Algarve with Kids: A Guide to Family-Friendly Activities

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Planning to visit Algarve with kids? It is an excellent idea! The Algarve is one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in Portugal. With its stunning coastline, vibrant cities, and relaxed atmosphere, the Algarve provides the perfect destination for fun and memorable vacation with your family.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an action-packed adventure, the Algarve has something to offer to every member of the family irrespective of age. From its golden beaches, lush landscapes, and breathtaking cliffs, to its incredible array of water sports, tours and aqua parks, the Algarve is an ideal destination for family travel.  In this guide, we will show you Algarve with kids and explore the best family-friendly activities the Algarve has to offer, so that your family can get the most out of their trip to this wonderful region.


The bay of Ingrina beach in Algarve

The Algarve is famous for its stunning beaches, and they’re a great way to spend the day with your family especially if you have small kids. The beaches here vary from small intimate coves to long stretches of sand and surf, providing something for everyone.

Praia da Marinha is one of the most popular beaches in the Algarve and is a great spot for swimming or snorkeling. Praia da Falesia is another great option for Algarve with kids, with a large sandy beach and plenty of space for running around. 

Praia da Rocha in Portimão is a great option for families, with its calm waters, beautiful golden sands and plenty of sun loungers to relax on. 

Make sure you bring sunscreen and an umbrella to protect yourself from the strong sun.

Water Sports

Inside cave of Praia da Ingina on the kayak

If you are exploring Algarve with kids, water sports is a great activity to do together. You can try kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing or bodyboarding, there’s something for everyone. There are many schools that offer different types of classes for kids and adults. Check some options below.


Hiking in the Algarve is one of the most rewarding outdoor activities perfect for the entire family.

The trails offer breathtaking views of the region’s diverse landscapes, from lush forests to picturesque villages and golden cliffs. The most popular is Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s trail which is a scenic coastal walking path stretching for more than 400 km along the country’s southwest coast, from the Alentejo region to the Algarve. You can pick part of it and explore coast of Algarve with kids hiking.

Popular Family Attractions in the Algarve


Zoomarine is an aquatic theme park located in Guia. It has a variety of attractions, shows, and activities for all ages. It has a dolphinarium, sea lion show, aquarium, aviary, and amusement rides. It also has a 4D cinema, live music, and a restaurant. The main attraction is swimming with dolphins, watching sea lion shows, and interacting with parrots. Zoomarine is an excellent option for you to have a fun-filled family day out. You can buy the tickets to Zoomarine online here.

Aquashow Park

Aquashow Park is another fun-filled water park located in a close distance to Quarteira, Algarve. With thrilling water slides, an interactive wave pool, and an exciting lazy river, Aquashow Park is the perfect destination for families. With plenty of attractions to choose from, there’s something for everyone here – from the youngest kids to the most daring thrill seekers. With its lush landscaping, spacious sun decks, and beach-like atmosphere, Aquashow Park is the perfect place to escape the heat and have a fun-filled day in the sun. Check availability and buy tickets to Aquashow online here.

Slide and Splash

Slide and Splash is a fun and exciting water park in the Algarve area of Lagoa. It offers a range of thrilling rides, pools, and slides for the whole family. From the exhilarating “Black Hole” to the relaxing “Lazy River,” Slide and Splash is a perfect option for children and adults. With its bright colors and friendly atmosphere, it is a great place to spend a day of fun in the sun. You can buy the tickets to Slide and Splash online here.

Ocean tours

Another way of getting to know the beautiful Algarve with kids is by participating in organized, ocean tours. You can enjoy spectacular views of the coastline and its many islands, caves, and grottoes as you cruise along the coast in a boat, kayak or stand-up paddle. Many experiences are safe and family-friendly. Check our recommendations below.

Boat Tours

Boat tour is a very comfortable way to explore Algarve with kids. You can do cave tours, dolphing watching or sunset cruise. The most popular is exploring Benagil Cave or Ponta da Piedade. There are many options to choose from in all parts of Algarve. Check Getyourguide for best prices, reviews and recomendations. 

Kayak Tours

Kids kayaking in Praia da Ingrina caves with South Kayaks Sagres family ocean tours Portugal

Kayaking is another fun activity you can safely do with your kids in the Algarve. It is an excellent way to connect with nature and explore caves, grottos and rock formations as well as see wildlife. If you would like to explore the coast in a slow, contemplating way in a small group, then book the Praia da Ingrina kayak tour with us. It is a family-friendly experience with a stop on an isolated beach. Book the tour now and enjoy a great time with your family!  

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