9 Refreshing Water Parks in Portugal to Help You Stay Cool

Written By Becky Gillespie

When temperatures in Portugal start to soar, you may want to check out one of the country’s many water parks to beat the heat. Most water parks in Portugal are open from the beginning of June to the end of September and tickets are cheaper if you book online in advance. Bring your swimwear, pack your towels, and don’t forget your sunscreen, as we go on a journey to discover 9 water parks in Portugal to help you keep cool this summer.

Slide & Splash

Water slides at Slide & Splash, William Warby, Flickr

Slide & Splash is the longest running park in the Algarve and extends over 16,000 acres, with rides and attractions for all ages.  Kids will get a kick out of riding down the rapids or facing their fears at the Kamikaze, two 60-feet parallel speed slides. True adrenaline junkies should try the Race, Boomerang or Big Fall, three new slides that were added in 2022. You can bring your chairs and umbrellas or rent them for €5 each. Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy the restaurants or ice cream parlor on site! Get here early to avoid the lines, but with so much space, this park doesn’t tend to feel as crowded as some of the others. Most rides have a 1 m minimum height requirement.     

Where – Vale de Deus 125, Estômbar 8401-901
When – Saturday – Wednesday 10 am to 5:30 pm, Thursday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
Tickets – Adults (11-64) €27, Juniors (10 and under) and Seniors (65+) €19.80 – Get a 10% discount if you book online one day in advance or more

Amarante Water Park

Amarante Water Park, Ana Matias, Flickr

Amarante Water Park is situated at the edge of the beautiful town of Amarante, about 60 km east of Porto. Race your friends down the speed slides or take a toboggan through several tunnels. Slow down on the snail ride or grab a chair by the big pool. Amarante is very popular and you should be prepared for long lines that start to form shortly after the park opens. The park uses dynamic pricing online but does not indicate whether the park sells out for the day, so come as early as you can. You need to pay to rent umbrellas.

Where Rua do Tâmega 2245 – 909, 4600-909
When 10 am to 7 pm, Every Day
Tickets Adults (12-64) €25, Juniors (5-11) and Seniors (65+) €16.90, 4 and under (Free) – You can get a significant discount if you book online. The park uses dynamic pricing online and can be as much as €7 cheaper per ticket

Krazy World

Krazy World is a water park, amusement park, and zoo all in one! Get up close with animals at the petting farm where you can see sheep, goats, rabbits, and even have a pony ride. In the Amazon area, you can find turtles, snakes, and crocodiles. There is also mini golf, go karts, and a large swimming pool where you can cool off. You can really “go krazy” and have fun for the whole day at Krazy World.

Where Lagoa de Viseu, Estrada Algoz, 8365-907
When 10 am to 6 pm, Every Day
Tickets Adults (11-64) €16.95, Juniors (4-10) and Seniors (65+) €9.95, Family Ticket (2 adults and 1 child) €43.85, 3 and under (Free) – You can get a 10% discount if you book online. Algarve resident discount only at the ticket gate. Prices listed here are the regular prices at the gate.

Zoomarine Algarve

Zoomarine Algarve
Zoomarine Algarve, Raúl Coelho, Flickr

Zoomarine Algarve in Guia is another fun-filled water park in the Algarve, just a few kilometers away from Albufeira. As its name suggests, Zoomarine has lots of animals and many of them perform in live shows including seals, tropical birds, sea lions, birds of prey, and dolphins. On the water park side, guests can enjoy a mild wave pool along with other large pools and a sandy beach with slides. Sunshades and deck chairs are available for a fee.

Where – N125 KM 65, 8201-864 Guia
When – 10 am to 6 pm, Every Day
Tickets – 1 day entrance ticket (High Season June 1-September 30) – Adults (11-64) €30, Juniors (Greater than 1 meter tall-10 years old) and Seniors (65+) €20, Family Ticket (2 adults and 1 child) €43.85

2 day entrance ticket (High Season June 1-September 30)- Adults (11-64) €47, Juniors (Greater than 1 meter tall-10 years old) and Seniors (65+) €37, Family Ticket (2 adults and 1 child) €43.85

You can get a discount if you book online. Prices listed here are the regular prices at the gate.

Aqualand Algarve

If you’re wanting a large water park with many water slides, spend the day at Aqualand Algarve, home to the Kamikaze, Portugal’s biggest slide at over 36 m high! The Banzai Boggin drops you 23 m or you can try one of five daring slides in the Anaconda nest. Kids can play on the mini slides at the Mini Park or relax in the shallow pool, while adults can float down the 270 m Congo River. Since this is one of the largest outdoor water parks in Europe, expect prices to be steep (this also includes food).

Where – Sítio das Areias, N125, 8365-908 Alcantarilha
When – 10 am to 6 pm
Tickets – Adults (11-65) €31, Juniors (5-10) and Seniors (66+) €22, Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) €106, Friends Pack (4 adults) €124, 4 and under (Free) – You can get a significant discount if you book online. Prices listed here are the regular prices at the gate.

Aquashow Water Park

Aquashow Waterpark Portugal
The Wild Snake at Aquashow Waterpark, aquashowparkhotel, Flickr

Of all the water parks in Portugal, this one might be our favorite since it features both outdoor and indoor attractions, with the indoor water park attached to a hotel. Float down the lazy river, try the 16 m Wild Snake, Aqua Fly, Air Race, or Water Coaster. You can even catch bird and reptile shows and pose for your picture with animals. Bring a picnic lunch and an umbrella and enjoy summer all year long in the indoor water park. There is less waiting time for the rides if you come after 2:30 pm. Otherwise, try to get there when it opens.

Where – Volta do Parque no. 1, 8125-313, Quarteira
When – 10 am to 6:30 pm
Tickets – Adults (11-64) €33, Juniors (6-10) and Seniors (65+) €24, 5 and under (Free) – Get a 10% discount if you book online

Mariparque Water Park

Mariparque Water Park
Mariparque Water Park, Juntas, Wikimedia Commons

The Mariparque Water Park is located next to the Hotel Cristal Praia Resort and Spa and Hotel Cristal Vieira Beach and Spa, which are both in Praia da Vieira. Separate swimming areas are available for adults and children along with toboggans, spiral slides, soft slides, two high-speed, 25 m high kamikaze tracks, and many others. Older kids can enjoy aqua ball, archery, kayaking, mountain biking, and obstacle courses. At Mariparque, the emphasis is on fun!

Where – Av. Marginal 13, 2430-696, Vieira de Leiria
When – 10 am to 7 pm (Water slides close at 6:30 pm)
Tickets – Adults (11-64) €19, Juniors (5-10) and Seniors (65+) €9, 4 and under (Free)- Check the website for the latest ticket prices

Naturwaterpark

Enjoying the water park, Naturwaterpark Parque de Diversões do Douro, Flickr

Located at the gates of Vila Real in Quinta do Barroco, Póvoa/Andrães, Naturwaterpark truly has something for everyone and does it all with an eco-friendly focus. The park uses photovoltaic energy to heat water and generate energy, and 100% of the water used in the complex is recycled. Naturwaterpark offers accommodation in bungalows, mobile home units, a large shared room with bunk beds, or allows you to bring your own tent. Besides large pools for relaxing, water slides, and a water play area for the kids, guests can enjoy an adventure park, paintball (which needs to be booked in advance), a padel court, games room, minimarket, bar, restaurant, and laundry. Guests staying at the Naturwaterpark overnight can get 50% off tickets and must purchase them at the park reception. You cannot bring your own umbrellas or chairs to the water park, but they are available for €5 and €7, respectively. This place calls for a whole weekend!

Where – Quinta do Barroco, 5000-037 Vila Real
When – 10 am to 6:30 pm (Water slides close at 6 pm)
Tickets – (Weekday) Adults (12-64) €15, Juniors (4-11) and Seniors (65+) €8, 3 and under (Free) – (Weekend) Adults (12-64) €18, Juniors (4-11) and Seniors (65+) €10, 3 and under (Free). Book online here

Vaga Splash Water Park

Vaga Splash Water Park near Vagos, Aveiro offers three slides and three different pools right at the foot of a fantastic beach. Like Naturwaterpark, Vaga Splash has bungalows where you can spend the night and connect with other families staying at the park. Play some mini golf, volleyball, or soccer, have a BBQ, or walk your dog in the dog park. Sun loungers and umbrellas are provided for free with admission to the park. The water park side operates from June to September.

Where – Praia do Labrego, 3840-261, Praia da Vagueira
When – 10 am to 7 pm, Water slides open from 11 am to 6 pm
Tickets – Adults (5-70 years old) €10, 4 and under and 70+ with a paid accompanying adult, or people with a certificate of declared disability of at least 75% accompanied by a paying person (Free), Family Ticket (4 people) €35, Fun Ticket (Good for 7 days) €49 per person

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