The booming resort town of Vale do Lobo is located within the so-called “Golden Triangle” of the Algarve. This region, comprised of Quinta do Lago, Almancil and Vale do Lobo, is one of Europe’s most popular resort locations. Vale do Lobo itself is three times the size of Monaco, and has everything a traveller could conceivably ever need, be it a supermarket, medical centre, bank, boutique or bar. A holiday rental in Vale do Lobo offers travellers the prospect of a resort town in proximity to the very best the Algarve has to offer. Whether it be a self-catering Vale do Lobo villa with a swimming pool and access to great golf courses or a comfortable apartment in Vale do Lobo complete with modern kitchen, garden and ocean view, HomeAway has got it.
HomeAway also conveniently has options in nearby Vilamoura as well as in the popular tourist area of Albufeira Old Town and Marina. Those wishing to stay near the resort but in a more rustic town may opt for HomeAway rentals in Almancil.
Praia da Quinta do Lago:
This beach is the Golden Triangle's most visited and is comprised of soft, golden sand and clean waters. It runs from Ria Formosa to Vale do Lobo. A wooden walkway guides bathers along the length of the beach. There are beach bars and restaurants scattered along the walkway, some with terrific views.
A stay in Vale do Lobo is perfect for golf enthusiasts. Vale do Lobo boasts several championship courses and is also near Vila Sol, Old Course, Laguna, Pinhal and Millennium courses to name a few. Up-to-date opening times as well as the ability to make reservations can be found online.
Sao Lourenco Church:
This church is found in the village of the same name near the outskirts of Almancil. Surprisingly, it survived the devastating 1755 earthquake intact, making it a truly unique site. The church's interior walls and ceilings are decorated in traditional blue and white tiles.
Quinta do Lago:
Quinta do Lago is one of the three towns that make up the Golden Triangle. It is an exclusive resort location with numerous five-star hotels, fine restaurants and nightclubs. The Buganvilia shopping plaza is popular, as is the Quinta shopping strip, lined with designer boutiques and jewellery stores.
Faro, the Algarve's capital city, is located about eight miles from Vale do Lobo and makes for an enjoyable day trip. Parts of the original 13th century city walls and cathedral can still be seen today, and Faro serves as a starting point for trips to the beautiful Ria Formosa Park.
This chic town is located about 11 miles up the western coast from Vale do Lobo. The marina is a busy place with countless yachts berthed there as well as boutique shops, fancy restaurants and exclusive bars lining the streets.
Vale do Lobo enjoys summers that are hot and dry. Average highs are around 30°C in July and August with little to no rainfall and plenty of sunshine. Pleasant temperatures extend well into September or October, making fall a good time to visit; temperatures average around 25°C. Winters in Vale do Lobo are quite mild; temperatures average 15°C. December tends to be the wettest month.
The closest airport is in Faro (FAO); most major European cities have service to and from here. Vale do Lobo is located 13 miles from the airport and is easily accessed via car. The drive takes about 25 minutes along the N125. There is no bus station in Vale do Lobo so car rental or taxi are required.