Unwind with the Algarve’s sports and wellnes...

Unwind with the Algarve’s sports and wellness offerings

As the weather warms up in the Algarve, many sports and wellness activities return to the area, including football training sessions by UEFA coaches at Quinta do Lago resort, racket sports at the Vilamoura Tennis & Padel Academy, and the International GT Open at the Algarve International Racetrack this month, along with relaxation options in the region’s spas.

Rackets out

Racket sports are increasingly popular in Portugal, and the growth of padel has given rise to another sport called pickleball.

Described as a mixture of tennis, badminton and table tennis, it’s a fast-paced sport but not as intense.

Typically played in pairs, the rackets are square-shaped and the ball is light and full of holes, which makes pickleball a pleasant alternative to the more demanding padel or tennis, perfect for all age groups.

In the Algarve, there are already several groups dedicated to the sport, and the Vilamoura Tennis & Padel Academy will be hosting the 5th stage of the Portugal Pickleball Tour from April 26 to 28.

Adrenaline and speed

The Algarve International Racetrack, in Portimão, will once again host the International GT Open, with the opening round taking place between April 28 and 30.

The race has been organised by the Spaniards of GT Sport since 2006 and features seven rounds split over 14 races, with drivers fighting for the titles in the GT3 Pro, GT3 Pro-Am, GT3 Am, GT Cup Am and GT Cup Pro-Am classes.

GT Open

Before the next stage in Germany, the race takes place on the Algarve circuit known for its similarities to the old Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps, with a naturally undulating track and a width that is great for overtaking.

Sensorial experience

Located in Lugar do Montinho, the Monchique Resort & Spa is nestled in the Algarve hills and draws inspiration from the region’s natural resources, in particular its spa.

Monchique Resort & Spa

The Sensorial spa is the pinnacle of rejuvenation and relaxation, offering a variety of rituals and treatments with the award-winning Comfort Zone brand, using innovative ingredients and state-of-the-art technology.

Monchique Resort & Spa

The circuit includes a sauna,Turkish bath,hydromassage,aromatherapy and tropical showers, but there are also signature treatments and spa programmes for two.

Monchique Resort & Spa

Quinta do Lago soccer camps

On top of activities such as golf, tennis and rugby, Quinta do Lago also has professional football training sessions with a special programme during the Easter and summer holidays.

The Campus, the resort’s multi-sports complex, has teamed up with Football Escapes to create excellent football traning camps and provide an unforgettable training experience for young players, with a team of UEFA coaches.

Soccer Camps Quinta do Lago

Training sessions are open to children aged between 5 and 15 over the course of a week. The calendar includes coaching sessions with Gary Cahill from May 27 to 31 and with Shane Long from August 5 to 9, and much more until November.

Decompress and explore

The Serenity Spa at Pine Cliffs – a Luxury Collection Resort, in Albufeira, has two new Wellness Programmes that promote not only relaxation but also contact with nature.

Serenity Spa

The Serenity Retreat programme is available for three, five or seven nights, while Explore Nature can be enjoyed for three or five nights.

Both are ideal for relaxation and physical activity, renewing energy and calming the mind in a privileged location. The combination of incredible sea views and a team of outstanding professionals provides a holistic approach for body, mind and soul.

Family relaxation

Tivoli Spa Marina Vilamoura has a unique experience for the whole family.

The Family Relaxation programme offers a 30-minute massage for the little ones while their parents enjoy the jacuzzi, followed by a massage for the parents and entertainment for the children.

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

Meanwhile, the Parent & Child Connection programme consists of a 30-minute massage for both parent and child.

Finally, the Family Yoga programme involves a 45-minute family yoga session on the beach or in the training room.

There is also a children’s menu with various treatments for children up to 12 years old, including pedicures and exfoliation.

Wellness haven

Located in the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura Hotel, a few minutes’ walk from the Marina and a 10-minute drive from several golf courses, the Almond Tree Wellness Spa is perfect for relaxing and unwinding with a complete experience.

Open to the public, the spa invites everyone to try their treatments with brands such as Seed to Skin, with natural, organic and wild ingredients, sustainably sourced from the brand’s organic Tuscan farm or from eco-friendly micro-producers.

It also has an indoor pool, hamman, sauna, relaxation suites and a fully equipped gym.


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