If you are planning to buy a holiday home in France or even set up a gite or holiday rental business, but haven’t yet decided on the location, it’s worth considering an area where there is plenty to do for families – and what better attraction for all the family than a water park?
There are said to be over sixty water parks in France – some of which are attached to camp sites. They have thrilling water slides and all kinds of water-based attractions. If getting wet doesn’t appeal, don’t worry, you’ll often find land-based activities and sports there as well, and spa and sauna treatments for sheer relaxation. Here are some of the best in France.
Aqualud, Le Touquet
Tucked away under a large pyramid on Le Touquet beach, with both indoor and outdoor areas, this complex has a giant wave pool, twister slides, the Magic River and a colourful kids’ lagoon for the under sixes. For the very brave there’s the Black Hole ride, where you travel to the top of the pyramid before dropping down at high speed into a pool. For some adult relaxation there are Jacuzzis and a spa. There’s also a snack bar, a restaurant grill, a bar lounge and an ice-cream parlour.
Camping La Vallée, Normandy
This five star campsite, with pitches and mobile homes, is also home to one of Normandy’s premier parks, not far from the beach in a beautiful rural setting. It has in- and out-door pool complexes, a five-lane water slide, a paddling pool for the little ones, and a spa and wellness centre for the grown ups. It also operates a Kids’ Clubs for all ages and Family Fun sessions. Open between April and November.
Located south of Quimper on the beach, this campsite water park has one indoor and three outdoor pools, and an impressive collection of water slides, as well as a paddling pool for the little ones and a ‘lazy river’ for the less active. There’s an indoor play centre for children, a spa and wellness complex with a hot tub, and in high season all kinds of competitions and discos are organised.
Atlantic Toboggan Park, Vendée
Located on the beach at Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, near Challans, this park has a lake, heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis and a variety of water slides, including the Toboggan Kamikaze, an undulating water slide, and a twisting snake-like ride. There are also picnic areas, restaurants and an ice-cream parlour. Open between June and September.
Atlantic Park, Landes
Atlantic Park is the biggest water park in Landes, located on the beach in Seignosse Le Penon, 3 km from Lake Hossegor. It has heated lagoon-like swimming pools and several water slides, with aqua gym classes, a picnic area, a snack bar and ice-cream parlour.
Camping Le Vieux Port, Landes
This award-winning water park is set in a pine forest with direct access to a sandy beach. Attractions include seven different pools, including paddling pools and a wave pool, two water slides and a pirate boat centrepiece. Its well-being space has a Jacuzzi, sauna, massages and beauty treatments.
This park has several swimming pools with toboggan water slides, swimming lessons and other sports on offer, from beach volley to table tennis and trampolining, and a relaxation area for grown ups that includes a sauna and spa. The restaurant on the main terrace serves sandwiches, snacks and ice-cream. Open from June to September.
Quite different from other water parks, this one takes the form of a vast lake filled with huge inflatables, climbing frames, an eight metre toboggan and a giant catapult to throw thrillseekers into the sky and water.
Rainbow Water Park, Aloha Village, Languedoc
This tropical Hawaiian-themed campsite located at Sérignan-Plage on the Mediterranean has direct access to a sandy beach, and its own Rainbow Water park, a large pool complex with a family lagoon pool, paddling pools and hot tubs, with giant water slides and a fortress playground for the under-fourteens. There’s a rooftop cocktail bar and restaurant, a poolside snack bar and an exotic Hawaiian style restaurant.
Wave Island, Avignon
The first and largest water park in France, just under 20 kilometres from Avignon, has family rides, areas for younger children, all kinds of water slides, the largest lazy river in Europe and the biggest surf simulator in the world. It also has restaurants, snack bars, a cocktail bar, ice-cream parlour and a picnic area.
All the pleasures of a Mediterranean beach resort with large pools, surf beach simulation and bubble baths, this park offers all kinds of family fun, with nineteen different attractions including a children’s area with a mini zoo, and twister and kamikaze slides. There is a picnic area, a pizzeria, fast-food, a sandwich bar and an ice-cream parlour. Open between June and September.