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Best Places To Stay In Portugal: Vale Do Lobo Holiday Guide

     Welcome to the No.1 website for renting luxury villas in Vale, Do Lobo, Portugal. Read our comprehensive guide to the exclusive golf resort of Vale do Lobo on Portugal's spectacular southern coast. Uncover the best places to stay, top things to do, best restaurants, bars, villa rentals and more. Here's our guide to your holiday in Vale do Lobo.

      Located on the stunning coast of Portugal's illustrious Algarve, Vale do Lobo is a remarkable golf resort by the warm shores of the Atlantic.

      In this golfer's paradise, you'll find yourself staying in one of Portugal's best golf resorts, surrounded by the top beach resort of the Algarve.

     Perfect for enjoying an impressive array of championship golf courses alongside all the benefits of the Algarve, Vale do Lobo is a luxurious holiday destination you won't want to miss.

      Just twenty minutes from Faro Airport, you will find Portugal's infamous Golden Triangle. This impressive resort has two 18-hole championship golf courses on site and 5 top championship golf, Quinta Do Lago North and South, San Lorenzo, Laranjal plus Pinheiros Altos, just minutes away

      Infamously perched on the chiselled cliffs of the Algarve, with soft golden sands below and the undulating waves of the Atlantic ahead, Vale do Lobo offers the opportunity to play golf in the most phenomenal coastal setting.

From miles and miles of idyllic beaches, to the phenomenal Ria Formosa Natural Park, epic waterparks, historic Moorish and Roman sights, stylish bars, shopping, top restaurants plus so much more, Vale do Lobo is an unforgettable holiday destination for the entire family.

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Why choose Vale Do Lobo, Portugal?

     First designed by the esteemed Sir Henry Cotton and later developed by the superb golf architect Rocky Roquemore, Vale do Lobo's Royal Golf Course is one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

     Regularly featured in magazines and advertisements, the Royal Golf Course comprises top fairways interspersed with aromatic pine trees, tranquil lakes and wild flowers.

     Meanwhile, the Ocean Golf Course offers a dazzling vista across the Atlantic, accompanied by fairways that criss cross through the nature reserve and on to the beautiful shoreline below.

     Vale do Lobo is home to some of the most luxurious holiday rentals in the area, with an enormous choice of sumptuous villas with pools, opulent beachside villas and dazzling holiday villas with sea views.

     On site, you'll find there's an incredible collection of sports and leisure activities to keep everyone entertained

      This award-winning resort is the largest luxury golf resort in the Algarve and includes: the Vale do Lobo Fitness Centre, plush training facilities, the Royal Spa, the Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy, an art gallery, restaurants, bars, shops, boutiques, beaches, pools, football, cycling, watersports and more.

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Best things to do in Vale Do Lobo, Portugal

      When you want to do something outside of the resort, Vale do Lobo is ideally positioned in a central location for easy access to all the best things to do in the Algarve.

     As one of the most visited places in the world, the Algarve has an endless choice of top attractions. Here's our top picks of the best things to do and see in Vale do Lobo.

Best things to do in Vale Do Lobo:

Best watersports:

     Watersports of every kind are easily available both inside and outside of the resort. The Algarve has a diverse shoreline, making it ideal for a wide variety of thrilling watersports, including: surfing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding and more.

     Some of the local coastline is best explored by boat so you'll find lots of different boat tours on offer. Marine life in this area is magnificent and sea cruises take in everything from dolphins to the rare sea creatures that inhabit the waters of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

Best beaches:

     Vale do Lobo and the area that surrounds are home to some of the most exclusive coastline in the Algarve. Relish superior blue flag beaches with private access for residents from the Golden Triangle's luxury golf resorts.

      Praia de Vale do Lobo and Praia da Quinta do Lago each sit below their respective golf courses. Both beaches offer private access, premium standards and wonderful views.

     With red-stone cliffs behind and the golf course directly above, Praia de Vale do Lobo is an arresting sight with clear waters, top facilities and a long stretch of sand.

     In contrast, the white sands of Praia da Quinta do Lago are situated on the outskirts of the Ria Formosa Nature reserve and accompanied by a beach bar as well as watersports. On the other side of the nature reserve, Praia do Ancao completes this trio of quieter, elite beaches and is a favourite for lovers of watersports.

     For a taste sensation, stop by Dois Passos, on your way back from Praia de Ancao. This revered fish restaurant is said to be one of the best seafood restaurants in the Algarve.

     Further along the same stretch of sand sit Praia do Ancao, Praia de Garrao, Praia de Vilamoura and Praia de Quarteira. Praira de Quarteira is a traditional palm tree lined beach with a bustling promenade, bars and cafe.

     Praira de Vilamoura is the most vibrant beach of the group. Close to Quarteira Harbour and the Marina, Praira de Vilamoura gets busy with holidaymakers and families enjoying watersports, the shoreline, beachside restaurants and bars.

     For the most unspoilt beach in the area, head to Praia do Almargem which is located by the Ribeira do Almargem river - a stunning area inhabited by an awesome variety of unique, often rare, birds, plants and flowers.

Best local attractions:

      Waterparks are a must for any family holiday in the Algarve. There are lots to choose from, although Slide and Splash is widely agreed to be the best with an award-winning selection of slides, chutes, restaurants, animal shows and pools suitable for all ages.

     Aquashow Family Park is another top choice nearby, with paddling pools, a water rollercoaster, slides, animal shows, amusement rides and restaurants.

     One of the Algarve's top attractions is the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

     Stretching for 60km along the coast, the nature reserve consists of wetlands, marshes, islands and lagoons that are home to a huge array of fascinating wildlife, including beautiful rare birds, plants and marine life. There are also many trails throughout the park for exploration by bike, boat or on foot.

     Another top natural attraction is Ponta da Piedade, a collection of magnificent rock formations, each named by locals for their striking resemblance to well-known animals, objects and scenes from everyday life, such as the submarine, cathedral and kissing couple.

     Despite its make up of rocky cliffs, Ponta da Piedade is a great viewing point with phenomenal views, as well as caves, coves and grottoes to explore.

     Portugal is bursting with history and there are many towns in the local area with world-famous historical sites to explore. For some of the best, head into the nearby towns of Silves or Loule to see masterful Moorish ruins, such as Silves Castle or Capela Nossa Senhora da Conceicao in Loule.

     Both towns have magnificent buildings leftover from their Roman, Moorish and medieval past on display, as well as traditional markets and artisan shops to explore.

Best restaurants:

     The Algarve is a dream if you adore seafood. Top quality seafood restaurants are everywhere, serving up fishy delights freshly caught earlier in the day.

     Alongside, you can also enjoy a wide choice of cuisines from around the globe, including fast food, Indian, French, Japanese and Michelin-starred fine dining.

     Some of the best restaurants in the area include: Henrique Leis Restaurant, Ocean Restaurant, Real Portuguese Cuisine, Mizu Teppanyaki, Windmill, Al Quimia, Cafe Ingles, Restaurant Vivendo, Vila Joya and Le Cro Portugal.

Best nightlife

     Contemporary bars and clubs can be found within the resort and all over the local area. Some of the top bars and clubs in the Algarve include: the Beach Bar, the Deck, Illuminati Cafe, BLISS, Libertos Lounge Club and On the Rocks.

Best places to stay in Vale Do Lobo, Portugal

     Vale do Lobo is known for its dazzling selection of luxury villa rentals. Whether you want a stunning private villa with a pool, a six bedroom beach villa or a four bedroom villa with sensational sea views, you'll find spectacular Vale do Lobo rentals to suit every family or group size.

Here's our top picks of the best places to stay in Vale do Lobo.

Nearest airport to Vale Do Lobo, Portugal:

Faro Airport

When is the best time to visit Portugal?

     Portugal's year round sun is one of the many reasons why it is a top global holiday destination. In the summer, you can enjoy temperatures of around 28°C from July all the way through to September. If you like it a little cooler, visit from May to June, for warm weather in the mid to low twenties.

     Outside of the busiest seasons, it is still possible to enjoy some sunny days with October, November, March and April seeing pleasing temperatures of around 18°C.

     December heralds the coolest months, with temperatures sticking around 15°C, in a rainy season that lasts until February.

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