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Quinta do Lago Guide: The Best Things to See & Do

Nestled in southern Portugal, Quinta do Lago is a breathtaking luxury resort that seamlessly blends opulent living with the stunning natural beauty of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. This award-winning golf resort has become a favourite playground for the rich and famous, attracting celebrities, sports stars, and discerning travellers from around the globe.

Quinta do Lago

With its endless beaches, world-class golf courses, and exclusive amenities, Quinta do Lago offers an unparalleled experience for those seeking privacy, well-being, and unforgettable family moments.

Conveniently located just 20 minutes from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago is more than just a destination – it’s a lifestyle and a dream come true. The resort’s story began in 1972 when founder André Jordan envisioned a place where pristine golf courses and beautiful residences overlooked the ocean, where trails explored the natural wonders of the Ria Formosa, and where life could be enjoyed in comfort, sunshine, and privacy. Today, the very spot where André Jordan first dreamt is home to Casa Velha, the resort’s fine dining restaurant, with olive trees dotting the patio as a nod to its humble beginnings.

Quinta do Lago has become a favoured retreat for the rich and famous, with sports stars flocking to the resort during their off-seasons for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. International teams also make full use of the world-class facilities at The Campus, the resort’s state-of-the-art sports complex. It’s not unusual to spot famous faces like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, or even Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer months. Golf enthusiasts such as Tiger Woods and McIlroy are frequent visitors, while celebrities like Niall Horan, Ronan Keating, and Madonna can often be seen enjoying the resort’s luxurious amenities.

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Buying Property in Quinta do Lago

For those looking to make Quinta do Lago their permanent or holiday home, the resort offers a diverse range of properties to suit every taste and budget. From elegant apartments and townhouses to magnificent villas, prices range from €500,000 to over €15,000,000 or more. Investing in a property at Quinta do Lago is an opportunity to own a piece of paradise in one of the most sought-after locations in the Algarve.

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Hotels & Accommodation

For those not ready to invest in a property, Quinta do Lago offers a wide range of luxurious hotels, villas, and resorts to cater to every visitor’s needs. From 5-star hotels with spa facilities to spacious villas perfect for family getaways, the resort ensures that every guest experiences the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.

Golf at Quinta do Lago

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Quinta do Lago is synonymous with world-class golf, boasting some of the most beautiful championship courses in Europe. The resort’s three main courses – North, South, and Laranjal – offer distinct challenges for golfers of all skill levels, set against the stunning backdrop of the Algarvian landscape.

  • The North Course, redesigned by renowned architect Beau Welling and former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley in 2014, features undulating greens, strategically placed bunkers, and water hazards that test even the most experienced golfers.
  • The South Course, a favorite among European Tour professionals, has hosted the Portuguese Open eight times and is regularly featured in Golf World magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe.’
  • Laranjal, designed by Jorge Santana da Silva and opened in 2008, was named Portugal’s Best Golf Course in 2011 at the Portuguese Travel Awards. This challenging par-72 course demands the highest level of concentration and accuracy, with its distinctive rolling terrain providing a world-class golfing experience.

Restaurants at Quinta do Lago

Gusto by Heinz Beck

Gusto by Heinz Beck showcases the culinary expertise of the highly regarded German chef, who has earned three Michelin stars at his La Pergola restaurant in Rome. The menu at Gusto reflects Heinz Beck’s philosophy, which combines Mediterranean roots and Italian influences with a balance between modernity and international trends, such as the healthy cooking movement. Diners can choose from a selection of exquisite dishes or opt for one of the two tasting menus, each offering a unique gastronomic experience.

Casa Velha

For those seeking an authentic Portuguese dining experience, Casa Velha captures the essence of the Algarve. Here, friends and family gather around the table to share traditional dishes and characterful wines, enjoying honest, traditional Portuguese flavors in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Umami

Umami presents the Algarve’s most refined Asian dining experience, drawing inspiration from the fishermen of northern Japan who grill fish over hot coals on their boats and share their catch using their oars. This unique concept brings together the finest Asian flavors and techniques, creating a memorable dining experience for all who visit.

Casa do Lago

Situated on the edge of the lake, Casa do Lago is famed for its exquisite cuisine, focusing on fresh seafood sourced from local markets. The restaurant’s outdoor terrace provides the perfect setting for special occasions, allowing guests to enjoy stunning views while savoring the finest seafood dishes.

Bovino Steakhouse

A unique addition to Quinta do Lago’s gastro-lineup, Bovino Steakhouse places the finest dry-aged beef at the heart of its philosophy. Serving up the tenderest of steaks in a stunningly decorated environment, Bovino is a must-visit for meat lovers and those seeking a prime dining experience.

Facilities at Quinta do Lago

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In addition to its exceptional restaurants, Quinta do Lago offers a wide range of facilities and activities for guests to enjoy.

Tennis & Padel

The Campus, Quinta do Lago’s state-of-the-art sports complex, provides a range of tennis and padel courts suitable for all skill levels. With four acrylic tournament tennis courts, two synthetic clay tennis courts, and four padel courts equipped with the latest technology, players can enjoy the best playing surfaces while honing their skills.

The Bike Shed

Part of The Campus sports hub, The Bike Shed is the ultimate trail pit stop for cycling enthusiasts. A team of passionate cycling professionals is on hand to guide and support riders, offering guided cycles, an on-site bike mechanic, bike fitting, safe storage, and washing facilities. The team’s local knowledge ensures an unforgettable cycling experience, taking riders through challenging climbs, coastal routes, and hidden cafés.

Watersports

Discover the fascinating environment of the Ria Formosa Natural Park through a variety of watersports activities. Choose from biking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and boat tours guided by a marine biologist. Learn about the local flora and fauna while observing migratory birds passing through the area.

High Performance Gym

The Campus gymnasium is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including weights, racks, plate-loaded machines, dumbbells, and various functional and medical equipment. Enjoy your workout with stunning views over the pitch and access to the sauna, spa, and wellness facilities.

Quinta Shopping

For those looking to indulge in some retail therapy, Quinta Shopping offers a wide range of luxury stores representing well-known national and international brands. From clothing and shoes to furniture, jewelry, perfumes, and home decor, shoppers can find everything they desire in an exclusive environment.

Getting Here

  • Flying: The nearest airport to Quinta do Lago is Faro Airport, which is around 25 minutes by car. Taxis and Ubers are available from the airport, and there are plenty of car rental companies there as well. 
  • Train: There is no train station in Quinta do Lago. However, there is a train station in Almancil, which is just 12 minutes away by car or taxi. For train tickets and timetables, see cp.pt
  • Bus: While VAMUS does offer a bus service to Quinta do Lago, it isn’t frequent and needs to be pre-booked. 
  • Car: The easiest way to get around the Algarve is by renting a car, which you can easily do at Faro Airport. The drive from Faro Airport takes around 25 minutes and the drive into Faro city centre takes around 30 minutes. 
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