The small area in Portugal between Vale Do Lobo, Quinta Do Lobo and Villamora, referred to increasingly as ‘The Golden Triangle’ is the destination of choice for the rich and famous. The area’s particularly upmarket and exclusive appeal and has seen it spawn many incredible restaurants (several of which boast Michelin stars) and some hugely impressive luxury villas.
However, not content to simply sit in the sun, the new generation of Jet Setters, are demanding more from their holiday. They want activity and adventure.
Once again, this tasteful, dynamic and forward-thinking destination has reacted, delivering activity and adventure in spadefuls. And all at the exceptionally high standard we have come to expect from The ‘Golden Triangle’.
Here we run you through a few of the many options that are available in this sporting and adventure paradise.
All the beaches in the area can proudly display the Blue Flag, indicating they are maintained at the highest level of cleanliness, safety and accessibility.
There are a number of great beaches to choose from, many of which have lively and sophisticated bars and restaurants.
But variety is the key here. Whether you are looking for a secluded and tranquil spot, a safe and family friendly beach or a lively party beach, this area has all the bases covered.
If golf is your passion, it doesn’t come much better than this. There are several world class golf courses in this area, including the prestigious Vale do Lobo’s Courses: Ocean Golf Course and Royal Golf Course. The golf courses here are amongst the best courses in Portugal and they attract eager players from around the globe.
This year The Algarve has picked up yet another award, having been named The 2020 World’s Golf Destination of the Year by International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
There are all kinds of boat trips on offer, ranging from party boats and coastal cruises, to luxury sailing yachts and dolphin-watching speed boat cruises. However you’d like to experience Portugal’s spectacular coastline, there will be a boat trip that’s just perfect for you.
Best enjoyed in the cool of the morning or evening sun, tennis is a great way to get some exercise and to enjoy being outdoors. With several tennis clubs in the area, there are all kinds of options and there is always the opportunity to enjoy some expert coaching to help improve your technique.
There are several local gyms which are all air conditioned and equipped and maintained to a very high standard. So you can fit a workout in whenever you have a little spare time on your holiday.
Stand Up PaddleBoarding (SUP)
ZEN SUP offers a range of options for you to enjoy stand up paddle boarding including an invigorating ‘Sunrise Tour’. This early morning excursion has you briefed, kitted up and out on the water in time to watch the sun rise whilst afloat. Leaving you with some very special holiday memories.
Find out more about SUP in our previous Stand Up Paddle Boarding article here
Surfing, Coasteering & Kayaking
The surfing is excellent in this area of the Algarve and there’s no better way to learn to ride the waves than with a recognised surf school. Albufeira Surf School & SUP courses from beginner right up to advanced level. They also offer all kinds of other exciting adventure too including Coasteering and Kayaking
For more information, check out our article on Surfing in the Algarve here
If you are a road cyclist, the perfect tarmac roads that wind through the Algarve are ideal for cycling. Heading up to the hills, will allow you to take some seriously challenging climbs, whilst sticking to the coastal routes will provide dramatic scenery and beautiful views, without to deal with the heavy climbing.
If you are more of a mountain biker, there are plenty of recognized mountain bike routes in the Algarve. Whilst most of the more challenging trails are further inland, there are a few good 2-3 hours ride close the Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo resorts.
Bikes can easily be hired in the area and you can opt to hire an experienced guide, which will help you explore further off the beaten track with confidence.
New and exciting activities are developing fast in this adventure paradise. Right now it is possible to enjoy a high-octane off-road 4-wheel drive buggy safari, feed your need for speed on a karting track, take to the high seas for a little big game fishing or go below the surface on a scuba diving course.
Whatever activity you choose, the great weather, blue skies, clear water, beautiful scenery and wide open spaces, mean you will have the time of your live. Because this area is truly, an ‘Adventure Paradise’