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What is it?
City Farm (Quinta Pedagógica), Portimão
What makes it special?
A working city farm located in the centre of Portimão where the emphasis is on educating children about local flora, fauna and produce while allowing them to view various types of farm animal and a few pets.
There are not many places where you can entertain and educate children in a safe environment (for free) but this is an example of a great community project that everyone can benefit from.
With the easy-to-navigate paths and play areas, the farm is suitable for parents wanting to take out children in pushchairs, but is best suited for kids between three and ten. Older children may find the site too small, but their younger brothers and sisters will love being able to get up close and personal with farmyard favourites.
The site is not too big and can easily be walked by a toddler, with older children being able to get rid of any excess energy in the park areas.
The focus is on the two hectares of the farm, where there are the stables, kennels, pens and aviaries for the various animals. The large duck pond is a draw for many, whilst adults can sit and relax on the bench seating around the farm or enjoy a drink from the small coffee shop which is on site.
There are several indoor teaching rooms which guests are encouraged to visit to read books and learn more about the animals, while there is also a small museum area showing artefacts from rural days of old, including a scary-looking bee keeping outfit, agricultural tools and farmhouse items.
When to go
During the week there are many school trips coming to the farm, while at the weekend it is mainly local and visiting parents with their children looking for an alternative to the beach.
This is not the place to come on a wet day - unless you have brought your wellies!
The farm also runs special workshops all through the year which you can sign your children up for - including those teaching bread-making in the traditional oven, learning about what vets do, and how to plant flowers and seeds.
If you are looking for a different location to hold a birthday party, then the farm is ideal. Parties are welcomed and you can hold them for free - just make sure that you do not take a barbeque or any alcoholic drinks.
There is a large area near to the car park with plenty of shady seating that is perfect for a children’s party with a difference.
Why do you like it?
Supported by the Municipal Câmara of Portimão, the farm is maintained to a very high standard, with the animals, crops and park areas all being well kept.
If you have ever wondered what a certain species of tree or plant is, then the signs around the farm are a great way for both children and adults to learn more about what is around us in the Algarve.
The signage is all in Portuguese but also with the Latin names of animals and plants. The lack of English or other language signs however does not affect the enjoyment of the children at the farm.
Rua David Gonçalves Vieira, Aldeia Nova de Boavista, 8500-301, Vila Nova de Portimão, Portimão.
Head for the Aqua shopping centre in Portimão then follow the signs for the farm, which lead you into a housing estate with the farm in the centre.
Parking is available within the farm itself, through the large metal gates.
Admission is free for adults and children