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Great Things To See And Do In The Algarve Portugal

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For your holiday in the Algarve, things to do are easy to find. The Algarve isn’t just about great weather, fantastic beaches and wonderful fresh seafood.

If you are on holiday with a young family, there will be days when you need to do something different than go down the beach. Luckily the Algarve has plenty of things on offer to keep the whole family amused and entertained.

These range from theme parks and water parks to zoos, boat trips to go-karting, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. Most of these Algarve attractions are to be found between Faro and Portimão to the west.

Many of the theme parks and water parks offer bus transport from tourist locations across the Algarve for a modest cost (and sometimes even free).

Algarve Things to do – Theme Parks and Zoos
ZooMarine
One of the most popular theme parks in the Algarve, Zoomarine is located on the outskirts of Albufeira and is a mixture of a marine centre, zoo and amusement park. The main attractions of the park are the spectacular aquatic displays of dolphins and sea lions, and the fun fair for the kids. For an additional cost, you can spend time swimming with the dolphins too… click here for more information

Krazy World & Algarve Zoo
Krazy World is a children’s theme park and zoo near Algoz, just north of Albufiera. Apart from being a theme park, with mini-golf, a petting farm, pony rides and a fairground, it is also home to the Algarve Zoo which is home to reptiles, snakes and the like. A fun day-out for the family… click here for more information

Lagos Zoo
About a fifteen minute drive north west from Lagos, near Benasfrim, you’ll find Lagos Zoo. It is not huge, but there are plenty of animals and birds to see. Best of all are the apes, which reside on their own island paradise. There are more educational things for the kids to get involved in as well as a petting farm and children’s playgrounds… Find out more about it here

Algarve Things to do – Water Parks
Aqualand
Formerly known as The Big One, Aqualand is located near the town of Alcantarilha in between Albufeira and Armação de Pera about 15 km from Albufeira on the main EN 125 road. This is a family water park with some exciting rides and a safer area for younger kids. Showing its age bit now, but still great fun… click here for more information

Slide and Splash
You will find Slide and Splash well sign posted on the EN125, and it is situated 5 minutes drive past Lagoa, about 30 minutes from Albufeira and 15 minutes from Portimão. Newer than Aqualand, but has the same kind of attractions when you get there. Your decision on which one to visit may well be better judged on your location, rather than one being better then the other… click here for more information

Aquashow
Aquashow is a great park in Quarteira, near Vilamoura. A family water park, it has some good white knuckle rides, including a rollercoaster. There are more gentle rides for younger children (and older adults!). For a more sedate time, try the Jacuzzi or bird shows… click here for more information

Atlantic Park
Atlantic Park used to be called Wet and Wild. It is the smallest of the Algarve water parks and is aimed at younger children (not as much daredevil excitement as other Algarve water parks). There are a number of water rides, children’s Quad bikes and bouncy castles, with daily high-diving shows in the summer. The park also has a good restaurant.

If your looking for their website, then I don’t think they have one.

Address: EN 125 Quatros Estradas, 8100 Loulé – Portugal
Tel: 289 397 282

Algarve Things to do – Adventures
Dolphin Watching
Dolphin watching is always a popular activity for holidaymakers, and there are dolphins and whales to be seen off the Algarve coast. So if you fancy an hour and a half of dolphin hunting, then trips are available are available from various places along the Algarve coast. Check out our Algarve dolphin watching page for more details

Jeep Safari
A jeep safari is a great way to get a guided tour of the Algarve countryside and places off the beaten track. Prices include lunch and there are various pick up points throughout the Algarve. There are a number of companies who do this. Here is a selection
Mount Safari: Portimão – Tel: 282 420 800
Riosul: Monte Gordo – Tel: 281 510 200
Zebra Tours: Albufeira – Tel: 289 583 300 / 965 040 225

Algarve Things to do – Excitement
Almancil Karting
If you like the thrills and spills of Formula 1 racing, the nearest you’ll get to it in the Algarve is Almancil Karting. In Almancil, it has a number of race tracks for different ages and makes for an exciting day out. Also there is a ‘Western’ style theme park, with a few additional attractions… click here for more information

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2 Responses to “Great Things To See And Do In The Algarve Portugal”

  1. Amazing, I never knew this, much appreciated.

  2. Parag says:

    Each island of Lagos, whether small or big, have their own specialty. One should not miss a chance to explore its beaches. This Algarve town is the correct place for party lovers but you should not miss a chance to explore its beaches which can be done by renting a bike, moped or a horse.
    Lagos attractions

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