Children of all ages are always looking for the next activity and thing to do and in Carvoeiro and the local area there are lots of options to keep children from toddlers to teens entertained. We have put together a list of our top 10 activities for kids in Carvoeiro and the local area with a mixture of ideas to suit both you younger and older children and top meet every budget.
I guess taking children to the beach seems like the obvious thing to do when you are in Carvoeiro but you would be surprised at how many people forget just how fun a beach can be – it really is worth the sand getting everywhere! We have Carvoeiro beach in the town itself which is great for little ones as there are no steps and you have everything you need close to hand. Primary school aged children will probably most enjoy a visit to Praia Grande as there is a good play park here, very calm waters for swimming and a choice of beach bars for parents to relax. Teens keen to explore and find something off the beaten track will love Carvalho beach with is secret smuggler entrane, steps carved into the steps and lots of snorkelling opportunities.
2. The Fontes
The Fontes is an area loved by many of the local residents as it is a place that you can go either during the summer or the winter with lots to keep children busy all day long. The Fontes are located just outside Estombar and are signposted from the centre of the village with plenty of car parking space available. Here you will find a lake area, natural spring swimming pools, a park, barbecues, picnic area and trails around the lake which are ideal for nature walks. In the summer it can get very busy here so it is a good idea to get there early if you want one of the big picnic tables and a good spot where you can watch the children as they play wither in the well equipped park or in the fresh, clear waters.
3. Carvoeiro park
Carvoeiro has a small park located at the top of the cliffs next to the church and is a great spot for toddlers and small children. The park has the basics of a slide, swings, bouncy animals and a couple of other rides as well as benches for parents to sit on and shade in some areas which is ideal in the summer. The park is fenced with a gate and is always clean, tidy and well maintained and it is easy to get to by walking up the hill or if you are driving you can park by the church. This park will not thrill older children but it is a really useful area and it is also a beautiful place to sit and admire the amazing views along the coast.
4. Silves park
Carvoeiro park is great for the little ones but older children will love Silves park where you have lots of different activities and areas for all ages. The park is easy to find and can be seen from the road as you pass through the tunnel down to Silves. When you cross the bridge into Silves, then turn left and follow the road along – you will see the park on the left hand side where there is also ample parking. This park has a large wooden activity area with swings, slides, little houses and other bits and a part on sand with some digging toys. There is also a long running track circling the park which is great for bikes or rollerblades and there is even a small skate park area in the centre for BMXs or skateboards. You can spend hours here and even get a spot to eat at the café or a burger at the fast food restaurant. This is also the location of the Silves municipal swimming pool.
5. Krazy World
Krazy World is located about half an hours drive away from Carvoeiro and is a good choice for children between the ages of 4 and 10. The ticket prices for Krazy World are reasonable and it is open all year around making it a good one for those who come out of season and are looking for something to do for the day. In the park there is a large petting zoo with little goats, sheep and ponies while kids will also love the reptile house, crocodiles and snapping tutles in another area of the park. There is an 18 hole mini golf course through the woods which is good for older children and during the summer they have open a large pool area with a slide for the big ones and a shallow pool for smaller children.
6. Carvoeiro Clube de Tenis
You don’t have to be a member or even play tennis to be able to go up to the Tennis club located between Carvoeiro and Sesmarias. The club offer a range of different activities and children can take a tennis lesson, you can rent a court or you can enquire about using the pool areas. There is a small play park here and trampolines as well as the pools ut these will usually need to be paid for, however this is a lovely place to sit with children and enjoy a coffee or something to eat from the restaurant up here.
7. Water parks
During the summer months we are very lucky to have two water parks right on our doorstep and I have yet to find a child of any age (even sullen teenagers) who aren’t keen to get here for the day. Slide and Splash is the closest park and is located between Lagoa and Estombar – you can buy passes for the day and even arrange transport by contacting one of the local operators and there are always discounts available if you buy before you arrive. The park is great for all ages with some scary slides (the black hole and the kamikaze), some tame ones (cloud nine) and a great water park area for small children with lots of things to do. Along the road near to Alcantarilha there is Aqualand, a smaller water park but the cheapest one in the Algarve and still lots of fun.
No list of things to do with kids in the Algarve would be complete without the inclusion of Zoomarine – the most popular of all the attractions in the Algarve and one for all the family. Zoomarine is located in Guia, between Lagoa and Albufeira and combines a water and theme park with a marine life concept. You can watch the dolphin and sea lion shows, go on the rides and the big wheel, learn about marine life in the 4D cinema or relax in the manmade beach area with water slide. This is not a cheap day out but it is an amazing treat for the kids while in the Algarve – Only open during the peak season.
9. Duck pond park
Head into Portimão for a walk around the woods and the duck pond at this great park which is dubbed locally as the duck pond park. The park is located between Portimão and Praia da Rocha and can be found by passing the Modelo shopping centre along the V6 in the direction of Praia da Rocha and is in an area behind the two petrol stations – GPS 37.129414, -8.545171 Little children will love all the ducks, hens and animals running about and the play park area, adults will love the café with some of the cheapest prices you will find in the Algarve and for older children there is the skate park with huge ramps and the BMX track – an all round winner.
10. Tree Climbing
A great one for older children, teens and adventurous adults alike – tree climbing is far more challenging than you fist may think! The best local tree climbing park is in Albufeira and is run in conjunction with a paintball area which is also great fun for groups. There are varying levels of difficulty but basically this involve putting on a harness and safety gear and then navigating your way around the obstacles, zip wires and trees – a great day out, especially out of season as you will work up enough of a sweat as it is with this one!