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. Praia de Marinha

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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6. Sardine Festival

Who would’ve thought that the humble sardine would have its very own festival! The Algarve’s calendar is chock-full of spectacular celebrations, and the Sardine Festival in Portimão
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7. Cataplana Festival

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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8. Fatacil Fair

Learning about the different cultures and customs around the world is one of the best things about travelling, which is why a visit to the Fatacil Fair in Portugal’s Algarve should be on your holiday to-do list.
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9. Zoomarine Algarve

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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10. Ponta da Piedade

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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11. Aquashow Park

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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12. Tavira Island

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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