I’m doing the rounds with the water parks, and couldn’t forget about Slide and Splash! At 7 acres and over 30 years old, Slide and Splash is one of Portugal’s largest and longest standing water parks so they’ve had plenty have time to perfect a great day out.
What started as a few water slides and rides has grown and grown with regular investment until it now houses over 20 large and exciting rides and plenty of other things to keep visitors entertained.
Whilst Zoomarine has lots of animal shows (dolphins, seals, sea lions), Slide and Splash also has some really good animal and bird shows running which I’ve always enjoyed. However, the real attraction at Slide and Splash lies in the water slides. They are fantastic, and as varied as slides and rides that feature water can be. A lot of the slides use rubber rings which is brilliant for younger swimmers or those who aren’t quite as confident and most have a minimum age of 5, or a minimum height of 1.2m. Both of which are reasonable I think.
If you do have young children, or children who don’t like the big rides there is Tropical Paradise, which has really shallow water with slides and things to keep the children entertained. There are also three wide foam slides which are just for under 10s.
The Black Hole is always a favourite and its great fun to whizz through the darkness! The new Big Wave is also a great ride and not to be missed.
There are plenty of rides and slides for the older children and adults, yes there are some queues but they do move fast and if you choose your day well you can get around most of the slides in the day. Slide and Splash is popular with holiday makers and locals alike, so depending on who you are, plan your trip outside of key times and you’ll fly round the slides.
If you don’t want to hire sunbeds, there are grassy areas to camp out, and if you don’t want to bother with a picnic, there are lots of food and snack options, which I think are fairly good value and offer a decent choice.
All in all, there’s something for everyone at Slide and Splash, as long as they like water and slides of course! For non-sliders, there are so many other fantastic things to do in the Algarve, but if its water parks you’re looking for, this one is up there with the best. There are deals to be had by booking at Algarve Fun so make sure you get your Slide and Splash tickets before you go so that you don’t miss out!
One final tip, make the most of your trip and arrive early and don’t leave until it closes. The coach trips start to pick up at 4ish so the queues start to disappear then.