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Guide to Albufeira for Families

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Albufeira, located in Portugal's Algarve region, is a family-friendly and fun spot for anyone looking for a sunny beach vacation. Fun and memorable family moments are the theme of this guide; a variety of great places can be found in Albufeira, so head out there, explore together, and create plenty of lasting memories!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

8 Places

5 City Tips

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8 Places

Parque Aventura

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Algarve Bike Holidays

Equipment Hire, Bike Tours

Dream Wave

Boat Tours, Equipment Hire, Dolphin & Whale Watching

Dolphins Driven

Kayaking & Canoeing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Boat Tours

Zoomarine Algarve - Theme Park

Theme Parks

Centro Hipico Quinta da Saudade

Horseback Riding Tours

Quad Ventura

Private Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Alzirinha Albufeira

Sightseeing Tours

FranciscoFA's City Tips

  • Tipping is discretionary, but it is customary to tip 10% of your total bill when you feel the service merits it.
  • Given that taxis are inexpensive and widely available, they are the easiest, and often cheapest, way to get around.
  • Giro is the city bus; another transport option that will take you and your family to the Albufeira Marina and other interesting places around.
  • Start by getting a map of Albufeira to understand what is where. The Tourist Office is located in the old town at 5 Outubro Street.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for city walking, and don't forget to pack sunscreen and water.
  • Parque Aventura
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    If your kids are craving adventure, then Albufeira might be one of the best places on earth for an active family outing! Parque Aventura is a very well managed Adventure Park with fun and plenty of skill games to challenge the whole family. See if you can manage all levels!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book tickets in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Olhos de Agua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Birthday Visit 22/10/2018
    • Great Fun, we just keep coming back 10/10/2018
    • Parque Aventura
    Address:
    Estrada de Santa Eulalia, 215
    Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-381
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 913 185 782
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$22
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Algarve Bike Holidays
    Equipment Hire, Bike Tours
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Love the great outdoors? Why not combine your family's passion for nature with an exploration of Albufeira on two-wheels. Algarve's bike trails are some of the best you can experience, and with routes suitable for all levels (and ages!), there's never been a better time to start pedaling!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ensure you book in advance.
    • Take comfortable layered clothing and sneakers or bicycle shoes.
    • Algarve Bike Tours offer plenty of customizable routes. Compare reviews and prices with other agencies online.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 81 Outdoor Activities in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent morning ride 30/08/2018
    • Highly recommended!! 27/08/2018
    • Algarve Bike Holidays
    Address:
    Avenida da Liberdade 144
    Albufeira 8200-002
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 913 226 954
    Other:
  • Dream Wave
    Boat Tours, Equipment Hire, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    If adrenaline is in your family's blood, then a Jet Boat ride is a must! Jet Boat riding in the Albufeira ocean waters is an exciting adventure that you won't forget. Just don't try this one at home!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take clothing to change into afterwards!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 32 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just wonderful - dolphin and coast trip 05/11/2018
    • A fanatic trip on the Dream Wave! 04/11/2018
    • Dream Wave
    Address:
    Albuferia Marina
    Albufeira 8200-394
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 962 003 885
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Dolphins Driven
    Kayaking & Canoeing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Boat Tours
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    If exploring the ocean is on your list, then a boat tour through the Atlantic Ocean waters of Albufeira shouldn't be missed. Dolphins Driven provides a great family-friendly tour offering an entirely different perspective of the Algarve, and it's a very entertaining trip too. If you're lucky, you might even come across a pod of wild dolphins!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take beach clothing and some extra ones to change in to afterwards!
    • Get a water-proof camera and keep your mobile phone safely stored.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 32 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best ride ever! Lots of dolphins 07/11/2018
    • WORST experience of my life. Book with someone else. 28/09/2018
    • Dolphins Driven
    Address:
    Marina de Albufeira
    Albufeira 8200
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 913 113 094
    Price range:
    US$53 - US$53
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Zoomarine Algarve - Theme Park
    Theme Parks
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Zoomarine is located just minutes away from Albufeira old town, and provides free shuttle buses to ensure you get there safely. The theme park is immense, with lots of different attractions - from a water park and dolphin interaction to a birds of prey area with free flying hawks, owls and eagles. Zoomarine is surely one of the best European aquatic wildlife parks, and one that will leave your family with fond lasting memories of Albufeira.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • After buying your tickets, make sure you research the shuttle timetable and location of its stops.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Guia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Zoo marine amazing place 18/11/2018
    • Good day out 16/11/2018
    • Zoomarine Algarve - Theme Park
    Address:
    Estrada Nacional 125, KM65
    Guia, Albufeira 8201-864
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 289 560 300
    Price range:
    US$38 - US$38
    Other:
  • Centro Hipico Quinta da Saudade
    Horseback Riding Tours
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Horseback riding can be a very rewarding activity on your holidays, allowing you to interact with nature in a very special way. Centro Hípico Quinta da Saudade is a family-friendly horseback riding center in Albufeira, which caters to all levels of riding experience, from beginner to expert. Nature trails through the Algarve countryside and along the beach are available, so you can easily customize a trek based on your family's interests.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear trousers and comfortable socks.
    • Make your reservation in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 81 Outdoor Activities in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beach ride 07/10/2018
    • Beautiful sunset beach galloping 30/09/2018
    • Centro Hipico Quinta da Saudade
    Phone:
    +351 964 942 929
    Other:
  • Quad Ventura
    Private Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Another thrilling family adventure awaits you in Albufeira! Quad-bike riding is a motorsport fan's dream come true, and Quad Ventura offers it in a very safe and entertaining environment. The quads are in good shape, the tours are great, and exploring the beautiful Algarve countryside at top speeds is an experience you're unlikely to forget!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
    • Book in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 81 Outdoor Activities in Albufeira
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best 2 hours 03/11/2018
    • A fantastic trip 27/10/2018
    • Quad Ventura
    Phone:
    +351 962 497 037
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Mon - Tue
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Wed
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Alzirinha Albufeira
    Sightseeing Tours
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Albufeira was once a fisherman's village, but has changed over time with the tourism wave. While many traditional skills have been lost - including the majority of fishing activity - the authentic Alzirinha fishing boat has fortunately remained, and is now a living reminder of a by-gone-era. Climb aboard and explore the coastline, just as the fisherman once did - gaining an understanding of local history as you go.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes.
    • Take water and sunscreen.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 67 Tours in Albufeira
    • Wouldn't do it again! 29/07/2014
    • Wonderful Coastal Trip 19/06/2014
    • Alzirinha Albufeira
    Address:
    Urb Roja Pe, Lt 3, No. 1a
    Marina de Albufeira
    Albufeira 8200-380
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 916 601 317
    Price range:
    US$33 - US$33
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