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Vale do Lobo

What can I expect from Vale do Lobo?

Vale do Lobo is a Golf Resort marketed as a gated community, but I assure you, there is no gate! It was one of the first resorts build in the area, around 1962, following the example of the Spanish resorts who were so successful in the 50’s.

Later, the first 5 star hotel was open in the area, Dona Filipa, named after Philippa of Lancaster, whose marriage to John I of Portugal confirmed the 700-year-old Anglo-Portuguese Alliance.

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Things to See and Do in Vale do Lobo

Have a walk trough the resort
Play golf with an amazing ocean view
Have a beach day
Walk on the beach to Quarteira
Play tennis at Dona Filipa Hotel
In the evening go to Partree for live music
Everybody runs in the morning here. Join!
In the summer time go to the Praca in the evening, they have live music and... entertainment!

“Famous bench spot for amazing sunsets & gin”


“Never Ending Footsteps”

Typical Costs When Travelling to Vale do Lobo

Accommodation – Everybody rents apartments here or villas. They usually use a renting company, so they can offer an experience as close as possible to a hotel. We are renting our apartment also during the middle and high season (June to December).

Food – Near the beach, in the Plaza, you will find all the restaurants in the resort.

The ones I recommend you is U&Co and Partree.

Transportation – You need a car to get here and also to move around the resort. Although you can walk to the beach and restaurants (we make like 15 minutes by foot) and you can also walk to the supermarket (we make also 15 minutes by foot) you need a car if you want to visit other locations, like Loule, Faro or even Quinta do Lago resort, our neighbour.

You can rent directly from the resort cars and also electric bikes. If you want more affordable options regarding car rentals, read this.


Suggested daily budget – 50-60 EUR / 52-62 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

Money Saving Tips

Don't eat in the resort! Everything is overpriced and you will get better quality food in Quinta do Lago! If you want, you can join the fun in the summers at the Praca, but just watching! 🙂
Shop at the Pingo Doce right in the resort What Vale do Lobo has is a great Pingo Doce supermarket. Shop there.
Don't pay for the chaise lounge Embrace the Portuguese way: towel on the sand. Please be careful with the sun.
Book in advance Book well in advance if you want to get discounts in the area. This is valid for home rentals but also for the hotels in the area.

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My experience in Vale do Lobo

Vale do Lobo Resort is our home. Here is where we bought an apartment and spend our winters.

Being more accessible to middle class, is not that manicured as Quinta do Lago and in the recent 2 years, there is a real problem with dog poop, a problem that should not arise in a 5 star luxury resort. So as you see, I have some complaints about it! 🙂

However, being our home, we love it and here! You will find more accessible property prices than in Quinta do Lago, and it is still a place that can offer you a very peaceful, dreamy, tranquil life near the ocean.


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