There are a lots of activities for kids around Albufeira. EZ Portugal has listed some of the very best activities with kids around Albufeira here: http://www.ezportugal.com/albufeira-portugal/things-to-do-albufeira/activities-children-albufeira. If you visit Albufeira during the hot summer months, you will most likely spend a lot of time on the beach, simply because it is to hot to be anywhere else. Below is an Albufeira beach guide with the best child friendly beaches around Albufeira.
Praia dos Arrifes
Praia dos Arrifes is a small secluded rocky beach located 4 km. west of Albufeira old town centre. It is one of the most picturesque beaches in Algarve. There are three beautiful rocks dominating the horizon from the beach making it ideal for sunset pictures. The rocks also shelters the beach from the wind, which is really great if you travel with smaller kids, since some of the other larger beaches can be very windy.
There are a parking close to the beach and wooden steps from the parking area to the sand. The beach facilities include a bar and restaurant, that serves ice creams, drinks and snacks and there are toilets and a shower.
We visited late afternoon in July during the high season. The beach was very crowded and there were towels and parasols everywhere. I imagine if you visit during low season you will be able to find the beach almost deserted.
Our toddler absolutely loved the rocks. Inside the rocks and cliff formation are a lot of tiny crabs making the rocks even more interesting for our toddler. Remember to bring beach shoes/wet shoes for your toddlers because it is impossible to explore the rocks in bare feet.
Our baby girl didn’t appreciate the rocky beach. She was to small to explore the rocks and the beach was a little to crowded for her taste. Luckily she took a nap in her stroller with her stroller fan making the temperatures bearable.
We had a great afternoon and ended our visit with ice creams in the restaurant.
Praia de Galé
Praia de Galé or “Grand Beach” was our absolute favorite of all the beaches surrounding Albufeira.
The beach is huge and extremely child friendly. It is wide and sandy with a few cliffs. The water is calm and our kids loved it. Sometimes late afternoon the wind picks up and there are waves, but most times this beach is perfect for children in all ages.
The beach is clean and the water also clean. It is not as crowded as the smaller beaches surrounding Albufeira, but there are still plenty of other kids to play with.
There are few areas on the beach where it is possible to rent beach chairs and parasols. Most of the beach is natural.
There are a few restaurants and bars, some with toilets and showers. There are also a few beach showers, you pay 50 cent per shower.
Parking is close. During high season you might have to be there early to find a parking space close to the beach.
We spend the day running from the waves, swimming in sea which was low tide and perfect for smaller kids, we explored a cave and cliff formation and off course had ice creams in one of the bars 🙂
Albufeira beach is just next to the old town making it a perfect afternoon trip with dinner in the old town afterwards.
The beach is extremely crowded with lots of beach chairs and parasols. There are bars on the beach and up the stairs in the old city there are lots of restaurants/bars. There are showers and toilets on the beach.
The beach is sandy and there are no cliffs in the sand like the other beaches mentioned. The water wasn’t calm the day, we visited, actually the waves were pretty high, and our toddler was afraid to get in and never went for a swim. Therefore I will only recommend the beach to older children.
In the water approx. 100 meters out, there are slides and a bouncy castle. It is meant for adults since it is to far away from the beach for kids. There a pedal boats and water sports available.
For further information on the beaches around Albufeira, visit http://www.albufeira.com/beach/. The site is an interactive beach guide with full panoramic photos of the beaches.
Algarve has some of Europe’s more beautiful beaches. The family Corel has discovered 4 pretty beaches you must visit in Portugal. Read about them here: