Situated just 15km outside Albufeira, and making a major contribution to Albufeira's popularity as a family holiday base on the Algarve, sits the big one - Aqualand waterpark. Waterpark and adventure family rides here are some of the best you'll find, including the Banzai (not for the meek!). On the Banzai Boggan you surf on a board if you can manage it after a 23 metre almost vertical drop. Check the Aqualand Algarve weblink right for a photo!
There's some cutting edge waterslides here at Aqualand Algarve near Albufeira. Checkout the Kamikaze ride - the highest in Portugal where you descend from 36 metres hurtling down 95 metres of slide - all in only 4 seconds by the way! Other dare devil rides here include the Corkscrew Anaconda - yes it does look like a snake - this is a ride with multiple water slides.
On a calmer Aqualand Algarve note, other attractions on-site include a semi-olympic swimming pool, rapids involving a bit of white water rafting on an inflated ring, surf beach with simulated waves, and plenty for the younger tots including a Mini Park with slides, showers, giant crayons and all in a shallow water pool. You can relax on the slow moving Congo River too. Other lower key rides include the Crazy Race slide where friends can race each other down a multiple lane water slide, plus the gentle Crazy Leap ride.
Aqualand Algarve is open from the end of May to mid-September, daily from 10am to 6pm. (check the Aqualand Algarve weblink right for up-to-date opening times). Buses run regularly to the water park from Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos, Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Portimao, Carvoeiro and Montegordo and you can purchase an entrance ticket which includes the bus journey.
Aqualand Algarve, E.N. 125, Sitio das Areias, Apartado 11, 8365-908 Alcantarilha, Algarve, Portugal. Tel: 351 282 320 230.