A fun-packed family day out can be had at Illa Fantasia Water Park, half an hour north of Barcelona city center in the seaside town of Vilassar de Dalt. With more than 20 rides and several large swimming and wave pools, the park is one of Europe’s largest; for toddlers there are gentle lazy river rides and baby pools to splash around in, while adrenaline-junky youngsters will love the hair-raising speed rides and races through tubes and spirals. As well as all the watery attractions, the park also offers mini-golf, a kiddies’ playground and a pirate ship to explore. There are also several eating options – from picnic tables and barbecue pits to stalls selling fast food or the formal EL Chef restaurant. Family-friendly facilities also include lockers, free car parking and plenty of shade for hot summer days.
Finca Mas Brassó, s/n, Vilassar de Dalt. Open from June 8 until September 13. Hours are: June & September daily 10am–6pm; July–August daily 10am–1pm. Admission costs €26 for adults and €16.50 for seniors and children. A half-hour from the city center; access is best by free Illa Fantasia shuttle bus from various points in the city or Metro Line R1 to Premià del Mar and free shuttle bus (five minutes); alternatively take the 25 km (15.5 mile) drive from the center of Barcelona along the C-32 road towards Mataró and turn off at exit 92.