Located at Alcantarilha, Aqualand Algarve is one of the largest water parks in Europe. The water park is now part chain of water-amusement parks operated by Spanish tourism group (for years the park was called The Big One). Overall there are five Aqualands in Spain, one in Portugal, and seven in France. Aqualand Algarve is easily accessed via the N125 from all areas of the Algarve and offers free parking for visitors arriving by car as-well as free buses from major towns in the southern coast of Portugal.
The park has some very big named rides like the Kamikazee (with 95m high slide in 4 seconds is still the biggest slide in Portugal), Anaconda (a very long corkscrew) and the interesting Banzaii Boggan which sees you skimming across the top of the water after flying down a ramp. The Flying Carpets also provide family fun and slightly less adrenalin as they snake their way down the long tubes on rubber rings and there’s also a semi-Olympic swimming pool for a good swim. Hydra is the new attraction for 2013.
Aqualand Algarve opens from May to September. The prices are reasonable 22€ for an adult (and you can have a 3€ discount if you provide online data) and 16€ for children up to 11 years old. Lockers a tad expensive at 5 euros plus 2 as a deposit. Changing room facilities not great and the food is regular fast food stands and a small restaurant but they have as well as several ice cream kiosks.
The on-site shop sells all the necessities for a day in the sun. Here visitors can stock up on sun cream, arm-bands, sunglasses and towels as well as gifts and mementos of their day.
To be honest Aqualand is not my first choice in Algarve. If you only have to pick one park chose nearby Zoo Marine or Aquashow. But if you have the time the big rides are intersing specially for thrill seekers.Web page Top Rides
Kamikazzee, Anaconda, BonzaiVideos