A Landscape of a golf course in Vilamoura, Portugal

Vilamoura is said to be the largest purpose-built tourist complex in Europe, or at least it was when it was first created.

The marina area provides an abundance of drinking and dining options, as well as plenty of opportunities for people and boat watching. However, if you have young children, they may tire of soaking up the sun a little sooner than you, and need something a little more active to engage them.

If this is the case, we would suggest taking them for a round or two of “crazy” golf at Vilamoura’s Family Golf Park.

Located just back from the marina, the golf park’s main attraction is two separate 18-hole mini golf courses. These are attractive and well maintained and include all the usual slopes, windmills and water features, making for a fun (and at times frustrating) putting experience!

It’s possible to buy a ticket for both courses, and this makes for a fun afternoon of entertainment. Between courses you can relax in the central café area, where there are games machines, air hockey tables, and a play area for the little ones. There’s a bar and snack bar, and local ice cream is available too.

The Family Golf Park only closes in December and January, and during peak season it remains open until the early hours. Remember to take sun cream if you visit during the day, as the distraction of the challenging holes can cause you to forget you’re sizzling in extremely hot sun!

Finally, it’s worth noting that the golf park acts as the terminus for Vilamoura’s tourist road train route. After enjoying some putting, you can board the train for other attractions in Vilamoura, including Falésia Beach and the marina area.