Sporting holidaymakers have top-class facilities at their fingertips when they book a trip to the luxury of Vale do Lobo. This is one of the oldest resorts in the Algarve and you’ll soon see why it’s been so popular for many years. Golfers, in particular, flock to Vale do Lobo. Two of the best courses on the Algarve are on your doorstep in Vale do Lobo. Chances are that you won’t have played on too many more scenic courses than the Royal and the Ocean. Both are found on the beautiful Algarve coastline. When you make the green, it’s a challenge to concentrate on your putt with the stunning views in the background. Vale do Lobo is also a brilliant spot for tennis players. The courts here are international standard and have all the facilities you need to keep you fighting fit.
If you’re keen to spend your holiday relaxing, rather than working on your game, then you’re also in luck in Vale do Lobo. There’s spa facilities where you can unwind with massages, saunas and natural therapies. It only takes a jiffy to reach the beach here too. Shuttle buses take you down to the Praia do Ancao beach, where you can boost the tan on a virtually untouched stretch of sand. When you’re feeling peckish, there’s a handful of bars and restaurants just a few yards away. If you’re keen to explore the wider area, then there’s more golf courses at the popular resort of Vilamoura or you can learn more about local history and culture in the old town of Faro.
After several rounds of golf, you might fancy a day doing nothing more than lounging on the beach. The small town of Quarteira - on the outskirts of Vilamoura - is only a stone’s throw from Vale do Lobo and its beaches attract tons of holidaymakers every year. You can splash around in the sea here or take part in one of the watersports on offer, such as windsurfing and parasailing. There’s also a weekly market in Quarteira where you can bag a souvenir.
Within walking distance of Quarteira, Vilamoura is another golfing paradise if you’ve exhausted the courses of Vale do Lobo. There are five top class courses in and around the town. Other than the fairways, there’s a pretty marina in Vilamoura where there’s pricey yachts to take a look at, along with a few shops. If you’re feeling lazy, hop aboard Vilamoura’s tourist train and trundle around the resort.
It might be best known for its airport, but there’s lots more to do in Faro. If you’re looking for an interesting day trip from Vale do Labo, then Faro is a great option, as you explore the city’s history. There are the remains of the old city walls, Bishop’s palace and a fascinating 13th-century cathedral to take a look at. You can also hop aboard a boat to get a tour of the lagoons and marshes in the Ria Formosa National Park.
Exploring Vale do Lobo...
Vale do Lobo’s two courses, the Royal and the Ocean, are both challenging 18-hole rounds. You tee off on the cliff edge at the Royal’s championship course. It’s a taster of the views to come, although watch out for the challenging 16th hole. You have to drive the ball across a gaping ravine. The Ocean course is filled with sandy fairways and runs alongside the nature reserve, before heading down to the seashore.
Some of the world’s leading tennis players are attracted to the courts of Vale do Lobo. The Vale do Lobo Tennis Club is one of the largest facilities in Portugal and plays host to an annual ATP Seniors Tour competition. After your sun-drenched game, you can relax in the gym and swimming pool, or get a bite to eat in one of the restaurants overlooking the courts.
There isn’t the raucous nightlife scene in Vale do Lobo that you can find along the Algarve coast in resorts such as Albufeira. But the pretty beachfront Praca cobbled square is a top place to go in the evening. There’s several bars with live bands, singers and DJs. It’s perfect for a moonlit glass of champagne.
Beaches in Vale do Lobo
Vale do Lobo’s complimentary shuttle bus makes light work of the short journey to the beach. There’s a stretch of golden sand here that goes on for more than a mile. After splashing around in the sea or having a go at one of the watersports available, there’s refreshments available on top of the terracotta coloured cliffs.
It won’t take long to look over the menu in an Algarve restaurant before you realise that there’s tons of fish and seafood available here. It’s fresh and very reasonable priced. Expect thick swordfish steaks, grilled prawns and crispy calamari. If you fancy something a little spicy, then you can’t go wrong with the Portuguese favourite of Piri Piri chicken.
Setting aside the restaurants at the golf and tennis clubs, most of the eateries in Vale do Lobo are found around the cobbled Praca square. There’s an international flavour to the food, with Asian, Italian and French influences. Whatever you order, it’s some view over the bay from the terraces.
If you want to keep active on your Algarve holiday, then a trip to Vale do Lobo ticks all the boxes. Whether you’re interested in golf, tennis or watersports, you can play around under sun-kissed blue skies in Vale do Lobo. Booking your holiday to Vale do Lobo couldn’t be any simpler with easyJet holidays. The best bit is that you’ll save a chunk of cash when you book a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. Not sure that Vale do Lobo is quite right? Take a look at our other Algarve destination guides.