The Algarve is famous for having 300 days of sunshine a year, which is of course why it’s so popular with families! But if you do get a rainy day on your holidays, how will you entertain the kids away from the beach? Our list below details what to do in Algarve indoors – whether you fancy a dose of culture, an interactive science museum or a fun filled afternoon of bowling, we’ve got you covered.
So are you ready to discover the best things to do in Algarve for families.
1. Castelo de Silves & Archeology Museum
Overall, the pretty town of Silves is a must visit for history buffs. It was the capital of the ancient Arab kingdom of Algarve, and today showcases some of the best preserved architecture from that time including its imposing russet-hued castle. Visitors can walk along the walls of this ancient fortress , admiring incredible views, and see remains from the Arab citadel inside.
Following your visit to the castle, head to Silves Municipal Archaeology Museum, where you can unearth the intriguing past of this historic town. For example, the kids will love looking down into the huge, wide well that the museum is built around.
BabyBreaks Tip: At the museum you can buy a combined ticket for the two attractions to save money.
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 9am – 10pm. Sun 9am-5pm
Museum Address: Rua das Portas de Loulé, 14, 8300-139 Silves, Portugal
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm
2. Centro Ciencia Viva do Algarve
This science museum is designed specifically for children. It has some great interactive exhibits to spark their imagination and encourage their natural curiosity in the world around them.
In addition, there are regular talks, workshops and activities during the school holidays too, covering everything from volcanoes to space travel.
Opening Hours: Tues to Fri 10am – 5pm. Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm
3. Museu de Portimão
A unique museum covering everything from natural history to the industrial revolution. This is a great choice if you’re wondering what to do in Algarve on a rainy day. The museum’s main, permanent exhibition focuses on the Portimão area. And how it developed to become one of the most vital parts of the Algarve’s economy thanks to its prosperous fishing industry.
The museum is located along the river in one of the old sardine canning factories, where generations of families earned a living. Kids will love seeing some of the original machinery and life size figures replicating the production process such as in the gorily named “beheading room”.
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun 10am – 6pm.
4. Hot Shot Bowling & Leisure Centre, Albufeira
If you’re staying in Albuferia then you’ll be pleased to know there are loads of family friendly activities here, including this bowling centre at the marina. As well as the seven lanes of bowling there are arcade games, a pool table, table football, electronic darts and more.
With plenty of refreshments on offer too, this place is sure to keep all ages occupied for an afternoon or evening. Definitely an indoor activity among best things to do in Algarve with families.
Opening Hours: Open daily 11am – 11pm
5. MAR Shopping
This brand new shopping centre aims to be more than just a mall, providing state-of-the art cinema screens with a free supervised play area for children. Children’s activities are happening every Sunday with regular events like live music concerts.
Of course there are also 85 shops and 25 restaurants to explore, so you could definitely while away a few hours here!
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 11pm
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