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This famous golf and holiday resort is one of the most exclusive destinations of its kind not only in Portugal but in Europe, located on the border of the nature reserve of the Ria Formosa. The name, Quinta do Lago, is derived from the small lake surrounded by elegant holiday villas. The resort includes various developments with mansions, apartments and holiday villas. Quinta do Lago overlooks the lagoon which separates the resort from the beach behind the dunes.

Things to do in Quinta do Lago

The endless sandy beach on the Peninsula de Ancão, also known as Ilha de Faro, not only invites you for a swim in the crystal clear water during the summer season, but also for a long walk all year round. The landmark of the area is the wooden bridge crossing the lagoon to access the beach from the mainland. Beyond the impressive Quinta do Lago complex is over 1500 acres which offer no fewer than four championship sized golf courses. They are all situated alongside stretches of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and each offer its own distinctive setting, definitely an amazing venue for a stunning villa holiday on the Algarve. Staying in a holiday villa in Quinta do Lago is the perfect way to explore everything that this resort has to offer.

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Ria Formosa lagoon, Algarve, Portugal

History and Culture in Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago is just a 20 minute drive to Faro, the Algarve’s historic waterside capital. In the old walled part of town there is a 13th Century cathedral and an ornately tiled Bishop’s Palace. Shopping comes courtesy of the open-air Forum Algarve Mall. Hop on a boat at the south end of the town and explore the tiny beautiful islands scattered across the Ria Formosa lagoon. Our holiday villas in Quinta do Lago are all perfectly placed to explore this wonderful area.

Family villa holidays in Quinta do Lago

There is plenty to keep everyone entertained when you book a family villa holiday in Quinta do Lago, from toddlers to teenagers, activities to suit all ages. You can book boat trips to visit the caves, surfing and kitesurfing lessons, thrilling jeep safaris through the rugged countryside or simple sand-castle building at the water's edge. The Algarve has some of the best water parks, fun-packed themed mini golf courses, zoos, a unique foot golf course and an amazing theme park, where swimming with the dolphins is definitely a winner. Villa holidays in Quinta do Lago are ideal for families to enjoy time together.

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Quinta do Lago South Golf Course, Algarve, Portugal

Adventurous activities in Quinta do Lago

Head to the west coast for ideal surfing conditions where you’ll find various schools for beginners, including Sagres Natura, which picks you up and takes you to whichever beach has the right conditions for the day. Water Skiing can be done in the calmer waters off Quinta do Lago, as can banana boat rides, jet skiing and much more. If you are a keen golfer you’ll be interested to know that the courses in Quinta do Lago North and South have already been the venue for international golf tournaments on a number of occasions. In 2009 a third great PGA course Laranjal was added. The nearby courses of Pinheiros Altos and San Lourenzo are completing this spectacular array of courses, a villa stay here, gives you the perfect excuse to play golf all day long. Our villas with private pools in Quinta do Lagare all located close to the courses, giving you convenient access.

Romance in Quinta do Lago

If you are looking for some time together, a romantic villa in Quinta Do Lago makes for the perfect destination. There is something for everyone in this stunning corner of the Algarve, the beautiful Ria Formosa nature reserve offers you spectacular scenery and some privacy making it the perfect place for a relaxed and romantic retreat for couples. If you’re planning a secret celebration, there are plenty of places for date night ideas in Quinta Do Lago from pretty little bars and restaurants to romantic sunsets and fun activities. 

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