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Portugal's Golden Triangle in the Algarve

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Published on 18 October, 2022 • Last updated on 18 October, 2022

By Portugal Homes

Portugal's Golden Triangle in the Algarve

The Algarve’s Golden Triangle is a prime location in the South of Portugal, famous worldwide for its luxury resorts and renowned golf courses bathed by the Ria Formosa National Park. Although the Golden Triangle is a non-official title, it is a well-known location along its residents. Its land spreads along the pristine Algarvian seaside, from Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, to the resort town of Vilamoura, completing its triangle format up in the countryside city of Almancil. 

The Golden Triangle region is located strategically between Faro, the Algarve´s Capital, where stands the international airport, and Albufeira, notable for its lively nights, dance clubs, beach bars, and endless entertainment. Through this article, we will describe all you need to know about this remarkable region of Portugal and how you can be part of it.

Vilamoura bay and Marina in Quarteira, Algarve Portugal

What is the Algarve Golden Triangle?  

The Portugal Golden Triangle is the most prestigious region in the Algarve, formed by the unification of several luxury complexes. The map of the Golden Triangle Portugal includes some of the country´s elite five-starred hotels & spas, high-profile golf courses, and famous Michelin-starred restaurants. The zone is mostly composed of deluxe Villas and exclusive clubs for its residents. In Portugal the official language is Portuguese, but in the Golden Triangle is mostly common to communicate in English, due to the predominance of the residents being formed by expats. It is also very common to hear in the area languages such as French, German, and Spanish.

Portugal Golden Triangle Algarve Map


The Portuguese Golden Triangle is not a very old zone, and its creation started at the end of the 20th century. Promptly, the zone became a must-have area for wealthy people due to its prime quality of life and natural beauty. Another factor that attracts many foreigners to this unique location in the Algarve is due to the highly sought-after Golden Visa Residency Programme that Portugal offers. Thanks to the highly profitable return of investments in the local real estate market, the region became a paradise for those looking for an advantageous Golden Visa investment.

The Golden Triangle in Portugal blends luxury, comfort, and relaxation, with quality of life. The warm weather in the Algarve, even during the winter period, makes it the perfect afternoon sunlight escape for having some drinks at beach bars or a swimming pool. Throughout all year, the mild Mediterranean climate Portugal has offers residents a hot day and a guaranteed sunny blue sky. During the extended summer period between May and September, the average temperature goes to 26°C (80°F).  

The region is very well linked with the capital Lisbon by train and highways, as well as, the Algarve International Airport, making this destination easily approachable. Faro Airport, officially known as Gago Coutinho Airport, is considered the third-largest international airport in Portugal. Through international connections, this airport offers flights from many countries in Europe, such as the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Sweden, and connections through North America via Canada. Per day the airport receives over 90 flights, of which the most frequent routes are from London Gatwick (LGW) in the United Kingdom, and Dublin (DOB) in Ireland. 


List of the main resorts in the Golden Triangle  

The Algarve is currently the main traveller destination in the world according to the World Travel Awards™, the most important award on the planet, considered the “oscar” of the Tourism Awards. This is mostly thanks to the amazing natural appeal that the Algarve offers. The beautiful flora and fauna are well-preserved, and you can see plenty of natural untouched scenery to be explored. The Algarve is desired by many visitors each year, looking for the amazing white sand beaches, the wild sea cliffs and sea caves. It is, without a doubt, one of the bests destinations in Portugal, also considered by many as the best European destination to visit. 

The Golden Triangle is a mini region located at the Algarve, that forms the figure of a triangle. It's part of the Golden Triangle in Portugal the resort town of Vilamoura and the resort complexes of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, at the seaside, connecting at the top with the countryside city of Almancil. 

Yacht docked at Vilamoura Marina, Algarve, Portugal

Quinta do Lago 

Quinta do Lago is a deluxe resort in the Algarve, famous for its exclusive facilities and golf courses. The resort hosted the Portugal Open for several years, becoming the main destination for enthusiasts of the sport worldwide. The location is a privet community just 5 minutes drive from Vale do Lobo, another Algarvian impressive luxury resort. The beach of Quinta do Lago is a stunning benefit of the resort, which also has in its domain a large lake with a sandy beach, where you can practice nautical sports, such as stand-up paddle boards and kayaking.  

Quinta do Lago is one of the main destinations for those looking for luxurious properties, it is an exclusive pursuit if you dream of an always-holiday lifestyle. 

Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

Vale do Lobo 

Vale do Lobo is one of the first premium resorts in the Algarve region, as well as in Europe. It was created in 1962, during the period that the Faro Airport was being built. Vale do Lobo quickly became a luxury resort and has in its land an 18-hole golf course designed by the famous English professional golfer Henry Cotton. Some years after, the resort started to be one of the main luxury tourist destinations in the Algarve and in Portugal. Vale dos Lobo has one of the most famous and photographed golf holes in Europe, the 16th hole, above a clifftop carryover.

Vale do Lobo is famous for its safety and tranquillity, but also for its amazing Michelin-recommended restaurants. Other attractions are the beaches on its coast, its bars and exclusive clubs. The area also hosts several tennis & paddle courts, since it is a well-known sport in Portugal. 

Gold course in Vale do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal


Within the suburbs of Loulé town, in one of the Algarve's most beautiful and developed parishes, the resort Vilamoura is an exclusive complex of high-standard Villas. Vilamoura is so prominent in the region that is mostly called a "resort town", being the biggest tourist complex in Europe. There you can find the finest five stars resort, hotels & spa facilities of Portugal, as well as the country's largest marina, with 845 berths and a superyachts dock, where you can anchor your boat, or just enjoy the stunning visual. Vilamoura, also hosts a Casino, Michelin-rated restaurants, and bar lounges, perfect for an enjoyable meal after the beach.  

The region´s coast is famous due to the beauty of its beaches. The most known is the Praia da Falésia, which stretches for 5km of pristine golden sands. The resort town is famous for its high concentration of 5-star hotels in the Algarve region, including brands like Hilton, Tívoli, and Anantara. 

Another distinguishing characteristic of Vilamoura is the golf courses, such as the Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection, Vila Sol Golf, and Laguna Golf Course. Vilamoura is, without a doubt, one of the best locations in Portugal for purchasing a new house. It is a great opportunity for international investment with the goal of obtaining a Portuguese Golden Visa. 

One of the highest real estate demands, Vilamoura have great deals in the Golden Triangle properties for sale market.  

Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal


Traditional Portuguese charm is found in Almancil, part of the Algarve´s Golden Triangle representing the true roots of an Algarvian city, with traditional villas dated from centuries ago. Then why this place would be considered part of the Golden Triangle? Simple to ask, because the town hosts a Michelin-star Restaurant, considered one of the best restaurants in Portugal, the Henrique Leis.  

Not just that, Almancil also brings to the Golden Triangle a genuineness of Portuguese tradition, making its residents enjoy the best of the country´s culture.  

The town has a great tourist attraction, the Church of São Lourenço, considered the greatest artistic treasure in the Algarve. Its stunning Portuguese blue tiles from the 18th century cover the internal walls of the church and tell the story of Portugal and the Algarve. The location of Almancil is also a great advantage, as the town's nearest beaches are just 10 minutes away by car. The Algarve's capital Faro and its International Airport are also very close, being less than 20 minutes by car.  

Igreja São Lourenço, Almancil, Algarve, Portugal

What to Do and See in Golden Triangle 

Golf in the Algarve 

Indisputably, the greatest symbol of the Golden Triangle is golf. The reason why the Golden Triangle has become one of the main destinations in the world sought after by golfers and international associations related to the sport is the quality of the golf courses found in the region. Thanks to the privileged climate of the Algarve, which allows playing throughout the whole year on the diversity of fields, the region became a paradise for golfers. Most of the fields are set in preserved green areas with stunning views of the sea. The internationally recognized facilities, and some architecture signed by legendary champions such as Sir Henry Cotton, make the Golden Triangle a very desirable place for those who practice the sport.  

Golf course, Algarve, Portugal

Resorts & SPAs  

Most of the region that makes the Golden Triangle is made of great hotels, resorts & SPAs. They offer its visitors and residents a great variety of entertainment, with exclusive clubs, swimming pools, sports activities, and others. If you are looking for a relaxing SPA day, the Golden Triangle can offer you the best options in Portugal and Europe.

Massage table on beach in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

Algarve Waterparks 

The Algarve is an excellent destination for families as it offers entertainment for all ages. One of the most desirable destinations for the young ones is Aquashow Park, situated within the Algarve ́s Golden Triangle. Aquashow features impressive slides, such as the crazy Freefall, the Wild Snake, the Speed Race, the Twin Space Shuttle, and the infamous FreeFall which is the highest slide in Europe at 32 metres. It is one location that you would like to visit! 

Casino Vilamoura 

Vilamoura has more than just golf courses to offer. If you are looking for some entertainment during the night, the Casino Vilamoura can be a good choice for you. Located next to the Marina, the Casino offers great entertainment with its elegant bar and disco and the bet machines. The casino also has daily shows and a very famous New Years' Eve party. Keep in mind that entrance is just allowed for over 18 years old and that your ID will be requested at the gate. 

Vilamoura luxury casino, Algarve, Portugal

Marina Vilamoura 

The Vilamoura Marina is the largest in Portugal, with 845 berths and a superyachts dock. Even if you do not own a boat, and do not intend to, this Marina will surprise you with all its stunning visuals and infrastructure. Not far from it, you can access Vilamoura beach and Falesia beach, a great spot for a nice and relaxing day. 

Vilamoura marina, Algarve, Portugal

Portugal Homes properties around the Golden Triangle 

The Algarve offer a luxurious paradisiac experience, for a relaxing holiday or when adventurous exhilaration is wanted! Within the Golden Triangle properties for sale, you can find the best opportunity for you purchase your dream home in Portugal. Portugal Homes can help you with your real estate investment, having the best deals in the Golden Triangle. 

The Golden Triangle offers a multitude of 4 and 5-star hotels, resorts, tourist apartments, and villas that are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. There are plenty of local activities such as spa services, gastronomic experiences, and vibrant nightlife that are fit for luxury living! 

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Fonte Santa Resort  

The Fonte Santa Resort is a brand-new property designed by Portugal Homes. This development is a real estate investment purchase and rehabilitation, and as it is in a low population-density region of the Portuguese territory, it is qualified for the Portuguese Golden Visa Programme. Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, a prime area of the Algarve region, Fonte Santa brings more luxury to the Golden Triangle, being part of this magnificent property triangle. 

This touristic resort development is fully licensed under the new 2022 regulations for the Golden Visa Programme in Portugal. 

Fonte Santa acquisition also includes a Touristic Property Licence for 10 years or more, and the property needs to be managed by one entity for that period. The investor is the freeholder of the unit and can sell the property at any time.  

Fonte Santa Resort Billboard Portugal Homes Algarve

By investing in Fonte Santa 4-Star Resort, all non-European citizens will be eligible to apply for one of the Portuguese Golden Visa Programme, one of the most stable and profitable investments in the European Union. 

This 290K Golden Visa tourist property listing is located 3 minutes away from Trafal Beach, and 10 minutes from Vale do Lobo Beach, a true premium location fit for a tourist resort, with definite guarantees to maximise your returns on investment!  

Fonte Santa Resort is a perfect vacation escape in the ever-luxurious area of the Portuguese Golden Triangle. This brand-new investment offers an amazing opportunity for holiday seekers; it is a chance to indulge in an outstanding poolside experience, paddle & tennis courts, along with ample green spaces and gardens, in close proximity to the beachside. 

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