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Quinta do Lago – a Golf Lover’s Dream

Quinta do Lago is an exclusive residential and golf estate bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park, which is one of the most prestigious areas of the Algarve. It has three award-winning golf courses, attracting golfers from all over the world, yet the resort has something for everyone, not least the beauty of the nature reserve itself.

Adjoining Quinta do Lago’s three world-class golf courses are facilities such as the Paul McGinley Golf Academy and Southern Europe’s only tailor-made performance centre. The resort has been at the forefront of international golf since its creation.

Set in rolling hills and pine woodlands, it is home to many rare species of flora and fauna and offers an excellent base for nature lovers to explore the two nearby nature trails.

A Blue Flag beach is easily reached via a wooden walkway over the Ria Formosa. With over two miles of soft, golden sand, the beach is extensive and magnificent, its spectacular sand-dunes a joy to behold.

Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season and many watersports are on offer. The beach has good facilities including sunbeds for hire and there's a nice selection of restaurants and cafes.

If neither golf nor watersports appeal to you, Quinta do Lago has many other sporting activities available including horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, tennis and deep water fishing. Then to chill out after a day’s exertion, there's a spa and wellness centre or you can while away an afternoon browsing the resort shops and boutiques. The resort even has an art gallery that frequently hosts a diverse line-up of art exhibitions.

Quinta do Lago is self-contained and all of its facilities can be accessed using the resort bus, which operates all the year round.

Villas with a View

There’s something incredibly special about waking up on holiday to a lovely view, as a foretaste of the day ahead. It makes us want to get up and welcome the day, contemplating the visual feast from our rooms with thoughts of breakfast on the terrace or beside the pool. At the other end of the day, a cocktail or evening meal seems to taste even better when the panorama is stunning.

The Algarve is famous for its incredible scenery and many of the villas we offer have breathtaking views across the countryside, the mountains or the sea. So much of the surrounding area can sometimes be admired from the comfort of a sun lounger or terrace chair that it can be tempting never to leave the villa for the entire holiday. Others may feel the allure of the sea, a sandy cove or a countryside walk after an interesting glimpse from the villa.

Whether you prefer seascapes, multi-coloured cliff vistas, mountain views or simply peaceful country scenes, one of our handpicked villas will be your favourite piece of paradise.

Villa Colina, Carvoeiro

Villa Colina offers comfort and space in a lovely setting with stunning views across the rolling countryside towards the Monchique Mountains. The grounds of the villa are nicely designed, from the delightful breakfast terrace, which is accessed from the kitchen, to the poolside barbecue area complete with double ceramic hob and a kitchenette, perfect for the holiday barbecue specialists!

Casa Inmaran, Carvoeiro

Featuring sea views, Casa Inmaran is an ever-popular choice of villa. The large, attractive and established garden has plenty of areas for relaxing whilst both the pool and barbecue area are likely to be the focal point of a holiday at this property. Only a few minutes away is Marinha Beach, considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal.

Casa Cor de Rosa, Praia do Vau

Casa Cor de Rosa is situated in an enviable location overlooking the beach at Praia do Vau, one of the prettiest coves in the Algarve. The garden and pool areas enjoy fabulous views of the golden, sandy beach and the multi-coloured red, white and orange cliffs for which the Algarve is renowned. An evening stroll on the beach can be followed up with dinner in a local restaurant offering the freshest catch of the day, making this an idyllic spot to enjoy the sun-drenched Algarve coastline.

Casa das Rochas, Loule

Casa das Rochas offers the best of both the countryside and the city with its rural location being only a short drive from the vibrant city of Loule. The villa is perched on a hillside up a country track and has fabulous countryside and distant sea views from the spacious terraces.

Casa Polgoda, Carvoeiro

Situated in a most desirable location, this prestigious ocean-front property lies between Rocha Brava and Algarve Clube Atlantico. The splendid sea views beyond the landscaped grounds offer a breathtaking setting from where this stunning part of the Algarve coastline can be enjoyed. As you would expect, the property is tastefully furnished to a high standard throughout, with all the rooms making the absolute best of the views on offer. A covered outdoor terrace provides shade and an excellent spot for barbecues or simply to enjoy the garden, open sea and skies beyond.

Casa Madrugada, Carvoeiro

This is one of just a small number of properties on this superb development that have the privileged position of being perched upon the clifftop, facing directly out to sea. Casa Madrugada provides the idyllic and much desired holiday bonus of uninterrupted sea views across the pool terrace and lawns, which is a very rare treat indeed. If the lure of the sea tempts you away from the relaxing poolside, there’s a delightful sandy cove some 100m below that can be reached by nearby steps (care should be taken with small children).

The Enduring Charm of Carvoeiro

Almost half of our villas are located in and around Carvoeiro, and with good reason. We take a look at why this once traditional fishing village is so attractive for families and those seeking a relaxing beach holiday.

Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, Carvoeiro has managed to maintain much of it historical charm. At one time, the locals used to survive on the tuna fishing catch and the village’s historic buildings, dating back centuries, were a pretty backdrop for the colourful fishing boats arriving home with their catch.

Tuna fishing was once Carvoeiro’s main source of income

Carvoeiro has a history dating back centuries. There are delightful, traditional white buildings set into the cliff, along with the Farol de Alfanzina (Alfanzina Lighthouse) and the remains of a 17th century fort, known in Portuguese as the Forte de Nossa Senhora de Encarnação.