It was always our childrens highlight of the holiday. The water theme park. There are two in the Algarve. Slide & Splash in Lagoa (15 minutes from Alvor) and Aqualand in Alcantarilha (25 minutes from Alvor). Slide & Splash is one of the largest water parks in Europe. It has enough slides for children alla ges and a parrot show. Aqualand is more focused on smaller children.
In several places in Alvor tickets can be purchased for both parks. In Alvor shuttle buses run from several pick-up points.
For information please contact the reception of the Alto Club. The parks are open from early April to late October.
Both from Portimao and Lagos you can go on a dolphin safari. A really cool experience. A super fast boat takes you on the ocean, looking for a dolphin groups. And frankly, they are almost always found. We have never been disappointed. What a great experience to see those wonderful fish alongside the boat and even swimming beneath the boat. They play with the waves made by the boat and clearly have fun in your visit. An unforgettable experience!
For reserving this amazing safari you can contact the reception of the Alto Club.
Portugal, especially the west coast, is known as ‘surfers paradise’. From Alvor it is only a half hour drive to the west coast. Here the waves are high and strong enough to have a great surf experience. Surf schools depart daily from Lagos and Portimao to the west coast for a day course. Do you fancy a challenge during your vacation? In that case this trip is a great experience. You learn to stand on your board and to 'ride' a wave in one day . Usually wetsuit and surfboard use is included in the price.
Kitesurfing is the favorite sport in Alvors bay. Just watching is great as well!
Lounging on the beach
For ultimate relaxation, it is wonderful to spend a day at 'No solo Aqua' a trendy lounge club on the beach. A magnificent decor, relaxing music of varying DJs and delicious cocktails and smoothies on the menu. What else do you want? Entertainment for the kids? That is also there. In July and August you’ll find a huge play island in the sea right in front of the club. For slightly larger children a super cooling experience. And for the parents even more relaxation.
Extra tip: Sushi and white sangria! Both worth trying.
No Solo Aqua is located on the beach near the port of Portimao.
Of course there are many nice and good restaurants in and around Alvor. We discover new favorites every year. We share them on our Facebook page all the time. Here our two ultimate favorites:
Restinga - Located on the beach of Alvor. Our favorite place to enjoy lunch during a day at the beach (try the octopus salad!) or just for a drink at the end of the afternoon. It's always fun and crowded, especially during high season it is advisable to make reservations for lunch just when you walk on the beach in the morning.
Canico - (see photo), located in the rocks on the beach of Prainha. A truly breathtaking location. From Prainha you’ll have to take the elevator through the rocks to get to the restaurant. It is also accessible via the beach of Alvor (it is a 20 minute walk). You’ll find fresh fish on the daily menu. But to be honest, we especially love the great sea view, the romantic atmosphere and the illuminated beach in the evening.
For Canico reservation is always necessary!