Algarve guide - For children
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Attractions - Leisure parks and Zoos
Algarve Water Parks
Also known as 'The Big One' -
This is reputed to be Europe´s largest open-air water park and boasts more than 1500 metres in length of aquatic acitivity fun. Buses from Albufeira, Alvôr, Armação de Pêra, Galé, Lagos, Portimão, Praia da Rocha, Tavira, Vilamoura and Vila Real S. António.
Location: EN 125 , 8365 Alcantarilha, (Near Alcantarilha, north of Armação de Pera and about 15 km from Albufeira). Tel: 289 322 827
There are varied aquatic attractions, like:
- Banzai Boggan
This is an 'almost vertical' 23 metre slide.
This one is all about speed. Apparently, it takes you down through 92 metres in less than 4 seconds.
This is a 5-lane attraction, so you can choose between a leisurely descent - or a terrifyingly quick one.
There are also calmer choices such as the Wave Pool, and the Rainbow Park.
Open: 29th of April to 28th of September
Another 'Family Fun Park', this one is near Quarteira on the EN125. Lots of slides, oceans of water, fun, frolics - and all in that gorgeous Algarve weather!
There are fast slides for the young, and slower slides for the very young who can be accompanied by an adult
Tel: 289 389 396
Atlantic Park offers all sorts of twisting slides, even a 'twin' Kamikaze and the 'Rio Grande'. There's a deep diving pool for the brave, and a children's pool which allows parents to relax while the very young enjoy themselves.
During the peak season it provides a daily variety spectacular show. Pick up service available, depending on where you're starting from.
Free booking service: 0800 20 47 67
Slide and Splash
This waterpark is located at Estombar, east of Lagoa and is well signposted on the EN125 road.
Children up to 5 years old are admitted free
Tel: 082 34 16 85
This fun water park is at Guia, near Albufeira.
Animals on show include: dolphins, seals, sealions, sharks, and tortoises, exotic and marine birds, crocodiles and tropical fish.
A single ticket (per person) lets you go anywhere within the entire park.
EN 125 - Guia 8200 Albufeira, Tel: 289 56 1104
See for yourself the animals in some lovely surroundings. Free parking. As it's near Monchique, the landscape vistas are breathtaking.
(Look for signs by the road just as you approach Caldas de Monchique spa resort, or take the Frota Azul Monchique bus from Portimao).
Open daily 1000 to 1900 hours
Tel. 282 911 327
Roma Golf Park
Just to the west of the marina and nearby the Roman ruins (Cerro da Villa), this 'American-style' leisure park offers a 'family day out'.
Roma Golf Park, Caixa Postal 927, 8125 Vilamoura
Tel: 289 300 800
There are: subtropical gardens, ponds and lakes. 36 holes of mini golf amid a 'mysterious world' theme. Live alligators in the Swamp.
Algoz - Messines Road,
Tel: 282 574 134
Sailing and Cruises
Trigana Sailing Adventures
Take to sea from Alvor in a traditional Portugese vessel, with a choice of snorkelling, ocean swimming, fishing or island visits. There are also family day trips, a barbecue day trip and even a sunset party cruise.
Bookings: Tel. 912 105 757
Pirate Ship Adventure Cruise
Sail away in the caravelle 'Santa Bernarda', departing from Portimao and heading eastwards. You can visit the enormous caves and grottoes at Benagil, Alfanzina and Lagos. Enjoy a beach barbecue.
Your choice of cruises includes:
Caves expedition, which operates weekdays except Tuesdays from 0945 to 1300 hours;
Caves and Sailing outing, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1415 to 1745 hours;
Caves of Lagos tour, Mondays and Thursdays from 1415 to 1745 hours;
and finally the 'grand tour' -
All Day and Beach Barbeque special, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 0915 to 1745 hours
Bookings and Information: 967 023 840
The name says it all. You can watch these wonderful, intelligent creatures. Tours leave from Portimao's Marina at Praia da Rocha, with the meeting point being the shopping 'mall' at the marina.
The boat is small and low in the water, which is great for getting close to the dolphins.
Tel. 282 799 209
Aquabus - Lagos Marina
This one should keep them quiet! Children can marvel at the underwater world seen throught the glass panes in the hull of this floating submarine.
There are daily trips with a choice of destinations: Lagos to Salema, or a Grottoes Trip.
Marina de Lagos - 8600 Lagos, Tel: 282 76 7794