harder than it looks and involves crossing an activity pool on giant floating orange slices. Smaller children will enjoy playing in the slightly more sedate kiddie pool, and the football pitch and playground gives your family the perfect opportunity to dry out before heading home.