Things to do in The Algarve and Ideas to Maximise your holiday experience…

There are so many wonderful fun days out and also many things to do in the Algarve! Most importantly for families and couples, groups of friends, and young and older visitors, there are activities and entertainment to suit all.

As a result of our experiences, our team knows the Algarve very well. For example, we know all the best day trips, the fun activities, and the experiences that make a holiday truly spectacular. And above all, we’re more than happy to share our insights with you.

If you’re looking for a day at sea, private catering at your villa, a fun day at a water park, and/or also some adrenaline-filled activities, we’ve certainly got you covered.

Therefore, do check out our suggestions for fun days out below and also suggestions to maximise your holiday experience.  We have some great options for you such as private catering, games equipment, and for ultimate luxury a private boat charter and also private Plane charter.

Looking to rent a villa in The Algarve? Get in touch with the team at Algarve Villa Selection for more inspiration and information – we’re always free to chat.

Private Catering

Will you also be celebrating a special occasion while on holiday? Or maybe you just don’t want to cook? We can help with arranging private catering at your holiday home. Our recommended supplier can take care of everything – creating a menu to suit all tastes, shopping, organizing, service, and of course cooking; plus they also clean up! All in All, they are available for special occasions, fine dining, family BBQs, and picnics and are available for breakfast, lunch, and also dinner during your stay. Therefore, all you have to do is enjoy! Email or call the team at Algarve Villa Selection and we’ll be happy to help. Experience a Chef’s Table, and wine pairing – a 6-course meal at your villa with wine pairing, together with your private Chef and Sommelier. Fine dining and wine tasting!

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Games Equipment

Want to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained during your stay?  Why not hire some games equipment to enhance your villa experience? There is a wide range of equipment available for hire, that can be installed at your holiday home ready for your arrival – pool tables, table tennis, foosball, arcade games, and also trampolines to name a few. We can also help with pool fences for some properties and also plenty of children’s equipment and toys that you may need. Email or call the team at Algarve Villa Selection and we’ll be happy to help.

foosball Algarve Villa Selection Games Equipment hire in the Algarve

Private Jet

Travel to the Algarve in style by private jet. Your time is precious and therefore, traveling can be time-consuming, so why not look at ways to be more time-efficient? We work with a highly recommended, trusted, and also experienced company. For example, they will source the best charter based on your needs and also your requirements. All charter flights are subject to strict regulations, with highly trained pilots and crews to guarantee your flight safety. In addition, you benefit from immediate boarding and no queues at the airport.

Likewise, you choose your schedule and your aircraft. Email or call the team at Algarve Villa Selection and we’ll be happy to help.

private jet to the Algarve visit Algarve Villa Selection

Private Boat Trip

Fancy a bespoke, luxurious experience? Why not charter a private yacht?! Picture yourself relaxing on the sunny deck, glass in hand, as the skipper sails along the beautiful coast. For example charter a sleek yacht for a full or half-day, or take a sunset cruise. Most importantly each charter can be tailored to suit just you. Catering can also be arranged, you can bring your own music, and you can choose to come ashore for lunch at a beachside restaurant… Email or call the team at Algarve Villa Selection and we’ll be happy to help and go through some options.

private boat trips in the Algarve

Wine Tasting

The Algarve is home to some fabulous wineries. As a result, there are some fabulous tours where you can learn about their heritage and history. With over 300 sunny days per year, the region is home to almost 30 wine producers. Therefore, with stunning scenery ripe with tradition this is a great idea for a day out. Email or call the team at Algarve Villa Selection and we’ll be happy to help.

wine tasting in the Algarve by Algarve Villa Selection


Open from May through to September, Aquashow is one of the most popular water parks in the Algarve. Located between Vilamoura and Almancil, it’s just a 10-minute drive from Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago.

There is a great range of slides and entertainment at Aquashow –  from massive, white-knuckle, sheer-drop slides to lazy river rides and also special child areas with shallow pools and kids-size slides. In short its a great day out for all the family.

Aquashow in the Alagrve

Krazy World

Located inland near Algoz, Krazy World is an interactive zoo and also a petting farm with lots of activities to entertain all the family. Also here is a specialist area called Terra Exotica which houses several species of reptiles, turtles, and birds and is also home to the largest snake in Europe at a whopping 8.5 metres!  Play some mini golf, and paintball. Do some tree climbing and also a few circuits around the pedal-kart park.  Later, refresh yourself in the pool and have a cool drink while the kids play. Above all there are plenty of things to do here!

Arturs Watersports

At Quinta do Lago lake, Artur’s Watersports Academy offers a range of fun activities, including motorised and also non motorised water sports. Therefore you can go sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, pedalos, stand up paddle (SUP) and electric boats.  Sailing lessons and courses are also available with specialized instructors, with programmes adapted to suit a range of ages and also experience.  Group activities can be specially designed on request and can also include a combination of water sports and eco-tours. The heart of the Ria Formosa (Nature reserve) is the location for exclusive expeditions such as kayak, SUP, fishing and also clam picking. In conclusion, a great day out.

Arturs Watersports in the Algarve

Zoo Marine

The Algarve’s top attraction is a great day out for all the family. There are amazing presentations with dolphins, sea lions, and also birds of prey. You can also participate in a dolphin interaction experience. Also here are fairground attractions, water slides, rides, pools, and even a man-made beach! Therefore combining fun and environmental education. You can also visit the Aquarium, feed the rays, and enjoy a fun 4D cinema experience. All in all a must-do in the Algarve. 1-day and 2-day passes are available. 

Zoo Marine in the Algarve

Horse Riding

Located in Albufeira, Albufeira riding centre is set in the beautiful countryside of rural Algarve, amongst orange groves and cork fields. Therefore they are blessed with soft sand tracks for their riding experiences, not too far from the beach. As a result, they offer a variety of Treks, Riding lessons, Pony Club, and Special Events throughout the year- All available for complete beginner riders to the most advanced. Visit the website below to see prices. 

Horse Riding in Albufeira Algarve

Boat Trips

Sail along the fabulous Algarve coast and experience an amazing boat trip aboard the Condor de Vilamoura. A 43-metre, twin sail schooner.  There are miles of beautiful beaches, cliffs, rock formations, hidden caves, and also old fishing villages to see.  They have available various cruises, from a few hours to a full day with a BBQ on the beach and also a tour through the caves.  Most importantly there are lots of fun and memories to be made. Therefore it is definitely something to put on your list of things to do for an awesome day out.


The weather in the Algarve is perfect all year round for tennis and padel. Consequently there are several excellent tennis clubs in the Golden Triangle. As a result, you can take advantage of court hire, private coaching, and also group coaching, no matter what your level is. Tennis is one of the most popular things to do in the Algarve, alongside golf. Padel is also one of the fastest-growing sports right now and subsequently the Algarve is home to some great padel centres. 

We can help you find the tennis or padel club that best suits you, whether you are a novice or competition-level player.  Email or call the team at Algarve Villa Selection and we’ll be happy to help.


Golf is another one of the most popular things to do in the Algarve. Portugal has won the World Golf Awards for World’s and Europe’s Best Golf Destination four years in a row, making it any golfer’s dream destination. Consequently, the Algarve has over 40 fantastic courses, suitable for players of all levels. There are inland courses as well as oceanside courses with stunning views. 

Email or call the team at Algarve Villa Selection and we’ll be happy to help. 

Go-Karting and other things to do in the Algarve

Fancy some adrenaline-filled fun? Try some go-karting, off-road buggies, or some paintball. Karting Almancil offers all this and more!

A great day out for the family, whether you want to do some laps on a replica Formula 1 Jacarepagua track, play paintball or go off-road and enjoy the countryside on the buggies,  the centre has something for all ages.  For example, there are karts for children as young as 3 and also some bigger carts for adults too.  Also onsite, there is a restaurant, trampolines, a climbing wall, arcade games, and also hand-control karts too.

go karting in the Algarve

The Kangaroo Club Vale do Lobo

With its enclosed grounds, is a totally safe, permanently supervised, and fun-filled area specially dedicated to our young guests. The Kangaroo Club offers kids their own playing paradise, the wonders of new and educational experiences, and also the chance to make new friendships! As a result, children (from 3 to 12 years of age) are sure to have an unforgettable time at our fully supervised and specialised children’s facility.

Facilities are seasonal, functioning during the summer months until the month of November, as well as during Easter and Christmas periods.

The Kangaroo Club is available to local visitors in Vale do Lobo, or also anywhere in the Algarve. As a result, you can leave your children in their specialized care while you have that romantic dinner with your spouse, a fun evening you’ve been planning with your friends, or simply because you want some “me-time”… 

The Kangaroo Club Vale do Lobo

Par.tee Family Park is located in Vale do Lobo

While some enjoy the playground and kids entertainment, others get into their competitive spirit in the 18-hole mini golf course; offering challenges and fun for all the family. Both the minigolf and Par.tee Family Park are open every day! Therefore you can join them for endless fun and family entertainment.

While the kids are busy playing in the new playground, parents can enjoy a refreshing drink, and relax knowing their kids are having the time of their lives.

Favourite Restaurants

With our local knowledge, we have visited lots of fabulous restaurants.  Here are some of our favorites. Click on each one to visit their website.

Dunas Douradas – XeniaMaria’sJulia’sIzzy’sEduardos and Dunes Restaurant & Beach Bar

Quinta do Lago –  TucanosThe ShackCasa do Lago2 PassosThe Bold OctopusBovinoCasa VelhaGigi’sUmamiKOKOLimoniDano’sThai BistroFlorianGustoThe Cheeky Pup, and Bamboo.

Vale do Lobo – SandbanksMonty’sThe Beach BarThe DeckThe LoungePaixaMonicas,  Casa Pituxa and just outside Vale do Lobo there is Parrilla NaturalA FlorestaO Figueiral and Tapas e Vinho.

Vilamoura – Thai beach clubNosolo ItaliaPepper’s steakhousePurobeachCasa da Praia, Maresia beach bar, and O Marisco. Just outside Vilamoura in Quarteira there is Os AgostinhosGaivota and in Vilasol there is Oscars and Wildfire.

Salema – A BoiaAgua na BocaAtlantico, and Lourenco.

Our team is very familiar with the area and we’re more than happy to share our insights with you!

Looking for other ideas and need some essentials for your holiday, or need advice? Our specialist team will be more than happy help you.

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