Five Things to do with kids in the Algarve, Portugal

We have recently returned for an amazing holiday in the Algarve.  Whilst there we stayed in a James Villa and although we could have spent the entire week by the poolside in the villa we opted to explore and make the most of our time in Portugal.  I have to admit that Portugal has stolen a little bit of my heart and I would love to go back there. 

I wanted to capture a few of the activities we did whilst we were there that the kids enjoyed.

1. Visit the Marina at Lagos

It may not seem an obvious place to take children but there was so much to see and do.  The girls would have happily watched the boats in the marina.  We had a walk around the marina and opposite the marina is a lovely shopping area with plenty of restaurants and shops to visit.  

Lagos Marina

2. Zoomarine

We spent one day at Zoomarine but it was not enough.  The park has two very distinct areas the first is animals.  Here there are dolphin shows, seal shows, parrot shows and a 3D animated movie.  We didn't have time for the movie.  There is also an aquarium and mini funfair.  There were plenty of rides for the girls to go on at 3 and 4, and they thoroughly enjoyed the shows.  

The second part of Zoomarine is the beach and water park.  If we had known we would have taken swimming things.  The beach area was fantastic and the girls spent a good hour playing in the sand.  There were only a few slides but more than enough to keep the girls entertained and a few for older children too.  If we had had more time we would have certainly gone back and it was worth the visit. 

Beach at ZoomarineDolphin at Zoomarine

rides at ZoomarineZoomarine Portugal

3. Slide and Splash

When we visited in May/June the water was a little chilly.  It was also very quiet.  There is a large grassed area that we could put our towels on to sit, however we could imagine during peak season it could get busy.  The park was easily laid out with plenty to keep any age occupied.  The children's area had lots of slides and adventure equipment to play on and although they were too small to go on most of the slides they could go on the odd one or two.  We spent a full day and could have easily gone back for a second visit. 

Slide and splashexploring the pool

4. Ice cream at Praia da Luz

The ice cream factory is in a little shop on your right as you walk down the road towards the beach.  The staff were so friendly and welcoming and spoke to us in English.  We went past later and heard them speaking French, German and Spanish.  The staff clearly make their customers feel welcome.  Serving a wide variety of home made ice creams, we could not believe the choice.  Delicious and refreshing.  Perfect for sitting on the beach with.

The ice cream factory

5. Beach

Portugal has lots of amazing beaches and we spent a whole day there.  Our favourite was the one at Praia da Luz as it appeared to be very family friendly.  Toilets near by and lots of places to eat.  The girls loved it and there were plenty of rock pools to explore too

girls running in the sea

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