sights, waterparks, sea activities, casinos
What to do and see
The Algarve, the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, is more than just amazing beaches and high end golf courses.
There is a wide variety of leisure activities that can be enjoyed while in holidays.
From remarkably beautiful landscapes to small fishing villages or organized sea activities there a lot to do and enjoy while in the Algarve.
And all within a short drive distance from your resort.
Silves lies inland, surrounded by valleys of orange groves and dominated by a red sandstone castle that stands proudly against the skyline. The centre of culture during the Moorish occupation of the Algarve, Silves was home to poets and orators until the Knights of Santiago took the city in 1242. Visit the castle and its Cistern of the Enchanted Moorish Girl.
This is the Algarve’s biggest visitor attraction. There is a strong emphasis on conservation and education and many opportunities for children to interact with the animals and birds at close range. In fact this is the only place in Europe where you can play in a pool with dolphins. The dolphins, sea lions and seal shows are excellent and children aged six and over can swim with dolphins in small groups (book in advance). There are also water slides and merry-go-rounds.Website
Dolphins in the wild
To see sea life in its natural habitat, head to Mar Ilimitado at Sagres, which specialises in marine wildlife-watching. Accompanied by a couple of marine biologists, guests go out in a RIB and are likely to see sea turtles and porpoises as well as storm petrels, shearwaters and gannets.
A fantastic day out with family and friends! It's fun and takes you to parts of the Algarve that you would never find on your own. Visit the inland of the Algarve and glimpse of a style and pace of life that is fast disappearing.
Lagos Zoo was founded on the principle of "conservation-education-protection". With more than 120 animal species and 200 botanical species from 5 continents, there is so much to look at. Nice and relaxing. A great day out for all ages.Website
The west coast provides perfect conditions for surfing. There are various schools for all level of enthusiastics. Waterskiing can be done in the calm waters of the most popular beaches as can jet skiing, banana boat rides and other watersports.
Seafaris companies offer a variety of programmes, including deep-sea fishing, reef fishing and cruises along the coastline, exploring caves and secluded beaches. The choice of transport ranges from large catamarans to smaller yachts and cruises begin at the amrinas of Vilamoura and Lagos. Stops are made to swim and dive as well as venturing into some of the more impressive caves.
A day out suitable for all members of the family filled with thrills and lots of fun. Adults will have fun. Kids will love it! There are three main waterparks in the Algarve for you to choose from.
( Open: April to October 10am to 5pm with later closing high summer.)
Slide & Splash, Estombar
Spread over seven hectares, highlights include the Tornado and the Turbulent River. It also stages animal shows starring parrots and reptiles.
Aquashow Park Hotel, Quarteira
Popular for its 50ft-high snake slide.
The kamikaze, which takes just four seconds for you to slide 120ft, has the longest queues here.
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Sagres & St. Vicent Cape
Some of the most impressive landscape in the Algarve are in Sagres. The force of Nature is so strong in this tip of continental Europe that visitors will soon understand why ancient settlers deemed it sacred, how it lured 15th Century Portuguese explorers to set sail into the unknown and how it has managed to retain its original striking beauty. Sagres, itself is a lively fishing village with a picturesque harbour, which becomes particularly busy at the end of the day when the fishermen return with their daily catch. St. Vicent Cape is the southwesternmost point in Portugal. Approximately six kilometers from the village of Sagres, the cape is a landmark for any ship traveling to or from the Mediterranean. The iconic cliffs rise nearly vertically from the Atlantic to a height of 75 meters.
Tavira, one of the most delightful and architecturally-attractive cities in the Algarve, offers an enchanting blend of beautiful houses, cobbled streets and airy squares that has retained the feel of a traditional Algarve fishing town with many fine 18th-century buildings along with its 37 churches. The river Gilão that runs through the centre of the city adds to the general charm.
The Casino Vilamoura offer an avant-garde décor, high quality service and a variety of environments that converge on a distinct offer that materializes in vibrant game rooms, dance musicals, theater and comedy or different gastronomic proposals. It is the major casino in the region.
Algarve Casino & Hotel
Situated in Praia da Rocha, the Algarve Casino, invites to moments of pure fun with evening entertainment, shows, musical evenings, restaurants, bars and modern games rooms.
Located only 6 kms from the border with Spain, the renovated Casino Monte Gordo offers a wide range of casino games, quality of gastronomy and varied enterainment programme.