What is it?
Family water park and theme park - it even has a zoo.
What makes it special?
It offers more than many other water parks because it also has animal shows, a wave pool, a lazy river and two theme park rides, including Europe's biggest water-coaster - an impressive fact to flash around to your friends! There really is something for all ages to enjoy.
It's a really great place to go with friends and family, and have a fun but stress-free day out. There's lots to do but the park isn't so big that you get tired from walking around looking for slides, and generally you are never waiting more than 15 minutes in a queue.
What age range is it suitable for?
It's great for all the family, and there is an enclosed kid's play pool for toddlers.
Height restrictions do apply on some slides and rides, but these are posted on the website, so you can check before you go to avoid any disappointments.
Aquashow is a really fun day out, and if you don't fancy the slides, there's still plenty more to do. And there are large grassy areas and sun loungers around the wave pool just for sunbathing. Most people go in swimwear, and there are plenty of toilets and changing facilities if you don't want to go home wet.
Got to see/got to do?
It's definitely worth going on the water coaster - it's great fun and you can buy the photos afterwards (depending on how flattering they are). The queuing doesn't take long at all either.
A wide range of slides and atractions including:
Aquafly: a suspended coaster for kids and adults simulating an air battle with water cannons mounted on airplanes
Air Race: a ride in a shape of airplanes doing loops and simulating the international Red Bull Airrace
Speed Race multi-lane slide
Kamikaze/Free Fall: A 32 m high body slide with two lanes (only for the brave!)
Twin Space Shuttle: a hybrid slide (dark slide and rafting slide with several light effects)
Shark Slide: Tunnel slide with light effects
Pink Slide: Open body slide
AquaKids kids area with smaller pools and slides for younger visitors
There is also a wave pool, lazy river, Jacuzzi, volleyball court, animal shows and theme park rides.
Several restaurants and snack bars are located around the park with ample seating. You can use the sun loungers free of charge but it is a first- come, first-served basis. The park is wheelchair-friendly too.
When to go?
It's best to get there early so you can grab some sun loungers or a nice grassy spot. In the early afternoon it's at its busiest, so you might have to queue longer and fight for an inflatable ring in the wave pool.
The restaurants and snack bars sell burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, grilled meat, grilled fish and chicken piri-piri, plus a range of drinks. They are all moderately priced and there are some vegetarian options too.
It can get really busy if you're there in peak holiday season. Try to get there when it opens to get the best spot, and bring a picnic if you are there all day.
There is also a four-star hotel, the Aquashow Park Hotel, located next door.
In Quarteira near Quatro Estradas, on the EN-396. It's clearly signposted and easy enough to find, and there's plenty of parking .
Kids under 4 get in free, children aged between 5 and 10 years old and senior citizens cost €19. Adults are charged €29. Once you are in the park, all the rides, slides and shows are free and food is reasonably priced - around €6 for a meal.
Opening dates and times
From 1 May to 30 September
May - 10:00-17:00
June - 10:00-17:30
July - 10:00-18:30
August - 10:00-19:00
September - 10:00-17:30