Make a splash at Portugal’s best waterparks

Waterparks and the Portuguese coast is a match made in heaven. The warming weather and the excitement of some chutes and slides make for a memorable experience.

Dotted around the country’s shoreline are some of the best waterparks across Europe. From the busy parks of the Algarve to the jaw-dropping chutes of the rugged island of Madeira, there is so much to love about these waterparks. However, you have an important decision to make – which one do you choose?

Don’t worry; we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite waterparks from across Portugal.

Zoomarine – Guia, Algarve

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We’re starting off with an all-time favourite. Zoomarine is not your average waterpark offering one of the more unique experiences you are likely to find. Situated in Guia, a short drive from Albufeira, it combines education with a huge dollop of fun. You can take on exhilarating slides while also learning about the marine conservation.

Crowds flock to daily dolphin shows and wonderfully choreographed sea lion presentations demonstrating the majesty of these animals. You can get a little closer to the star attractions with the dolphin experience where you can fulfil a life’s ambition and swim with these playful marine life. With a waterpark to enjoy as well, Zoomarine is the perfect family day out.

Prices: Adults €29, juniors (up to 10 years old) €19, seniors (over-65s) €19.

Aquashow – Quarteira, Algarve

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Having slides with names like Wild Snake, White Fall and Space Shuttle, you know they are bound to get the adrenaline running. That is exactly what you get at Aquashow. Another of the Algarve’s multitude of waterparks, Aquashow is known across Europe for its innovative slides and attractions.

White Fall is the only one of its kind in the world and is the ultimate rush while the Wild Snake will take you on so many twists and turns. Spend your days trying out these rides then at night retire to your room in the adjoining 4-star hotel, this is the ultimate holiday for a waterpark lover.

Prices: Adults €24.65, juniors (up to 10 years old) €16.15, seniors (over-65s) €16.15 (all prices are online offers).

Slide and Splash – Lagoa, Algarve

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Slide and Splash is considered to be one of the best waterparks in Europe, so it’d be rude not to test it out for yourself! Stretching across 16,000 acres of Lagoa, situated between Lagos and Albufeira, Slide and Splash has everything from huge slides to get the pulses racing to parrot and falcon shows.

The thrillseekers among you will love rush of Kamikaze and the step into the unknown on the Black Hole slides. Race your friends on the Bonzai and feel weightlessness on The Plunge. Holidaying with younger children? No problem, they can play in the well designed children’s area complete with water firing dragons and mini elephant slides.

Prices: Adults €27, juniors (up to 10 years old) €19, seniors (over-65s) €19.

Aqualand Water Park – Alcantarilha, Algarve

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When it comes to the Aqualand Water Park in Alcantarilha there is only one word that matters – Anaconda. The park is dominated by the towering, snaking structure which interweaves five different slides all heading into one huge splash pool. The gravity-defying rides don’t end there.

Aqualand has its very own Kamikaze which sends people plummeting 36 metres in just four seconds, dare you take it on? Then, of course, there is the Banzai Boggan where you speed down a 23-metre high slide (seems relatively tame in comparison, doesn’t it?). However, if you don’t fancy this level of adrenaline then have a go on the Flying Carpets or simply have a relaxing swim in semi-Olympic size swimming pool.

Prices: Adults €27, juniors (up to 10 years old) €19, seniors (over-65s) €19.

Aquaparque – Santa Cruz, Madeira

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For our final pick, we’re moving away from the Algarve and hopping across the Atlantic to Madeira. The idyllic island is home to Aquaparque, the island’s renowned waterpark which provides amazing views across the ocean below.

A short drive from the capital of Funchal, Aquaparque is not shy when it comes to reeling out the big rides. The Black Hole is one of the more daring slides while you can also race your friends down the race track lanes. The younger ones can splash around at the Aqualandia play area while mum and dad can spend the day soaking up the Madeira sun.

Prices: Adults €6.50, juniors €4 (up to 12 years old), seniors (over-65s) and under-4s go free.

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