Is Portugal a suitable place for a young family?

Marina Pasquill, our on-the-ground, Portugal Expert, answers a reader question about the suitability the Algarve as a destination for families with young children.

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“My husband and I are considering buying property on the Algarve with view to moving there in the next couple of years. We have three children, all under the age of 7, and I just want to know whether it is a safe and suitable place to raise a young family?”

I moved to the Algarve over four and a half years ago now with my then four-year-old daughter. I can honestly say that the move is the best decision that I could have made for both my daughter and myself. Portugal is very safe and secure. In fact, it is one of the safest European countries.

We live on a gated holiday complex, which means that I always feel comfortable that my daughter is safe. She has other children to play with all year round – whether they are holidaymakers, or other children that live here on a permanent basis.

I adore the Algarve and our life here. The car boot is full of all of the tools to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle – roller blades, horse-riding gear, the works. Over here we have the luxury of having the time to stop and just enjoy life - to eat out or to decide on a whim to pop to the beach. We also get 300 days of sunshine each year, so we are always outside, being active. In addition, the education offered in the Algarve is fantastic and my daughter is now bilingual.

I also think that Portugal is a very fair place to be. We can be sat in Vilamoura, me drinking a coffee, my daughter having an ice cream, and to my left will be a working class Portuguese family and to my right a multi-millionaire who has probably just stepped off his sunseeker yacht. They will both be doing the same as us; drinking the same drinks, enjoying the same view. It is very inclusive here. The prices of things like beer, wine and eating out are all kept at a level which means that they can be enjoyed by all. Back home in the UK, a family meal out would mean going to the pub. Here we get to enjoy eating out at least once a week, sometimes more, and it is reasonably priced, delicious and healthy food.

I am passionate about the Algarve and how significantly it has changed our lives for the better. I genuinely believe that anyone moving here or just buying property here as an investment, will see huge improvements to their lifestyle. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.


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