Vale do Lobo
Vale do Lobo is a luxury tourist resort that nests in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Designed from the start with golf in mind, it boasts two international championship golf courses along with facilities for a wide range of other sports.
Vale do Lobo dates to the 1960s and was one of the first resorts to be built in Portugal. Before it was built, the region was dominated by a forest of Italian Stone Pines and its sandy beach. It was immediately a popular destination for visitors from the United Kingdom and other European countries. Today the resort occupies approximately 450 hectares and includes over 1,500 properties, including residential and holiday homes.
If your passion is golf then with two eighteen-hole championship golf courses to choose from, Vale do Lobo must be one of your key destinations. The Ocean golf course was once two nine-hole courses now merged into one eighteen-hole. Characterised by its undulating fairways alongside the nature reserve before reaching down to the beach, golfers can enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the region.
The Royal golf course opened in 1997 and is now one of the most prestigious courses in the country. The sixteenth hole features a cliff top carry over requiring you to play a 218 metre stroke from the championship tee to clear the spectacular cliffs and reach the green. Many consider this to be particularly challenging when the wind is against you. Clubhouse facilities are similarly spectacular.
If tennis is your game, then the Tennis Academy at Vale do Lobo offers a mix of hard and grass courts along with a children’s mini-course and a paddle tennis court. This is the perfect opportunity to improve your tennis in one of the individual or group coaching programmes that run throughout the year. There is also a swimming pool, steam room, bar, and restaurant.
Vale do lobo also has a professional football training centre which has been used many clubs from across Europe and was chosen by the England national team for preparing for the 2014 World Cup. And Wales will revisit it to prepare for their 2018 World Cup qualifier. The extensive facilities are available for any professional and amateur club or corporate football event.
You don’t need to be into sport to enjoy Vale do Lobo; it’s a wonderful place to simply relax and chill with spas, saunas and a range of natural therapies and wonderful beaches to boost your tan.
As you might expect, Vale do Lobo boasts some of the best restaurants in the Algarve. With fifteen bars and restaurants to choose from, just about every taste is catered for. Choose snacks and drinks at one of the beach bars and restaurants; dine in authentic Italian style at La Terrazza; fine dine at Sandbank’s with its seafood orientated cuisine; enjoy a Mexican at Cantina or a Chinese at Ken Lo’s are just a sample of the options.
The Algarve is known for its wonderful climate. In the summer, you can expect to bask in the sun where maximum temperatures average around 30 degrees and in spring and autumn the temperature averages around 25 degrees. Even in the winter you can expect some days with temperatures hitting 20 degrees or higher. During the summer, there is very little rain, though the wettest months are November and December.
With five international airports nearby, getting to Vale do Lobo is never a problem. Airport transfers between Faro Airport and the resort, a distance of 20 km, take around 15 minutes.