You’ve got the beach, the sun and the sunsets – there’s nothing left for the kids to complain about, right? Err, no. Soon enough there’ll be whines to the effect of “I’m bored and I’ll make sure you know it. And you will never, ever finish that book you’re reading”. So, before you make that phone call to enquire if your 3-year-old is allowed to bungee jump, consider a day trip to some of the Croatia’s newest and best water parks. There are several that deserve a mention, handily located in both the continental region and on the coast. The prices are a fraction of what you would pay at home, so if you find yourself anywhere near one it is a great opportunity to go waterslide crazy or relax at a pool for a day.
Aquapark Istralandia is situated in Brtonigla, on the north-western part of Istrian Peninsula. It boasts 24 attractions with over 1.2 km of tunnels, pipes and slides to scream your head down, as well as a humongous 2500 m2 pool, the largest in the Mediterranean. Parking is free, animation varied and prices very reasonable. You can also bring your own food and drink and camp out on the green areas to keep the costs down and enjoyment to the max.
Aqua Colors is another ultra-modern water park in Poreč, Istria that is well worth the visit, if only to experience its 500 m Lazy River, the longest in Croatia. In the Kvarner archipelago on Mali Lošinj lies the Čikat Aquapark and further down the coast there’s Solaris near the historic town of Šibenik.
Continental Croatia has a well-established tradition of open-air pools and spas and frolicking in the water among its rolling hills is definitely good for your health, physical as well as mental. Aqua Park Sveti Matin, complete with a 4 star hotel and spa is perfect for a weekend stay. There are also pools and spas at Tuhelj, Jezerčica, Krapina and Daruvar. And most offer various therapies, spa and beauty treatments as well, so you just may be able to finish that book after all.