We spent the spring bank holiday week in Vale do Lobo. The villa was stunning; very comfortable with a great sea view. The sandy beach is popular and there are lovely walks along to a variety of beach & cliff cafes.
The resort is very plush and immaculately groomed. However, it's all English speaking and the restaurants are international (and over-priced). A car is essential if you want to visit your host country and eat authentic local cuisine.
The golf courses are great, but even at the recommended rate of play, you still get hurried on by the staff... even when you've given way to the (smaller) group behind you ~ the correct etiquette ~ and there's no-one else in sight behind you.
I would recommend hiring a car and using Val Do Lobo as a base.
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