On your trip to Portugal, you’ll be spoiled for choice of things to do and places to see. Go surfing at rugged coves, explore medieval towns, or experience quirky traditions at the country’s annual festivals. If you’re holidaying with kids, they’ll love trawling the rock pools at Praia Gale, discovering sea life at Zoomarine theme park and hurtling down the water slides at Aquaparque.

1. Praia Gale

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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2. Praia da Coelha

For a peaceful day relaxing on soft sands and paddling in crystal clear seas, look no further than Praia Coelha. A tranquil cove a short drive west of Albufeira
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11. Cero de Vila

A visit to the roman ruins of Cerro da Vila is one for the history buffs, as it’s crammed full of facts and its museum is filled to the brim with artefacts.
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25. Zoomarine

For a fun-filled day trip with the family, jump into a car and take a drive to the popular Zoomarine less than half an hour away. The huge park is split into different zones; so expect to find authentic white sand by the pools and pirate ship theme by the sea lions.
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26. Fishing harbour in Alvor

Alvor has a deep heritage with fishing entwined into its roots, so what better way to explore the local traditions than to spend an afternoon by the beautiful harbour. Watch the boats as they bring their catch in from the deep Atlantic waters.
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27. Ria de Alvor Nature 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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28. Go on boat trips from Albufeira

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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32. Visit Albufeira Old Town

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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33. 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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34. 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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35. 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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36. 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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37. 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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