Review of the Aqualandia water park, Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain.
Benidorm Attractions - Aqualandia Water Park
It’s a day of fun, frolicks and falls at the Aqualandia Water Park in Benidorm on the northern Costa Blanca. Located next to Mundomar, its sister park, Aqualandia nestles into the hillside, cleverly tucked away, unobtrusive apart from a series of multi-colour tubes that can just be seen on the Benidorm landscape from the N-332 coastal road as you drive in.
The backdrop of lush vegetation and palm tree lined avenues make it a relaxing day out for all the family, except for the adrenalin junkie! While families enjoy picnics in the barbeque area and young children splash around Adventureland on slides and rope ladders, there are some impressive rides here for the serious water park goer looking for that white-knuckle thrill.
With views overlooking the hotel zone of Benidorm, the Kamikaze and Big Bang prove a real crowd pleaser. For after what seems like a lifetime climbing stairs and the views starting to look a bit too distant, the only way is down, straight down and in a heartbeat it is all over before scrambling to reclaim lost swimwear and get out of that water as quickly as you can!
For something a bit more sublime that won't make you lose your stomach there is the Zigzag, a twisting array of tubes where five people can race against each other, or try the Pistas Blandas, reminiscent of childhood days of pouring water and washing-up liquid down a large sheet of plastic and racing down hills.
It is easy to lose yourself in the pools and park area but a good central place to form headquarters for the day is beside the Atlantic surf where there is a sheltered seating area and row after row of sunbeds. The wave machine is triggered every 20 or 30 minutes as swimmers dive in under the waves or bob along in their rings. Amazonas circles the pool. The lazy river is usually the quiet place where mothers relax, and it is relaxing except for the waterfalls that rain down and suddenly the lazy river becomes a manic dash to escape the pounding water.
There are areas for the more dedicated swimmer who prefers calm water rather than the slides. As well as the Atlantic surf there is the Niagara and Laguna. At the back of the Laguna is a krypton factor style assault course involving rope pulls and zip-slides.
While there is something for everyone in the park, Zooinmersión offers a treat for the whole family no matter what age. Sea lions perform regular shows, showing off their skills with trainers giving the audience that ‘aahhh’ factor. As a special treat and for an extra cost Aqualandia gives visitors the chance to swim and play with the sea lions and learn more about them, or if you prefer, you can have a quick photo taken with them, a lasting memory of that new special friend.
Prices for Aqualandia in 2011 are 27 euro for adults and 23 euro for children and OAP's, the park is open in 2011 from 28th May to 11th September. While in the area be sure to also visit the Terra Natura Animal Park.