Best Family Activities in Portimão and Ferragudo
October 9, 2023
When it comes to family-friendly destinations in the Algarve, Portimão and Ferragudo are holiday gems that offer a delightful mix of sun, sea, and activities for all ages. Whether you’re travelling with little explorers or teenagers seeking adventure, these neighbouring towns have a treasure trove of family-friendly experiences to offer. Let’s dive into the best family activities in Portimão and Ferragudo.
Portimão and Ferragudo boast some of the Algarve’s most beautiful beaches, perfect for a family day by the sea. Praia da Rocha in Portimão is famous for its long, golden sands, while Praia Grande in Ferragudo is ideal for families with its calm waters and spacious shoreline. Build sandcastles, play beach games, or simply soak up the sun while the kids splash in the sea.
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Pack the sunscreen and set sail on a family-friendly boat tour along the stunning Algarve coast. Children and adults alike will be captivated by the picturesque cliffs, hidden caves, and crystal-clear waters. Many boat tours departing from Portimão and Ferragudo offer exciting features including dolphin watching, snorkelling, and the chance to explore famous spots such as the Benagil Cave. It’s an adventure the whole family will cherish.
Just a short drive from Portimão and Ferragudo, Zoomarine Algarve is a marine-themed park that promises an unforgettable family day out. Watch incredible dolphin and sea lion shows, get up close with exotic birds, and explore the park’s funfair rides and water attractions. It’s a place where education meets entertainment, making it an excellent choice for kids of all ages.
Photo Credit: Zoomarine Facebook
The Algarve is known for its delicious cuisine, and you’ll find many family-friendly restaurants in both Portimão and Ferragudo. Sample Portuguese favourites like grilled fish, seafood rice, and chicken piri-piri. Most restaurants offer kids’ menus with options like spaghetti, hamburgers, and ice cream, ensuring even the pickiest eaters are satisfied.
Ferragudo’s charming main square, Praça Rainha Dona Leonor, is the perfect place for kids to let off some steam. The square features a playground with swings, slides, and climbing frames, allowing children to play and make new friends. While the kids play, parents can relax at one of the nearby cafes. A beach playground can also be found at Praia Grande.
Slide & Splash
Located near Lagoa, a short drive from Portimão and Ferragudo, Slide & Splash is one of the Algarve’s premier water parks. With a wide range of slides, pools, and water-based activities, it’s a splashing good time for the whole family. From exhilarating water slides to relaxing lazy rivers, there’s something for everyone.
For families seeking a bit of adrenaline, the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve, one of Europe’s largest go-kart tracks, is within easy reach. Located in Portimão, this karting circuit offers an exciting day of racing for kids and adults. Younger children can enjoy mini karts, while older kids and parents can compete on the full-sized track.
Photo Credit: Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve Facebook
Test your family’s putting skills with a friendly round of mini golf. Many courses in the area, including Adventure Golf Alvor, offer entertaining obstacles and themes, ensuring an enjoyable time for everyone. It’s a relaxing activity that provides a welcome break from the sun.
Photo Credit: Adventure Golf Alvor
Portimão Segway Tour
Join a segway tour with Algarve by Segway through Portimão where you can admire the extensive beaches and learn more about the local culture. This is a great way to spend a leisurely morning or afternoon, passing peacefully along the pedestrian path of Praia da Rocha to Portimão’s Marina and ending the tour at Rio Arade. The Segway also has the advantage of being an eco-friendly and easy-to-control vehicle, which can be used by adults and children.
Photo Credit: Algarve by Segway Facebook
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