The cobalt waters of Portugal’s Algarve have long been frequented by surfers, celebrities and holidaymakers alike; with miles of undeveloped coastline and a sweeping Atlantic breeze under a sultry Mediterranean heat, the southernmost point serves as the edge of Europe, where Morocco flourishes beyond the shores. Located on the edge of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago is the Algarve’s most desired and exclusive neighbourhood. From golden sands to elite sports facilities to some of Europe’s best golf courses, Quinta is perfectly carved into the natural landscape and offers an oasis of summer calm with something to suit all tastes and travel preferences. The restaurant scene is tactfully designed to satisfy a myriad of evening vibes – from beach bars to fine dining to health food paradise, allowing for a cocktail fuelled evening buzz or a quieter affair. While golf is central to its identity, the neighbourhood has benefited from the opening of elite sports centre – The Campus, which provides ample opportunity for professional athletes and amateurs alike to enjoy first-class tennis, football, biking and gym facilities. For anyone itching to explore the area, Ria Formosa stretches for 60km west from Faro, burgeoning with the wildlife; a bike ride across the marshland and salt flats offers ample opportunity to spot a flamingo or two.
We sent our girl Emily to capture the essence of the Quinta resort; here’s her visual diary.