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Things to do in the Algarve for families

Wondering what to do in the Algarve? Check out this list of family activities

Visitors flock to the Algarve year after year for a holiday for the books. Decided on your destination but wondering what to do in the Algarve? Check out our list of the best places in the Algarve for families, helping you plan a trip to remember. 

From sailing on a pirate ship to getting your adrenaline pumping on land or at sea, the options of things to do in the Algarve for families are endless, but here are a few to whet your appetite. 

Hit the water

The Algarve’s beaches are famous worldwide, and while sunning yourselves on the sand is certainly relaxing, how about trying something a bit more active? Like hitting some water sports, from surfing to SUP and kayaking, or taking a boat trip along the Algarve’s striking coast to explore hidden sea caves and towering cliffs? The Algarve’s even home to the Santa Barbara pirate ship, which will take you on a journey of discovery in unique style.

In addition to the sea, the Algarve is home to two lagoons – one in Alvor and the Ria Formosa, stretching from Faro to the Spanish border. Each hosting a unique ecosystem packed with wildlife, both are picturesque locales perfect for a serene boat trip.

Get your adrenaline pumping

On land, there are plenty more family activities in the Algarve, including the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve, one of Europe’s biggest go-karting tracks, or how about the Algarve Jeep Safari, taking you speeding through the hills?

Make a splash at a water park 

Boasting year-round balmy temperatures and sunshine every season, the Algarve’s an excellent place for aquatic fun. In fact, the region is home to several water parks – hands down some of the best places in the Algarve for families. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Slide & Splash – home to “Disco River,” Portugal’s only night club water ride – as well as rides big and small and displays of all kinds. 
  • Krazy World, Lagoa – a zoo/water park where you can enjoy lemurs, mini golf, and a swimming pool with slides. 
  • Zoomarine’s hundreds of rides and even dolphin shows have visitors flocking by the droves. 
  • Aqualand Algarve, where you’ll find a 5-story-high slide, surf beach, wave pool, and Rainbow Park for younger family members.
  • Aquashow – boasting both an outdoor and indoor water park, slides of all kinds, spa experiences, and a high rope course. 

Do something different 

Beyond your water sports and parks, there are several other things to do in the Algarve for families looking for something new and entirely different. Parque da Mina stately home is a great day out, providing an insight into 18th-century life in the Monchique hills, and certainly a day to remember for visitors big and small. Or how about a day at the Portimão Teaching Farm, in touch with nature and the animals, and giving you a chance to get your hands dirty? Then there’s the option of the Lagos Science Museum for a deep dive into Portugal’s exploits during the age of discovery or a wholesome day at Lagos Zoo, where you can (almost!) swim with penguins. 

The Rocha Brava Village Resort: The Perfect Place from Which to Explore the Algarve 

Planning any family trip means keeping everyone happy, and where best to do that than in a resort that has it all? From food options to a full range of sports facilities and entertainment to the comfort of a fully furnished villa, the Rocha Brava Village Resort provides relaxation after a busy day and enough to keep you occupied if you want to hang around. 

Ready to explore the best places in Algarve for families? Then book your stay now.

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