The Algarve- more than just great beaches!
Of course, no trip to the Algarve would be complete without exploring the stunning sandy beaches that this destination has to offer. The shorelines are certainly sun drenched and hard to resist! Ranging from the expansive sands of Fisherman’s Beach in Albufeira to smaller coves such as Castelo. However, the Algarve has much more going for it than just its’ beaches making it a well-established family favourite.
5 reasons it should be top of your list for a family getaway in 2017
There are no shortage activities to keep children of all ages occupied so here is a snap shot of the best things to do whilst you are here.
1. Zoomarine, Guia
Zoomarine is arguably the Algarve’s biggest attraction and ideal for a fun packed day out. It has shows, rides, slides and pools a plenty- a great marine experiences for all the family. It’s much more than just a waterpark with an educational element too giving children and adults alike the chance to learn about wildlife, conversation and the environment. As you are in Guia- home of chicken piri piri it would be rude not to stop off for a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants after a day of fun!
The Algarve has some great waterparks to guarantee hours of fun. Aqualand, in Alcantarilha, with the famous Kamikaze and Benzai slides has to be top of the list. However, Slide and Splash and Aquashow are well worth a visit too!
3. Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival
The International Sand Sculpture Festival, held in Pera, takes place every year from May to October. It celebrates a different theme each year and takes the 50 international artists 8 weeks to prepare for! The exhibitions are an impressive sight both during the day and at night when the sculptures are illuminated with coloured lights. There is a bar and snack bar, occasional live music and a very relaxed vibe. The exhibits are fantastic and are created by artists from all over the world – great fun for all the family!
4. Mini Golf
The Algarve is home to some of the best golf courses in the world and if you wish to get the children in on the act there are 2 mini golf courses for them to try at the Family Golf Park, in Vilamoura. The theme throughout is ancient Rome and it is beautifully landscaped with water features, obstacles and even a bird house. This is mini golf at its best.
Karting is a family favourite with 4 venues in the Algarve to choose from. There is a fabulous indoor Hot Wheels Raceway in Albufeira, an outdoor track at Almancil, a great karting track near Portimao and the International Race Track next door. This is where the world championships and Superbike competitions take place