Nature lovers can now enjoy a new attraction at the re-opened Zoomarine in the Algarve. The popular theme park, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, has inaugurated a butterfly garden for the new holiday season.
This verdant trove of botanical treasures in the park – which is located in Guia, a few kilometres from Albufeira – provides a profusion of vibrant colours and sensations. Visitors can walk along a trail full of exotic species of butterflies surrounded by a diverse variety of plants and flowers.
There is also the opportunity to learn more about the metamorphosis process that butterflies undergo, from egg to caterpillar, and pupa to adult.
Zoomarine was opened in 1991 as a “a space for environmental education, science and conservation, citizenship, joy and family, and a commitment to a more environmentally conscious future”.
In addition to its new butterfly garden, Zoomarine offers visitors presentations with dolphins, seals and sea lions, tropical birds and birds of prey, a shark aquarium, diverse other habitats, a 4D cinema, and the aquatic fun (for both children and adults) of water slides and a salt-water wave beach.
Also introduced this year is Zoomarine Pay, a waterproof wristband that allows visitors to make cashless payments for services including lunch, beverages and souvenirs.
High-Speed MotoGP Action in Portimão
Meanwhile, visitors enjoying more frenetic pursuits will be heading to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve-AIA in Portimão this weekend for the MotoGP-Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal.
This is the fifth race of the year and the first in Europe after grand prixs in Qatar, Indonesia, Argentina and the United States. Among those competing will be championship leader Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP), Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and home favourite Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).