Who doesn’t love a good water park on holiday? It’s truly the day-out with something for everyone. For thrill-seekers, you have the towering adrenaline-fuelled slides, whereas, for those who enjoy a more sedate experience, there are wave pools, sandy beaches and more relaxed lazy-rivers to float about in. Whilst many of the really OTT parks will undoubtedly be found in the USA, however, there are plenty of incredible water parks to be found in Europe too. Here, we’ll be highlighting five of the very best on offer.
Tropical Islands – Germany
Housed inside a converted airship hangar just a short drive from Berlin, this indoor water park is truly a sight to behold. With a theming so grand it’s almost like something you’d find at a Walt Disney park, the 360-metre wide dome also houses the largest water slide in Germany, a tropical spa area and even an indoor rainforest that contains turtles and flamingos. Truly a water park unlike anything else on earth.
Slide and Splash – Portugal
Located just outside Lagoa and easy to reach via Faro airport transfers, this massive resort is not only home to a dazzling array of slides and pools but also boasts daily animal shows featuring parrots, reptiles and more besides. You’ll struggle to find another water park in the country with quite as many slides to choose from.
Alpamere – Switzerland
Whilst not a famously warm country, Switzerland’s most famous water park is, mercifully, completely covered. Indeed, it’s actually the largest covered water park in Europe. There are 11 slides here, as well as a number of heated pools and lazy rivers. The attractions are incredibly high-tech, with the Ice Express in particular amongst the most unique slides in the world.
Siam Park – Spain (Tenerife)
The crown jewel of the Canary Islands, this opulent theme park is one of the most popular attractions on the already crowded tourist hotspot of Tenerife. Themed to resemble an opulent Thai palace, the park is one of the most high-tech in Europe and also boasts a fair number of thrill rides. Indeed, the 28-metre tall tower that fires riders through an underwater aquarium filled with sharks is perhaps one of the most famous water slides in the world. And with good reason.
Waterworld – Cyprus
Whilst Ayia Napa might be notorious as a clubbing destination, it’s also got a surprising amount to offer families of holiday-makers too. A case in point is the ancient Greek-themed Waterworld which is a spark that truly offers something for everyone – even non-swimmers are catered for! Truly one of the biggest and best water parks in Europe.