Your holiday in the Algarve can be so much more than just diving and taking sun by the pool... From cultural programmes, days dedicated to sports or in contact with nature, know that the Algarve has a wide range of activities with guaranteed fun for the whole family and throughout the year.

Rain or shine, find your next family programme here. We've put together a list of what you can do without leaving the Algarve.


1.  Boat trip with animal observation

All along the Algarve coast there is a wide range of this type of tours. Whether it is on the Ria Formosa or near Albufeira, it's worth it taking a day out for a boat ride to enjoy the view and the animals that wander these waters. It is common to find dolphins, sharks and turtles here, since the Algarve is part of their migratory routes.

This activity is the perfect way to get in touch with the rich fauna of the region and discover the Algarve from a new perspective.


2. Karting Race – Kártodromo Internacional do Algarve

If your family prefers a day of adventure and fun with their feet firmly on the ground, a kart race can be a great option to consider. The International Karting Circuit of the Algarve is located in Portimão, having a large track, with 1.5 km for a fun family competition. In this space, you can choose the best kart for your needs: for the parents, karts that reach speeds of up to 160 km/h, and for the children there are small karts equipped with safety mechanisms to avoid accidents.


3. Centro de Ciência Viva do Algarve

This is a museum for parents and children!

Located in Faro, this space allows you to explore the universe, stars and planets, as well as visit an intelligent greenhouse or an infinite energy garden. Visitors can also learn about the evolution of the world and its species or ask questions about physical and geological phenomena associated with the sea.

For adults, there is a bar on top of the museum with a breathtaking view of the Ria Formosa and a cool atmosphere. It is the ideal end of the day, accompanied by a cocktail and good music.


4. Silves Castle

Visiting Silves Castle is the perfect activity for a family that likes History. Situated on top of a hill, Silves Castle went through Roman, Arabic occupation and survived the 1755 earthquake. The castle was built in red sandstone and mud, and its known by its irregular shape and characteristic colour.

In this visit you can travel back in time and follow the region's past and all its phases. The castle is open every day except on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.