Aqualand is one of Europe's largest outdoor water parks and features a range of chutes and slides suitable for all ages.
The park is home to several notable rides suitable for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers. The "Kamikaze" is the biggest slide in Portugal measuring over 100ft (36m) high it takes a mere 4 seconds to plummet to the bottom! Slightly less intimidating is the "Hydra" a more traditional water chute with a long, long corkscrew section.
A less usual ride is the "Banzai" which sees riders hurtle down a 23m slide sitting on skim board before shooting across the surface of the pool at the bottom. Other rides include the rapids which are navigated on giant rubber rings along with various other giant slides.
For the less brave there are plenty of other activities ranging from a large outdoor swimming pool to a wave machine.
Younger children have plenty of choice too. "Children's Paradise" has two children’s pools, lots of smaller slides, castles, fountains and various animal figures. Whilst for the youngest "Rainbow Park" is a colourful fantasy world of mini-slides, showers and giant crayons.
Set amongst landscaped gardens there are plenty of facilities such as food stands and cafes. There is also a small on-site shop selling everything you forgot to bring with you such as sunscreen and towels.
Formerly known as the "Big One" the park is now run by Aspro Parks along with many other big name attractions in Europe. The park is easy to get to either by car or public transport being right on the main coastal N125. There are free buses from many of the Algarve's main resort towns.
Aqualand is open from June until September and prices are fairly reasonable. Tickets can be purchased online.