Quinta do Lago
Quinta do Lago
In addition to the sights and sounds of the nature park, the Algarve is home to countless picturesque beaches looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean. The ‘golden triangle’ is home to a long stretch of coast made up of multiple beaches which each have a slightly different character that visitors may way to explore during their stay.
Praia Quinta do Lago
The closest beach to the resort, Quinta do Lago beach is a gorgeous white sand beach which can only be reached by a long boardwalk over the swampland. Taking the trip to this beach allows you to absorb the biodiversity of the area before reaching the peaceful dunes.
This beach is relatively quiet and secluded spots can be found by venturing both east and west. There are also opportunities for watersports on the sea and a reputable fish restaurant so you can spend your entire day on the beach.
Praia de Faro
Edging closer to the city of Faro, this beach is a 5km stretch of white sand on the Ilha de Faro (Faro Island) an expanse of land which sits in front of the salt flats of the Ria Formosa and is connected to the Faro mainland by a road bridge.
This stunning expanse of land is mostly popular with Portuguese tourists and is perfect for those looking for a more authentic experience. There are opportunities for surfing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding or you can simply lounge in the Mediterranean sun all day. The bus route which serves the beach is the same bus that serves the airport or visitors can park nearby.
Praia Vale do Lobo
The resort of Vale do Lobo lies further west along the Algarve coast to Quinta do Lago and the beach is on the same stretch of coastline. At Vale do Lobo, the beach sits at the end of the main street or Praca and is easily accessible for all visitors, with a free shuttle bus running from the Vale do Lobo resort down to the beach regularly throughout the day.
The beach is flanked by the Vale do Lobo Royal Golf Course on the rust-red cliffs to the west and the rolling greens of the Ocean Golf Course to the east. A number of shops and restaurants can be found at the edge of the beach, including Sandbanks, where you can enjoy the view of the Atlantic from the terrace.
The Algarve’s luxury, climate and dedication to nature make Quinta do Lago the perfect holiday spot for any travellers and these beaches, among others, are ideal for rest and relaxation in the heat of the Mediterranean.
Quinta do Lago offers a broad range of facilities and activities to suit all tastes and requirements and with its favourable climate, Quinta do Lago is suitable for year round holidays. For the sporty holidaymaker, the resort offers fantastic, renowned golf courses, tennis, water sports and horse riding at the resort's riding centre.
As part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ - the Algarve’s most affluent region, also including Vale do Lobo and Vilamora - Quinta do Lago boasts swathes of natural beauty in its wetlands and beaches, as well as a number of exclusive golf courses to enjoy.
The Algarve itself has a reputation as a holiday attraction but Quinta do Lago specifically is home to a number of attractions which fill any holiday with excitement, intrigue and unforgettable experiences.
Quinta do Lago golf courses
On the site of the Quinta do Lago resort, there are three golf courses situated within the serene Ria formosa Natural Park. The breathtaking natural surroundings and the strong Mediterranean sun make the Quinta do Lago courses ideal for any holiday-making golf fanatic.
Choose from Laranjal, with its beautiful lakes and cork, pine and orange trees; the North Course, designed by architect beau Welling and European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley; or the South Course, where Colin Montgomerie broke the world record at the 1989 Portuguese Open.
Vilamoura Tennis Academy
Sport lovers will also enjoy the nearby Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy. Part of the neighbouring Vale do Lobo resort, the tennis academy is home to 14 courts, as well as a range of sporting and wellness facilities.
No matter what skill level, pass a day on the courts or take to the gym and swimming pool for more fitness freedom. The academy also has a rooftop terrace where visitors can have lunch and look out over the lush surrounding region.
For more thrill-seeking holiday-makers, Stand Up Paddleboarding provides an exciting, individualised way to explore the Atlantic from the Algarve coast. ZEN SUP operates near Faro, a short drive from the Quinta do Lago resort but allows visitors to explore caves and cliffs from the waves.
Explore as a family or alone with this exciting new craze that combines fitness, fun and freedom on Portugal’s south coast.
Whatever you are looking for on your Algarve holiday, Quinta do Lago offers a diverse range of activities and attractions for all travellers.
There are many ways to experience the phenomenal beauty of Quinta do Lago in the wilderness of the Ria Formosa salt plains and swamplands or the white gold coastline stretching for miles along the Atlantic. However, many tourists will also love the activities available throughout the region to fill their holiday with culture, action and unforgettable memories.
Whether you want to tour the salt lakes of the Ria Formosa and experience the rare birds and aquatic life which call it home or get lost in the remnants of traditional Portuguese culture along the Algarve coast, travellers will undoubtedly find something to satisfy their desires while staying at Quinta do Lago.
Taking a step away from the golf courses, beaches and high-class shopping, here are a few activities suitable for all groups to add to your itinerary.
The Ecomarine Algarve tours are a fantastic way to traverse the Ria Formosa where attendees can get the opportunity to witness rare birds, wildlife and even dolphins. Take this opportunity of a lifetime to see a diverse collection of beautiful creatures in their natural habitat and experience the best the Algarve has to offer.
Tours also local reefs and oyster and clam farms for a taste of local tradition and culture. Educational, inspiring and invigorating, these tours add heart to any Algarve holiday no matter who you are travelling with.
Church of Sao Lourenco de Almancil
A site of incredible architecture and history, the Igreja de Sao Lourenco is a church in the region of Almancil, not far from the Quinta do Lago resort. This unassuming church building is believed to have been constructed in the 1600s. Its eclectic style has made it a must-see for those who are interested in engaging with the local history and culture.
Inside, the church is covered with reliefs depicting scenes from the life of Saint Laurence and feature Latin excerpts from his legend. The reliefs are painted on traditional azulejo tiles in blue and white and make for a spectacular and unique sight.
In a different vein, for those looking for engaging and exciting activities during their Quinta do Lago holiday, Artur’s Waterpark is just 1km away from Quinta do Lago beach on one of the salt lakes of the Ria Formosa.
Take part in sailing, paddle boating, assault courses and a host of other watersports activities against the backdrop of idyllic pines and sandy shores of the Algarve. Artur’s Waterpark is a day out that is sure to get the heart racing, shake out the tension and last in the minds of all the family.
As is evident from just this small selection of quality experiences around the resort of Quinta do Lago, the Algarve truly has everything holiday-makers could need. Check out our villa Quinta do Lago options for more information on how you can experience the best of southern Portugal now.
Lounging through the day and soaking up the sun may make for a perfect holiday but nightlife is just as important when unwinding and experiencing the world away from home. The Algarve may be known for its golf and sporting prowess but the region is also known for its luxury and affluence.
Whether you are travelling as a family, a couple or a mature group, we’ve selected some nightlife experiences to suit all needs in Quinta do Lago and the surrounding area.
This venue is everything wrapped into one. Choose from stylish Japanese and European restaurants, the exclusive piano bar where you can find cocktails and gin and the T-Clube disco where holiday-makers can dance until 6 am.
The beauty of T-Clube is its versatility, allowing visitors to choose what kind of night they want to indulge in or travel between the venues for a taste of everything. Suitable for families dining out or couples eager for a taste of Portuguese luxury, T-Clube is the place to be in the Golden Triangle.
Vintage Gin & Cocktail Bar
A specialist in gin, wine and cocktails and welcoming guests in Portuguese, Spanish, English and Italian, this welcoming vintage-inspired bar is a great late-night spot in nearby Vilamoura.
Many who visit Vintage name it a ‘great find’, so discovering this place before travelling gives you a head start. Plan your trip to the marina village of Vilamoura and lounge in the welcoming, cosy atmosphere of the bar with the gin of the day or your preferred pint.
Situated right on the marina in neighbouring Vilamoura, the Atlantic bar make for a stunning dinner or drinks location during your stay at Quinta do Lago. Look out onto the yachts in the marina as you enjoy a cocktail in the luxurious Atlantic.
The Atlantic is well-known locally for its live music and entertainment, making it the perfect place to spend the whole night or even to drop in for one (or two!). The Atlantic also offer cocktail-making classes and personalised packages for larger groups or birthdays, helping to make any special holiday just a little more special.
Rest and relaxation, fun and freedom, the Algarve offers everything any holiday-maker could want. Check out our range of villas in the Quinta do Lago resort and start planning your dream Mediterranean holiday with trips to any of these thriving nightlife locations.
The Algarve is known for its luxury and this is most evident in its shopping precincts. The ‘Golden Triangle’ welcomes countless affluent and prominent visitors each year and for those looking to spend their money, the shopping options do not disappoint.
For many, shopping is an enjoyable way to pass the time on holiday and the range of malls near Quinta do Lago provide an experience for those interested in making the journey.
Learn more about some of the more high-profile Quinta do Lago shopping sites or explore the area once you arrive to craft your ideal holiday with Haven on Earth.
The closest precinct to the Quinta do Lago resort, Quinta shopping is filled with designer shops, interspersed with bars and restaurants so you can still enjoy the Mediterranean climate during your trip.
Take in the shops, stop to relax by the fountains in the square before shopping again!
This centre is just outside of Faro and right next to an IKEA in the village of Loule. It covers 8,000 sq metres and features a range of shops from designer to local with enough options to fill your day with.
For families, the centre also has a vast external play area so children can still play in the sun despite being away from the beach or poolside. The complex is also home to a cinema if your family is in need of something to occupy their time out of the sunlight, or to make an evening of it!
Food options range from chain to locally-run restaurants where you can buy classic Portuguese dishes, including sandwiches, pasta and desserts.
The external shopping offers a selection of designer outlet boutiques where locals and tourists will enjoy searching for fantastic deals. The combination of indoor and outdoor shops means that travellers can while away their day at the MAR centre without missing too much of the Portuguese sunshine and its huge range of offerings make it fun for all the family.
Round off your Algarve itinerary by planning out a visit to any of these shopping destinations after booking your Quinta do Lago villa with Haven on Earth.
Aiguablava is for many people the Costa Brava`s most perfect spot, where the cliffs reach down into a turquoise bay backed by a beach of gently shelving sand. It was here in 1908 that Ferran Agullo first coined the term Costa Brava. Although Aiguablava (its name means `blue water` in Catalan) has been `discovered` and villas are creeping up the hillsides, this remains a good place to experience the Costa Brava as it was before mass tourism took over in the more southern resorts.
Haven On Earth have an excellent selection of villas with private pools in Aiguablava, as well as apartments in smart developments such as Cap Rubi and Los Oliveres. The villas we have in Aiguablava range from 2 bedrooms to 6 bedrooms. We have a selection of smart, modern villas in this area, offering a contemporary feel to your holiday and for those looking for more of a traditional experience we have older villas which do tend to be better value for those who don’t mind a rustic feel.
Platja Fonda: Platja Fonda can be reached via the coastal footpath from Fornells. The beach is approximately 130m long, has coarse, dark sand and is quite low down in comparison to the path, meaning that it is reached by a long set of steps. The beach remains unspoilt and wild thanks to its access.
Platja de Fornells: Fornells is well known for its small harbour and can be easily reached from >Begur by road and also via the coastal path that runs between >Aiguablava and Fornells. Fornells enjoys favourable weather conditions making it a pleasant holiday location. The original beauty and charm of Fornells has not been lost despite it becoming more residencial. Fornells is also a great place for fishing. At each side of Fornells there are two small coves: `Ses Orats` and `Can Malaret`.
"Three miles to the north, the triple whammy of Aiguablava, Fornells and Platja Fonda will spark a best-beach debate..." Extract from `The Perfect Spanish Costa` by Chris Haslam from The Times January 13, 2008
Platja d`Aiguablava: >Aiguablava is for many people the Costa Brava`s most perfect spot, where the cliffs reach down into a turquoise bay backed by a beach of gently shelving sand. The beach offers fine, light-coloured sand and beautiful shallow waters – a perfect setting for any holiday maker. The beach of >Aiguablava is easily reached by road with good parking facilities. The beach is one of the most popular beaches not only in >Begur, but the whole of Catalonia. Over the years many artists and writers have depicted this wonderful location in their works.
"Aiguablava: The setting here — a sunset-pink rocky inlet where little boats ride on Smartie-coloured buoys against an amphitheatre of green hills — is Mediterranean perfection." Extract from `The wilder side of the Costa Brava` by David Wickers from The Times, June 26, 2005
Aiguablava seems immune to change; probably why it is still among our preferred destinations on the Costa Brava. As we approach, we pass through lush vegetation and catch glimpses here and there of resplendent, well-hidden private houses dotting the hills. At times the ascent from the waterfront is so steep that construction is virtually impossible; and yet the government-sponsored Parador de Aiguablava crowns one of the highest rocky crags. The hotel, modern and spare in style and well over 30 years old, takes a back seat to the vertiginous views. The hotel pool, at the edge of the precipice, is perfectly situated. In the evening, lights sparkle from the houses in the surrounding hills, and we briefly contemplate staying put but we can`t resist exploring nearby villages and their own coves: Tamari, Aigua Xelida, Sa Tuna, Aiguafreda, and Llafranc, where the simple but immaculate little Hotel Llafranc sits along the tree-shaded seaside promenade.
When we returned to the Costa Brava in October, we checked into Mas de Torrent, a few miles inland from Aiguablava. The hotel was at the vanguard of a wave of small deluxe hotels sprouting in Spain. An 18th-century masia (Catalonian manor house) in the countryside, exquisitely refurbished; the hotel is ideally situated to take advantage of both the coast and the rural interior. While here we direct our attention inward, visiting beautifully preserved medieval towns like Peratallada, with cobbled streets, covered passageways and an 11th-century castle (now a deluxe hotel with eight guest rooms), and Pals, former fief of feudal lords that was rediscovered by city folk who have splendidly restored the houses as weekend retreats. We are especially charmed by the isolated town of Monells and its singular Plaza Mayor, from which multiarched porticoed streets, tunnel-like passageways and alleyways emerge at odd angles.