Aqualandia is a waterpark located in Benidorm and is one Spain’s best water parks with enough attractions to entertain both water wimps and hardened splash-seekers. Aqualandia opened in 1985 and has 27 attractions aimed at everyone, spread over an area of 150,000 square meters, including water slides, swimming pools, river rapids and sunbathing areas. It is twinned with the marine animal park Mundomar, which is immediately next door to Aqualandia, and shares the same free car park. Water is sourced directly from the sea so the pools and slides are salt water.
Among over 20 different water slides the most thrill attractions are: Black hole, Big Bank, Kamikaze, The Rapids, Zig-Zag, Laguna and several pools. Watch out for the waves at Atlantic Surf-they are great. New for 2013 was Vertigo the world’s highest slide-capsule with 33 meters and an acceleration of 100 Kms/h. There also is a wave pool with Jacuzzi with a cataract in which one can walk within tunnels and pools for children that provides lots of fun for the little ones.
The park has many shade areas, either with picnic tables or under trees. It also has many restaurants, from pizzerias, hamburguerias, ice cream parlors, self-service stalls with varied food. The showers has large space for dressing and provide hot water. There is a restaurant and shop on site, but the food is expensive and awful. Fortunately there are plenty of picnic areas (although regular families book the tables first thing in the morning. At lunch time it’s for sure that there is no free table available).You can also rent large yellow buoys you see in our photos for 6 euros all day (you pay a deposit of 2 euros which is refunded upon delivery). The only drawback is the wait time in the busiest slides (up to 45 minutes). At the entrance of each slide is a sign that says how long the wait is expected.
Overall the service is good, friendly and helpful, the lifeguards are very attentive and change of shifts from 30 to 30 minutes. Across the park employees speak English, and some French. The park is clean and tidy. Parking could be a problem but there are cops on horseback to refer cars to the parking spaces. This means that there are no long lines to park because everything is well organized. To exit at the end of the day we also had no major problems, it was pretty fast.
I visited in August 2014 with my husband, some friends and the kids and the park was crowded. But from 17.00 (our boys wanted to stay until 20.00 – closing time) it was much easier because at that time many people start leave and then waiting times came shorter. Ticket prices range from 27€ (children from 4 to 7) to 35€ (adults). I know that on the internet you can buy cheaper tickets and family tickets.
Overall it’s a perfect day experience for every age, it’s lovely, the view over Benidorm is just breathtaking. I would definitely recommend it!
Location: Sierra Helada, s/n, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain
Tickets: From 24 € online
Open April to OctoberTop Rides
Vertigo, Black Hole
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