5 things to do in Algarve with kids
Sometimes, Algarve is pictured as the perfect place for retirement, and that gets some people to think that the region is not quite suited for children. That is not the case, though; there is much more to do with kids aside from the beaches themselves. After all, Algarve is excellent as a second home destination too. Check out five good examples of things to do in Algarve with children.
A wooden, Age of Sail-like ship, like the Portuguese ships of the early period of the Discoveries, invites children and grown-ups to do short cruises along the Algarve coast. Make the kids feel like real pirates – or remember the times when Francis Drake was sacking Faro and the Portuguese navigation, for Queen Elizabeth. The Santa Bernarda pirate ship waits for you in Portimão harbour.
Donkeys are the most sympathetic and docile animals that one can ride. In the Algarvian “highlands” of Mexilhoeira Grande, near Portimão, the Burro Ville company will give you and the kids a very nice riding tour.
There is no shortage of water parks throughout the region. You can visit the Aquashow near Quarteira, the Slide and Splash near Lagoa and Aqualand in Alcantarilha, not far from Portimão.
If the kids continuously ask you how could they drive a true car or if they dream of becoming the next Lewis Hamilton, you can take them to three different karting race tracks which include vehicles and facilities for children. Check out the “Autódromo de Portimão”, which includes a karting facility, the “kartódromo de Almancil” and the indoor karting at Albufeira’s Marina.
Experts usually head to Southwestern beaches in the west coast of Algarve and nearby Alentejo beaches. The swell is generally stronger there. But throughout the region, and especially on the southern coast, you have several surfing teaching centres for children, which take advantage of the usually calmer swell in the South coast.