Vale do Lobo Algarve - Pure Gold On Ocean Drive

PUBLISHED: 10:43 21 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:11 20 February 2013

Vale do Lobo Algarve - Pure Gold On Ocean Drive

Vale do Lobo Algarve - Pure Gold On Ocean Drive

Few golf resorts in Europe can be on the verge of celebrating their golden anniversary except Vale do Lobo, the first ever development of its kind to be created in the Algarve.

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Few golf resorts in Europe can be on the verge of celebrating their golden anniversary except Vale do Lobo, the first ever development of its kind to be created in the Algarve.

Founded in 1962, Vale do Lobo has come a long way since its visionary beginning when the Algarve was a region predominantly inhabited by farmers and fisherman, and no one had thought of opening an airport in Faro.

Over the last 50 years the resort has grown to become the largest luxury self contained development in Portugal and is recognised as one of the best places in the world to swing a golf club or buy a holiday home.

Situated just 20 minutes from Faro, Vale do Lobo is three times the size of Monaco and has an enviable reputation for offering an extensive range of sports and leisure facilities, with something for every member of the family.

Golf is still at the heart of Vale do Lobo and the resorts two 18-hole championship courses, the Royal and the Ocean, continue to provide an enjoyable and challenging game for golfers of all standards.

The Royal Course, best known for its iconic cliff-top 16th hole, is typified by rolling fairways set amidst pine trees and beautiful lakes. The Ocean Course on the other hand features undulating fairways which run alongside a nature reserve before leading down to the shores of the Atlantic.

Vale do Lobo (www.valedolobo.com, tel 00 351 289 353 333)) offers three, five or seven-day golf packages which include various rounds of golf on the Ocean and Royal Courses and accommodation in a Vale do Lobo apartment, from 95 per person per day.

However there is much more to Vale do Lobo than just golf - the resort is also the tennis capital of the Algarve. The Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy has 14 courts, six of which are floodlit, and a mini-court for children.

The resort also boasts a beautiful two kilometre sandy beach, the Royal Spa, 15 restaurants and bars, as well as 24 hour security and medical services - all of which add up to make Vale do Lobo a true hole in one.

Its not surprising that so many visitors have decided to make Vale do Lobo their second home by owning one of the 1500 villas and apartments which nestle among the pine trees, flank the fairways or overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

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