TOP 8 THINGS TO
DO IN THE ALGARVE
We've rounded up the top 8 things to do in the Algarve on family holidays, so you'll never be short of excitement! The Algarve is a firm favourite when it comes to fun-loving beach holidays with the family and with its gorgeous golden stretches of sand, whitewashed towns and sun-drenched resorts, it’s easy to see why. Whether you choose to hit the waves and waterparks for an afternoon of adventure or pass the time wandering through Albufeira’s alluring old town, this award-winning destination is sure to tick all of your boxes.
THE ALGARVE'S TOP 150 BEACHES
The Algarve is the proud owner of over 150 beaches, so there's sure to be a sandy spot to suit you. Even in the Algarve’s most popular holiday spot of Albufeira you won’t have to fight for sand space – it has a 30km golden coastline divided up into 25 brilliant beaches, from the lively ones with watersports to the quiet sheltered coves. Praia da Falesia, backed by ochre cliffs, is one of Albufeira’s prettiest, while Praia de Cacela Velha, near Manta Rota, is separated from the mainland by an estuary for a perfectly picturesque view.
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DAYS OUT IN THE ALGARVE
You’ll find plenty of family friendly attractions across the Algarve that serve up fun in the sun, whether you like to whizz through the waters on jet-skis or swing for a hole in one on the golf course. If you feel the need for speed, there are four great go-karting locations including Hot Wheels Raceway in Albufeira, or you can soar down the flumes at Aqualand and Zoomarine. If you prefer to stay near the beach, hop on a horse and trot across the sands or try your hand at surfing an scuba diving!
SURFING IN PORTUGAL
The warm waters of the Atlantic make an incredible playground for those who love to frolic in the surf, from tots paddling in shallow waters at Tavira, Carvoeiro or Albufeira, to the pro surfers that hit the windier, wavier spots past Lagos and Aljezur. You’ll find watersports in every popular resort, especially by the Blue Flag beaches of Albufeira and Lagos - so don a wetsuit and hit the waves!
SAVVY SHOPPING IN ALBUFEIRA
You can shop till you drop on the Algarve - hit the huge shopping centre at Albufeira for high street goodies or if you’d prefer a more traditional shopping experience head to the markets in Armacao de Pera or Portimao (the big market is on the first Monday of every month). Authentic souvenirs to look out for include embroidered linens, handcrafted jewellery, leather bags and belts, and bright, hand-painted pottery.
ALGARVE SEAFARI EXCURSION
If you want to explore all that the Algarve has to offer, take to the waters on an exciting seafari cruise where you’ll pass through caves, stop at secluded beaches and discover some of the coastline's best snorkelling coves. You may even see a pod of dolphins. Choose between a full or half-day tour and set sail for hours of fun in the sun.
TOP ALGARVE RESORTS
There’s literally a resort for everyone in the Algarve. Families who like a more relaxed pace can visit Olhos d’Agua and Praia Da Gale, both offering quieter bases within striking distance of all the attractions of Albufeira. If you're looking for somewhere with a bit more buzz, Sao Joao is a cool classy resort, Carvoeira is a family favourite and Alvor has a great lagoon for canoeing if you fancy a change from the jet skis and pedalos.
MONTE REI'S WORLD-CLASS GOLF
Golf is a big deal on the Algarve with a huge range of courses running along the coastline from Faro. There are plenty of seaside courses to choose from, including the famous Henry Cotton championship course at Penina. Our top picks include the Monte Rei course for its mountain views, San Lorenzo which is nestled within a bird sanctuary, and Sir Nick Faldo’s Oceanico in Amendoeira. Don’t forget to pack your sun visor – you can leave the golf sweater at home though!
SAMPLE PORTUGAL'S SEAFOOD
Thanks to its prime position on the Atlantic coast, the Algarve is one of the best places to sample the freshest fish and seafood. Choose an old town taverna for a traditional fish stew or the pretty restaurants on the beach near Alvor, or go upmarket at a marina and enjoy sea views and cocktails. If in doubt, it’s hard to beat the Peixe do dia (the fresh catch of the day), usually grilled on hot charcoals and served simply with a sprinkling of sea salt, a squirt of lemon and a crisp salad on the side - delish!