With thrilling theme parks, historic towns, and breathtaking coastal scenery there’s plenty to see and do in the Algarve. When you’re not partying by the beach or soaking up the rays on a sun lounger, here are the best things to see and do in Portugal’s most popular holiday hotspot.
Swim with dolphins at Zoomarine in Albufeira
Zoomarine isn’t just a regular water park. As well as slides, rides and artificial wave pools, it also has its own aquarium and a sea life conservation centre. This means you can really enjoy the experience of swimming with dolphins at the Dolphin Emotions lagoon – a huge lake lined with sand and dotted with natural foliage. There are sea lion and tropical bird shows every day, too, and 20 aquatic ecosystems to learn about and discover.
Explore the Benagil Sea Cave
Undoubtedly one of the world’s coolest caves, the Benagil Sea Cave is one of the most incredible sights along the Algarve’s rugged coast. The sandstone cave is a natural cathedral sculpted by wind and water, with a hole at the top letting light in to the hidden beach. The best way to get there is by organised boat tour, but if you’re feeling brave you can swim the 200m from Praia do Benagil (Benagil Beach).