One of the many ways to get some fun in the sun in urban areas during the summer season is to visit a cool amusement park with varied attractions. And while we may not have Disneyland on the Balkans, we do have a plethora of awesome adventure parks to choose from, including hundreds of thrill-inducing waterparks. Here are the best ones on the peninsula.
Sunčana Vrela Aquapark and Dino Park – Bosnia And Herzegovina
Bosnians aren’t short on beaches (despite what some foreigners might think), but many would argue that the Sunčana Vrela Aquapark in Trebinje is better than any Bosnian beach. With a whopping area of 80,000 square meters the park welcomes around 2,000 visitors every single day. There are several swimming pools, a lake, 12 slides and a Dino park – an adorable garden with replicas of 14 of the most well-known dinosaurs that once roamed our planet.
Aqua Paradise – Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s total coastline spans for nearly 400 kilometers and the beachside one covers over 100 of them, but that doesn’t stop people from enjoying the dozen aquaparks scattered all over the country. One of the best is Aqua Paradise in the seaside resort Nessebar. Equipped with 25 slides, it even features an artificial surfing slide where visitors can simulate surfing on a waterslide ramp instead of doing it in the unpredictable ocean – a kickass feature you won’t find elsewhere in Bulgaria.
Čikat Aquapark – Croatia
Built on the Lošinj island (locked in the area between the Balkan and Istrian peninsulas) in Croatia, awaits the Čikat Aquapark. Due to the fact that it’s perched atop an island, the park uses seawater for all of its pools and amenities. It’s part of a camping ground in the Mali Lošinj area that relies on tents and RV campervans instead of hotels and bungalows – a unique feature that other aquaparks on the Balkans lack.
Izgrev Hotel Aquapark – Macedonia
Although there are some larger aquaparks with more attractions in other areas of Macedonia, this is the best of its kind that you’ll find in North Macedonia, which is the part of the country that’s nestled on the Balkan Peninsula. The park actually belongs to the 5 star Izgrev Hotel & SPA, so even though it’s only 17,000 square meters, there are plenty of relaxation activities and other amenities on the venue.
Aquapark Jagodina – Serbia
Jagodina is Serbia’s best waterpark so far with 12 attractions, including an Olympic-style pool. Various competitions, such as the ones for water polo and Miss Aquapark, are held on annual basis. Opened in 2015 in the historic town Jagodina, the park is often preferred by locals and tourists next to more overcrowded and expensive ones like the Petroland in Bački Petrovac.
Aqualuna – Slovenia
What truly makes Aqualuna unique in comparison to other aquaparks on the Balkans is the fact that all of its water surface is fed by the five natural thermal springs in its surrounding areas. Needless to say, this also means that there are several wellness and SPA facilities constructed around the aquapark, which provide additional recreation activities other than the dozen slides at the park.
Nymphaea – Romania
Last, but not least, comes a 70,000 square meter aquapark in Oradea, Romania. If Transylvania seemed like a sinister destination for you, Nymphaea will definitely change your mind. Among its many advantages are the several indoor slides, which guarantee fun and safety even when the weather conditions outside aren’t fit for it. Cool slides and whopping 15 pools left aside, the facility is famous for its saunas, Turkish baths and massage studios.