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Albufeira for Families and Children
Albufeira is a fantastic holiday destination for families with young, school or teenage children. The town offers enjoyable child friendly activities, glorious sandy beaches and family focused amenities, which are set in a safe and welcoming environment. This guide will detail why Albufeira is ideal for families, provide holiday advice and detail popular activities for children.
Popular Activities for Children in Albufeira
The following is a list of the best or unique activities for children in Albufeira (please note all links open new tabs)
• Zoomarine – The best theme park in the Algarve, Zoomarine skip the queue tickets.
• Slide and Splash – Thrill filled water park ideal for older children (€27/€19 adult child), please see www.slidesplash.com
• Dolphin watching boat tours - two-hour dolphin tour for €35
• Bowling (family activity for an infrequent wet day) – €10 Per person per game see, www.algarvebowling.com
• Off road jeep tour (older children) – Half day tour for €30
• Go karting (fast track but older children) - €25 for 20 min, please www.algarvekarting.com
• Jet boat (older children) – €30 for 30 min thrill ride
• Parque Aventura, high rope adventure courses, with circuits suitable for all ages (€12- €17), please see www.parqueaventura.net
• Horse riding - 1-hour trek €30, please see albufeiraridingcentre.com
• Crazyworld; zoo, mini golf and splash pools - €16.95/€9.95, please see www.krazyworld.com/en
• Cinema at AlgarveShopping; often films have English audio with Portuguese subtitles for latest listings please see www.cineplaceportugal.pt
Is Albufeira a good destination for children?
As a town, Albufeira provides all of the comforts of home; with restaurants serving a variety of dishes and shops selling common brands and products. Language will also not be a problem as English is widely spoken by all and most staff who deal with the tourist industry speak a variety of European languages. The whole of the Algarve has a very slow, relaxed pace of life and is a very safe region of Europe, so long as common sense precautions are taken. All Algarve towns can be walked around safely late at night
Is Albufeira an expensive holiday destination for a family?
Portugal and Albufeira provide exceptional value for money especially for food, drink and transport. A filling lunch will cost less than €6 while a three course meal with drinks typically costs €15-20. It is very tempting to go half or full board when selecting a hotel but this will greatly restrict choice and may work out more expensive. There are over one hundred different restaurants in Albufeira and food is great value, especially when compared to other European cities and holiday destinations.
The main cost for the holiday will be the accommodation and flights, particularly if you are forced to visit during school holidays. Our advice is to book as soon as possible; hotels can be booked up to a year in advance and flights (depending on the airline) can be booked 6-9months earlier. Most hotel bookings are fully refundable, so secure the best price as soon as possible, for a guide to the best hotels please click here.
What about the beaches for children?
Albufeira is situated on a stunning coastline and the beaches are of an excellent standard with soft golden sands and clean sea waters. There are no dangerous currents or powerful waves at the beach and during the summer all the main beaches are supervised by lifeguards. Adults will not be wanting to spend long in the sea waters as they are surprisingly cold, only reaching 22C, as the waters are fed by the Atlantic Ocean and not part of the warmer Mediterranean Sea.
What about Flights?
Flights to the Algarve are much shorter than to Greece or the Canary Islands, with journey times 3 hours from Glasgow, 2.5 hours from London and Paris. Faro airport is served by multiple airlines including all of the low cost airlines. This means that there are departures from many of the medium sized regional airports of Europe, which helps to reduce the overall journey time.
Doesn’t Albufeira have a reputation for Stag and Hen dos?
Albufeira does have a (semi) reputation for drink fuelled wild party nights but these venues and events are in a very separate area of the town. Stag, hen and large groups tend to be based 2km east from the Old Town in an area of Albufeira called the Strip. This section of the town has its own separate beach and series of group focused hotels. If you are travelling as a family, it is recommended not to be based close to the Strip, but be based close to the Old Town or one of the numerous resorts outside of Albufeira.
Tips and advice for a Child friendly holiday to Albufeira
The summer sun is very intense and the heat may be too, much for young children. Spring and autumn are less crowded and the weather may be much better suited for younger children. The streets of Albufeira are cobbled and hilly, which makes it very difficult for small wheeled prams.
Branded items, named products and medicines are very expensive in Portugal, it is always advisable to bring them from your home country as they will cost significantly more in Portugal. Sunblock, suntan lotions and after sun treatments are unbelievably expensive in Portugal, remember to pack them!
Pharmacists should be the first point of contact for minor illness or aliments, as they provide a wide selection of services and can dispense most medications or at least direct you to the right services. Always have sufficient travel insurance, never skimp on this as unexpected emergencies do occur.
Albufeira is only 35km from Faro airport but taxi transfers can be very expensive and public transport is generally too difficult for an exhausted family. It is advisable to pre-book an airport-hotel transfer before heading to Portugal.
Popular Children Friendly Activities in Albufeira
Zoomarine is a combination of water park and sea life zoo, which has a well-cared for pod of Dolphins. There are daily displays including the dolphins, seals, sealions and a selection of birds of prey. In the water park there are water slides a wave beach and rapids. The day trip will be loved by the children but parents may balk at the ticket prices.
Slide and Splash is the best water park in the Albufeira region. The park has multiple water activities including slides, corkscrews, pools and a “Tropical Paradise” which is designed for young children. For a guide for teenager activities please click here.
There is go karting for older kids