Family Friendly Faro: Top Spots for Kids

The key to any successful family holiday is making sure that there are enough things to do and see that’ll keep the youngsters entertained. Faro in Portugal is not only the beloved and beautiful capital of the Algarve, but is also an absolute must-visit for parents looking for a family-friendly destination.

Algarve Life Science Centre

El Centro Ciencia Viva do Algarve (Algarve Life Science Centre) is a place where your kids will not only enjoy hours of fun in the interactive exhibits, but will also learn a thing or two about the world they live in. The centre’s main aim is to raise awareness and interest in science and technology through fun activities and experiments. Toddlers and teens alike will love the earthquake simulator, the aquarium, the observatory that takes you on a tour around the universe and the greenhouse that demonstrates the benefits of renewable energy.

The staff all speak English and are on hand to answer the many questions your offspring will have after a walk round this incredible centre.


Situated just 35 minutes from Faro, Zoomarine holds the title of the Algarve’s best park… and for good reason. Both children and parents will be enthralled by the fun-filled presentations and shows, which involve dolphins, seals, sea lions, tropical birds and birds of prey. These magnificent creatures never fail to draw lots of laughter and gasps of awe from the audience.

The park’s gorgeous tropical garden also contains a big wheel, a mini rollercoaster, a swimming pool, waterslides and a sandy beach. The most impressive part of Zoomarine is that every feature is geared towards raising awareness for environmental issues, which are discussed in an entertaining yet highly educational way for your little ones.

Ilha de Faro

If you don’t think that the perfect family-friendly beach could exist in Faro, you clearly haven’t heard of Praia da Ilha de Faro. One side of this sandy beach faces the lagoon and is more sheltered, which is perfect after a long day of activities when your brood need to wind down a little before dinner.

But when the family is in the mood to rank the fun up a notch, the sea-facing side of Ilha de Faro is full to bursting with diverse water sports activities. What’s more, it boasts several bars and restaurants that offer the best of the Algarve’s food and drink. Could there be a better way to end a day in Faro?

How to Get There

Ensure your travel is easy and stress-free with Shuttle Direct’s Faro transfers. Our friendly and reliable drivers are a much better option than worrying about getting all of your luggage – and all of your kids – on and off public transport and in the same place. Book your Faro transfer with Shuttle Direct today.

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Faro transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.

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