The Algarve is the perfect holiday destination and besides a wonderful weather and lovely beaches it offers plenty of activities suitable for the whole family. Check out our top26 best activities to do with kids in the Algarve.
Without a doubt, one of the best activities to do with children in the Algarve is to spend a day in one of the waterparks in the region. With fantastic waterparks like Aquashow, Slide & Splash or Aqualand, your kids will love the many attractions and slides that exist. With green spaces and specific areas for picnics, the Algarve’s waterparks are among the most popular activities for children.
Visiting the Zoomarine theme park is also a fun way to spend the day with your family. Animal shows, pirate shows, swimming with dolphins or experiencing some of the park’s more radical attractions are some of the activities that will delight your children.
The extensive and very beautiful Algarve coast invites you to take a relaxing boat trip to get to know it properly. Translucent water and breath-taking views will surely make you forget all your troubles. Enjoy exploring the caves and the secluded beaches of this Portuguese paradise.
4-Boat trip to see dolphins
Who has never wanted to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat swimming freely across the Atlantic or jumping through the waves? The exotic nature of dolphins has always populated the imagination of children around the world. The warm Algarve sea is often chosen by groups of dolphins to play, making it the perfect place to watch them. Dolphin tours are one of the most popular activities in the Algarve, filled with strong emotions and great joy.
Ahoy, sailor! This trip is only for the adventurers. Only true sea wolfs are brave enough to sail through the seven seas in search of treasures. Join the crew of the Pirate Ship and dare yourself to sail across the Algarve coast as a real privateer.
A great option to entertain the younger ones. Lagos Zoo is the ideal place for the whole family to enjoy a relaxing day. Take the opportunity to get to know more about the animal species that exist in the various corners of the world and in particular in the Algarve, such as the very rare and endangered Iberian Lynx.
In this farm with animals the younger ones will have the opportunity to interact with animals. Here they can feed goats, llamas, dears or birds – which eat directly from the children’s hands. The park also has lemurs, African turtles and the largest snake species in Europe with 8.50 meters. There are also plenty of activities such as a dip in the pool, go-karting, inflatables, mini quad bike, pony rides, an 18-hole miniature golf course and paintball.
8-Parque da Mina
Travel back in time at this farm in Monchique and get to know the way people used to live a few centuries ago in the Algarve. To do this, it is possible to visit a coal mine that has been deactivated and a medronho distillery, a small farm with more than a hundred animals, birds, ponies and dwarf goats, and a house from the 18th century, furnished to the original standards. The park also has spaces suitable for picnics.
With several parks spread throughout the Algarve, this concept combines sustainability and environmental preservation with extreme activities. Have fun going through the ropes and obstacles set in treetops or with a game of paintball. Enjoy a great day with your family in one of the Adventure Parks near you.
Who has never wanted to challenge their friends to a paintball game to determine at last who is the best military strategist? With several paintball fields, the Algarve offers the opportunity for children (and adults) to experience the adrenaline rush.
11-Fiesa – International Sand Sculpture Festival
This is the largest sand sculpture festival in the world. Every year around 60 artists use 35,000 tons of sand to give life to various works of art in a space of about 15,000m2. In addition to the impressive sculptures, the event is also accompanied by circus arts, dance, theatre or music performances. The impressive display of wooden sculptures is open to the public in the morning and at night, where artificial lights give a completely different look to the exhibition.
12-Going to the beach
Going to one of the hundreds of beaches that exist in the Algarve is definitely a fun activity to do with children. Extensive sandy beaches with space to play football, volleyball, rackets, rugby, etc … or to make constructions in the sand, waves in which to splash and a calm and safe sea provide a natural heaven envied by all Europe. Some of the most popular beaches, from east to west of the Algarve, are: Praia do Barril, Praia da Mantarrota, Praia do Ancão, Praia da Fuseta, Praia de Faro, Praia da Quinta do Lago, Praia da Falésia and Praia da Rocha.
Are your children adepts of spend and are they constantly asking you to let them drive? If that’s the case this is the perfect activity for them! The Algarve has some of the best karting tracks in the country, such as the international karting circuit of Portimão, which hosts some of the most important motorcycle races of the world circuit. You can also opt for Karting de Almancil or the karting course at Marina de Albufeira, where the tight corners will test your nerves and reflexes.
The Algarve is world renowned for its good weather and stunning coastline. It comes as no surprise that among so many beaches there are amazing waves for surfing. From small and safe waves, for beginners, to the swells of more than 2 meters of Sagres, the Algarve coast presents the ideal conditions for everyone to try the most popular of water sports.
15-Stand Up Paddle
And why not try Stand Up Paddle? This relatively new sport has suddenly gathered a lot of fans. Bring your kids and have fun cruising the sea on top of what looks like a giant surfboard. It will certainly be a fun and relaxing day.
Nowadays it seems impossible to look at Ria Formosa or the sea without seeing the usual orange shape of a canoe or kayak boat floating. Due to the ease with which one handles both a kayak and a canoe, this water activity remains widely accessible to everyone, which is why it is so popular with children.
Sailing is something that runs in the blood of the Portuguese. Since the time of the Discoveries this form of navigation has been cultivated by the descendants of the sailors. Due to its unique climate and calm and safe sea, the Algarve remains one of the best places to try sailing.
Because surf is more popular, bodyboarding is usually overlooked. However, practicing bodyboarding is as much fun as surf and because it is a lot easier to do, bodyboarding is the perfect activity for the younger ones to try.
The southern region of Portugal offers superb paths for horseback riding. Horseback riding is something much appreciated by tourists passing through the region every year. It is possible to ride horses on beaches, hills, fields or on farms and pens for those who feel less at ease on top of the stallions.
20-Tribo dos Reguilas and Soft Play
Tribo dos Reguilas consists of a playground with inflatable castles, playgrounds with labyrinths, slides, ball pools, dollhouses, discotheques, puppets, a reading corner, football field, basketball table, trampoline, slide, boxing bags, monkey games, foosball, ropes, scooters, skateboards and tool shops. In addition to Tribo dos Reguilas there is also a Soft Play centre in Alvor, which will also delight your children.
21-Centro de Ciência Viva
This is a place for the whole family to spend a fun day in the midst of chemical and physical experiments, explore the mysteries of our Solar System and the galaxy, to deepen their understanding of the oceans and learn more about biodiversity on Planet Earth. With three spaces located in the Algarve – Tavira, Faro and Lagos – this is undoubtedly a hilarious and instructive way to spend an afternoon.
22-Walking or cycling with your family
Something fun to do with your family is also a stroll through Ludo or one of the numerous tracks that make up Via Algarviana. These places that accompany the Ria Formosa and cross the interior of the region will provide you with a new and rustic Algarve, ideal for walking or cycling with your family.
The unique climate of the Algarve, which makes this a paradisiacal destination for golfing, also allows for crazy miniature golf circuits. Built for the younger ones, the different obstacle courses are a welcoming challenge for the whole family.
24-Visit a castle
Do the imaginations of your kids boil with images of knights in shining armours or maidens locked in towers awaiting for their saviours? In that case why not take them to visit one of the castles of the Algarve? Due to its turbulent history of many conquests and occupations, the Algarve has several impressive and well-preserved castles, such as Silves Castle, Castro Marim Castle or Tavira Castle.
25-Watching a game of beach soccer
Attending the Portuguese Stage of the European Beach Soccer League in Portimão, or the Beach Soccer World Cup, a competition that brings together the best teams from around the world, may be something that your kids would like. Beach Soccer requires a high degree of skill and ball control and the constant pirouettes performed by athletes provide magnificent spectacles.
26- Pedagogical farms
If your kids love animals, this is a great place to go and explore a rural farm with a lake area, green areas and leisure where you can find cows, donkeys, ducks, chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep, among other animals characteristic of a farm. It also has a vegetable garden and an orchard and a specific area for herbs. You can find it in Portimão or Silves.