Quinta da Ria

Quinta da Ria

Quinta da Ria

Quinta da Ria | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Quinta da Ria is just one of several venues on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list that is located on the Algarve. It is situated just 45 minutes from Faro International Airport, while the border between Portugal and Spain is just a stones’ throw away from Quinta da Ria.

The resort is the home to two wonderful golf courses, both designed by renowned golf architect Rocky Roquemore. The Cima Course is the championship course, and has played host to a range of international tournaments during its two-decade history. The Ria Course is the perfect complement to the Cima, with both winding their way through to the natural habitat and landscape to provide a perfect golfing experience.

Away from the golf, guests at Quinta da Ria are also encouraged to partake in a range of activities. There are tennis and Padel courts on site, with cycling and hiking excursions available for either a half day or full day. Watersports can also be tried, with paddleboarding a popular favourite. Get out and explore the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve by the water.

The hotel situated in the centre of the Quinta da Ria resort is the Robinson Quinta da Ria, which provides all the accommodation that guests from all walks of life require. From Double Rooms to Family Rooms, and all the way up to Suites, the Robinson Quinta da Ria has something for everyone, and the well renowned kids club provides entertainment and games for children of all ages.

Visit Quinta da Ria’s website here.

Quinta da Ria Overview | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Two Challenging Golf Courses

Like a lot of resorts on our list, Quinta da Ria is the home to two glorious and challenging golf courses - the Ria Course and the Cima Course.

The venue has hosted a number of high calibre tournaments. The PGA EuroPro Tour came to Quinta da Ria in 2003 and 2004, with European Seniors Tour Qualifying also being played here three times during the decade. The Portugal Algarve Seniors Open and Ladies Open were also held at the Portuguese site.

Ria Course
The Ria Course is located within the Ria Formosa Natural Park, and the 18-hole lay-out offers views of the Cacela Velha and the Atlantic Ocean in the background.

Designed by the world-renowned golf course architect Rocky Roquemore, the Ria Course winds through the natural landscape of the region. 

The par-3 5th is a stunning hole, measuring close to 200 yards, and playing over water. Three bunkers to the back of the green detract any shots going long, but the water is short, so club selection is vital. 14 is a short par-4 measuring at just more than 300 yards. Long hitters could take it on, but it is played over water. The shorter hitters will take a fairway wood or long iron before then playing to the green. 16 and 17 also feature huge water hazards, while the 18th has a stream running down its left side.

Cima Course
Quinta de Cima is the Championship Course and it offers different and very unique characteristics compared to the Ria Course. Also designed by Rocky Roquemore, the Cima has wide fairways and undulating greens which ask golfers for perfect course management.

The Cima Course opens up with a gentle par-5 but that is not a sign of things to come. The course gets harder as it goes on with holes shaping both left and right. There are several natural creeks that run through the course, as well as a number of water features.

Water first appears as a running creek in front of the 4th green, with a couple more holes also featuring thin strips of blue. The last three holes is where the water really comes into play. 16 is a long par-5 that could be reachable for the longest hitters, but water right and front of the green might deter. The par-3 17th is almost 190 yards long and features a huge lake to the right of the green, while the closing hole on the Cima Course has water all down the right side, especially near the green.

Academy Course & Practice Facilities

The Academy Course is the ideal place to improve short game and approach play. The three par-3 holes each have a number of tees to make it into a short 9-hole course. It looks simple, but there are a few challenges along the way, and it is a course that is enjoyable for golfers of all levels.

Quinta da Ria is also the home to a stunning, state of the art driving range which is 300 metres long and 100 metres wide. There are also three putting greens, with all three having space to practise chipping. One of the greens by the Cima Course has a couple of bunkers, so you can improve your sand play as well before going out onto the golf course. 

Robinson Quinta da Ria

The accommodation at the Quinta da Ria resort comes from a large hotel chain - Robinson. The hotel offers an array of glorious accommodation options, a range of WellFit activities, restaurants and a kids club.

The standard room at the Robinson Quinta da Ria is a Double Room, but even they come with their own private balcony with incredible views of either the golf courses or the Atlantic Ocean. They are elegantly designed and maintained, with a range of mod-cons guests would expect to find, including a mini-fridge, LED TV, Wi-Fi and more.

There are also a range of Family Rooms at the Robinson Quinta da Ria, to sleep four adults and two children, as well as some that sleep two adults and four children. Workation Family Rooms are also available, with the perfect space for working away from home. Finally, there are both Junior Suites and Suites to provide guests with separate living areas and bedrooms, all with a contemporary and elegant design to allow guests to relax during a stay on the Algarve.

WellFit & Activities

The Robinson Quinta da Ria is the home to its own WellFit area, which allows guests to take a moment to relax and unwind. The WellFit Spa includes a Finnish sauna and a bio sauna, a steam room, relaxation area and a number of massage and beauty rooms.

Those rooms allow for a range of treatments and massages, from facials to couples massages, to be enjoyed. The Fitness Centre features both cardio and strength equipment, along with functional, fascia and golf training programmes. 

Away from the WellFit, there is a range of activities for guests to partake in. There are four Tennis courts and two Padel courts for you to try your hand at, while there are also excursions into the local area. From cycling to hiking, there is something for everyone.

Want a change of perspective, and to explore the Ria Formosa nature reserve by water? Then rent a stand-up paddle board and discover the beautiful lagoon with its many different species of birds either on your own or on a guided tour.

FAQs about Quinta da Ria

Where is Quinta da Ria located?
Quinta da Ria is one of several golf courses on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list to be located on the Algarve. Quinta da Ria is one of the most easterly based resorts in Portugal, and sits on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is based in between the towns of Altura and Conceicao, with Faro being the nearest major city, to the west.

What is the nearest airport to Quinta da Ria?
Quinta da Ria’s location means that Faro International Airport, the home of flights in the Algarve region of Portugal, is the closest. Faro sits around 45 minutes drive from Quinta da Ria. The airport provides several flights per day to the United Kingdom, as well as daily flights to the majority of European countries. 

What golf facilities does Quinta da Ria offer?
Along with the two stunning courses, Quinta da Ria is also the home to a large driving range, measuring at 300 metres long. There are also three putting greens, each of which has its own little area to practise chipping, with bunker practice also available.

The pro shop at Quinta da Ria stocks merchandise, equipment and apparel from all the big brands, as well as those pieces branded with the Quinta da Ria logo on, to take home as a souvenir.

What are the green fees at Quinta da Ria?
The price to play on either the Ria or Cima Courses at Quinta da Ria are the same, but there are different prices depending on what time of year you make the trip to the Algarve.

High season (mid February-April, October) - €190
Mid season (first two weeks of February, May, September) - €180
Summer season (June-August) - €170
Low season (December-January) - €140

There are also offers on for guests staying at the Robinson Hotel, with those prices coming down significantly during all four periods of the year.

Is Quinta da Ria suitable for families?
Families are welcomed at the Robinson Quinta da Ria Hotel, with the ROBY Club split into different groups to provide children of all ages with the right equipment, toys, entertainment and services from a highly qualified team of professionals.

The ROBY Club (3-6), R.O.B.Y. (7-12) and ROBS (13-17) cater to different needs. Young guests can make friends, enjoy themselves and get involved with activities, sports and nature during their time at the Robinson Quinta da Ria. 

What accommodation is on offer at Quinta da Ria?
There is plenty to choose from at the Robinson Quinta da Ria, which is the accommodation option located inside the resort, with views of both golf courses and the Atlantic Ocean from the hotel.

The Robinson Quinta da Ria is the home to double rooms, family rooms and suites, all of which are slightly different from the last. Each room comes with its own balcony to enjoy the views, while enjoying the luxury and elegant design of the hotel. 

What other resorts and courses are nearby?
A number of other resorts on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list are in close proximity to Quinta da Ria. Monte Rei is located just a few miles to the north of Quinta da Ria, while down the coast to the west of the resort sit the likes of Vale do Lobo, Quinta da Marinha, Pinheiros, San Lorenzo and Quinta do Lago. 

Visit Quinta da Ria’s website here.