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While the Algarve lifestyle is a great choice for active or retired couples, the region is the perfect place for bringing up a family. With various international schools to choose from and a good state school system, good weather and plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors, kids of all ages will quickly settle into Portuguese life.

As well as being one of the safest countries in the world in which to live, it's also one of the most fun. We share three activities that make the region so appealing for your clan.

Making a splash
We can't talk about the Algarve for families without mentioning its famous water parks. Nothing spells fun better than a day out at Slide & Splash, Aqualand or Aquashow, and kids (young and old!) are guaranteed to enjoy the many slides, mats, tubes and pools, from April to October.

Interacting with animals
For those interested in the animal kingdom, the Algarve has plenty to choose from. As well as roller coasters and water attractions, Zoomarine offers animal shows and the opportunity to swim with dolphins. At Krazy World, you can feed animals at the petting zoo and learn about more exotic creatures, as well as play crazy golf, try your hand at go-karting or just have a dip in the pool. Or enjoy a day trip at Lagos Zoo! Most parks offer special prices for year-round residents.

All aboard!
Get the family together and explore the Algarve's beautiful coastline, with caves, grottoes and secluded beaches just waiting to be discovered. Get the snorkels out and take a look at life underwater, or stop for a picnic and some beach activities. Several companies also offer dolphin-watching trips, a unique experience for the whole family to see these creatures in their natural habitat.

For more advice about buying a home and living in the Algarve, the team at Algarve Home Sales is here to help. Contact us here.

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