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Things to do in the Algarve with children

Wondering what to do with your children in Portugal's sunniest area? The Algarve is no exception for activities to do with the family! Villanovo have sought for you the 10 best activities to do with your family for an unforgettable stay in the region. Villanovo can help you organise the activities of your choice, do not hesitate to contact us!

Things to do in the Algarve with children - Algarve

1. Have fun at Zoomarine

It is one of the region's flagship activities, attracting visitors every year from around the world. Here you will discover the marine life as you have never seen it, with dolphin shows, small attractions, and have an unique encounter with fascinating animals.
Zoomarine promises a visit to the heart of the secret world of marine animals, which combines science, discovery, fun and outdoor activities. This place is ideal for a family day out. Plan to spend a full day, as this place has different activities to offer you: from the observation of multicoloured birds to the spectacles of the incredible seals and the sea lions, who perform, before your eyes, extraordinary tricks for the pleasure of both small and large. The flagship activity that will delight your children is the ability to swim with dolphins. So, they can be close to these exceptional creatures for a magical moment.
Admission: Free for children under 4, 20 € for children under 10 and 29 € for adults. You can get discounts by ordering your tickets online by clicking here.

2. Enjoy the many beaches

A stay in the heart of the Algarve region would not be complete without visiting at least one of the beaches in this sunny part of the Iberian Peninsula. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, it offers a very wide choice of beaches so that everyone can find the perfect square of sand to set down their towel. Among the most beautiful beaches in the area, do not hesitate to visit the beach of Odeceixe which offers a part close to the ocean, ideal for surfing, and a part on the river side, calmer for families looking for tranquility.
For breathtaking views, head over to the beach of Quinta Do Lago, a true paradise with miles of golden sand and tranquility. Many other beautiful beaches border the island and are ideal for relaxing with family or friends.

2. Enjoy the many beaches - Algarve

3. Visit the Castle of Silves

This particular castle is the pride of the city of Silves. Its architecture detonating in the landscape of this Portuguese city, testifies to the presence of Muslim people in the region in the past. From the top of the largest castle in the Algarve, you can admire a breathtaking view of the city of Silves. Built by the Moors, this red fortress will make families passionate of history happy. Take a walk on its red sandstone ramparts to make a real return to the past and learn more about the city's history.

4. Visit the Ria Formosa Natural Park

This marshy park that stretches over 60km is home to incredible biodiversity. The view is truly breathtaking, so the geography of this place is out of the ordinary. The young explorers will be able to admire the fauna and flora of the region through land or sea excursions where they can learn more about local ecosystems.
Lose yourself in this labyrinth of islets and be impressed by the beauty and richness of the place. A visit to the natural park guarantees a moment that combines discovery, nature and wonder for the whole family.

4. Visit the Ria Formosa Natural Park - Algarve

5. Fun at Aquashow Water Park

This water park is the guarantee of a superb family day out and is also an alternative to the beach. Aquashow offers many swimming pools, including a wave pool but also one of the largest roller coasters in Europe. Children can board small trains to fly in the air and then land in the water. For the little ones, there are also swimming pools more adapted and calmer, far from the rides full of sensations. If you do not want to swim, do not hesitate to visit the exotic park with your family which can be found inside the park.

6. Visit the city of Faro

Explore the narrow streets of this charming historic centre. Far from the hustle and bustle of the tourist resorts of the region, Faro is the perfect opportunity for you to take a leisurely stroll and learn more about the history of the Algarve region. It is impossible not to soak up this atmospheric city, capital of the region.
Although many visitors only pass through this sublime place, Faro has a lot to offer to those who bother to visit its enclosures. Do not miss the cathedral Sé de Faro, the most important monument in the city. A veritable mosaic of styles, Sé de Faro is located in a single building with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance influences.

6. Visit the city of Faro - Algarve

7. Drive at Karting Almancil Fun Park

Ideal for children looking for an adrenaline rush, this park offers many activities suitable for all ages. With its two outdoor circuits, Karting Almancil Fun Park offers tours suitable for young and old alike.
The park also offers a paintball space, trampolines, but also a climbing wall for sportsmen. A family day of action and sport, to spend a moment together while enjoying fun activities.

8. Test your swing at Family Golf Park

If you want to introduce your children to the joys of golf, this park is for you. You will find many different courses there that have been adapted to suit all levels. Test your swing in this family park which promises a day full of entertainment around the numerous courses in this park in Vilamoura.
> For 1 course: 14 € for adults, 9 € for children from 6 to 12 years old and free for children under 5 years old.
> For 2 courses: 16 € for adults, 12 € for children from 6 to 12 years old and free for children under 5 years old.

8. Test your swing at Family Golf Park - Algarve

9. Fun with Xcite Watersports

(Marina of Vilamoura & Albufeira)
For extreme sports enthusiasts, do not hesitate to try out the many water sports offered by Xcite Watersports. You are spoiled for choice: inflatable boat trips, water skiing, jet skiing, or the exceptional flyboard that will allow you to fly over the water.
Be sure that your children will greatly appreciate these activities located in the exceptional setting of the Algarve beaches.

10. Visit the city of Lagos

Although Lagos is a tourist town in the Algarve region, it is nevertheless picturesque. This authentic little place offers many places to visit! Lose yourself in the narrow streets of the historic centre and admire the charm of the Mercado Municipal, the central square of the city. Do not forget to visit the port, which illustrates the close relationship between this charming city and the sea, as evidenced by the many trawlers on the horizon.
Stop at one of the city's restaurants to enjoy fish and seafood dishes, which are caught in the morning. A perfect family day out discovering a city full of charm, which you will remember for a long time.

10. Visit the city of Lagos - Algarve

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