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.
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.
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.
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.
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.