Things to do in Algarve

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 beaches

No 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 fun

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 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 beauty

If 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.

1. Cataplana Festival Portugal

From religious processions to riotous parties, you’re never far from a festival in Portugal. The Cataplana festival, held in towns across the coast of the Algarve, is one for every foodie’s diary.
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4. Portugal Day

Whether it’s the riotous carnival in Loulé, gourmet food at Monchique’s Traditional Sausage and Ham Fair, or the impressive sand sculptures at the FIESA festival,
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5. Praia Gale Portugal

For a fun-filled day at the beach, make sure you pay a visit to Praia Gale. Just a short drive or bus ride west of Albufeira, it’s a long, family-friendly beach with plenty to see and do.
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8. Vilamoura Marina Portugal

No matter what time you visit, Vilamoura marina is one of The Algarve’s greatest hotspots. It’s the hive of activity in Vilamoura and from day to night, there’s always something going on here.
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9. Ponta Da Piedade Portugal

Take a trip to see the Algaves dramatic coastline just south from Lagos. The sandstone cliffs and rock formations that make up Ponta da Piedade are spectacular and naturally weathered to form tunnels
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11. Lagos Zoo Portugal

For an activity the whole family can enjoy, visit the parque zoologico de lagos. The zoo is home to over 120 species of animals and 200 types of plant from 5 continents
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13. Silves Portugal

There’s a lot to do in the town of Silves, which is just a 20 minute drive away. From taking a refreshing break out of the sunshine in one of the cafés.
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17. Ria De Alvor Portugal Reserve

If you are in need of some peace and quiet away from the bustling beach, take a stroll through Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve. Witness the spectacular ecosystems and numerous plants, animals and insects.
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18. Boat Trips From Albufeira Portugal

If you prefer to stay above the water but still want to explore the magnificent coast, set sail on one of the variety of boat excursions available. Enjoy sailing across the stunning waters, travelling from bay to bay.
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22. Albufeira Old Town Portugal

Venture to the opposite end of the strip to find the original Albufeira, commonly know as the Old Town. The quaint setting oozes tradition, which can be seen through the narrow, cobbled streets and decoratively painted buildings.
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23. Tavira Island Portugal

For a relaxing day in a stunning part of the Algarve, make sure you visit Tavira Island when you go on holiday to this picturesque Portuguese region. It’s hard to beat the island’s soft pale sands and turquoise sea
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24. Aquashow Park Portugal

Look forward to a great day out for the whole family with a visit to Aquashow Park. Just a few kilometres outside Quarteira, the park’s in between Faro and Albufeira and takes around 25 minutes to get to by car
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25. Ponta Da Piedade Portugal

If you’re going on holiday to the Algarve, and especially Lagos, a trip to see Ponta da Piedade is an absolute must. The spectacular stretch of coastline is a stunning collection of caves, grottoes
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26. Zoomarine Algarve Portugal

Get ready for a fun-filled family day out when you pay a visit to Zoomarine Algarve. The park’s just over 20 minutes by car from Albufeira, and is the perfect place to spoil the kids on your holiday to the Algarve.
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27. Praia De Marinha Portugal

To enjoy some spectacular scenery and the Algarve’s warm sunshine, make sure you spend a day on Praia de Marinha. Around 20 kilometres from Albufeira, the beach is a stunning place to relax and unwind.
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