Attractions

Whatever your favourite passtime or activity, The Algarve offers something for everyone – and loads to keep the kids smiling every day! Waterparks, Beaches, Theme Parks, Zoos, Karting, Water Sports, Boat Trips, Excursions, Horse Riding, Biking, Walking and Hiking, plus many of Europe’s finest golf courses are just waiting for you to enjoy!

Here are a few of the things to do in the Algarve.

Algarve Beaches

So many beaches, so little time! The Algarve boasts some of the best and most picturesque beaches to be found in Europe with golden sands and azure waters – from long sandy bays where you’ll always be able to find a good bit of ‘breathing space’ (yes, even in the height of summer!), to numerous secluded rocky coves that dot this spectacular and beautiful coastline. The beaches along the south here have calmer waters than the western Atlantic coast, so are perfect for families with children.

Water Sports

The Algarve is a perfect destination for anyone who loves water sports and beginners alike who can try out many water-sports. The most popular water-sports in the region are surfing, windsurfing and scuba-diving, and equipment rental and tuition can be easily found along the coastline.

For serious surfers, the West coast is a must as the Atlantic Ocean creates perfect swell. Arrifana,  Bordeira and Amado are great spots and some of the best waves can be had. Beginners and inexperienced surfers might be best to go out with a surf school to start off with.

You will also find facilities for jet-skiing, inflatable rides, kite-surfing and parascending in all of the major resorts – sailing is also extremelypopular in the Algarve and sailing dinghies, motor boats and yachts can be hired from ports and marinas from Portimão and Lagos.

The southern coastline is better suited to swimming, snorkelling, scuba-diving and windsurfing because the waters are calmer and warmer. You will find basic snorkelling equipment in almost any beach shop, tourist gift shop or sports shop.

Excursions

The Algarve is a wonderful place to explore and the variety of excursions and trips on offer highlight the amount that there is to see and do here – after all, it isn’t just about beaches, there is so much more – jeep safaris, guided tours, quad-bike safaris, coach excursions, wine tasting events, concerts, the list is endless. Each excursion you go on will bring you a little bit closer to the real Algarve and will give you some fantastic memories to take home.

Algarve Golf

Golf on the Algarve is truly unique and an all round unforgettable experience. The year round sun and warm climate attracts many enthusiasts from Europe to play in the peak season of October to May.

There are now more than 35 golf courses on the Algarve and is established as one of the best golfing destinations in Europe. The warm climate and fantastic fairways, links and greens are to be expected, as are facilities catering to all levels of golfer.

Grotto Tours

Grotto TourWith such a magnificent coastline of golden sands, beautiful cliffs and impressive rock formations, it’s hardly surprising

there are so many boat trips on offer – choose from sightseeing trips, onboard BBQs, dolphin watching, fishing trips and more. Boat trips are a brilliant way to see the area and its coastline in all its glory from a unique perspective. If you get the chance you should take a Grotto Tour by small fishing boat to visit the enchanting sea caves along the cliffs and spectacular rock formations of the coast.

Horse Riding

There are many riding centres close by, so whether you are an experienced horse rider or just fancy giving it a go, you’re in the right place. Many of the riding centres offer lessons for beginners so you don’t need to have ridden before, and there’s nothing better than getting out in the sun and the fresh air on horse back to explore some of the Algarve landscape. . There are often smaller ponies for little ones and different Horses for different levels of riding ability.

Bicycle & Scooter Hire

Bicycle hire is very popular in the Algarve, with residents and tourists, so there are lots of places to hire bikes. Luckily the Algarve benefits from consistently good weather, so it is easy to get out and about on a bicycle all year round. The cooler autumn to spring months are better for exploring the towns and countryside by bike as you get a nice breeze to keep you cool, compared to the heat in summer.

Generally you will find the prices for bicycle hire in the Algarve reasonable – you can expect to pay as little as €10 per day for a bike. If you want to hire bikes for longer periods, you will often find that you get a discount so the longer you have the bike the cheaper the daily rate becomes. Bicycle hire shops will also provide safety gear, locks and third party insurance.

If you are thinking of a scooter or moped, remember that you need to be 18 years old and to have held a licence for at least a year – and importantly, check that your holiday insurance provides cover for this activity!

Walking & Hiking

We are situated in protected countryside, so there are plenty of walks right on our doorstep and there are many people in the Algarve offering guided walks around the area. This is an ideal region for walking, whether to simply stroll along the beach enjoying the fresh sea air or to go further afield to explore the smaller villages and rural landscapes.

February to June are some of the best months to appreciate the Algarve because the entire region is alive with colour as hundreds of species of wild flowers come into bloom. The cliffs are covered in many different coastal plants; so for an afternoon walk why not head to the coast and follow the cliff tops.

A great place to do this is Ponte da Piedade in Lagos, in the Western end of the Algarve. In spring this craggy headland is beautiful and it has a brilliant coastal path, which stretches all the way to neighbouring Praia da Luz. You can stroll as far as you like and take in some breathtaking views from the top as you look out to sea.

For more serious hikers, there are endless possibilities for walking in the two mountain ranges, the Serra de Monchique and Serra do Caldeirão, which border with Alentejo region along the northern edge of the Algarve. These mountain ranges take up approximately two thirds of the Algarve and provide a contrast to the traditional coastal regions of the Algarve.

Slide & Splash Water Park

Slide and Splash, is self-proclaimed as the best water park in Europe, It is based in Lagoa, a few kilometres north of Carvoeiro. Of the five waterparks in the Algarve, it is definitely the most popular. It has a good variety of rides to suit children of all ages. However, you don’t have to be a kid to have a great time here. If you like a bit of speed and are not too bothered about heights, then there are adrenalin pumping rides for grown-ups too.  For the more faint-hearted there are also more sedate slides for you to enjoy. Failing that there’s also a large swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.

Motor Sport – Autódromo Internacional do Algarve

Designed to be one of the best and most modern circuits in Europe, the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve hosts many regular national and international motorsport events including the World Superbike Championship, the World Endurance Championship, the Historic Festival, Touring Cars, GT Championship and many more. The development also offers Track Days and Taxi Experiences with support from their own Driving School, featuring many high performance Sports and Racing cars.

 

Zoomarine

Located near Guia on the main EN125, Zoomarine has over 8 hectares of leisure, entertainment and education, including dolphin and sea-lion shows, amusements, swimming pools, restaurants and shops. Zoomarine is open all year round and is an excellent day out for all the family.

Lagos Zoo


Quinta Figueiras, Sítio do Medronhal, 8600-013 Barão de S.João, Algarve, Portugal
Open all year round, 7 days a week, this beautiful zoo just on the outskirts of Lagos is a fantastic day out for all ages with lots of lovely animals.