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Top 4 Things to do in the Algarve for Kids   

“The Algarve is a big hit with families, who know that when they get there they can expect the sun to shine and the good times to roll”

With water parks, historic sites and festivals that offer something that little bit different, you can head to the Algarve and be sure that the kids won’t […]…

  • Top 4 Things to do in the Algarve for Kids  

    The Algarve is a big hit with families, who know that when they get there they can expect the sun to shine and the good times to roll. With water parks, historic sites and festivals that offer something that little bit different, you can head to the Algarve and be sure that the kids won’t be tugging at your waist, wanting to go home. This will all be while you top up your tan in the process.

    Here are four of the best things for kids to do while you’re on holiday in the Algarve.

    Zoomarine Park

    Kids will absolutely love this park where they can visit an aquarium and witness sharks and other beauties of the sea gliding gracefully around its waters. They can watch loveable dolphins delight the crowds at the presentations with fun antics and tricks, or at the tropical birds presentation see parrots and macaws proudly display their vivid colours. Take them to the birds of prey presentation and they can admire hawks, eagles and owls.

    Aquashow Park

    This park has to be the ultimate in entertainment for the kids, with a host of different water slides and attractions. They’ll enjoy competing against their friends on the Speed Foam water slides, sliding down the White Fall on a rubber ring or even taking an adventurous slide in the dark on the Wild Snake. There’s also a nice, high rollercoaster and the Speed Race, but if you’re looking for a little high octane for the kids, you can take them on the mini train for a fantasy ride or to the parrots, birds of prey or reptiles show.

    International Sand Sculpture Festival

    Sand Sculpture Festival Algarve

    This fun event which has taken place each year since 2003 allows kids to see some cool sculptures made out of sand and offers them the chance to do some sand sculpturing of their own. Some of the sculptures at the festival tower as high as 12 metres (approximately 39 feet), and the event itself uses a whopping 40,000 tonnes of sand. With games, workshops and demonstrations, not to mention the magnificence of seeing the sculptures, this really is a terrific event to enjoy with the kids. Don’t forget to catch the exhibition pieces at night and witness interesting alternative angles.

    Castle of Silves

    Castle of Silves in the Algarve

    The Castle of Silves stands on a hilltop overlooking this old Moorish capital of the Algarve which sits on the Arade River. The castle boasts 11 towers, four of these with Gothic doorways, and its chunky walls enclose an area of some 12 000 m². The entry fee is relatively cheap and you can take in some lovely views from the battlements. Silves itself is a quaint town and kids will delight at the many orange and lemon trees dotted around the town.

    The Algarve boasts fine weather and fun times and is a piece of Portugal that really opens itself up to families. Book a trip to the region with Falcon Holidays and you can only ever leave the Algarve with happy memories and a desire to come back to Portugal as soon as possible.

    Images by Mike, Emma and Nicky, Glen Bowman and graphiclunarkid, used under Creative Commons licence

Author: Carol Oconnor

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