Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago, Algarve

Exclusive resort in the Algarve, Portugal

Quinta do Lago is without a doubt one of the most exciting and exclusive resorts in Europe and understandably boasts some of the most spectacular and beautiful villas in the Algarve. Founded in 1972, this 800 acre residential estate borders miles of unspoilt golden beaches and the pristine Atlantic Ocean, undulating pine forests and some of the best golf courses in the world, as part of the UNESCO Ria Formosa bird sanctuary, there is a strict 8% building restriction. This, combined with excellent facilities for the entire family, will help to ensure that the area will continue to be a unique destination and your investments prosper.

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The different residential sectors, whether individual villas with large private gardens or low level apartment complexes, are always constructed using one of the special features of the estate, such as golf courses, woodland or lakes as a focal point. Quinta do Lago is a symbol of quality and one of the few places in the world where you can purchase a luxury villa, an apartment or a townhouse and enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle in the tranquil surrounding areas of a nature reserve with the best golf the Algarve has to offer.

Resort Summary

The development of the Quinta do Lago estate is regulated by the General Plan of Urbanization, which has been officially approved. This controls the distribution of individual villa plots, commercial and mixed development within the larger plots allocated for tourist 'villages'.

It is not surprising that world renowned companies have invested in Quinta do Lago with developments such as, Four Seasons Country Club and Four Seasons Fairways - McInerney Portugal; Lakeside Village and Sao Lourenco Apartments - Bovis Abroad Ltd.; The San Lorenzo Golf Course - Le Meridian Dona Filipa Group; Pinheiros Altos - JJW Hotels & Resorts; and the five-star Hotel Quinta do Lago - originally owned by The Orient Express Hotels group.

The Foundations of Quinta do Lago

In 1971 Quinta do Lago was founded by Polish-Brazilian property developer André Jordan (born André Franz Spitzman Jordan), three years after the end of the Salazar’s rule.

The original 550 hectare site, Quinta dos Ramalhos (Ramalhos Estate) contained the ruins of an old farmhouse, which is today Casa Velha, rebuilt as a restaurant in 1972. The large beach-lined estate was previously owned by the Pinto de Magalhães family for more than 300 years. The area was a beautiful pine forest on undulating hills bordering the Ria Formosa. To the west is Vale do Lobo, founded eight years earlier.

Jordan’s company, Planal, acquired the land on the 20th December 1971. Within three years, a bridge to the beach had been built, the lake was created over the sands, and 27 holes of golf designed by architect William F. Mitchell had been completed.

Following the Carnation Revolution in 1974, Andre Jordan returned to Brazil, leaving the Portuguese state to manage the site. The inauguration of the golf courses in 1974 was presided over by revolutionary leader Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho.

Key Dates:


Quinta do Lago is founded by Andre Jordan.


The Portuguese Open was held in Quinta do Lago for the first time.


Portuguese politics stabilised and Quinta do Lago management was returned to Planal, and Jordan returned to Portugal.


The Portuguese Open was again held in Quinta do Lago. During this time companies like Shell, Bovis, P&O and a Saudi prince, who built Quinta do Lago Hotel, all became involved. Following this 50 plots per year were sold between GBP 50k - 100k.


Further developers such as McInnerney who developed the two very successful Four Seasons Resorts introduced hundreds of new families to the area – many went on to invest in property in Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo.


Jordan sold the resort to a consortium of British shareholders headed by Roger Abraham, a former banker at Chase Manhattan Bank, along with food entrepreneur David Thompson. By 1989 Abraham had withdrawn and Thompson headed the resort alone.

1988-90 and 2001

The Portuguese Open was held in the resort again.


Planal was acquired by Irish billionaire Dennis O’Brian who remains the owner of the resort today and continues to develop and improve the infrastructure and facilities ensuring that Quinta do Lago remains a leading world class resort.

Villa in Quinta do Lago