The Algarve is a fun, kid-focused area with loads of attractions, family-friendly beaches and cultural activities. Try thrilling water parks such as Slide & Splash and Krazy World; the great zoo in Lagos; and, at Silves, the imagination-firing castle.

There are some excellent museums, too: in São Brás de Alportel there’s a simple cork display in the Museu do Traje, and in Portimão the wonderful Museu de Portimão re-creates a former fish cannery.

Many towns along the coast run boat trips, and several have little trains.

Albufeira is particularly child friendly, with a plethora of agencies in the area selling a variety of trips, from horse riding to cruising on pirate ships. Most boat trips leave from the marina. Other kid-oriented activities include the following:

  • Albufeira Riding Centre On the road to Vilamoura. Offers one- to three-hour horse rides for all ages and abilities.
  • Aqualand Huge loop-the-loop slide and rapids.
  • Aquashow In Quarteira, 10km east of Albufeira, with parrots, reptiles and a wave pool.