When on holiday in Barcelona you want to explore the sights and sounds of the city, as well as having plenty of fun and letting your hair down. On those glorious long sunny days, nothing quite beats swimming, relaxing and picnicking in the sunshine. As luck would have it Barcelona is home to the wonderful Illa Fantasia Water Park, which is one of the largest in Europe.

Popular attractions at Illa Fantasia Water Park

This fantastic water park makes for a great day out, no matter your age. The arts toons are on offer make fur a wonderful family day out, or as the ideal getaway for a couple, or group of friends.

Children will love splashing about in the many water fountains, while you can sit back and relax by the poolside, knowing that they are perfectly safe. The real attraction though lies in the magnificent water slides that are fitted about this spacious water park. In fact there are more than twenty slides that occupy the three large swimming pools, so there is plenty of room for everyone. Daily activities are also held, even for the tiniest tots, so that everyone is entertained and kept happy.

Remember though to plan well ahead in advance, and during summer peak times it is advisable to book, so as to avoid disappointment. The park is open from early June, through to the middle of September. Adult tickets cost €26.00, children above 1.2m cost €16.50, and for children under that height, it is free admission. A ticket is for a full day.

Dining in the park

We all know that when in Barcelona you have to sample the local food, and there are plenty of opportunities to do so when at this water park. If you want a special treat then you need to eat at the El Chef Restaurant.

This is an exquisite bistro style restaurant. If you want something a little more low key and more affordable, then there is a great burger bar that's fantastic for the kids, a large coffee bar to make the caffeine addicts happy, as well as an ice cream parlour and a scrumptious pancake place.

On a hot Summer's day though, nothing quite beats eating al fresco and enjoying the park's barbecued food. There is also the option to take your own food to barbecue, or you can even buy locally sourced food from the shoemaker next door! So, as you can see, there are many opportunities to have something to eat.

Illa Fantasia Water Park is located outside of the city centre, and is incredibly easy to get to. It is only 30 minutes away by train and can be found along the Finca Mas Brassó.