The best things to do in the Algarve for groups – families

Traveling to the Algarve with a group? We recommend you to plan your things to do and to eat a bit ahead. Going out for dinner with a group of 8 or more may require a previous reservation. Otherwise, you may have to wait in line for a while. The same logic applies to things to do in the Algarve, like watersports and boat tours. In this blog post, we’ll share our top 5 best things to do in the Algarve for groups of families and friends. The segment we target is this post is the family and multi-age group segment. Previously, we’ve shared another 5 best activities in the Algarve for groups that are sporty and active.

Top 5 best things to do in the Algarve for groups

The best things to do in the Algarve for groups

BBQ sailing trip from Lagos – Algarve

  1. BBQ and grotto tour in Lagos

This relaxing sailing cruise in the Bay of Lagos is surely one of the best things to do in the Algarve for groups. Actually, when our grandparents and family com over to Portugal, we usually do this trip ourselves. During this sailing boat trip you will sail in the Bay of Lagos along the most impressive caves and rock formations.

You’ll anchor in a sheltered bay and the crew will prepare and serve grilled chicken, salad with our secret dressing, bread and wine. The lunch is delicious! Besides, we recommend you to bring your swimming and snorkel gear because the ocean will invite you for a swim. Beside the delicious BBQ, chance to swim and charming boat, another highlight of this trip is the famous caves of ‘Ponta da Piedade’. This cave will be visited by a smaller boat.

  • Duration: 04:30
  • Location: Marina de Lagos
  • Available Seats: 30
  • Price: 49 €
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Family fishing from Alvor

  1. Family fishing from Alvor

If you’re looking for the best things to do in the Algarve for groups and you’re near Alvor with your family or friends, check out this fishing tour! This will be the family highlight of your holidays in the Algarve! Come aboard on Donzela, a fully equipped sport fishing boat, and let’s sail to the best fishing spots, to find ground fish. While catching a broad range of fishes like breams and sea basses, you’ll have a great time together with family or friends. Who will be proud for the biggest catch of the day? You’ll be guided by local fishermen Miguel, who’ll be happy to teach you all about fishing and about the region.

  • Duration: 02:00
  • Location: Alvor
  • Available Seats: 8
  • Price: 25 €
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Caves & dolphin watching tour from Albufeira

  1. Caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira

Getting aboard of “Dreamer” in Albufeira is one of the best things to do in the Algarve for groups. If you’re travelling to the Algarve, most likely you’ve already heard about the impressive coastline. But did you know that you can find wild dolphins in the Algarve? Yes, you can! This boat trip takes you to the caves & dolphin watching from Albufeira.

This unforgettable boat excursion in Albufeira is the ideal thing to do in Albufeira for the whole family. The boat is very fast and stable and will comfortably depart from the Marina of Albufeira.

After visiting the famous cave of Benagil, the real adventure starts. The experienced skippers will do their best to find wild dolphins. You’re not guaranteed to see them because they are totally wild and not fed. Will you help us to spot them?

  • Duration: 02:00
  • Location: Albufeira
  • Available Seats: 20
  • Price: 35 €
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Sailing from Portimão

  1. Sailing from Portimão

Portimão has strong historical ties with sailing and you can feel that yourself while having fun on one of our ships on the Atlantic. Get aboard on our luxurious yacht and enjoy Portimão from a unique perspective. Are you ready to feel the beauty of sailing while enjoying stunning landscapes, beaches and sheltered bays.

On this sailing excursion, you’ll take a break in a sheltered bay to relax or go for a nice swim. If you’d like to explore the underwater world, snorkelling equipment will be provided.

Sailing is one of the best things to do in the Algarve for groups. This half day experience is great. There’s also a full day experience, if you prefer.

  • Duration: 04:00
  • Location: Portimão
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 45 €
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The pirate boat in Albufeira is a lot of fun for the whole family

  1. BBQ boat trip from Albufeira

“Leãzinho” is the favorite boat when we think about the best things to do in the Algarve for groups! “Leãozinho” is the wooden sailing ship from Albufeira that everybody loves. Beside the Captain Hook Cruise and the Coastal Cruise, this boat also hosts a full day BBQ boat trip. This BBQ boat tour is a lot of fun for families and groups of friends. You’ll be sailing to the most beautiful and hidden spots of the coast of the Algarve. From the boat, you can observe the magnificent rock formations and the paradisiacal white sandy beaches from a different perspective.

Then, we’ll anchor next to a secluded beach. Here you’ll have some free time for a refreshing swim and to enjoy the beach. The crew will serve you a typical Portuguese BBQ on the beach. Once we’re finished eating and having fun on the beach, we’ll slowly sail back to the Marina.

  • Duration: 06:30
  • Location: Marina de Albufeira
  • Available Seats: 22
  • Price: 48 €

In our opinion, these are some of the best things to do in the Algarve for groups that of families and friends. Of course there are many more. Please let us know if you’ve got any suggestions or questions. To book, don’t forget to be on time. Boat tours tend to get fully booked for days during the high season, specially for these best things to do in the Algarve for groups.

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The best activities in the Algarve for groups – sporty

If you’re traveling to the Algarve with a group, you’ll have to plan a bit ahead. Going to a restaurant with a group of 10 may require previous reservations. The same applies to watersports and boat tours in the Algarve. Today we’ll share our top 5 best activities in the Algarve for groups. The segment we aim for today is the sporty and young segment. Later this month, we’ll share another 5 best activities in the Algarve for groups that prefer less sporty nautic activities. 

There are a lot of nautical activities in the Algarve. We tried to pick the top 5 most popular activities in the Algarve for groups based on our experience. Prices range from 15 € to 55 € per person and there are things to do for all tastes and all along the coastline of the Algarve.

Top 5 most popular activities in the Algarve for groups

Kayak tour Benagil

Kayak tour Benagil is one of the most popular activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Kayak tour in Benagil

The kayak tour in Benagil is one of the most popular activities in the Algarve for groups booked on Seabookings. This tour will take you to the most impressive rock formations of the worldwide known Cave of Benagil.

The kayak tour in Benagil starts at Praia de Benagil and will make a nice route along the stunning coastline of the region of Benagil. You’ll pass by the emblematic secluded beaches of Marinha and Carvalho and be able to paddle into stunning caves.

This kayak tour in Benagil is one of the best activities in the Algarve for groups because you can join a group of friends (up to 10) and have a lot of fun. The guides are super friendly and speak several languages. Each kayak takes two people. The kayak tour in Benagil is continuously assisted by a motorboat.

  • Duration: 01:00
  • Location: Praia de Benagil
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 15 €
Stand up paddle boarding Lagos best activities in the Algarve for groups

Stand-up paddle boarding in Lagos is one of the best activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Stand-up paddle in Lagos

If you’re looking for the best activities in the Algarve for groups and you’re near Lagos with a sporty group, go for stand-up paddle in Lagos! Stand-up paddle, also know as SUP, is basically, standing on a huge surfboard and moving forth with a paddle while standing or sitting on your knees. We went to try out stand-up paddle in Lagos and we confirm that one of the big advantages of this sport is its easiness to learn. After a short intro on the beach, you’re ready to go!

This is one of the most popular activities in the Algarve for groups as the guides are very flexible and will adapt according to the wishes of your group. The guides and experienced SUPpers and happy to share their knowledge about the sport itself and about the region.  Stand-up paddle in Lagos can be done at several locations like Ponta da Piedade or even to the hidden Praia da Ingrina near the west coast (transfer included).

  • Duration: 02:00
  • Location: Praia Dona Ana, Lagos
  • Available Seats: 8
  • Price: 35 €
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Surfing is one oft he greatest activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Surfing on the west coast

For the most adventurous and sporty people, on of best activities in the Algarve for groups is surfing on the west coast. You’ll be picked up (5€ extra per person) at your accommodation near Lagos or meet at Praia do Amado on the west coast. Praia do Amado is a great beach to learn how to surf or to catch some waves if you’ve already got some experience.

This surfing experience is one of the greatest activities in the Algarve for groups because it’s a lot of fun to learn surfing together! This surfing experience takes the whole day and includes two surf lessons of 1h30 each by experienced instructors. All the surf equipment and sport insurance is included. Food and drinks are not included. Feel free to bring your own (something light to eat in between the two surf lessons) or grab something at the local cafe.

  • Duration: full day
  • Location: Lagos / Praia do Amado
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 55 €
Snorkeling from a boat is one of the coolest activities in the Algarve for groups

Snorkeling from a boat is one of the coolest activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Snorkeling from Albufeira

This snorkeling tour from Albufeira is one of the most popular activities in the Algarve for groups as you’ll get on a boat and go to the best snorkeling spots of the Algarve! The 2-hour snorkeling in Albufeira will take you and your friends to explore the under-water world of Albufeira. The snorkelling tour is done from a boat. This allows access to the best snorkelling spots around Albufeira and to exclusive areas far from the busy touristic zones.

This snorkeling tour is one of the best activities in the Algarve for groups because it’s suitable for the whole group. In fact, if you don’t want to snorkel, you can simply enjoy the sun on board). During your snorkeling tour, you’ll be joined by an experienced and friendly team who will be happy to teach you all the tips and tricks for snorkeling.

  • Duration: 02:00
  • Location: Marina de Albufeira
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 30 €
Jetboat Algarve is one of the fastest activities in the Algarve for groups

Jetboat Algarve is one of the fastest activities in the Algarve for groups

  1. Jet boat in Albufeira

The jet boat in Albufeira is without doubt one of the best activities in the Algarve for groups who love speed and adrenaline! This is a thrilling 60-minute ride on a jet boat where your whole group of friends will enjoy an adrenaline boost. You’ll scream with amusement as the experienced skipper performs tricky maneuvers over the water. 360-degree spins and power slides are part of the menu.

Grab your friends together and cruise along white-sand beaches, caves, rock formations of Albufeira on the super cool jet boat. You might even be lucky to spot some dolphins!

  • Duration: 01:00
  • Location: Marina de Albufeira
  • Available Seats: 10
  • Price: 45 €

These are some of the best activities in the Algarve for groups that like sporty and exciting water experiences. Of course there are many more, let us know if you’ve got any suggestions or questions. To book, please be on time. Boats and tours tend to get fully booked for days during the high season, specially for these best activities in the Algarve for groups. Enjoy!