Quinta do Lago: Land of Dreams
Quinta do Lago is one of the finest resorts in Portugal. It all started back in 1970, when Andre Jordan bought the whole area to Pinto de Magalhães family, owners of the land for more then three hundred years. Since then a long story has been unfold. Today, the whole are is full with luxurious villas which will astonish the visitor as he drives around. Most of this luxury houses are priced well above 3 million euros, and a good number of celebrities selected Quinta do Lago to buy property.
In the resort the visitor will have a wide selection of leisure activities at his disposal: bird-watching, watersports, tennis, jogging, horse riding, health club and... nature trails. It's a whole world. Even basic services as water suply, electricity and sewage system are provided by Quinta do Lago itself and not by the usual national companies.
Access to the beach is provided by a long wooden bridge for persons only. Bridge crossing starts close to initial coordinates.
Golf plays an important role in Quinta do Lago interest. There are two courts there, Quinta do Lago South and Quinta do Lago North.
Gastronomy is also of high quality but the prices are somewhat...painfull. Luxury indeed have a cost.
Security is taken seriously in Quinta do Lago. That could be a problem for geocachers, but I guess nobody will be bothered while looking for this cache.
But the vigilance over property and common areas is well performed and there is a small but efective private fire department.
Quinta do Lago is partially part of Nature Park of Ria Formosa. These wetlands are of vital importance as a habitat for many aquatic bird species. In addition to its ornithological significance and importance as their winter sanctuary, the Ria Formosa provides shelter and feeding grounds for several aquatic and migratory species, as well as being a region of great botanical interest, including areas of sclerophyllous scrubland, salt marsh and dune vegetation, which must be preserved.
There is proper parking close to initial coordinates but during summertime there is a parking fee. Free parking not far but subject to availability, which will be hard during high season.
Obtaining final coordinates it's pretty simple. You go to initial coordinates and you will find an information panel about nature trails. How much time will take you to complete the São Lourenço trail?
- If 60 minutes, final coordinates are N 37º 01.908 W 008º 01.556
- If 75 minutes, final coordinates are N 37º 01.135 W 008º 00.040
- If 90 minutes, final coordinates are N 37º 01.564 W 008º 01.443