Aqualand Corfu Water Park
Families flock to Aqualand Corfu Water Park for a refreshing break from the summer temperatures on Corfu, so book your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait to get in. There are activities for kids from tots to teens, as well as adventurous adults. Toddlers up to the age of four can enjoy shallow pools with gentle showers, play splashy games on Fantasy Island, and explore the Caribbean Pirate Adventure Pool. There’s a dedicated family area for visitors aged eight and up with giant slides, hot tubs, a lazy river, and a wave pool. Adrenaline buffs can get their kicks from six extreme water rides ranging from the spiraling Hydrotube to the thrilling Free Fall Plus, which plunges vertically for 80 feet (24 meters) into deep water.
Things to know before you go
- With dedicated areas for different age groups, Aqualand Corfu Water Park is an ideal family break.
- Facilities include plenty of free sunbeds and umbrellas for shade.
- There are lockers for rent to store personal belongings, changing rooms, and showers. Eateries from snack bars to a fast-food restaurant are scattered throughout the park to fuel your fun any time of day.
- Be sure to bring your swimming suit, towel, and flip-flops, though the park has a small shop that sells swimwear, sunblock, pool toys, and anything else you may need for a day at the park.
- The park is completely accessible to wheelchair users and there is an adapted bathroom.
- Lifeguards are on duty at all the pools and slides; there is a minimum height requirement for some of the slides and rides.
How to get there
This vast ancient site lies on the northwest coast of Crete, an easy excursion from the seaside town of Chania or a day trip from Heraklion or Rethymnon. Surrounded by olive groves and sleepy rural villages like Maheri and Arhanes, Ancient Aptera is one of the most important archaeological sites on Crete but largely flies under the tourist radar. Excavation began on the site in the mid-19th century, and work continues still today to slowly unearth the remains of an aqueduct, cisterns, public baths, temples, graves, houses, palaces, and a small hillside theater dating from Minoan, Greek, and Roman times, all encircled by the city’s ancient walls that stretch for 2.5 miles (4 kilometers).
When to get there
The water park is open daily during the summer months from May to October, though the slides and pools can be uncomfortably crowded on weekends and school holidays. Visit on a weekday morning to avoid the worst of the throngs and long lines at the slides and rides.
Kid-Friendly Beaches on Corfu
For more splashy fun, you can head for one of the island’s beaches that are well-suited for families with young children. Among the most famous are Glyfada, Kontogialos, and Agios Gordioson, on the central west coast. All three have long stretches of sand with beach clubs where you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas, snack bars, and traditional tavernas. As with all west coast beaches, avoid visiting on windy days.