- 0.1 Planning a day out on Gran Canaria? How about visiting Aqualand Maspalomas? Find out all you need to know about this water park in our latest guide.
- 1 1. Aqualand Maspalomas: what
- 2 2. Aqualand Maspalomas: where
- 3 3. Aqualand Maspalomas: when
- 4 4. Aqualand Maspalomas: why
Planning a day out on Gran Canaria? How about visiting Aqualand Maspalomas? Find out all you need to know about this water park in our latest guide.
On our most recent Gran Canaria Local family excursion, we headed to Aqualand Maspalomas. With over a decade living together on the island, we know this attraction very well. However, a revisit helped to make writing this post a little easier. Here’s our four-part guide.
- Aqualand Maspalomas: what
- Aqualand Maspalomas: where
- Aqualand Maspalomas: when
- Aqualand Maspalomas: why
1. Aqualand Maspalomas: what
With 18 water-based activities spread over 130,000 square metres, Aqualand Maspalomas is Gran Canaria’s largest water park. There are four main sections to explore. These are Adrenaline Fun, Chill Out & Play, Family Fun, and Kidzworld.
Adrenaline Fun proved most popular with our two teens. Indeed, after establishing a base, we left Alex and Dani to their own devices. Alex succumbed to the Boomerang effect, returning to this ride time and time again to turn gravity on its head with a descent followed by an ascent. Dani meanwhile was a repeat visitor to Racer Twin Turbolance, the snake of a ride accompanying the ladder-like steps.
With his laptop at home, Mr Gran Canaria Local was free to Chill Out & Play. And so he headed to Pirates’ River. Where he gently floated on a rubber ring along the laziest of rios, enjoying some much-needed downtime during yet another working summer.
Meanwhile, Mrs GCL and Gran Canaria Local Junior made themselves at home in Kidzworld. GCL Junior whizzed down the slides in Children’s Paradise as Mrs Gran Canaria Local looked on. Before they both cooled off in Polynesia, standing under a giant bucket as it refilled before receiving a proper drenching.
Before leaving, we headed to Family Fun’s Discovery Beach; a mini Maspalomas complete with Atlantic-like waves. For a break from the rides and slides, there are body massages (15€ for 20 minutes/40€ for an hour) and a fish pedicure (10€ for 10 minutes). Along with cornrow hair stylists and henna tattooists.
2. Aqualand Maspalomas: where
Handily placed if you’re staying in Gran Canaria’s southern resorts, Aqualand Maspalomas is also pretty accessible from our base in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. As in a 40-minute drive. It’s under 10 minutes if you’re travelling by car from Playa del Inglés.
Located on Carretera Palmitos Park, you can also reach Aqualand Maspalomas by bus. Global‘s 45 runs between Bahía Feliz, San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, and Aqualand. Whilst the 70 links Aqualand with Faro Maspalomas and Puerto Rico.
3. Aqualand Maspalomas: when
Aqualand Maspalomas is open all year round. The only time it closes is due to freak weather conditions, so that’s almost never. From the 29th June to the 6th September, Aqualand’s open from 10:00am to 6:00pm; closing a hour earlier during the rest of the year.
4. Aqualand Maspalomas: why
We’re not going to lie to you. Aqualand Maspalomas is a bit of a splurge. Indeed, we half-expected to run into Parks and Recreation‘s Donna and Tom in full Treat Yo Self mode.
The price for an adult (which Aqualand Maspalomas classify as anyone above 11 years old or 1.40m) ticket is 28€. There are savings you can make, however. If you book online, for example, you’ll pay two Euros less for this adult ticket and there’s a €10 offer if you want to return to the park another day.
Further discounts are to be found in the map we suggested you pick up at Gran Canaria airport. If you’re a Canary Islands resident, you pay 15€ for a child’s ticket for instance if purchased online. Food and drink is on the expensive side (Margarita pizzas for 12€ and pints of beer for 7.50€) but make like a Canarian and BYO.
Gran Canaria’s temperature is pretty constant all year round, but the odd heatwave here and there can see some serious spikes in centigrade. Indeed, as we approached Aqualand, the thermometer read 46°C. So we appreciated the giant water cooler which awaited inside.
Disclaimer: The Gran Canaria Local family received complimentary entry to Aqualand Maspalomas. Along with a free lunch. However, our guide is as impartial as if we were paying guests.