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Unforgettable Activities to Experience in the Algarve

Wondering whether you’ll run out of activities to tire out the kids whilst on holiday in the Algarve? Or if you are a regular visitor, whether you’ve experienced everything the Algarve has to offer? The following post will add another item to your check list next time you visit the glorious and sunny Algarve.

 

 



FOR THE ADVENTUROUS, THERE ARE CERTAINLY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES AND PREFERENCES.

 


If you haven’t heard of the Aquashow waterpark then where have you been?! AquaShow is considered to be Portugal’s most complete waterpark offering a variety of water and themed attractions and the experience to swim with Sea Lions! It also includes “Aquakids”, a pool area for younger children so that you can also relax and enjoy the day out.

 

Does swimming with dolphins sound like one of your biggest childhood dreams? Zoomarine is another big attraction where you have the chance to learn all about this mesmerising mammal’s agility, intelligence and the special bond they have with their trainer. Spend a fun-filled day at the park where there are many fair ground rides, roller coasters, waterslides, its own private beach and a large swimming pool.  

 

Outdoor Karting is a perfect activity for the competitive family where you can test your racing skills and who knows, win a trophy! Located in Almancil, the Karting Family Park is the most unique in the Algarve, guaranteeing adrenaline through 390cc Karting. It also includes a junior track for the younger ones or for those going behind the wheel for the first time. 

 

Off-road buggies is the best way to get to know the Algarve´s countryside! You can also drive in the World Rally Championship track and overcome obstacles on an outdoor circuit. A truly unique experience to explore the Algarve’s wilderness.

Want to maximise your adrenaline but still feel safe and comfortable? The Jeep Safari might be the best option for you. This involves visiting unique beauty sports through rural roads, off-road tracks, crossing streams and coming across old villages while appreciating he magnificent landscapes on a 4 x 4. A gastronomic tasting is also provided, when one can enjoy the organic honey and typical Portuguese fruits.
 



FOR THOSE MORE INTERESTED IN THE ALGARVE´S UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS AND ITS CULTURE, THERE ARE A VARIETY OF TOURS TO EXPLORE.


You can discover the Algarve on two wheels, either by Segway or Bike, and admire the peaceful scenery through secret trails. If you prefer a more aquatic approach, you can explore the one of the most important wetlands for birds in Portugal with a marine biologist. Certainly one of our customers favourites, Ria Formosa boat tours offers you the opportunity to stop for oyster tasting and getting know all about this mollusc, its process and how it is exported to other markets around the world, or you can just ask the captain to stop at a desert island where you and the family can go sea horse snorkelling.

Whether you want to admire the beautiful Algarvean coastline or to celebrate a special occasion, there are a wide selection of luxury cruises available departing from the well known marina in Vilamoura. One of the most popular choices is the Sunset Cruise - the name speaks for itself.

Do you ever wonder where Europe´s top wines get produced? You can also enjoy a guided tour at a stunning Alentejo vineyard, with an optional picnic included and see it for yourself.


Algarve's Delicious Gastronomy

The Algarve also has a reputation for the finest dining options in Portugal. From fresh fish, picked just a few hours earlier and delivered to the local restaurants with beautiful ocean views, to Michelin Star restaurants, the Algarve offers an option to every taste. We have provided a list of our client's favourites:

 

 

2 Passos

 

A lovely beach restaurant in a nature reserve, with a beautiful ocean view. The menu depends on which fish and shellfish are best at the local market. 2 Passos is definitely one of our favourites, their sea food is as fresh as it can possible be and combined with their take of the famous Portuguese side dishes it is a place you simple cannot miss out.

Booking is essential.

Opening Hours: Lunch- 12pm to 2.30pm

Average Price per person: €45


Paixa

 

Located next to the Jardins do Golfe condominium at the entry of Vale do Lobo. Paixa is a lovely tapas with Portuguese specialities, like marinated broad beans, beetroot and peppers, fresh cheese with tomato, honey or olive oil, king prawns, individual chicken pies, sauté mushrooms and quails eggs with chopped chourizo sausage to name just a few. Choice of 40 dishes & 200 mix’n’ match wines.

 

Opening Hours : Lunch12-15h + Dinner 19h-23h. Bar open in-between for tapas 

Closed Sunday

Average price per person : €40


Parrilla Natural 

 

A South American restaurant beautifully set within the Golden Triangle. Parilla Natural offer grilled free range beef and local fish specialities. Ideal for dinner under the stars or next to the fireplace and they provide a fenced-in playground for the littles ones with the possibility to view the playground through your iPhone or iPad (can be linked to their cctv system).
 

Opening Hours : Dinner 19h-23h + Sunday Lunch only 12h30 - 15h  

No closing day

Average price per person :  €40 


Marufos

 

Marufo's is typical Portuguese chicken shack, known as the best chicken in town offering great value. Cheap and cheerful and it is a must!

On the road Almancil – Quarteira.

Open for lunch  (12-15h) and dinner (19h-22h)

No closing day 

Average price per person under € 12


We hope this post has been useful, watch this space for more suggestions on unforgettable experiences!

To find out more about any of the activities mentioned, our selection of family villas to rent or anything else that you would like further information, please email us at concierge@blue-sky-villas.com