Aqualandia in Benidorm is widely regarded as one of the largest and best water parks in Europe. Located just outside the center of Benidorm, Aqualandia is a great addition to any Costa Brava holiday. With a huge range of slides and attractions suited for all ages, there is something for everyone.
Aqualandia is twinned with neighboring marine animal park, Mundomar, so you can combine the two parks for a fun-filled day. Mundomar is home to a wide range of animals, particularly marine life and birds. Enjoy shows throughout the day and encounter dolphins, sea lions, penguins and more. You can buy combo tickets for the two parks so if you think you will visit both this can be a good option.
How to Get to Aqualandia
You can reach Aqualandia via taxi or public transport from the center of Benidorm. There are hourly departures on buses 11 and 47 from the center of town right to the entrance. Alternatively, if you are traveling from the train station you can catch buses 1 or 4 from outside which leave every 30 minutes. Buses may be more frequent in the height of summer but it is always worth checking the timetable the day before so you can plan your visit. Public transport is reliable and inexpensive in Benidorm but if you are traveling as a family then a taxi may work out just as cost-effective.
Depending on where your hotel is located you may be able to walk to Aqualandia. It may be quite a walk, so probably not ideal for those with small children.
Rides and Attractions
Aqualandia boasts a huge variety of water slides and attractions. There are a number of pools around the park including the Atlantic Wave Pool and the Lagoon. The Lagoon is perfect for gentle relaxing while the kids are off on the slides. These pools lie at the heart of the park with slides in every direction. From Adventureland for small children to the towering Vertigo chute slide for the adrenalin junkies, there is something for everyone.
Black Hole is a tubing slide which allows one or two riders to skim down the slide while holding on to their tube. Moving through the dark vortex your heart will be racing! When you land in the pool at the bottom you’ll want to head straight back round to the queue. Similarly to the Black Hole but slightly more relaxed is the Rapids. This fun-filled tube ride is great for families and will have everyone laughing with excitement.
Splash is another great ride for groups of friends and families. This row of dipping water slides allows you to line up and race each other down to the bottom. The more times you go around the better your technique will get and your races will get more competitive each time!
Other thrilling slides include the Big Bang, Kamikaze and Vertigo. Vertigo is the highest capsule slide in the world and the highest waterslide in Europe! Not for the faint of heart, this huge slide starts at 33m above land and offers great views over Benidorm. When you reach the top of the stairs there is only one way down: through the speedy, heart-pumping chute. This is truly one for the brave!
Zig Zag will keep the children entertained for hours. With five different routes down, kids can go round and round knowing they will experience a different surprise with each ride. Each slide swirls and intertwines so you can hear squeals of joy from other slides as riders pass by.
When not zipping down water slides, you can relax in the pools or sit back in the natural shady spots. With plenty of lush greenery and tropical plants, there is a wonderful verdant atmosphere. This is great for getting children out of the sun while enjoying a picnic. As the park can be particularly hot in the summer, it is important to keep well hydrated and use plenty of sun cream. It is surprisingly easy to get burnt while sitting in the lagoon or standing queuing up for slides, so take extra care.
Facilities at Aqualandia
There are a number of eateries within the park which offer a range of food from paella and BBQs, to burgers, pizzas, and chips. As with many theme parks, this can be quite expensive. However, you are able to bring your own food and drink into the park so if you are trying to keep costs down then pack some snacks and a picnic to take with you. There are lockers available on-site so you can keep non-perishable foods in there while you explore the park. The lockers are pay-per-use so if you’d rather not pay then remember not to bring valuable items with you to the park.
There are also sunbeds available for hire within the park which allows you to pick a comfortable base for the day from which to explore.
Finally, if you’ve enjoyed your day at Aqualandia don’t forget to head to the souvenir shop on the way out. From beach bags to drinks bottles there are lots of gifts available to buy as a memento from your trip.
When to Go
Aqualandia is open from the end of May until the end of September. The park can get particularly busy during the peak of the day. It is worth getting to the park early to ensure you get straight on some of the slides without queues. This also gives you the chance to bag the best sunbathing spot too and get first dibs on the sunbeds. Alternatively, you could head to Mundomar in the morning and then head over to Aqualandia in the afternoon. This means you can enjoy lunch outside of the park which may be cheaper than eating within the theme parks.