Local Excursions

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Zoo Marine
Screen shot 2014-07-30 at 11.15.06Located in Guia, just a few kilometers from Albufeira, you can watch presentations with dolphins, seals and sea lions, tropical birds and birds of prey.

Here you can also find an amazing aquarium with sharks and other various habitats,       4D Cinema, numerous attractions and amusements, that will surely make your visit to Zoomarine even more unforgettable.

Zoomarine Beach provides moments of aquatic fun for children and grown ups alike, enjoy the wave beach with salt water surrounded by sand and fantastic water slides. 

Unique sensations on a journey through a world of knowledge and adventure where adults and children discover the mysteries of marine life in a day full of surprises and emotions.

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Ria Formosa nature reserve
This lagoon landscape stretches along the Eastern Algarve coast from Faro to the village of Cacela Velha near Tavira. Created in 1755 by the last great oceanic earthquake, its sand dunes, islands and bars to the open sea are continously shaped by tidal changes. Many archeological sites show the remains of Roman and Pre-Roman settlements.

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FuzetaFuzeta has two beaches for you to choose from. The first is a small beach on the lagoon in the town itself. This Fuzeta beach is very busy in the morning and late afternoon in August, but calm outside of this. When the tide is up it is great to swim. When the tide is down, you can go paddling and exploring the shore. Families with toddlers will love the lagoon it is wave free and very safe.

Fuzeta’s other beach is just across the lagoon on Ilha de Armona. At high tide, you can swim here with no problems and on the lagoon side you will not be hit by waves. However, the ‘real’ Fuzeta beach is the ocean side. Close to the landing pier, The beach extends left and right for miles, so those seeking some more peace and privacy can walk for five, ten, twenty minutes or more and find as much beach to themselves as they like. Walking left, it is about a twenty minute to half an hour walk (depending on how many shells you pick on the way) to the tip of the island, the ‘barra de Fuzeta’. This is a dream beach landscape and well worth the trip for beach connoisseurs.


Moncarapacho is a small country town in the middle of an area which is home to orange orchards and horticulture. It exudes a calm, unhurried atmosphere of people going about their business in a relaxed and friendly way. The ‘centre’ of Moncarapacho is a charming cobbled square alongside the church where you can sit and have a drink or a meal beneath the jacoranda and palm trees or though you may be made to jump by the church clock striking! The town offers all the basic facilities, including three good small supermarkets and a small local produce market. There are also several decent restaurants and plenty of pavement cafés. It has its own museum and a pink, arabic-style police station. Moncarapacho has a market on the first Saturday of each month. For four days in the summer it comes alive with a big agricultural market, complete with local cuisine, dancing and music, and everything for sale from baskets to tractors and in February for the ‘carnival’ which is really very good and is locally quite famous. Outside the town are the hills of Cerro de Cabeça and São Miguel, two wild areas in which you can walk and enjoy spectacular views of the Eastern Algarve coast. There is also a good ceramic factory shop on the edge of the town which is locally noteworthy.

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Slide and Splash


One of the best and biggest Water Park in Europe 25 years of adventures

Opened in the 10th of June 1986, Slide & Splash with an area of 7 Acres, is considered the biggest one in Portugal, and one of the biggest in Europe. The park has a gigantic area of grass, of 4 Acres.


You will have the best time possible with maximum safety, hygiene and comfort possible.


Rides include

  • Snail – Big slides – Jacuzzi
  • Children’s swimming pool
  • Tumble
  • Soft Slopes For Children
  • Black Hole
  • Rapid river
  • Blue Hole
  • Children’s zone
  • Jacuzzi
  • Tornado

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Island Desertas




The cruise itself to Desertas takes around 2 hours during which you will hopefully see dolphins swimming alongside the boat a truly enjoyable experience. On arrival you can swim in the pristine and warm water of the bay. The Desertas are a National Park.

Barril Beach



You can walk from the shore to this wonderful family beach or take the train ride. Along the sandy beach approach and sea pools looking out for crabs and fish on the way. Once you reach the main beach area your find space for the children to explore and enjoy the safe swimming on the Blue Flag beach. Take a picnic or enjoy the cafes and bars and try some of the delights of the Algarvian menus. Even in the height of the season nothing seems too crowded, there is space for everyone.

Zoo Lagos


Zoo Lagos is a magnificent zoo, founded on the principle of “conservar-educar-proteger”…conservation-education-protection. You can tell as soon as you go in that Zoo Lagos is all about the animals, the environment they live in is beautiful and the animals are so happy that many of them are breeding! Zoo Lagos isn’t a big commercial zoo, but it is beautiful and relaxing and can be travelled around with ease – it makes it a great day out for all ages, without being too tiring. With more than 120 animal species and 200 botanical species from 5 continents, there is so much to look at that you’ll want to go back again and again!

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Krazy World

Krazy World is an interactive zoo with activities for the entire family

Krazy World is a theme park near the Algarve village of Algoz, a few kilometres north of Albufiera. Apart from being a theme park, with mini-golf, a petting farm, pony rides and a fairground, it is also home to the Algarve Zoo which is in turn is home to reptiles, snakes and others.

“Went to krazy world with my family we saw all the animals the lemurs were the cutest things ever the animals were all really cared for and the zoo keeper explained all about the animals the show was really good got to feel the skin of the snake and little crocodile. The pool and the water slide were great fun the zip lining was amazing fun and the feeding points were great the goats were the best by far have to say all round amazing day for all the family suits all ages I’m a teenager and loved it I would recommend it strongly if you’re in the Algarve!!!”

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Adventure Park

Pena Aventura is a Park dedicated to recreational activities and adventure sports where the adventure never ends. Pena Aventura Park is considered to be an excellent destination, located in the Region of Oporto and North of Portugal. Try a different experience in the company of those you enjoy most. There are numerous activities developed on land, air and water. Have fun in groups and live a unique experience surrounded by the beauty of nature.

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Riding for the disabled

Riding for the Disabled Barlavento (RDB) is situated in the West of the Algarve and was created at the beginning of 2007 to promote the aims of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). They operate in the beautiful Barlavento region of the Algarve and are based at the O Centro Hípico at Quinta do Paraiso Alto, Bensafrim. This location is in a central catchment location for the West Algarve, close to the Monchique Hills and just 5kms from the old fishing Port of Lagos.

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