Barcelona is a city that can get pretty hot during the summer, making people want to search for the nearest source of water. There are a number of great beaches close to the center of the city, such as the Barceloneta beach and the Nova Icária beach, and there are also beautiful beaches further from the city, in Costa Brava and Costa Dorada.
If you prefer more peaceful waters, you can visit one of the several indoor or outdoor swimming pools, such as the one at Can Caralleu sports park, the one at Holmes Place, the one at Dir Gràcia, or the one at Bernat Picornell.
If what you want a day of fun and games while splashing around with friends or family, then head on to one of Barcelona’s water parks.
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Aqualeon Water Park
An hour and fifteen minutes away from the center of Barcelona, in Tarragona, you can find Aqualeon Water Park. This family-friendly park has a variety of water-based attractions like the Anaconda, Kamikaze, Black Hole and Surf Beach, where children, young people, and adults can have fun.
Tickets for Aqualeon Water Park are 26€ for people between the ages of 11 and 64. Children between 5 and 10 years old and senior citizens pay 17€ per person, and children between 3 and 4 years old pay 8€ per person.
Aqualeon Water Park is open only during the summer. From the 17th of June to the 9th of July and from the 28th of August to the 11th of September, the park is open from 11 am to 6 pm. From the 10th of July to the 27th of August the park is open from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Aqualeon is located at Finca Les Basses in Albinyana, Tarragona.
Located in Vilassar de Dalt, about half an hour by car from Barcelona, Illa Fantasia is a popular water park that is open between the months of June and September. There, visitors can spend a fun day, hopping from pool to pool and experiencing a variety of slides designed for people of all ages.
Tickets for Illa Fantasia are free for children under 90cm of height. Kids who are between 90cm and 1,20m high pay 17€, and adults pay 28€.
Illa Fantasia is open from 10 am to 6 pm, from the 5th of June to the 30th of July and from the 1st to the 10th of September. It is open from 10 am to 7 pm from the 1st of July to the 31st of August.
Illa Fantasia is located at Finca Mas Brassó, in Vilassar de Dalt.
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Marineland is an aquatic zoo located an hour away from Barcelona. There, visitors can see animals like dolphins, sea lions, penguins, and birds. Marineland also has a section which is a water park, in which people can ride a variety of attractions and water slides.
Tickets for Marineland cost 28€ per person or 24€ online. Seniors and children between 5 and 10 years old pay 17€ or 13€ online. Children who are 3 or 4 years old pay 10€ or 8€ online. There is also a family pack available for 2 adults and 2 children for 74€, and a friends pack for 4 adults for 96€. These two packs are only available online.
Marineland opens in the middle of May and closes on late September. The schedule from the 15th of May to the 23rd of July and from the 4th of September until the end of the season is from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. From the 24th of June to the 3rd of September the park is open from 10 am to 6:30 pm.
Marineland is located at Carretera Malgrat, at Palafolls.
PortAventura – Caribe Aquatic Park
An hour and twenty minutes away from the center of Barcelona, you can find PortAventura, a combination of resort, amusement park and water park located in Costa Dorada. One of the most visited theme parks in Spain and the sixth most visited in Europe, PortAventura offers a variety of rides and attractions so visitors can spend several days of fun, with the possibility of staying at one of the park’s eight hotels.
Tickets for Caribe Water Park cost 29€ for people from 11 to 59 years old, and 25€ for kids between 4 and 10 years old and senior citizens. Disables visitors pay 16€. If you want to visit Caribe Water Park and also Portaventura itself, you can buy a 3-day pass for 90€ for adults or 85€ if the ticket is bought online, 73€ for kids and seniors or 65€ if bought online, and 46€ for disabled visitors.
Portaventura‘s Caribe Water Park is open from 10:30 am to 6 pm during the low season and from 10:30 am to 7 pm during high season.
Portaventura is located at Avinguda de l’Alcalde Pere Molas, at Vila-Seca, Tarragona.
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