Rub shoulders with movie stars, celebrities, presidents and prime ministers at the Algarve’s most elegant and upmarket resort, a sprawling 800ha beachfront estate overlooking the Ria Formosa estuary and the Atlantic Ocean.
Nestled within the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, Quinta do Lago is a gated community and golf resort in Almancil, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal.
Tee-off from the 27-hole golf course, go horseback riding from the equestrian centre, sunbathe on the several-kilometre long golden-sand beach and be pampered at the luxurious Hotel Quinta do Lago.
Explore the extensive wetlands of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa that stretches along 60km of coastline between Manta Rota and Vale do Lobo. Follow the 3.2km-long São Lourenço nature trail or the Quinta do Lago pathway to get close to the salt marshes and freshwater lagoons.
In this undulating region of shimmering freshwater lakes, sand dune islands, marshland and umbrella pines, look out for an assortment of flora and fauna including the rare purple gallinule marsh hens, flamingoes and the unique web-footed Portuguese water dog.
The park headquarters is located at Quinta de Marim, around 3km east of Olhão, and offers all the information you need to get the most from your hike through the wetlands.
This 3km-long wide, golden-sand dune beach is located in the large Ria Formosa Natural Park and can only be reached via a 300m-long boardwalk.
Praia Quinta do Lago is part of the large Ria Formosa Natural Park – an extensive tidal landscape that is home to numerous water birds and other animals. a nature trail gives amazing insights into the diversity of its flora and fauna.
The beach offers good conditions for windsurfing and kiting and the waves are always good enough for surfing novices too.
Facilites include sunloungers, toilets, showers and lifeguards. Banana boats, canoes, parasails, pedal boats and stand up paddle boards are availble to rent.
A small beach bar offers drinks, cocktails and snacks, while a well-known fish restaurant provides fresh seafood and delicious fish specialities overlooking the sea.
Prices at Praia Quinta do Lago are relatively high, as the clientele is rather more exclusive than on some other beaches.
During the summer months the beach is very popular, however a short walk will allow you to find a secluded spot among the dunes.
Choose from the Hotel Quinta do Lago, Four Seasons Country Club, Four Seasons Fairways, and Monte da Quinta Resort – just a few of the popular resorts for travelers staying in Quinta do Lago.
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Anytime is good to visit Quinta do Lago (and the Algarve) – the coast sees little rain and lots of sunny days throughout the year including winter – but for the best weather, visit Quinta do Lago between June and October.
The peak holiday season in Quinta do Lago is July and August; these are also the hottest months of the year, with the temperature averaging 28°C (82°F) and but often reaching the high 30°Cs.
The months of spring (March to May) and autumn (October and November) are typically warm and – while perhaps too chilly for swimming – are excellent for sailing and land-based activities such as golf.
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Quinta do Lago is located around 14km (8mi) east of Faro Airport and around 12km (7mi) west of Villamoura.
The most convenient route to Quinta do Lago is by air to Faro International Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, located 4km (2.5 mi) west of Faro, and around 14km (8mi) west of Quinta do Lago – 15 minutes by car.
Faro – the provincial capital of the Algarve and the largest city in southern Portugal – is located 45km (28mi) east of Albufeira and 309km (192mi) southeast of Lisbon.
Taxis and buses run frequently between the airport and Faro city centre, taking around 7 minutes.
Taxis and hire cars are available at the airport. A bus service operates every 30 minutes from the airport to Faro train station at Largo da Estação for connections to destinations on the Algarve.
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