One of my absolute favourite attractions in Guia, just a few kilometres from Albufeira, is Zoomarine. Zoomarine is a theme park with a big difference. Alongside the attractions (which are many and range from dry activities like roller coasters and pirate ships, to the man-made Zoomarine beach and water parks), Zoomarine works incredibly hard to conserve marine life in and around the Algarve and to educate visitors about the species that live in and around the area.
It is this conservation and education work that really shines through when you watch one of the fantastic animal shows by the dolphins, sealions and the birds of prey. The environmental ethos is clear, and it is great to think that the hard earned holiday money you spend on Zoomarine tickets is being put to good use, in the education programme and the rehabilitation centre, where rescued marine species are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Zoomarine’s education ethos is to “promote behavioural changes, consistent with the ever changing environmental realities”, with educational programmes for different age groups and even a Zoomarine EduCar, a mobile education vehicle which drives across the Algarve region stopping off at schools and teaching children and young people about marine life, and how to preserve it for future generations to enjoy.
Not content with conserving local marine life, Zoomarine also plays a keen role in international conservation issues, and was the first European organisation to adhere to a movement to save a rare species of porpoise called the vaquita. Zoomarine staff and volunteers even took part in a recent fundraiser on behalf of the Vaquita Conservation Fund, where they had fun throwing cream pies at each other.
These are just some of the reasons why Zoomarine tickets should be on every Algarve holiday makers list, but if you need further convincing, there is also an aquarium, 4D cinema, alligators, aquatic birds and lots of food and drink outlets. There’s enough to keep the whole family occupied for the day, and the ticket price represents great value for money. Affordable fun while doing something for the marine life and maybe even learning something at the same time. What’s not to like about that!