The Algarve, located in the far south of Portugal’s mainland, is about as ideal as vacation destinations get. The area boasts a comfortable Mediterranean climate, breath-taking beaches and endless natural attractions, and best of all, the Algarve is more affordable than it may seem. With so much to see and do, the Algarve practically dares you to get bored.
The Algarve is also a great place for families. The activities and attractions that this part of Portugal offers, appeals to parents and children of all ages.
Algarve Jeep Safari
Explore areas of the Algarve that most people never get to see on the Algarve Jeep Safari. Your day in the jeep includes pick up and drop off at your hotel, lunch in a restaurant with beer and wine for the adults, and more adventure than you can imagine. Leave the resort scene and explore farms, villages and orchards in an off-road Jeep that tears through rivers and across dirt roads. If you want more than a Jeep tour, try the Super Combi, which combines hiking and canoeing with the safari, or the Surf Combi, a mix of safari exploration and surf lessons on the western coast. Whichever adventure you choose, you’ll undoubtedly understand why Algarve Jeep Safari remains a family favorite among tourists.
Make it a Surf Trip
Give the kids something to brag about when they get home. The Algarve’s west coast offers world-class surf breaks and some of the best surf schools you can find. Get a group lesson for the whole family or encourage the kids to make new friends with an all-kids lesson. If you’re already surfers, rent boards and wetsuits in Sagres or Lagos and spend a day tearing up the crystal-blue waters together. Many people book last minute holidays to the Algarve, lured by the beautiful beaches and outdoor sports activities.
Pego de Inferno
Wherever you are in the Algarve, natural beauty is present. Near Tavira in East Algarve is Pego de Inferno, a picturesque waterfall dropping into a blue-green swimming hole. Although more foot-traffic has been seen at the waterfall in recent years, it’s still a relatively hidden gem in the off-season. Take a backpack with snacks and towels and enjoy a day dunking in the lake. If you’re there in peak season and don’t want to swim with a crowd, make it a morning activity. The natural beauty of Pego de Inferno is a site you shouldn’t miss.
Interacting with dolphins is an event your kids will never forget. The Zoomarine park, open March to October, offers wildlife presentations, a 4D cinema show, tons of rides, and the incredible opportunity to interact with dolphins in the Zoomarine dolphin centre. The entire experience of Zoomarine is educational and exciting, so dedicate a full day to taking in everything it has to offer.
The Algarve can be touristy, serene, adventurous or relaxing. There are plenty of activities to impress parents and children of any age, and if you just want to sit and relax on an empty beach, the Algarve has that too.