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June 22, 2021

From Beaches to Bunkers: An Outdoor Life in Portugal’s Playground

By Spear's

New private residences at the newly renovated 5* Wyndham Grand Algarve, Quinta Do Lag offer exceptional hotel living and an active lifestyle 


In 2021 the demand for embracing the outdoors, physical and mental wellness achieved through activity and appreciating nature is higher than ever. Owners of a private residence at the new 5* Wyndham Grand Algarve will benefit from the best of the active lifestyle Quinta do Lago, Portugal’s outdoor playground, has to offer. From avid golfers and athletes, to active families and outdoor enthusiasts, Quinta do Lago has something for everyone.

Located on the south-west tip of the country and surrounded by the 2,000 acres of Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago has an unrivalled location with a year-round temperate climate. This protected coastal lagoon is one of the most important wetlands in the Iberian Peninsula. Covering a 60km waterfront stretch, it is home to a vast array of wildlife, migrating birds, fauna and flora, and its walking trails offer an immersive escape into nature. Trek alongside the sparkling waters of the lagoon, along the salt pans and cross the longest wooden bridge in Europe to discover the sand dunes and golden beach.

From sporting enthusiasts to professional athletes

Less than 1km from the Wyndham Grand Algarve is The Campus, one of Europe’s leading sporting facilities spread across 46,000 sqm. It is world-renowned for its high-tech facilities for sports enthusiasts of all ages, from tennis and Padel courts, training field, a high-performance gym, group fitness classes, and aquatic centre. The football pitch sees everyone from professional teams to academy weeks for youth play throughout the year. Four acrylic tournament tennis courts, two synthetic clay tennis courts and four Padel courts are equipped with the latest carpet technology, special shock-pad features and court floodlights, plus expert coaches are available to provide tuition at all levels.

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For golfers

With seven renowned courses within easy reach of the Wyndham Grand Algarve, golfers find themselves spoilt for choice. Verdant pine forests, lush fairways and waterside greens offer technical challenges combined with beautiful views on each round. Amongst the best in the country, these include the North Course, walking distance from the hotel and redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy; the South Course, which has hosted the Portuguese Open at least eight times and is also walking distance from the hotel; the Laranjal Course, voted as the Best Golf Course at the Portuguese Travel Awards 2011; San Lorenzo, bordering the Ria Formosa Estuary and salt water lagoons; the Vale do Lobo Ocean Course, characterised by spectacular ocean views, with some holes almost stretching down to the beach; and Vale do Lobo Royal Course, where the famous 16th, with cliff-top carryover, is one of the most celebrated golfing images in the world. Club and buggy hire are available.

For water lovers

Whether hitting the waves of Quinta do Lago beach or the lake, those with an interest in water-based pursuits are spoilt for choice. The influence from the Mediterranean means that the sea reaches a balmy 26°c during the summer months, while the water in the area is respected for its lack of pollution. Learn how to windsurf, kayak or water ski, or perhaps try stand-up paddle boarding. Boat tours guided by a marine biologist are also available to understand the marine life of the region.

For cyclists and horse-riders

From dedicated cyclists to families seeking a day-out, Quinta do Lago offers a variety of routes to explore through Rio Formosa and beyond. A range of road and off-road bikes for adults and juniors are available to hire at the Bike Shed at The Campus. Head out on a self-guided exploration to explore the natural environment, or join guided group rides where the team’s local knowledge covers local history, challenging climbs, coastal routes and hidden viewpoints.


The 132 one, two and three-bedroom luxury private residences at the Wyndham Grand Algarve are now available to purchase for immediate occupancy offering both long-term investment and guaranteed rental returns.

Private Residences range from €498,000 to €856,000. Service charges are covered by the Management Fee which is a % share of annual rental income.

Whether purchasing a second home as a family, couple or individual or adding to a property portfolio, there are multiple attractive benefits to investing in real-estate in Portugal. The country offers excellent tax benefits to owners: in addition to the non-habitual residents tax regime, there is no inheritance or gift tax and no wealth tax in Portugal. For keen golfers there is a reduction on VAT on national green fees and the country boasts more than 90 courses, with some of the best fairways located in the Algarve. This is in addition to the low cost of living and wonderful weather, with an annual average of 300 days of sunshine and blue sky! 

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