What makes it special?
This friendly and welcoming tennis club has been operating on the Algarve for over eight years. Run by renowned coaches Maria Wesson and Mark Sutton, the club was formerly located at Villas & Vacations on the Vale do Lobo road in Almancil, but moved to its current location early in 2009.
Suitable for all age ranges from 4 to 70+ and all standards of player.
Known for its high quality but extremely friendly coaching, the club also has a great family atmosphere and fantastic social side that is welcoming to residents and visitors alike - including players of all abilities and non-players - across a wide age spectrum. This is a place where people go to learn to play tennis with a smile whilst at the same time renewing old acquaintances or making new friends.
Sports attire is required but there are no colour codes. After all, this is the Algarve, not Wimbledon.
Got to see/do?
Look out for the frequent tennis events followed by a BBQ. Also, Sally's home made cakes.
Three new artificial grass courts with floodlights, a practice wall, club-house and decking area with views of the courts. The courts offer a great tennis surface tennis whilst being gentle to ageing joints!
When to go
Open from 9am (8am in summer and major holidays), the centre provides tennis facilities all day long. Mid-afternoon can be a little hot in summer.
The club-house provides a choice of beers, wine and soft drinks as well as energy drinks for those who have overdone the tennis! Currently there are no food facilities but there are plenty of beach bars, cafes and restaurants close by, including the Vale do Lobo Praca.
Book early, especially in summer, for the ever- popular workshops and daily 'roll-ups'. Make sure to take water onto court (available at the club-house).
Inspires you to?
This is a mixed ability, family-orientated tennis centre with excellent and friendly coaching. Genuinely welcoming to children, the club provides a central point to meet new and old friends whilst at the same time improving that top-spin lob or serve or simply just ridding yourself of a few kilograms of weight.
Drive 50m west past the Vale do Lobo entrance and take the next left turn (signed 'Quadradinhos'). Follow the road to the right and all the way around to the bottom of the hill. The entrance to the tennis centre is on the left hand side.
Lessons - €45
Workshops - €20
Court hire - €20
See website for further details, including equipment hire.
Throughout the year, 9am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am to 8pm Sunday. In July and August, during school half-terms and Easter, the centre opens at 8am Monday to Saturday.
Lessons available daily. Discounts can apply for block bookings.
Daily 'roll up and play' doubles (advisable to book). Check with the centre for the best days, since each day caters for different standards. Prices €5 for residents and €7.50 for visitors.
The kids workshops for 4 to 14 year-olds run daily from 11am to 1pm, Monday to Saturday, in major school holidays (excluding Christmas). Workshops are split according to age/ability and are formatted as one hour for teaching and then one hour for games. Prices are €20 per child per day but discounts are available for full week bookings.