For Kids - Big and Small
The Algarve has a reputation for being an excellent holiday destination for families. Here are a few examples of things to do (please check the individual websites for opening dates and times):
Just under 20 minutes by car from the villa, the Algarve's biggest visitor attraction, Zoomarine is a theme park inspired by marine life, with a focus on environmental conservation education, entertainment and leisure. Covering over 8 hectares, it has dolphin and sea lion shows, birds of prey exhibitions, 4D cinema, aquarium, habitats for species such as alligators and aquatic birds, rehabilitation and exhibtion centre, pools and green areas, rides and lots of places to eat and shop.
KrazyWorld Zoo (Algoz)
Just over 15 minutes by car from the villa, KrazyWorld is a theme park and zoo combined. As well as crocodiles, snakes and lizards, there are camels, llama and deer and a petting farm. The park also has a karting track, mini golf, large swimming pool and carnival rides.
The two water parks located closest to the villa are:
Slide and Splash in Estômbar http://www.slidesplash.com/en/
and Aqualand in Alcantarilha https://www.aqualand.pt/en/
Childrens' Life Sciences Centres (Faro, Tavira and Lagos)
The "Centros de Ciencas Vivas" have plenty of interactive exhibitions and experiments to awaken curiosity. They are inspired by Portugal's seafaring past, focussing on the ocean and also provided fun and learning lessons on renewable energy. The centres are bilingual English and Portuguese.
There are various types of boat trips available throughout the Algarve. There are trips for caves and dolphin watching, catamaran tours, fishing and scuba diving and visits to the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Check TripAdvisor for the current favourites.
Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival
Approximately 20 minutes by car from the villa, the sand sculpture festival has a different theme each year and is well advertised throughout the Algarve. It is said to be the largest sand sculpture festival in the world. Worth a visit for a couple of hours although in the summer it is extremely hot and perhaps best visited at night when there are lighting effects.
Family Golf Park, Villamoura
Approximately 25 minutes by car from the villa, the mini golf at the Family Golf Park in Villamoura is landscaped using the them of Ancient Rome which obstacles and water features. http://www.familygolfpark.pt/en/
If you want something more challenging then the dinosaur themed Adventure Golf in Alvor may be more appealing. Around a 40 minute drive from the villa, it has 18 holes of quite challenging mini golf. http://adventuregolfalvor.com
There are so many fabulous beaches to choose from in the Algarve. This site gives a fairly comprehensive list.
Parqueaventure - High Rope Adventure
Parqueaventure in Albufeira has 3 different levels of courses, the easiest one of which is suitable for kids from the age of 4.