Quinta do Lago is a luxury resort town, which attracts mostly people of the upper class. There are also several world-class golf courses nearby, attracting many golfers to this area. Quinta do Lago has a beautiful beach, known as Praia da Quinta do Lago. Just as the resort town, this beach has excellent facilities and is a great place to spend some time. Do you like nature or an exclusive atmposhere? Then this beach is definitely worth vistiting. Discover why this is a wonderful beach.
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Quinta do Lago
Quinta do Lago is one of the most luxury tourist resorts in the Algarve. The beach & golf resort was founded in 1972 and is part of the Golden Triangle in the Algarve, together with Almancil, Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo. Quinta do Lago offers amazing restaurants, five star hotels and several famous golf courses. Moreover, there is a luxurious shopping mall in Quinta do Lago, called Quinta Shopping. Next to being a famous golf destination, Quinta do Lago is also known for other sport activities, such as tennis, water sports, mini golf or horse riding. Quinta do Lago is a popular holiday destination among the rich and famous.
The real estate in Quinta do Lago is one of the most expensive in Portugal. Several celebrities have a (holiday) house in Quinta do Lago. When walking in the resort town, you can see many extraordinary villas and holiday homes.
Quinta do Lago is also popular among tourists who love to walk near the Ria Formosa. There are several beautiful walking trails. Furthermore, Quinta do Lago has a beautiful lake and its own beach.
Quinta do Lago has its own beach, called Praia da Quinta do Lago. The beach is about 3,5 kilometres in length and is bordered by Praia do Ancão in the west and Praia de Faro in the east. It is located in front of the Ria Formosa, which separates the beach from the resort town of Quinta do Lago. The beach is backed by dunes.
Praia da Quinta do Lago has white sand, which is soft to walk on. The water here is transparent and calm, but the temperature of the water can be a bit cold though. Furthermore, the beach is very clean.
Quinta do Lago is a great beach for spending a couple of hours. Even though it is open for everyone, Praia da Quinta do Lago is an exclusive beach. It attracts mostly tourists from the upper class. The beach is not very crowded and there is always space for everybody. If you prefer to be with even less people on the beach, walk either east or west for about 10 minutes from the entry point. Chances are you will be almost alone on the beach.
You can also enjoy several water sports on Praia da Quinta do Lago, such as jet skiing, stand-up paddle boarding or the banana boat. Prices are high though, since it is an exclusive beach. The water sports operator, Artur Watersports, has their own little section on the beach.
You can access Praia da Quinta do Lago via a wooden bridge over the Ria Formosa. This is one of the most iconic landmarks of Quinta do Lago. The bridge is about 300 metres in length, which makes it one of the longest footbridges in Portugal.
The beautiful thing about this bridge is that it blends in beautifully to the nature of the Ria Formosa. Nature lovers will love to walk here.
Also the sunset is very beautiful near the bridge.
There is an amazing nature trail near Quinta do Lago, just before crossing the bridge. The Ludo walking trail leads all the way towards Praia de Faro. This walking trail is great for hiking and biking, and is popular for birdwatching as well.
How to get there
The easiest way to move around in the Algarve is by car. If you don’t have one, make sure to rent a car. When driving on the N125, exit towards Almancil and follow the signs towards Quinta do Lago. When you are in Quinta do Lago, follow the signs towards the beach. There is paid parking near the bridge. You will reach the beach after crossing the bridge.
There is a restaurant right on the beach, called Gigi’s. This restaurant has been here for over 20 years. It is a well known fish restaurant with good food and a great atmosphere. However, only eat here if you are not afraid of luxury. Prices are very expensive, compared to other places in the Algarve. Other restaurants in Quinta do Lago are not much cheaper though: this destination attracts mostly wealthy people.
If you can afford it, Quinta do Lago is a great place to stay. Below you can find our favourite hotels near Quinta do Lago:
- Conrad Algarve. This is arguably the most luxurious hotel in the entire Algarve. It has 5 stars, but some people call it a 6 star hotel. It has an astounding range of facilities. Last but not least, this wonderful luxury hotel offers world-class service.
- Lakeside Country Club. These highly rated luxury apartments have modern and spacious rooms. There are several wellness facilities, including a hot tub, Turkish bath, sauna and gym. There is a big outside terrace with a swimming pool. This place is paradise.
- The Magnolia Hotel. This four star hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Quinta do Lago. There is a big outside swimming pool and the hotel has a nice lounge bar with plenty of craft beers. If you like doing sports, you have several options, including a tennis court on-site. Located near the golf courses.
Since Covid-19 travel restrictions have been lifted, we recommend to book your hotel now, as it will probably sell out soon. Below you can find a map with the location of hotels near Quinta do Lago. By changing the date of your holiday, the map will show you the current prices.
Although Quinta do Lago is great, there is much more to see near the Golden Triangle. For example, take a boat tour to see the coast or take a buggy tour through the central Algarve. Some of these excursions can already be booked online. Below you can find our favourite excursions near Quinta do Lago.
Just as the resort town, the beach of Quinta do Lago has excellent facilities. It is a Blue Flag beach with the highest standards. However, don’t be surprised by the excessive amount of money you have to pay for some facilities.
Facilities in Praia da Quinta do Lago:
- Restaurant: yes
- Bar/club: no
- Toilet: yes
- Shower: yes
- Water sports: yes
- Sunbeds: yes
- Parking: yes, in Quinta do Lago
- Lifeguards: yes
- Blue Flag beach: yes