There is no way a summer on the Cote d’Azur could be boring. It is everyone’s favorite location, regardless of the purpose of their visit. There are exclusive parties for young people and beaches that are busy from the very start of June with tourists from all over the world. If you are looking for ways to make your children’s stay on the French Riviera even more fun, please read our selection on the best places for family vacations.
Let’s move away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches to the French Avignon. Once you’ve explored this amazing city, drive another 10 km to reach the largest water park in France, “Splashworld Provence”. This is where the fun starts.
The water park has 15 rides that are fun for both children and adults. Fans of extreme sports should check out the “Huricana Sliiide”, the highest water slide in Europe. Its highest point is at 33 meters of altitude, offering you a breathtaking view of the Mount Vanto. The ride is 112 meters long, with sharp slopes, and speeds of around 80 km/h. So much fun, but that might not be to everyone’s liking!
Amongst the many water slides, another one that stands out is the “Tikki Looops”, which alternates between open areas and closed pipes, illuminated by multi-colored neon lights. It has a maximum height of 13 meters, ensuring a calm descent with speeds that do not exceed 20 km/h. A great ride for you and your child.
If you are not scared of the dark, try out the 130-meter “Kind’a Looops” complete with winding tunnels. With speeds of 30 km/h, you will slide past some special visual effects, before finding yourself in total darkness a moment after. Give it a go – it will be fun!
You can catch a wave at “Ri’Kiki Bay”. A 950 sq.m swimming pool with waves reaching 1 meter in height. Make sure that you don’t suffer from seasickness!
Another ride “Da Wave” allows you to experience the highest artificial wave in Europe. It is 3.5 m high. If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a surfer, this is the ride for you.
Where to eat?
Splashworld Provence is set up like a proper town with its quiet river, stormy waves and winding tunnels. Here you can also find some good lunch spots; the park has three restaurants. The Wave Restaurant is open every day from 12.00 to 14.00 and from 19.00 to 22.00. It offers basic European and American cuisine. If you want to stop by in the evening, we recommend you book a table in advance.
Le Waima Restaurant serves light snacks, sandwiches and salads when you want to take a break from the rides. Its terrace offers a wonderful view of the whole park. Snacks are also available in small kiosks such as Island Snack, Island Freeze and Splash ‘n’ Snack, located in the proximity of the rides.
Where to stay?
A few hotels are located in the proximity of the waterpark, which offer a 090iselection of weekend packages. Here are a few options:
HOTEL LE MOULIN DE LA ROQUE***, 84210 ALTHEN DES PALUDS, 04 90 62 14 62,www.moulin-de-la-roque.fr
HOTEL DU PARC***, 84230 ENTRAIGUES, 04 90 83 62 43, www.parc-hotel-avignon.com
HOTEL LES AGASSINS****, 84130 LE PONTET, 04 90 32 42 91,www.hotel-agassins.com
You will find more hotels on the water park’s official website.
How to get there?
The Aquapark is a 15-minute drive from Avignon. It is located at: 800, allée de Beaulieu – 84170 Monteux.
If you are arriving by car, take the A7 motorway, exit 23, Capentras-Monteux.
You can come by train from Marseille (40 min), Lyon (1h30 min) and Paris (2h 45min).
If you are coming from Avignon, make your way to the Monteux station and then take the Avignon-Carpentras bus line.
Schedule and fares
Splashworld Provence Water Park operates every day until September 4th, from 10.00 to 19.00.
Adults – 28 euros
Children under 3 – free of charge
Children from 4 to 12 – 19.50 euros
Family rate (2 adults + 3 children) – 100 Euro