Quinta do Lago Shopping
Quinta do Lago is one of the most exclusive resorts in Portugal, with top class accommodation and luxury facilities to ensure your stay is perfect in every way.
The golf course is a top attraction and allows amateur golfers to rub shoulders with some of the best players in the world, enjoying the same fairways and greens that have been included in top tournaments across Europe. On site there is a choice of restaurants and bars, and for nature-lovers, there's the spectacular Ria Formosa close by.
However, if you fancy a spot of retail therapy, there's plenty of choice; here's a rundown of what's available.
Staying in the Quinta do Lago complex, you will find that all your basic needs can be met, with mouth-watering menus, late night bars and villas equipped with all the latest mod-cons. However, if you want to pop out to pick up a newspaper or stock up on food for your villa, you won't have far to go. Although Quinta do Lago feels secluded and is located away from the throngs of Algarve holidaymakers, there are two shopping plazas which are situated by the entrance to the resort.
The Beach Club Restaurant, Quinta do Lago
The first of these, Bougainvillea Plaza, is primarily designed to meet everyday needs and the shops include a bank, supermarket and a newsagent. There's also an estate agent in case you feel like making your stay in the Algarve more permanent!
The plaza is very easy to reach as the Quinta do Lago has a very simple layout; there's just one road and six different roundabouts which branch off to the various complexes and accommodation. The Bougainvillea Plaza is located on the first roundabout as you approach the entrance to the resort.
But although you may want to keep stocked up on your provisions, there's a good chance you may want to splash out and treat yourself too.
On the other side of the road to the Bougainvillea Plaza is the second shopping plaza, the Quinta Shopping Centre and this offers a very different type of retail experience. Quinta do Lago is not designed as a budget holiday, but the chance to treat yourself to a relaxing, luxurious and indulgent break and the shops available in the Quinta Shopping Centre are very much in keeping with this.
Quinta Shopping Centre is an open-air experience, allowing shoppers to browse without being cooped up inside. A myriad of more than 20 designer boutiques which sell everything from cosmetics to furniture can be found, and there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat too, with cafes, bars and restaurants on the complex.
You could always decide to take the swan pedalo to the shops!
Although there's a whole host of attractions and activities in and around Quinta do Lago, there's no denying that golf is the star of the show. With championship quality courses and immaculate greens, all of the circuits attract players from all over the world.
But golf isn't the only sport on offer at the resort, there's also a tennis academy as well as a state of the art gym and cycling trips along the nature trails.
Whether you are an experienced sportsperson or just starting out on an exercise regime, you might want to kit yourself out in some top of the range sportswear and you can shop for this without even leaving the resort.
All three of the championship golf courses in Quinta do Lago have either a golf pro shop or a sporting boutique where you can buy both equipment and the latest in designer sporting wear for golf, tennis, polo and fitness.
For rainier days
Quinta do Lago and the immediate vicinity is an area which is undoubtedly upper class, and the shops and boutiques reflect this.
A short distance away however there are malls which offer high street brands as well as activities such as the cinema and bowling, ideal for the occasional rainy day! The Forum Algarve is close to Faro city centre, making it easily accessible for anyone staying in Quinta do Lago. A two-storey mall, there's a wide range of shops which you would expect to see, but there are also a few Portuguese boutiques, which help to give it a more authentic feel.
Faro is a great place for a shopping trip
If you need some provisions for your villa, there is a huge hypermarket on the ground floor which sells everything from vegetables to electrical goods. If you are looking for a bargain, it's a great place to go.
The opening hours are long, up to 11pm during the summer and up to midnight in the run-up to Christmas. There are more than one hundred shops all under cover and there's also plenty of parking both outdoors and underground. The cinema and a food court are located up a further level, on the third storey of the mall, making it a very convenient excursion, with everything located under one roof.
Great for children
Slightly further along the coastline, heading towards Lagos, a new shopping centre has opened up with has fabulous facilities for children in particular.
As well as being an architectural delight, there are two floors of shops which cater for all tastes and budgets as well as a hypermarket and a delicious chocolate shop.
However, this shopping centre differs in that it has been designed with families in mind, and there's a very useful area upstairs for children to run around as well as watch TV or play on games consoles. There are highchairs there as well along with a microwave and baby food as well so infants and young children can be fed in comfort. For the adults, there's a free phone charging service as well as WiFi access offered at no charge.
Car parking is free and there's a mixture of covered areas and outdoor space with a bright and cheerful design. The shops are open from 9am until 11pm and during the evenings there is music and entertainment on offer. During the day, there are often stalls and demonstrations and there's a children's activity programme during the weekends.