Illa Fantasia in Barcelona is one of the largest water parks of Europe: 70,000 square meters that include 22 rides and slides, and 3 giant pools of more than 1.500 square meters. It is a major touristic attraction 30 minutes away from the city center via the free shuttle bus service that they offer.
Illa Fantasia is, at heart, a family friendly attraction where you can let your kids run free and enjoy a day of sunbathing, from relaxing pools, to picnic areas, a supermarket and adrenaline-filled rides (for additional information – Kids and Families in Barcelona). Illa Fantasia has a little bit of everything, and a well-trained, friendly staff to assist the little ones that might need help.
What do you see at Illa Fantasia?
Illa Fantasia offers 22 rides and 3 giant pools, visiting this site will most likely take more than 6 hours, so it will take up most of your day. Some of the most popular attractions are:
The wave pool – If you are looking to get the feeling of a Carribean Beach, without the annoying sand that gets everywhere, Illa Fantasia has the next best thing: a 2,000 square meters wave pool with more than 2 million liters of water.
The Garden of Earthly Delights – Several tubular sculptures of about 12 meters in height, from which the water falls in a spectacular water show it is just about one of the most amazing sights to look at. It is a delight for the children and a joy for the adults. But the real show begins at nightfall, when the entire pool bursts into a light show that will amaze you!
Kamikazes – Now, if you are looking for an adrenaline rush this is the biggest and meanest ride that you can experience in the park. An extreme 18 meter high drop. You will reach speeds of more than 60kmh in less than 5 seconds. But the ride will end in a relaxing dive in the pool to allow yourself to pick up whatever is left of your courage and go again!
There are many more pools and rides in the park. You can find them on the park’s website, where the rides are ranked with a speedometer indicating the speed of the ride, so you can see which ones are best suited for your comfort level.
The park is easy to navigate and you should not have any trouble finding the food area, it has a multitude of fast food venues to choose from.
If you are looking for a more formal dining experience, El Chef Restaurant offers it. There is also a coffee place, a pancake parlor and a dedicated barbecue area, also there is a supermarket right next to the park so you will not have to pack your meals and bring them along on the bus.