WATER PARKS IN ANDALUCIA
by Fiona Flores Watson
Andalucia has a number of waterparks that are ideal for family fun in summer. Most are open from May/June to September.
The parks have a variety of zones: high-adrenalin water slides including Kamikaze (very steep, almost vertical) and Black Hole (covered tube); multi-lane slides where you can race against your friends; children's areas with shallow pools featuring mini-slides and fun activities; and, increasingly, parks also feature more relaxing wave pools with beaches, lagoons, and even jacuzzis.
A few points to be aware of:
- Many waterparks offer reduced entry or special discounts when booked online (plus often avoids waiting to buy tickets at entrance), and also in the afternoon
- Queues for rides are shorter in the hours when the parks first open - Spanish don't generally arrive anywhere before 11am or 12 midday
- Height minimum on rides varies between 1.10m and 1.35m - measure your children before you go, to avoid disappointment
- Some parks charge extra to hire the rubber tubes or inflatables you sit on to go down the rides
- Most waterparks charge for sunlounger hire
- All waterparks have a range of bars, cafes and restaurants (usually including pizza and hotdogs), many of which are expensive; only some allow picnics, so check before you go
- No glass bottles or tinned food allowed (as stated by official regulations for waterparks in Andalucia)
- Sunsuits/rashvests are still not widely used by Spanish, but are the best way to protect children from the sun, especially when they're in water for extended periods of time.
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