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Quinta Do Lago

Quinta do Lago Holidays

Most people know Quinta do Lago for its world-class golf courses, but there's much more to this sensational part of the Algarve. Sport, relaxation, fine dining and shopping all vie for your attention, together with access to truly sublime stretches of shore.

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Acres of laid-back luxury

After you touch down in Portugal, take a short drive from Faro Airport through the scenery and sunshine of the Algarve and you'll find the clean white architecture and rolling meadows of Quinta do Lago. It's a resort that's come a long way since its beginnings in the 1970s, and it today represents one of the leading destinations for holidaymakers who are looking for something special on their holiday to the Algarve.

From food and drink through to golf, horse riding and watersports, Quinta do Lago knows how to keep you active, while spas, lakeside retreats and languid days on the beach will let you unwind just as easily. Once you're suitably refreshed, be sure to get some shopping done at the Q Shopping Centre, where designer boutiques rub shoulders with old school favourites for a huge range of retail options. Friends and family back home are bound to be impressed by your bargain hunting.

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A stroke of genius

In Quinta do Lago, golf courses are plentiful, as well as leading academies and clubs, including the Pail McGinley Golf Academy. As far as courses go, the one generating the most popularity nowadays is Laranjal, which has frequently hosted the Portuguese Open, as well as inviting superstars like Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els and Ian Poulter to its fairways.

It's won its fair share of awards, including being listed repeatedly among the top 100 courses in the world, although you needn't feel intimidated by all this prestige. Specialised lessons and tours are available to those of you teeing up for the first time, or looking to master your game.

A taste of nature

Part of the reason why Quinta do Lago was built was to take advantage of the hugely beautiful region of countryside it's located in, where pine forests and nature trails are interwoven with parks, lakes and beaches.

It's the nearby Ria Formosa Nature Reserve that really tugs at the tourists though, and with good reason. Easily accessible, it connects to Ancao Beach through salt flats and out into rolling green meadows and sumptuous woodland, together with a large man-made lake where boat trips and watersports are daily occurrences.

Whether you take your own initiative in exploring off the beaten track, or instead hire some expertise for horse riding, watersports or a day at the golf course, Quinta do Lago is going to remind you of the beauty of the great outdoors. Luckily, you're going to be in good company all the while if you're a fan of the sunshine as temperatures here stay nice and high. We offer plenty of cheap holidays to Portugal during the off-season, when days in Quinta do Lago continue to be long and balmy.

Sit by the sea

Quinta do Lago enjoys a Blue Flag beach that takes in around two miles of sublime coast, all flanked by breezy trees and convenient facilities. Don't miss the chance to sip cocktails by the shore while you're here, or perhaps you'll want to get out on the waves for a boating trip or some waterskiing.

The main stretches of sunny shoreline of the area are Ancao Beach, linked to Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, as well as Praia de Garrao, which is grand, sweeping and sandy, rolling up into dunes as it inclines the coastal curve. However your time by the sea is spent here, rest assured the beaches offer a tremendous opportunity to put your worries to rest on soft sand under sunny skies, while amenities and places to eat are close at hand too.

Enjoy musical evenings by the shore

As much as you're going to enjoy the opportunity to take to the golf course, drift over the lake on a boat or hike through the back country, your active days in Quinta do Lago aren't about to end once the sun goes down.

Venues like The Shack and Casa do Lago frequently host live music from talented acoustic songwriters, pianists and other homegrown talent, which gives you the chance to be part of their world for an evening. Not only that, but nightlife venues in the area are fantastic in their own right, with cocktails and cool beverages proving the perfect treat after long hot days under scorching sunshine.

Dine on delicacies

Quinta do Lago excels in so many areas, including with the huge range of restaurants waiting for your attention. Traditional Mediterranean cuisine is readily found in a range of sublime locations, where you can also expect to eat seafood, Italian classics and a big selection of grilled steaks. Wood-fired pizzas and enticing desserts round off a sensational selection of things to try, so make sure you give as many venues as you can some consideration during your stay.