Guide to Quinta do Lago
What to see and do, where to eat and play in Quinta do Lago
Located just 20 minutes from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago is more than just a point on a map. It's a lifestyle and a dream. Founder André Jordan sat on a hillside one sunny day, by an old stone farmhouse and envisaged a place where pristine golf courses and beautiful residences overlooked the ocean, where trails explored the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa, where life could be lived in sunshine, comfort and privacy. And so it came to be...by 1972 the initial phase of Quinta do Lago was up and running.
Four decades later and Quinta do Lago is recognized as the benchmark in combining luxury living with the natural setting, boasts 3 superb golf courses and multiple awards as a golf destination, several outstanding restaurants, top class sports facilities at The Campus and property that is not only beautiful, it's a great investment. There is a direct line from that inspired day to the present, as the very spot where André Jordan first dreamt is today Casa Velha, the resorts fine dining restaurant and the olive trees that dot the patio are a nod to it's past as a simple farmhouse.
What to See and Do in Quinta do Lago
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Ria Formosa Natural Park – this is an area of outstanding natural beauty and it is right on Quinta do Lago’s doorstep. There are paths and trails to follow along the Ria Formosa – the perfect hiking and biking area. Join one of the Bike Shed's Social Spins to explore the area. Or even hop a Segway tour. Take a boat trip from Faro or Olhão and discover the lagoons, saltpans, sandbanks and islands of this unique area.
Walk the long wooden bridge that goes from Quinta to Lago to the beach and ocean. One of Quinta’s iconic landmarks, passing the equally famous Gigi's restaurant.
Have a beach day - the beach is a long, golden expanse of fine sand, that just goes on and on.....
Keep an eye out for celebrities. Quinta do Lago is a favored playground of the rich and famous. Sports stars flock to the resort in their off seasons for some R&R and top international teams make full use of the world class facilities at The Campus. It is not unusual to run into Wayne Rooney or Steven Gerrard and even Cristiano Ronaldo can be spotted in the area in summer. Golfers Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, among others are frequent visitors, while celebrities such as Niall Horan, Ronan Keating and Madonna can often be spotted in the area.
Get married – Quinta do Lago is a wedding destination par excellence. The choice of venues is generous and the views and service are always top notch. There is a dedicated events and wedding planning team to do all the heavy lifting, so the special day is as magical as possible.
Play Golf – Considered Europe’s Best Golf Destination in 2015 and 2016, Quinta do Lago is firmly entrenched in the elite of world golf. Enjoy rounds on the famous North, South and Laranjal courses, polish your skills at the Paul McGinley Academy, the Driving Range and the TaylorMade Performance Centre.
Play Mini Golf – battle your way around Quinta do Lago's mini golf course of exact miniature replicas of some of the golfing world’s most iconic holes.
Play Tennis and Padel – The Campus offers fabulous facilities for sports fans with tennis and padel courts, coaching sessions, training and tournaments that suit everyone from young juniors, total novices to pro players.
Join a Social Spin – join the fun of the Social Spins by The Bike Shed at The Campus. Regular biking outings along the Ria Formosa trails, perfect for families and visitors looking to add a little activity to their stay.
Family Fun – there are always great events and activities happening at Quinta do Lago, with special programmes for the summer months, for Easter and for Christmas and New Year. During the summer, the parties with live music at The Shack are reaching legendary status and the Picnics at the Park are among the best family outings in the area. There are Sunday brunches at Bovino and beach parties at KoKo beach.
Elite Training, whatever your level - The Campus is home to state of the art sports facilities and weclomes both international professional teams and enthusiastic amateurs. There is a range of The Campus sports packages available, as well as regular fitness classes and individual training.
Go shopping at Quinta Shopping, a boutique mall with a selection of shops and eateries and a Farmers Market on the first Sunday of every month. Or visit the large shopping centre at Mar Shopping with IKEA next door, just outside Faro.
Take in some art – Art Catto, a gallery in the nearby town of Loulé is worth a visit to enjoy the contemporary art exhibitions. They frequently have pop up galleries at the Conrad Algarve hotel.
Visit Faro – explore more than just the airport. Faro is the capital of the Algarve and is well worth a visit. Stroll the narrow streets of the old town on a Free Walking Tour, visit the strange chapel of bones, visit the museum and wander by the Ria Formosa.
Update 2020 - the resort outlets and operations run by Sociedade do Golfe da Quinta do Lago SA. (golf courses, restaurants etc) have adhered to the Clean & Safe programme from Turismo de Portugal, adhering to cleaning and hygiene requirements set out by the Portuguese authorities for the prevention of coronavirus, giving customers confidence that there are health and safety measures in place for their protection.
Where to Eat, Drink and Play
Bovino – Quinta do Lago’s signature steak house restaurant, Bovino wows with both décor and food. Cosy during the winter, the terrace is perfect for summer. There is entertainment for the children and amazing cocktails for the adults. Look out for the Summer Sunday BBQ lunches.
Casa Velha – timelessly elegant, Casa Velha is chic and romantic and a long time favourite with Quinta do Lago regulars. Superb fine dining by Chef Alipio Branco in an absolutely stunning setting.
Casa do Lago – beautiful lake views and delicious seafood are the hallmarks of Casa do Lago. Renovated in 2020, Casa do Lago is a fabulous all day venue, filled with light and space. A very popular wedding venue.
The Shack – the place to kick back and relax by the beach and lake. The Shack is home to great parties and good times.
Dano's - a welcoming bar and restaurant adjancent to The Campus. The best place to catch up on all the sports, watching the actionon the screens or the live action on the courts.
KoKo – family friendly café and restaurant open all day with views of the driving range.
Pure – healthy, clean food freshly made each day.
Gusto – Michelin Star* at the Conrad Algarve. Fabulous fine dining and service.
Gigi’s -iconic beachside restaurant where fresh seafood is the order of the day.
There are several good food options at Quinta Shopping including The Cheeky Pup – gastro bar/Irish bar with a fabulous deck for relaxed outdoor dining And all around the area, from Quinta do Lago to Almancil and Vale do Lobo, there are numerous restaurants serving a range of cuisines from traditional Portuguese to Mediterranean to Thai.
Where to Stay in Quinta do Lago
There are some excellent options for places to stay within Quinta do Lago from hotels to private villas.
The Magnolia Hotel is the newest offering from Quinta do Lago. Located just outside the resort it is a relaxed hotel bringing a fun and modern vibe. Ideal for couples, with chill out parties by the pool, great cocktail hours, a well-equipped gym and spa, The Magnolia Hotel includes access to The Campus sports facilities as well as transport to the various Quinta do Lago restaurants and bars.
Quinta do Lago Holiday villas – there are exclusive and beautifully designed villas available for holiday rentals in Quinta do Lago. Top shelf luxury, privacy and fabulous comfort are just some of the things you can count on when staying here. Landscaped gardens, private pools and concierge service are an added bonus.
Blue Sky Villas offers a wonderful personal service to go with their fabulous villas. They take care of everything so that all you have to do is arrive and enjoy every second of your stay. They have a choice of villas in the area - each more gorgeous than then next.
The Hotel Quinta do Lago is the grand old dame of the resort, with rooms offering gorgeous views of the ocean and the Ria Formosa. Member of the Leading Hotels of the World since 1988, the hotel offers the comforts one would expect from a 5 * hotel with the added bonus of all the top class facilities of Quinta do Lago resort.
Quinta do Lago Country Club overlooks the lake and Ria Formosa. Made up of low built, luxury self-catering apartments, this is a popular family accommodation option.
Conrad Algarve - located next to Quinta Shopping, the Conrad Algarve offfers amazing service and comfort in a fine setting.
The Magnolia Hotel
Where to Buy
Quinta do Lago is one of the most sought-after slices of real estate in Portugal and Europe. Property here holds its value as the resort has set the benchmark in combining luxury living with nature. The outstanding resort attributes of award winning golf courses and top restaurants, the beautiful natural park and long, golden beach are just some of the ingredients that make owning property in Quinta do Lago such a good investment.
There is a specialized Quinta do Lago Real Estate team to advise and help you find the perfect property.
The Reserva is the newest development in Quinta do Lago with exclusive residences offering lakeside and seaside views.
And once you have bought your Quinta do Lago property, you can have it looking fabulous with the help of ProQuinta property services and Q Landscape and keep it safe with Team 6 VigiQuinta.
The resort itself does not have a centre per se, rather there are several hubs, such as by KoKo and the Driving Range, at the lake where you have Casa do Lago and the Shack, or by The Campus. Getting around can be done on foot, bike or, as most people do, by car. Either hire a car for your stay or use a taxi service to get around.
Public transport is not really an option in Quinta do Lago. Depending on where you are staying in the resort, some distances may be too long for a comfortable walk in the summer sun. There is parking at Quinta Shopping (paid in the summer months) by The Shack and by the bridge to the beach.
There is a Pingo Doce (portuguese national chain) at Bougainvillea Plaza near Quinta Shopping that offers fresh produce, deli counter, wines etc and all the usual items you might need. There is also a larger Pingo Doce in nearby Almancil as well as Apolonia supermarket which carries many international brands and products.
Cash points and banks
There are cash points at Quinta Shopping as well as by KoKo and a selection of banks in Almancil.
Doctors and Pharmacy
The Family Medical Centre, a private practice, is located at Vilar do Golfe and there is a Centro de Saúde (Health Centre) run by the National Health Service in Almancil. There is a parapharmacy at Quinta Shopping and a choice of pharmacies in Almancil.
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