The Algarve is not only renowned for its stunning beaches and picturesque coastline, but also for being a perfect destination for families.
With a plethora of child-friendly attractions and a wide range of fun-filled activities, the Algarve offers an unforgettable holiday for visitors of all ages.
Whether you’re seeking thrilling adventures, educational opportunities, or simply quality family time, the Algarve has something to offer every family.
Here, we explore some of the top attractions and activities that will keep young ones entertained and create memories for years to come.
Slide & Splash
Slide & Splash, close to Lagoa, is a water park that guarantees a day of fun in the sun for the whole family. With a variety of slides, pools, and water attractions, children of all ages can splash around and cool off. From adrenaline-pumping slides to lazy river rides, Slide & Splash offers a diverse range of experiences.
Zoomarine, located in Guia, is a unique marine-themed park that combines entertainment, education, and conservation. Experience a fun-day family outing filled with wonderful dolphin shows, captivating displays featuring tropical birds and birds of prey, together with engaging educational exhibits that delve into marine life and bird biology. Zoomarine also offers a water park area, swimming pools and thrilling rides, ensuring an exciting and educational day for everyone.
Lagos Zoo, just outside Lagos in Barão de São João, provides an opportunity for children to get up close and personal with a wide range of animals. From penguins to primates, reptiles to birds, the zoo houses a diverse collection of species. Visitors can take part in feeding sessions, watch educational talks, and even have the chance to touch some of the friendlier animals. Lagos Zoo offers a safe and enjoyable environment for children to learn about wildlife and conservation.
Adventure in the treetops
Parque Aventura, situated just outside Lagos, offers three levels of rope “courses” and paintball. With rope nets, bridges and zip lines children can choose Curious, Adventurous or Fearless depending on their age and ability. Adults are able follow their youngsters along the courses to offer encouragement and support where needed. For those who enjoy a little more adrenaline, the paintball park is in a forest covering some 2,500m2 with natural and artificial obstacles.
Krazy World, in Algoz, is an adventure park that offers a mix of entertainment and educational experiences. Children can enjoy a mini-golf course, petting zoo, pony rides, and an inflatable water slide. The park also features a reptile and an animal area, where children can learn about various creatures. The highlight of Krazy World are the lemurs, where visitors can feed and interact with these adorable animals.
The Algarve boasts numerous family-friendly beaches, ensuring that little ones can play in the sand and paddle in the shallow waters. Meia Praia in Lagos, Praia da Rocha in Portimão, Praia do Carvoeiro and Praia dos Três Irmãos (Alvor) are just a few examples of beaches with calm, clear waters, lifeguard services, and facilities suitable for families. Many beaches also offer water sports activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, and banana boat rides, providing additional excitement for older children.
Mini golf parks
For a laid-back and entertaining family activity, the Algarve has several mini-golf parks to choose from. Adventure Golf Alvor, Family Golf Park in Vilamoura, and Pro Putting Garden in Lagos are popular destinations where children can enjoy a round of miniature golf in colourful and themed settings. These parks often have additional attractions such as playgrounds and refreshment areas and are open in the evenings.
Perhaps you would prefer to do something away from the beach, check out our article on other activities in the region.
When it comes to family holidays, the Algarve exceeds expectations. The region offers family-friendly beaches and outdoor adventures that provide endless opportunities for fun and quality time together.
Join us in the most south-westerly part of Europe; pack your bags, prepare for adventure, and embark on a memorable family getaway in the beautiful Algarve. We have large properties for extended families plus apartments and townhouses next to each other for families who want a little more privacy.