The Algarve's Golden Triangle consists of the area between two resorts, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, and inland town Almancil. Each location has something different to offer expats wanting to move out to the Algarve, so it's worth finding out a bit more about each place before you decide which part of the Golden Triangle is best for you.
Quinta do Lago
This resort is known as one of the most exclusive developments in Southern Europe. It's situated on the edge of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, meaning it's a great place to go walking and bird watching. Luxury homes are set among the beautiful pine trees and lakes, providing you with a picturesque place to live. There's also a five-star hotel, as well as plenty of restaurants and nightclubs, so you'll never be bored in the evenings. During the day, you can choose to relax by the pool, play a round of golf or do some watersports on either the nearby beach or on any of the salt-water lakes.
The huge Buganvilia shopping plaza is home to everything you need. There's a large supermarket, a bank and lots of shops, restaurants and cafés. On the other side of the car park is Quinta shopping which boasts even more stores, including designer boutiques, home furnishings, jewellery and even a dentist.
Vale do Lobo
Vale do Lobo is so big, you don't ever need to travel outside the resort if you don't want to. In fact, it's apparently three times the size of Monaco and is known for being the best beach and golf resort in the Algarve. It has it's own medical centre, supermarket and the Parque do Golfe complex is home to a bank, newsagents, wine shop, beauty centre and a number of boutiques. During the day and in the evening, the square by the beach is a popular place to eat in the summer, so make sure to get your reservations in.
Although it is a great place for golf, it's also good for tennis, as the resort has its own tennis academy which holds a Masters Competition every year. There's also the Barringtons Club, where cricket and rugby teams often go to train - perfect for those looking for some decent sports facilities.
This town is just a short drive away from Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. It's smaller than the two resorts but it is ideal for anyone who thinks they might miss their home comforts. Most of the stores are located on the main road, where there's a number of banks, supermarkets, restaurants and cafés. Plus, there's a couple of shops especially for expats, including an English butchers and a fish and chip shop. If you're a vegan or vegetarian, the Apolória supermarket is perfect for you, as it stocks a wide selection of specialist foods. Don't be surprised if you find a few of your favourite British brands are stocked here too.
The Golden Triangle really does have a lot to offer Brits looking to move out to sunnier shores. There's plenty to do and see, plus each day is bound to be relaxing and refreshing, whether you choose to hit the beach or play golf for the afternoon.
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014