You are looking to spend some holidays in Algarve with your family? This beautiful Portuguese coastline is blessed with gorgeous beaches. Enjoy year round sunshine and certainly plenty of family accommodation and activities.

Some of the most popular places for families to stay, include Portimão for stunning Praia da Rocha beach. Also Lagos for its pretty cobbled streets behind sixteenth-century walls. Carvoeiro – an idyllic cliff-top town with amazing views. If you have time, consider spending a day in Faro, the region’s capital. You can explore its fantastic restaurants, architecture and famous fish market designed by Gustav Eiffel.

BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you so let’s explore a selection of the best activities in Algarve.

Things to Do in Algarve with Children

Family Hotels & Homes in Algarve

Family Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Algarve

1. Beaches

The Algarve’s beaches are really its star attraction. Most of the popular tourist resorts have several within walking distance. You’ll be spoiled for choice. However we recommend hiring a car so you can explore the sandy spots along the coast. However the beaches can be windy- great conditions for watersports. So make sure you take extra care if swimming and sunbathing.

Portimão’s Praia da Rocha offers a huge expanse of golden sand and little caves for the kids. It’s relatively sheltered, that is to say ideal for paddling and swimming.

Praia da Falesia is voted one of the best beaches in the world. (Trip Advisor 2018). Above all, its 6km of soft sand is backed by iconic orange cliffs. The sea is amazingly clear, so perfect for snorkelling.

Praia da Luz is a popular spot with families. Thanks to its large sweep of sand backed by cafés and restaurants. It is 6km from Lagos where you’ll find pretty cobbled streets behind sixteenth-century walls.

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2. Parque Natural da Ria Formosa

Just east of Faro is this beautiful protected area. Home to a string of deserted islands , an abundance of wildlife and a truly peaceful atmosphere. Visitors must therefore pay a small entrance fee to enter the protected park. You will be given a map and some background info then off you go! Easy walking trails suitable for the whole family, through pine forest, dunes and Roman ruins.

If you want to visit some of the islands, book a boat trip which usually depart from the seaside town of Olhão . 

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3. Beach Hut Watersports Centre

It wouldn’t be a holiday without some splashing about in the sea, right? This watersport centre on Praia de Luz beach, offers a great range of activities. Including dolphin watching, boat trips to the stunning Benagil caves, renting jet skis and also kayaks.

Got kids aged between 8 and 16 years? Then you can drop them off for a full day of sailing, water skiing and beach games.

Address: R. José da Conceição Conde, 8600-169 Luz, Portugal

Opening Hours: Open Monday to Saturday 9am -6pm

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4. Zoomarine Algarve

One of Albufeira’s top attractions. Zoomarine is certainly a fantastic day out for your family. A theme park, water park, zoo and aquarium rolled into one. The kids will love swinging in the Pirate boat or meeting exotic animals. Suitable for all ages.

Address: N125 KM 65, 8201-864 Guia, Albufeira, Portugal

Opening Hours: Open from March – November. Opening hours vary depending on season, check the website for more details. 

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5. Parque Aventura

Treetop adventures for 4 years and upwards. This is one of the best things to do in Algarve during your family holidays. With four locations including Albufeira and Lagos. Choose from three different levels depending on your age. You will tackle challenges such as bridges, rope nets and also giant zip lines. Above all, surrounded by the beautiful forest. 

Address: Various locations , check website for full details and opening hours of each location.

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