Area Information

The Golden Triangle

The Algarve is blessed with superb beaches, unspoilt countryside and countless restaurants for al fresco eating. For the sporting minded there is a wealth of activities such as watersports and sailing, tennis and world-renowned golf courses. With more sunshine hours than anywhere else in Europe, clean air and sea and a pleasant variation in the seasons, the Algarve climate closely resembles that of California.



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Almancil is the main town for the area known as ‘The Golden Triangle’, bounded by Vale do Lobo in the west, Quinta do Lago in the east and Almancil to the north.

Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago is a spectacular unspoiled area with 1700 acres of natural pine forest, grassland and lakes. This includes part of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, fronted by a 10km stretch of golden sands. There are four golf courses in Quinta do Lago and two more in the adjoining Vale de Lobo. On the lake there are sailing, a windsurfing school and watersports. Other amenities include an equestrian centre, a golf driving range and a good choice of tennis facilities, including two professional coaching centres. There are several routes to the beach but the most memorable is via a long wooden bridge across the nature reserve: on the other side is a good restaurant, golden dunes and the beach, stretching as far as the eye can see.


Vale do Garrao

Vale do Garrao is between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo; the beach here is considered the best for restaurants and beauty. The resort boasts three 5 star hotel complexes, including the new Spa Hotel whose facilities are available to clients. The Vale do Garrao facilities include a large communal swimming pool, children’s pool and tennis courts surrounded by attractive gardens. The beach is a pleasant 7 minute walk through the nature reserve and past the lagoon, which hosts an abundance of wildlife and birds.

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Vale do Lobo

Vale do Lobo is Portugal’s largest luxury golf and beach resort. Embraced by two national parks of outstanding natural beauty, the 5 kms long golden sandy beach and impressive red sandstone cliffs face south across the ocean. Vale do Lobo retains an intimate family ambience and has been the recipient of a number of accolades and awards, including the “Best Resort of the Millennium” for the high standard of its accommodation, services, sporting facilities, and concern for the environment.


For further information, enquiries and bookings, contact 
Jo or John on (00 44) (0)2392 469855 or (0044) (0)7712189444