Huge new water attractions to open across Europe – with sandy beaches, lagoons & hotels

CITIES across Europe are set to be given huge new water attractions, providing them with a taste of beach life.

Wind-surfing, swimming and sunbathing aren’t often the easiest things to do in the middle of a city.

Crystal Lagoons is hoping to open several city beaches across Europe


Crystal Lagoons is hoping to open several city beaches across EuropeCredit: Crystal Lagoons
The new lagoons will be built in Spain, Italy, France and Romania


The new lagoons will be built in Spain, Italy, France and RomaniaCredit: Crystal Lagoons

However, company Crystal Lagoons is hoping to change that for people who don’t have access to the seaside.

After launching plans in Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, and Budapest, the company is now planning on bringing its Public Access Lagoons (PALs) to the rest of Europe.

Plans are now in place for lagoons to be made in Rome, Milan, Toulouse and Seville, as well as two additional Romanian cities.

The company say that the PALs can bring “an idyllic beach life just steps from home”.

The central piece of the attractions is a large crystalline lagoon, which is suitable for both swimming and water sports.

Kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing and others are all on the cards in the huge pools.

The lagoons are going to be surrounded by white artificial sandy beaches, which anyone can access for an entrance fee.

The new complexes will then be surrounded by residential areas, hotels, stores, restaurants and other facilities to make the beaches more than just a pool.

Lucian Azoiței, CEO of Forty Management, who work with Crystal Lagoons said: “We will bring beach life to the most amazing European cities and improve the quality of life through sustainable projects.”

Jean Pierre Juanchich, Global Business Director of Crystal Lagoons, added: “The disruptive innovation of Crystal Lagoons technology allows us to bring beach life in a sustainable way to any place in the world.

“Even in cities that would be unthinkable like Rome, Milan or Toulouse.”

No specific details have yet been revealed about the new sites, other than the fact they are in the works.

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Overall Crystal Lagoon has 71 different projects worldwide and more than 1,000 projects at different stages of development and negotiation in more than 60 different countries.

One that has already opened is at Evermore, the first beach lagoon in Orlando.

Similar projects are being created throughout the UK too.

Five new water attractions opening in the UK next year

  1. Therme Manchester will have 25 swimming pools, 25 water slides and an indoor beach.
  2. Modern Surf Manchester will be a surfing lagoon offering lessons to both beginners and experts.
  3. Chessington World of Adventures waterpark is set to have wave, infinity and spa pools as well as waterslides and cabanas.
  4. The Cove Resort, Southport is likely to have a water lagoon and a thermal spa with steam rooms and saunas.
  5. The Seahive, Deal plans to be the “surfing wellness resort” in the UK.


Last year, mock up pictures revealed what people will have to look forward to once a brand new surf attraction opens this year in Ratho, near Edinburgh

The Lost Shore Surf Resort will be the world’s first inland surfing experience, according to Andrew Hadden, who is leading the project.

But surfing won’t be the only thing on offer, with luxury lodges, accommodation pods, restaurants, a spa and shops all planned forin the 60-acre site.


The Seahive, a huge water attraction, is hoping to open near Deal in Kent at Betteshanger Park as the first surfing wellness resort.

The main feature of the attraction would be a huge lagoon and surf pool, where both beginners and experts can practice.

Waves will range from 50cm to 2m, with classes for surfers as well.


The new surfing park, Emerge Surf, in Coleshill in North Warwickshire was first announced in 2019, at a cost of £25million.

The main attraction will be a 5.4acre surf lagoon WaveGarden, creating 1,000 waves an hour up to two metres tall, along with lessons and rentals.

An urban beach will also be created, which will be the largest in Europe.

Meanwhile, this £250m water attraction will be opening in the UK next year.

And we’ve rounded up the best water parks in the UK too.

The lagoons will offer beach experiences in the middle of big cities


The lagoons will offer beach experiences in the middle of big citiesCredit: Crystal Lagoons


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