Being one of the most well-known beach spots in Europe has its perks, and the Algarve is no exception. Beyond the amazing beaches, the region offers a number of activities that will please anyone, whether you’re travelling with kids, family or friends. You’ll be able to have fun at water parks, take a walk in one of the Nature Parks in the region or set out to discover ancient monuments and charming little towns.
Plan your holidays in Algarve and follow our guide to get the most of this beautiful Portuguese region.
Faro – Capital of Algarve Region
Start your holidays in Faro and visit the medieval ruins that still bear traces of the Roman and Moorish rule. Walk around the city center, stop at the “Largo da Sé” and climb to the church’s tower, built in the 13th century, where you’ll enjoy an amazing view over the city and the estuary.
Ria Formosa Estuary – Discover the Natural Park
From Faro head to the Ria Formosa Natural Park where you’ll find birdwatching tours and the opportunity to observe unique bird species. Explore the coastal lagoon, the canals and the little islands in a boat trip and enjoy the breathtaking views. Before returning to the city, visit the “Casa-Museu João Lúcio” where you’ll learn more about the park’s ecosystem and the local fishing community.
Water Parks and Outdoor Activities
If you’re looking for a day of endless fun, try one of the incredible water parks in the region. Slides, tunnels and rollercoasters are some of the attractions you’ll find in these exciting parks along the Algarve coast. However, if you’d rather spend your days in the wilderness, you’ll be happy to know that you’re going to find a number of outdoor activities, from the most extreme to more relaxed ways of enjoying nature. Hiking the best trails in Monchique, biking down the mountain hill or along the sea coast are some of the options. If you’re a diver, try one of the unforgettable visits to sunken ships on the Atlantic shore.