Vale do Lobo is primarily an upmarket resort that caters to couples and families looking for an upmarket holiday, as well as sports lovers, especially golfers. The transfer time for this resort from Faro airport is around 20 minutes. This gives you plenty of time in the resort itself and just enough time to look around at the scenery in and around your resort. The main beach is long and covered in golden sands. You have direct access to Faro beach from Vale to Lobo beach. Water sports can be found at the beach and there are plenty of facilities such as parasols and sunbeds. There are also a number of bars behind the beach. There are mainly luxury villas in the resort, although you will also find 2-4-star self-catering apartments and 4-5-star hotels offering half-board and all-inclusive.
Vale do Lobo has some brilliant water sports available at Faro beach. You can get direct access to this beach. You can try windsurfing, snorkelling, surfing, scuba diving, jet-skiing, water-skiing, swimming and sailing. Golf and tennis are popular activities in the resort and both beginners and experts are welcome to try both. There is a leisure centre in Vale do Lobo which people interested in fitness will enjoy. There is a picturesque countryside around meaning there is plenty of sightseeing for you to do. Horse-riding is also popular and another great way to see the countryside. As well as the local facilities, there are a lot of local excursions for you to try. You can try a tour along the coast of Spain, a jeep safari in remote areas, an extended coastal tour or a trip to Lisbon for shopping and sightseeing of various historic monuments.
Vale do Lobo is where you will find a number of restaurants with a number of cuisines available. The speciality is seafood, with a lot of shellfish and Portuguese. However, international cuisines are also popular so you will find Chinese, Indian, Italian and British cuisines among others. There are 2 nightclubs in the resort, which stay open until late, as well as several bars located in the main square or in the tennis and golf clubs. There are only a small selection of souvenir and clothing shops in the resort, although there is a large supermarket for those of you on the self-catering option. Public transport is fairly good with a bus service running around Vale do Lobo. Taxis are available and can be booked at hotel receptions, as can car hire. There is also a bus service to Almancil where you can then connect to other parts of the Algarve.
The weather in Vale do Lobo is what attracts to many people each year. The summers in Vale do Lobo are long and dry with winters continuing to stay mild with limited rainfall. July and August are the hottest months in Vale do Lobo with average temperatures reaching 30°C. You will also find up to 12 hours of sunshine a day meaning you have plenty of time to enjoy the day. The coastal breezes tend to keep the temperatures slightly lower to enable you to feel more comfortable in the heat. The spring and autumn is still warm with temperatures at 17-19°C. The coldest winter months are January and December although the temperature is till at around 15°C. There is also still around 6 hours of sunshine a day. From November to March is when most of the rainfall comes however on average there are only around 50 days of rainfall a year.