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Parque Aventura

High roping through a tree top assault course is the name of the game at this exciting and challenging Adventure Park. Participants must overcome a range of obstacles in order to complete the course, among them a giddy ropewalk and the daunting Monkey’s Bridge. There’s also an intricate cobweb to traverse, a vertical net to climb, and a zip wire to glide down. Located in verdant woods near Santa Eulália and Praia da Oura, the park consists of a series of games and trails set at varied heights between the trees. The course is designed to test stamina and motivation and allows participants to develop their own sense of responsibility as they move slowly through the canopy. There’s a number of different adrenaline-pumping routes to attempt, each posing varying degrees of difficulty (some say playfulness). Fully trained personnel supervise every step of the way, with special initiation trails set up for active youngsters. As well as being great fun, this is an educational experience and helps promote awareness of the forest environment. The organizers can also arrange paintball tournaments for adult groups.

Address: Estrada de Santa Eulália, Albufeira

Official site: http://www.lusoaventura.com

Zoomarine

One of the Algarve’s great family entertainment options, Zoomarine stages spectacular dolphin shows and an amusing sea lion spectacle, among other daily performances. There’s also a fascinating aquarium-museum to explore.  A number of different habitats showcase exotic sea birds and majestic birds of prey. In addition, tickets allow entry to a fun-filled fairground and a fantastic aqua park complete with swimming pools for kids and adults and a giant water slide. Another highlight is the digitally animated film screened in the 4D cinema, which portrays a sea turtle’s ocean-going journey. But the most magical moment is likely to be the opportunity to interact with bottlenose dolphins, where visitors can swim with these beautiful and intelligent creatures in a pool under the supervision of trainer.

Location: Approximately 7 km’s northwest of Albufeira on the EN125 near Guia

Official site: http://www.zoomarine.pt

Krazy World

Lying somewhat off the beaten track, this wonderfully unpretentious theme park comprises of a mini zoo and a string of leisure amenities ideally suited to those tourists traveling with youngsters. The idyllic countryside setting provides a pleasant contrast to the coastal resorts, and the rural ambiance is tranquil and unhurried. Parents and children can say hello to an array of cute and cuddly domestic animals at the petting farm, while the reptile zone is home to exotic creatures like turtles, iguanas, alligators, and snakes, including a gigantic python. There are pony rides and bouncy castles for younger kids, and teenagers can test their driving skills on the moto-quad track. Meanwhile, budding golfers can practise their putting on the 18-hole mini golf course. And when it’s hot, the swimming pools are especially welcoming.

Location: Approximately 13 km’s north of Albufeira at Lagoa de Viseu, near Algoz

Official site: http://www.krazyworld.com/

Aqualand

Located in Alcantarilha, Aqualand Algarve is now part of the chain of water-amusement parks operated by a Spanish tourism group (for years the park was called The Big One).  Aqualand Algarve is easily accessed via the N125 and offers free parking for visitors arriving by car as-well as buses.  The park has some very big named rides like the Kamikazee (a 95m high slide in 4 seconds), Anaconda (a very long corkscrew) and the interesting Banzaii Boggan which sees you skimming across the top of the water after flying down a ramp. The Flying Carpets also provide family fun and slightly less adrenalin as they snake their way down the long tubes on rubber rings and there’s also a semi-Olympic swimming pool for a good swim.  Aqualand Algarve generally opens from June until September.

Location:  Alcantarilha, approximately 20 km’s west of Albufeira along the EN125

Official site:  https://www.aqualand.pt/en/

Aqua Show

Aquashow located in Quarteira brilliantly mixes water and amusement park attractions like slides, pools, waves, exotic birds and even a top-notch roller coaster.  The park exists for 2 decades now and has two different zones (an old one with the swimming pools and the slides) and a new one (with a roller coaster and some other rides like a top swing).  The main attraction in the park is the largest water roller coaster in Europe with 740 meters long and 23.5 meters high.   Also deserves a mention “White Fall”, a unique worldwide attraction that can be described as a slide consisting of two large triangles joined.   Visitors are launched from the top of a “triangle” for a fall steeply, quickly reaching the apex of another “triangle”.  In 2015 the park opened a brand-new slide called Free Fall -Kamikaze, the tallest one in Europe with 32 meters and in 2017 “Riverslide”.  Aquashow is generally open from May to October.

Location:  Quarteira, approximately 21 km’s east of Albufeira along the EN125

Official Site:  http://www.aquashowpark.com/EN

Slide & Splash

Located in Lagoa, Slide & Splash has 16,000 acres offering a broad range of water slides, adventure pools and recreational areas. The major attractions are Kamikaze, Black Hole, Bonzai and Tornado – which uses single rubber rings as you spin down the ride to the pool at the bottom. There is a great kids area called Tropical Paradise. The site features water guns and several mine water slides including a whale and an octopus. In J 2016 the park opened Big Wave a major slide with several twists and turns and a big drop into a slide ramp.  With 25,000m2 of grassed relaxation area, there is plenty of room to take it easy and watch your children from the safety of your sun lounger.  Slide & Splash is closed during the winter.

Location:  Lagoa, approximately 33 km’s west of Albufeira along the EN125

Official Site:  http://www.slidesplash.com/en/

Karting Almancil

Located in the Golden Triangle area of the Algarve and just off the EN125, fun and motor sports go hand-in-hand at Karting Almancil.  Open all year, the racing circuit is 760 meters in length by 7.5 m of width replica of the former Formula 1 circuit in Brazil Jacarepaguá.  Besides the main course, there are three other tracks for every age in your family: junior track, baby track and mini-z track. Other attractions at the karting park include a mechanical bull, bungee trampolines, mini boats, SpeedZone store, BBQ Pit-Stop, and lake and corral with animals.

Location:  Almancil, approximately 23 km’s east of Albufeira along the EN125

Official Site:  http://www.kartingalgarve.com/karting-almancil-eng.html

Hot Wheels Karting

Hot Wheels Raceway Indoor Karting is the Algarve’s fastest karting track. It is 400m of track, wicked corners and stretches for fun and fast karting.  Located at Albufeira marina, the Indoor karting track is perfect for some family fun, with a group of friends or for birthday parties.  It’s great when you want a break from the sun!  Occupying the underground carpark at the Albufeira marina, the 400m track is speedy.  There are 12 corners to test your skill and some great stretches for overtaking. The karts are 200cc with 4 stroke engines.  There are also 160cc junior karts for budding F1 champions. And when you’ve finished at the track head over to Hot Shots Bowling for some 10-pin bowling fun!

Location:  Albufeira Marina

Official Site:  http://www.algarvekarting.com/       http://www.algarvebowling.com/

Albufeira Riding Centre

Albufeira Riding Centre in Vale Navio, is a popular horse riding centre amongst local residents and tourists in search of something different than the hustle & bustle of the city centre.  Located just outside Albufeira, amidst the stunning countryside just far enough to enjoy a whole other scenery, the stables are easily reachable by car or by taxi.  Offering horse rides for all ages and abilities, plus hand-led rides for kids.  The stables are set in approximately five acres of land and are somewhat small, although not terribly so. There are more than a dozen paddocks where the horses are turned out and a yard with stables, tack room and reception.

Location:  Vale Navio, Albufeira

Official Site:  http://albufeiraridingcentre.com/

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Quinta De Barracuda offers a wide variety attractions and places of interest, all within a short travelling distance of the apartment.

City Sight Seeing

Getting Around

Taxis, cars and busses are never hard to come by if you don’t fancy driving.

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Attractions

From water parks to sea life centers, you’ll never be short of something to do.

Places to visit - West

Places to Visit (West)

Explore the cultural spots and experience Portugal at it’s best.

Places to visit - East

Places to Visit (East)

From bustling towns to sleepy fishing villages, there’s lots to explore.

Places to visit - Inland

Places to Visit (Inland)

Visit or medieval castle or relax and play some gold. Its all here!

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Golf Courses

Play a game of golf on one of the many courses in the area.