It is a unique estate, that borders the internationally acclaimed nature reserve of the Ria Formosa, which is an important resting place for migrating birds. As part of the UNESCO, the Ria Formosa bird sanctuary, established as an area of outstanding natural beauty and a protected habitat since 1987, there is a strict 8% building restriction which means the beauty and tranquillity of the area is kept to a maximum. Quinta do Lago is without doubt one of the most inspiring and exclusive resorts in Europe and boasts some of the most spectacular and striking villas in the Algarve. This residential estate borders miles of unspoilt golden beaches and the pristine Atlantic Ocean along with some of the best golf courses in the world. Just an easy 20 minute drive from Faro Airport takes you to the resort that is the envy of many in Europe.
Quinta do Lago has become famous as the most exclusive residential area in the Algarve and where Golf courses that are rated among the top 25 in Europe are situated. Property is available for rent or sale in this area in the style of luxury apartments, townhouses and villas. The different residential sectors, whether individual villas with large private gardens or low level apartment complexes, are always constructed using one of the special features of the estate, for example; golf courses, woodland or lakes as a focal point. Quinta do Lago is an icon of quality and one of the few places in the world where you can purchase a luxury villa, an apartment or a townhouse and enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle in the tranquil and beautiful surrounding areas of a nature reserve with the best beaches and golf that the Algarve has to offer.
International superstars have made Quinta do Lago their home away from home, and the resort has now come to be known as the most expensive area for real estate in the country. Superstars such as former football player Roy Keane, and the late auto racer Ayrton Senna, whose fatal accident in 1994 inspired the naming of one of Quinta do Lago’s streets, the Avenida do Ayrton Senna da Silva have made this resort their second home.
Quinta do Lago is especially popular with British and Irish nationals due to the resort’s outstanding natural beauty and distinctive community feel, with villas centred around community pools, and private ’residents only’ areas. Quinta do Lago is also a very appealing summer and holiday destination because of its easy access to the rest of Europe. Only twenty minutes drive from Faro Airport, Quinta do Lago is only two hours away from both Lisbon and Seville, Spain. People buy property in Quinta do Lago for many reasons; the beautiful natural surroundings, the golf and the investment value. There is however, another major factor that influences many potential property owners, and that is security. Quinta do Lago has had its own security service since the very early days, and the reassurance that this provides cannot be under-estimated.
The resort has an extensive range of attractions other than golf, such as horseback riding from the excellent Riding Centre located just outside the resort, but still easily accessible. The Riding Centre allows the wider landscape to be explored on horseback, whether through the tranquil forests or galloping along the two-mile long stretch of sandy beach. The tennis academy offers professional coaching or a game on one of the three floodlit courts. There are also two busy shopping malls and numerous top-class shops and boutiques, many of which sell only the very best designer labels. Nightclubs, restaurants and galleries can also be found within this shopping condominium, and the nearby Bougainvillea Plaza caters for more basic daily needs, with supermarkets, banks and newsagents.
Further more there is over two miles of golden beaches to enjoy and the area offers over three thousand hours of sunny blue skies each year. There are superb fish restaurants along the beach and numerous other splendid restaurants in the area to meet all tastes. These include the Casa do Lago, which offers breathtaking views over the lakes of the Ria Formosa Park and specialises in fresh seafood, the Restaurant Gigi which is located on the seafront, and the Casa Velha, which specialises in the very best of French cuisine. For a true taste of Portugal, VP’s Restaurant offers an upmarket twist on traditional Portuguese fare, or the clubhouse offers a huge range of international cuisine in quiet and relaxed surroundings overlooking the golf courses. The lakeside water sports centre has sailing boats, windsurfers and pedalos for hire, with further water-sporting activities available on the long golden beach of the ocean. These sporting and leisure facilities, natural landscapes and habitats, and long days of endless sun make Quinta do Lago golf property for sale truly a little piece of Paradise.
Quinta do Lago is not just a haven for golfers, but also for the rare species of flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Quinta do Lago makes an excellent base from which to explore the two nature trails near the resort, leading through woodland, by freshwater lakes, and around salt marshes teeming with birdlife. Also on these trails can be seen Roman salting tanks, bearing testament to the long history of the area.
The resorts Health Club, offers relaxing massages and sports massages to soothe any aching muscles after trying the numerous sports, as well as the services of personal trainers, reflexology, aromatherapy and shiatsu. The Health Centre also offers a créche service for parents. Nearby, the Monte da Quinta Club offers more personal health and beauty services, including professional waxing and personal grooming. Almost every conceivable need or whim has been anticipated, and the many facilities have been built only to the highest specifications, with a great emphasis on eco-tourism and blending the resort into the breathtaking scenery.
While many of Quinta do Lago’s luxurious villas are privately owned or for sale, there are also villas and townhouses for rent for seasonal travellers. There are two Four Seasons Resorts, each with a communal swimming pool, and sharing a country club. If you desire a more private vacation, the Four Seasons Fairways offers a pool within each villa. Other popular holiday rentals include Monte da Quinta and Dunas Douradas.