Known for its golden beaches, breathtaking cliffs, sheltered lagoons and sandy coastline, there's no shortage of attractions and 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 always lots going on for everyone to enjoy.
Beautiful beachesNo holiday to the coast of the Algarve in southern Portugal is complete without a trip to one (or more) of its impressive beaches. Offering up some of the best beaches in Europe, the Algarve combines the warmth of the Mediterranean with the water sport-perfect waves of the Atlantic. With more than 150 beaches to choose from, you can pick family-friendly beaches that are ideal for paddling, or stretches of sand where you can hire water sports equipment for an adrenaline rush. The picturesque Praia de Marinha, spectacular Tavira Island, and Ponta da Piedade with its incredible rock formations are all worth a visit.
Family funThere'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 ride. Once they're all dry, little kids will love playing in the mini water park and watching the animal shows, while munching on an ice cream. There's something for everyone to enjoy at Zoomarine Algarve too, from splashing around in the wave pool to an aquarium where kids can learn all about sea life. Soak up some unique local culture with a stroll around the Algarve's many museums or castles. Take a look at all the interesting archaeological finds at the Museu Municipal de Arqueologia, and glance into the past with a close-up of swords and pistols, stone tools, coins and more at the Museu Municipal.
Natural beautyIf exploring the area's nature beauty tops your list of things to do in the Algarve, then you'll find there's lots to be discovered all through the region. Home to wild and beautiful landscapes, you can enjoy flower-covered hillsides, bird watching, or spotting dolphins playing in the sea. Hike the Via Algarviana trail, or walk along dusty cliff-top paths going from one sandy cove to another.