Things to do near Villa Vista Marina

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All the main parks run their own buses from and back to the major tourist areas, including the nearby centre of Albufeira. This makes a day trip easy without needing a car. None are particularly well served by public transport, being out in open countryside.

There are several 'ticket shops' down in the old town where you can also book trips and entrance tickets.

Outdoor waterparks etc

These are in general open from late May to end September. Check each site for details as they do vary outside the main summer period. is near Quarteira and Vilamoura. It's about 25 minutes drive from Albufeira. The theme park is open from early May until the end of September. is near Alcantarilha, about 4 miles/ 7km from Albufeira. Open mid June to first week of September only.  is about 13 miles / 20km from Albufeira. It's open from mid-June until the end of October. Closed on Sundays in October. is just outside Guia, close to Albufeira (5 miles / 8km) Open from Easter until the end of October. is a small zoo and playpark about 20 minutes drive. Open daily April to September, limited opening at other times. Closed mid-December to mid-January.  Check website for dates and times.

Lagos Zoo is just outside the village of Barão São João, a few miles from Lagos. It is open all year round.  It's about 1 hour's drive from Albufeira. No buses available.

Sandworld is an exhibition of sand sculptures located near the village of Pera, about 7km / 4 miles from Albufeira. This is open from mid-April to mid-October.

Boat trips

A wide variety is available down at the Marina. It's best to go down and ask. Booking is highly recommended during the peak times of late July to early September. Shorter, 1 hour trips, are available from the town beach by the pier.

Other activities, located in the Santa Eulália area of Albufeira, offers an assault course for children of 4 and upwards, which consists of moving from trees to trees through a series of challenging physical games and trails, at varied heights, and they can also enjoy a game of Paintball, in a total area of 2500m².  The park is open from July 1 to September 15. - indoor karting at the Marina, a few minutes down the hill. - ten pin bowling, next door to the karting at the marina. - shopping centre about 4 miles / 7km from Albufeira on the N125 road just east of Guia. Ideal for a rainy day - we do have them in Spring and Autumn!

There are over 100 shops plus a 9 screen cinema. Here in Portugal, films made in English are shown in English except for children's cartoons which are sometimes only in Portuguese. 

Admission is around €6, programmes change on a Thursday, open daily from 2pm. 3D versions of some films are shown, costs a little bit extra. 

Visit for programmes, VP = Portuguese version.

Local events, exhibitions, festivals etc


Albufeira Taxis - ring (+351) 289 583 230 English is spoken. All taxis are metered for trips around town and nearby. Do NOT pay more than is on the meter unless you want to.

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