A holiday to the luxury destination of Quinta do Lago means one thing - golf. Found just inland of the Algarve coastline, Quinta do Lago is a paradise for golfers. Once you’ve unpacked the clubs, you can play on some of Europe’s best courses here. There are four courses in and around Quinta do Lago, with some beautiful views to take in as you prepare for your putt. The courses wind through the lagoons and marshes of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, so expect plenty of water features and challenges if your ball flies off the fairway.
You don’t have to be a dedicated golfer to enjoy a holiday to Quinta do Lago though. There’s plenty of other outdoor fun to be had here, including tennis and horse-riding. You can even hire a bicycle and use pedal power to get a look at the scenery along the Ria Formosa. When you’re looking to give your muscles a rest, you can reach the beach in a jiffy. It’s a quiet stretch of sand, which is perfect for relaxing or splashing around on one of the watersports available.
It’s a great idea to hire a car for your holiday to Quinta do Lago. Once you get out and about, you’ll really get a taste of the local culture and history here. You can visit the Algarve capital of Faro to see landmarks dating back to the middle ages. Alternatively, the small town of Almancil is a real throwback destination on the doorstep of Quinta do Lago.
Found on the outskirts of the other famous Algarve golfing resort of Vilamoura, Quarteira is a quiet spot that is popular with families and older holidaymakers. It’s a great destination if you’re looking for somewhere quiet to unwind for the day. Picture spending the day lounging around on Quarteira’s beautiful beach and after the sun sets, relocating to one of the coastal restaurants. You can tuck into a delicious seafood dinner and then enjoy a cocktail under the stars.
Most holidaymakers associate Faro with its busy airport, which is the gateway to the Algarve. But it’s worth spending more time in Faro than just the two hours in the airport terminal. There’s a cute marina to see in Faro, along with a fascinating old town area. This contains the remains of the old city walls and a 13th-century cathedral. When you climb the cathedral’s tower, the views over the city and the coastline are stunning.
Escape the luxury of Quinta do Lago and head to a more traditional Algarve resort by visiting the small town of Almancil. It’s a pretty market town that is perfect for a stroll. Almancil is clearly looking to cash in on its luxury neighbours of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo too. There are chic boutiques here, along with fine-dining restaurants.
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Several international tournaments, including the Portuguese Open, have been held at the Quinta do Lago course. Bordered by hundreds of pine trees, it’s a pretty course which is understandably popular. But it’s one of just four courses in the area. Sao Lourenco is considered to be the most challenging, with large saltwater lagoons to avoid. The Ria Formosa course is set in the middle of marshland, cork trees and pines. Finally, the Pinheiros Altos is another battle to avoid falling into the water traps.
The Ria Formosa nature reserves stretch for some 40 miles along the coast. Lagoons, marshes and sand dunes here are an important home for tons of wildlife. You can catch sight of flamingos, reptiles and herons. There’s boat tours of the area available, or you can head down one of the nature trails either on foot or on the saddle of a bike.
Some of the best stables in the Algarve are found close to Quinta do Lago. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a novice, you can get into the saddle for an organised trek. You can choose between heading off into the countryside or a gentle canter along the beach.
Beaches in Quinta do Lago
Cross the bridge spanning the lagoons of the Ria Formosa to reach the beach in Quinta do Lago. It’s a big stretch of golden sand that is perfect for splashing around or for beach games. Boat trips run from Quinta do Lago beach and it’s even possible to charter a vessel for a fishing trip.
Much of what you’ll see on the menu in the Algarve is based around the sea. There’s a huge range of fish and seafood available. Grilled sardines are one of the staples in these parts; usually accompanied by a light tomato salad. You’ll also see plenty of swordfish, prawns and seabass on the barbeque. More unusual seafood stews are made using monkfish and cuttlefish.
Restaurants in Quinta do Lago
Each of the luxury hotel complexes in Quinta do Lago offer a wide range of cuisines from across the world. It’s fine dining using the best local ingredients. If you’re after something a little more traditional, then head to one of the coastal seafood restaurants. You’ll be guaranteed great local grub at very reasonable prices.
Quinta do Lago is one of the Algarve’s most prominent golfing destinations and you’ll have no trouble filling your holiday with action on the fairways. But there’s more to do in Quinta do Lago besides golf. It’s a lovely spot to unwind and enjoy the Algarve scenery. Booking a holiday to Quinta do Lago is so straightforward with easyJet holidays. You’ll even save yourself some money when you book a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. If you’re still considering your options, take a look at our other Algarve destination guides.