6 Activities for families in the Algarve

Are you planning a family holiday to the Algarve? This stunning region in southern Portugal has plenty to offer, with its golden sandy beaches, year-round sunshine, and a variety of amazing attractions to keep kids and parents entertained. 

From thrilling waterparks to serene boat trips, the Algarve has it all. As luxury travel experts, we’ve put together a list of six family activities in the Algarve that promise fun, adventure, and unforgettable memories for everyone! 


1. Try Mini Golf

Kick off your family adventure with a round of mini golf! The Algarve boasts several fantastic mini-golf courses that are perfect for all ages. Family Golf Park in Vilamoura is a top pick, offering two exciting 18-hole courses (Via Áppia and Via Lusitânia) set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens containing over 200 trees and plants. 

Here, kids can learn all about the Roman Empire while putting their way through challenging obstacles. It also has a tourist train, kids club and games room for playing basketball, snooker, pinball and much more. Overall, mini golf is a fantastic way to spend a sunny afternoon, providing a mix of fun and friendly competition.


2. Visit Zoomarine

For a day packed with entertainment and education, head to Zoomarine in Albufeira. This popular marine park offers a wide range of activities for families in the Algarve to enjoy. From incredible shows featuring dolphins, seals, and sea lions to amusement rides like Jurassic River, Buffalo roller coaster and the legendary pirate ship, Barca Pirata. 

Zoomarine also focuses on conservation, with projects aimed at protecting marine life, species and habitats, including the rescue centre Porto d’Abrigo of Zoomarine (Zoomarine’s Safe Haven). For a more educational day out, the park offers a variety of programmes such as the Ray feeding Session with unique experiences and learning opportunities for the whole family.


3. Hit the Waterparks

When it comes to Algarve activities for families, nothing beats the excitement of cooling off at one of its thrilling waterparks. Visit Slide & Splash in Lagoa, with an array of slides, pools, and attractions for all ages. For those seeking a heart-pounding experience, be sure to brave the Kamikaze slide, where you’ll plummet down a steep drop at breakneck speeds. Or, if you prefer a more leisurely ride, float along the Lazy River and soak up the sun as you drift through the park.

Another fantastic option is Aquashow Park in Quarteira, which combines water rides with an amusement park, offering roller coasters like Watercoaster, bird shows, and even a mini zoo. Thrill-seekers can take on adrenaline-pumping rides like the White Fall and the Wild Snake. Little ones will love the dedicated children’s area, and there are also plenty of amenities including restaurants, picnic areas, and sun loungers, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable day. 

See our Algarve water parks guide for more information. 


4. Go Dolphin Watching

In the Algarve, family activities aren’t limited to just land-based adventures; the sea offers its own exciting experiences! Families can embark on an unforgettable dolphin-watching excursion along the Algarve coast, with numerous operators offering boat trips that provide the chance to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Experience the magic of dolphin watching with family-friendly tours offered by companies like Dream Wave and Dolphin Driven, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness these fascinating mammals up close as they gracefully leap out of the water. Truly, this will undoubtedly be a highlight of your Algarve holiday. And if you’re craving even more aquatic fun, explore our guide to the best water sports in the Algarve!


5. Meet Animals at Lagos Zoo

For a relaxing day out, visit Lagos Zoo. One of the most popular Algarve family activities, this charming zoo is home to more than 140 animals and 200 botanical species from around the world, including monkeys, lemurs, birds, and reptiles. Your family will be enchanted by the diverse array of wildlife waiting to be explored, with plenty of activities to enjoy. Set in a lush environment, the zoo offers an ideal setting for families to discover and learn about the wonders of the natural world. Don’t miss the opportunity to feed the animals – a hit with younger children!


6. Explore the Benagil Caves

No visit to the Algarve would be complete without exploring the stunning Benagil Caves. Formed from sandstone, iconic sea caves draw in thousands of travellers every year and are best accessed by boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. Numerous guided tours are available, offering a unique perspective of the breathtaking rock formations and crystal-clear waters. 

As sunlight filters through the cave’s intricate openings, it casts a warm glow upon the smooth rock walls, creating a magical ambience that will captivate visitors of all ages. This is the perfect Algarve activity for families with older children who are ready for a bit of exploration and adventure.


Book a Luxury Villa for Your Next Family Holiday!

After a day of excitement and exploration, what better way to relax than in your very own luxurious Algarve villa? We have an array of stunning villas that provide the perfect base for your family holiday. 

With private pools, spacious gardens, breathtaking views and local amenities, including a concierge service at your disposal, we offer not only comfort and privacy but also the convenience of a true home away from home experience.

Contact us today to discuss the options available to you and we’ll ensure your Algarve stay is one you’ll never forget!