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Vale do Lobo

Vale do Lobo

Vale do Lobo

Vale do Lobo (Vale do Lobo, 8135-864 Almancil) – this is a resort that has two golf courses (the Royal, and the Ocean). Located on Portugal’s southern coast (just 25 minutes west of Faro), both courses have seaside vistas (such as the Royal course’s 16th hole – which passes over cliff side ravines). Vale do Lobo is also prime location for tennis-lovers – with world-class facilities such as a shop, a gym and restaurants with prime views of the courts. The full range of sports facilities available ranges from football to beach and water-sports, as well as a Royal Spa and fully-equipped fitness centre with friendly, professional staff and a variety of group classes to join. . Visitors interested in playing at this course can contact the resort at: +351 289 353 000 or vdl@vdl.pt

 


Ria Formosa Natural Park

Ria Formosa Natural Park

Ria Formosa Natural Park

Ria Formosa Natural Park (near Olhão) – this park is a maze of canals, islands, marshes and barrier islands, stretching 60 km along the Algarve coast, between the beaches of Manta Rota and Garrão.

 

 

 


Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago (Avenida André Jordan, 8135-024 Almancil‎) – this is a golf resort and residential estate, located 25 minutes west of Faro. Now boasting three championship courses, along with a new Paul McGinley Golf Academy, Quinta do Lago’s reputation as Europe’s premier golf destination has never been stronger.
The newest of its three courses, Laranjal, was voted ‘Best Golf Course’ at the Portuguese Travel Awards (Publituris) in 2011 and the iconic South Course, eight-times host of the Portuguese Open, was included in Golf World Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’ in 2012. Visitors interested in playing at this course can contact the resort at: + 351 289 390 705 or info@quintadolago.com

 

Zoomarine

Zoomarine

Zoomarine

Zoomarine (Route N125, Km. 65, Guia, Albufeira) – this theme park has shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, seals, tropical birds, and birds of prey. There is also an amazing aquarium with sharks, various habitats, Cinema 4D, attractions, amusements, and swimming pools. There are also restaurants, souvenir shops, and photo souvenir areas (for picture taking with the animals). Admission: Adult from age 11 (€28), Seniors & Children (1 meter tall to 10 years)( €19), Infants (free). 20% discount during the Autumn months. Hours: open daily from 10 am to 6 pm (March-June, Sept.-October), and from 10 am to 7:30 pm (July & August).

 

Troia Golf

Troia Golf

Troia Golf

Troia Golf (7570-789 Carvalhal, Grândola) – located one hour south of Lisbon (via Highway A2), this course is actually on a peninsula wedged between the Atlantic Ocean, the Sado Estuary and the Serra da Arrábida. Troia golf course is a major challenge to any golfer. Troia Golf is one of the links golf course (on the sea side) designed by the famous Robert Trent Jones Sr. The prestigious architect’s signature can be seen on the greens, which are small, narrow and always well protected, sometimes by huge bunkers. Visitors interested in playing at this course can contact the resort at:

 

Praia do Tamariz

Praia do Tamariz

Praia do Tamariz

Praia do Tamariz (beach)(Estoril) — Located at the foot of the gardens leading up to Estoril Casino, Tamariz Beach was once known as Elegant Beach and graced by the high society that then spent their summers on the Estoril coast. It is still one of the most popular beaches given its central location and the close proximity of the railway station (Trains depart from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodre station every twenty minutes to Cascais, stopping right by Tamariz at the Estoril station thirty minutes later). Tamariz Beach has a complete range of services and facilities including an Atlantic saltwater swimming pool located next to the promenade.

 

Praia da Galé

Praia da Galé

Praia da Galé

Praia da Galé (beach) — this beach is located to the west of Albufeira and runs round the Bay of Armação de Pera to the town. The western part is wide and open while the eastern end has more rocky outcrops, wonderful rock formation, caves and grottoes. The rock pools are always a hit with families and the beach here can be quite sheltered.

Praia da Barrinha

Praia da Barrinha

Praia da Barrinha

Praia da Barrinha (beach) – this is a local beach near Faro (located on the east end of the Ancão peninsula). This beach is accessible from the beach at Faro via a long wooden walkway or via boat (this beach has no buildings or road infrastructure). Activities typically conducted here include sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, surfing, kitesurfing, bodyboarding, fishing, birdwatching and hiking.

Quinta da Ria

Quinta da Ria

Quinta da Ria

Quinta da Ria (Vila Nova de Cacela, Algarve) – located 41 minutes east of Faro (toward the Spanish border), this course is designed by the well-known golf architect Rocky Roquemore. Quinta da Ria offers stunning views overlooking the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, and the Atlantic coast. The 18-hole course is surrounded by beautiful landscape with many ancient carob & olive trees, and a large variety of wild species. Visitors interested in playing at this course can contact the resort at: +351 281 950 580 or info@quintadaria.com

 

Praia do Guincho

Praia do Guincho

Praia do Guincho

Praia do Guincho (beach) – located 24 minutes west of Lisbon, this is perhaps the most beautiful beach near the Portuguese capital. However, it is far more appropriate for windsurfing (and surfing) than for swimmers, since the waves can be rough. This explains the international windsurfing competitions that have been held here. This bus can be reached via bus (from Cascais).

 


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