Known for its golden beaches, breathtaking cliffs, sheltered lagoons and sandy coastline, there's no shortage of things to do in the Algarve. Often called the 'Garden of Portugal', this stunning maritime province has everything from historic sites and diving to nature trails and plenty of fun-filled attractions for all the family. No matter what time of the year you come to the Algarve, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
No holiday the Algarve in southern Portugal is complete without a trip to one (or more) of its impressive beaches. Offering some of the best sand spots in Europe, this sun-filled region combines the warmth of the Mediterranean with the watersport perfect waves of the Atlantic.
With more than 150 beaches to choose from, you can pick family-friendly shores that are ideal for paddling, or stretches filled with watersports equipment. The picturesque Praia de Marinha, spectacular Tavira Island, and Ponta da Piedade with its incredible rock formations, are all worth a visit.
There's plenty to keep the family busy away from the sea and sand, too. Spend a fun-filled day zipping down the fast slides at Aquashow Park, or relax as you float down its lazy river. Once they're all dry, little kids will love playing in the mini waterpark and watching the animal shows.
There's something for everyone to enjoy at Zoomarine Algarve, from splashing around in the wave pool to an aquarium where kids can learn all about sea life. Or, you can soak up some unique local culture with a stroll around the Algarve's many museums or castles. See interesting archaeological finds at the Museu Municipal de Arqueologia, and glance into the past with swords and pistols, stone tools, coins on display at the Museu Municipal.
If exploring the area's natural beauty tops your list of things to do in the Algarve, then there's so much to be discovered. Home to wild and beautiful landscapes, you can enjoy flower-covered hillsides filled with wildlife. Hike the Via Algarviana trail, or walk along dusty clifftop paths going from one sandy cove to another.