Things to do on your family holiday in Portugal

If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your next family holiday, look no further than the Algarve on Portugal’s southern coast. Here, the stunning golden beaches and friendly towns offer endless activities and entertainment for you and your kids no matter what their age.

The key to keeping the kids entertained, of course, is variation. A day at the beach is essential, but spend too long and you’ll be battling boredom and sunburn. Portugal holidays promise plenty of fun if you know where to go, so here’s some inspiration for what to do on your trip to the Algarve:


There’s a reason why Zoomarine is the Algarve’s biggest attraction. As if dolphins, seals, and an impressive aquarium weren’t enough already, the park offers a daily schedule of presentations and shows. At the same time as enjoying a fun day out, the kids might even learn a thing or two here – and so will you!


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Slide & Splash

This is the Algarve’s largest water park, and kids who like to swim will love it here. The slides, rides and pools will keep you entertained for hours, and there is even a designated area for younger kids. If you need a break from the water, the park is also home to some impressive birds of prey, and shows are held throughout the day.

Mini golf

Whether you like real golf or not, there’s nothing like a round of mini golf to stir up some friendly family competition. At the Family Golf Park in Vilamoura, near Faro, you can play your way around two 18-hole courses. The picturesque park is themed on ancient Rome, and afterwards, you can visit some real Roman remains in Vilamoura.


If your kids want do to something a little more fast-paced, spend an afternoon at Hot Wheels Raceway, an indoor karting course in Albufiera marina. There are ordinary and junior karts on offer to suit all ages, and you can choose from 10, 20, or 30 minute time slots.

Lagos Zoo

No matter how many times you bring your kids to the zoo, it never really gets old. The small but well-maintained zoo in Lagos is home to over 100 different animal species, so there is plenty to see. Time your trip carefully, and you will even get to watch the primate and meerkat feedings.

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This taster of what the Algarve has to offer is enough to see that southern Portugal’s famous holiday destination is just about as family-friendly as it gets, so why not give it a go?

What are your favourite things to do with the kids on holiday? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

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