Restaurants and Entertainment
The dining options in Quinta do Lago are extensive, with each resort complex offering restaurants and entertainment and a shopping centre in the middle of the development offers some upmarket restaurants and the more mid range cuisine. Dining options include Casa do Lago Overlooking two of the lakes in Ria Formosa. For a full list of restaurants in the area, click here!
A man-made lake offers just every watersport imaginable, and, as well as the first-class golf facilities, other activities include horse-riding, tennis, squash and clay pigeon shooting. The beach at Quinta do Lago is reached by crossing a long bridge over an estuary in the Ria Formosa Nature Park and the lovely golden sands stretch along the coast to Vale do Lobo. The sandstone cliffs provide a beautiful backdrop to the wonderful sandy beach which is excellent for both relaxing sunbathing and enjoying energetic family games. A convenient bar/restaurant serves up refreshments and meals, including freshly caught fish, right on the beach. Boat trips are available from the beach at Quinta do Lago and it's possible to charter a yacht or venture out on a deep-sea fishing trip.
PRAIA DE GARRÃO beach fronts the chic area of the holiday resorts known as Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. This beach can now be easily reached by road and one area popular for its beach restaurants is a section know as "Julias" - a local lady and a character who opened the first beach place at the time when access was either by horse or by a very sandy road through the pine trees.
The Natural Park of Ria Formosa starts in the ANCÃO Beach. The Beach has an extensive sandy area and a vast area with dunes. It is well known for its famous upper class frequency - the so called Portuguese Jet Set can be seen wining and dining at the famous GiGi's restaurant. The Beach is a beautiful sandy beach of unquestionable environmental quality. The area is surrounded by the Ancão Valley which is natural forest mainly of pine trees and dune vegetation. For a full list of the local beaches click here!
A breathe of fresh air maybe?
If you don't fancy a long walk on the sandy beach enjoy a easy meander on the Ria Formosa salt pans around the lagoons....ride a bike or use your feet. A simple ramble keeps you fit and you get to enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors too. Have a look at the photos and see why we recommend you have at least 1 enjoyable walk in the Ria Formosa while you enjoy a holiday in a wonderful SandyBlue villa. We've even put together some of our favourite trails which you can read about here!
Quinta do Lago is one of the Algarve's largest golf destinations and its courses are rated among Europe's top 25. To play golf in Quinta do Lago is a way of life for visitors. This area is one of the largest golf destinations, with over 30 outstanding courses to try. Quinta do Lago has hosted the Portuguese Open Championship eight times in addition to hundreds of national and international prestigious tournaments, and pioneered several events during the most difficult golfing period in Portugal, the years following the revolution of April 1974. It continues to be a much sort after venue for national and international tournaments.
The fairways are wide and flanked at reasonable distance by the pines, heather, broom and beautiful wild flowering shrubs with several lakes in the play, providing a test to players of all ability levels. Enjoy a few rounds in the glorious Portuguese climate, with almond trees, citrus groves and fragrant breezes from the ocean adding to the atmosphere.
There are first class driving ranges, a golf academy, putting greens, pro-shops and clubhouses with large and informal terraces - the perfect setting to relax with friends and have a well earned drink or a light meal after a challenging round. Here's the low down on golf in the Algarve
For a perfect Golf holiday, SandyBlue now has properties located in the prestigious Sao Lorenzo Resort, in Quinta do Lago . Voted in the top 20 Golf Courses in Europe, Sao Lorenzo combines modern luxuries with natural beauty.
The The Campus near the Vilar Do Golfe roundabout in Quinta Do Lago has several tennis courts open to the public and on site coaches who can assist in the development of your game. Various tennis packages are available from hourly hire to weekly memberships.
For those who love to shop, the Quinta da Lago 'Q' Shopping Centre has many exclusive designers shops and some lovely restaurants/cafés - some very upmarket ! There is also a selection of boutiques here if you really need a retail therapy fix. Hopefully you won't have to use it, but there is also a very well-equipped dispensing pharmacy here. There are also some fantastic shopping centres afield like Algarve Shopping, Forum Algarve and the shopping centre in Portimao!