Although I've always fancied the idea of tennis holidays in the Algarve, I have never got around to arranging one. It's my own fault, I
suppose... or at least, partly. If only those Algarve beaches weren't so
Now, tennis is a sport that I do enjoy, even if it's unlikely that I'll ever tread Wimbledon's hallowed turf (unless, that is, I
can land a summer job on the ground staff).
It's easy to see why there are many who dream of tennis holidays in Portugal, while they drag their shivering bodies around a tennis
court amid grey skies and cold weather. So, I hardly need to point out that the Algarve's gorgeous climate makes it the ideal place to spend your tennis holidays.
It's not surprising then, that the Algarve tennis clubs and schools have developed and promoted themselves to attract those who like to
play their tennis somewhere warm (and easy on the eye).
Wherever you stay in the region, you'll be close to an Algarve tennis centre. Just below on this page is a list to choose from. (As
usual I've sorted them from west to east, for ease of location on a map).
Most centres are actually tennis clubs, but are happy to discuss the arrangements to suit the needs of individual tennis
Featured Algarve Tennis Centre
Quinta das Raposeiras
Under the direction of its enthusiastic and
personable coach, Angelo Orge, Quinta das Raposeiras has
a location that most clubs would kill for! Just north of the
village of Bordeira (and ringed in red below) the courts are
situated in a natural 'bowl' and surrounded by greenery -
and some rather covetable private villas...
All levels of play are catered for, with
Mini Tennis for 5 to 8 years of age, an introduction to
full-scale tennis for children aged 8 to 10 years, and
Intermediate instruction for those from 12 to 14 years.
Over-14s and adults can benefit from
advanced training in competitive tennis situations.
During the course of the year, various
arranged activities are on offer for all age groups. For
casual visitors or those on vacation, court hire and
coaching instruction (individual or groups) are available
with prior notice.
Racquets, balls and even towels are
available for hire, should you have travelled without your
own. A restringing service is available for both tennis and
Facilities include toilets and showers, a
coffee and refreshment bar, and shaded tables and chairs
from which to observe play. The clubhouse refurbishment was
The ambience is quite informal and friendly,
with requirements restricted to use of suitable footwear and
clothing on court, and the usual stuff about due
consideration to others and to the premises generally.
At present, play is possible during daylight
For details and bookings, contact Angelo on
Tel. (+315)916475312, or
Read on for details of some more...
Algarve Tennis Centres
Centro Desportivo de Burgau
Tel: 282 697 350
Package tennis holidays available
Jonathan Markson Tennis Holidays (Praia da Luz)
Vila Baia and Oceanico facilities, with expert coaching
Tel: +44 (0)20 7603 2422 Fax: +44 (0)20 7603
Clube Ténis de Lagos (Lagos Tennis Club)
Urbaniz Marina Sol
Tel: 282 764 297
Praia da Rocha Tennis Club
Tel: 282 418 780
Package tennis holidays can be arranged.
Rocha Brava Tennis Club
Ap Club Ténis - Urbaniz Rocha Brava
Tel: 282 358856
Package tennis holidays arranged.
Clube de Ténis SA
Tel: 282 356904
Câmara Municipal Silves
Largo do Município
Tel: 282 442 325
Bellavista Desportivo Clube
Ed. Horizonte Nº 11
Tel : 289 570 060
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Vilamoura Ténis Center
3 zona 3 - Vilamoura Ténis
Tel: 289 302 369
Vale do Lobo
Vale do Lobo Tennis Centre
Tel: 289 396 991
Package holidays available.
Jim Stewart Tennis Academy
Quinta do Lago
Tel: 289 398 848
Email : email@example.com
Villa Club Tennis Center
Est. Vale do Lobo, Corgo da Zorra, Apt 3498
Tel : 289 390 518
Loulé Tennis Club
Tel: 289 414 438
Quinta das Raposeiras Centro de Ténis
Faro Tennis Centre
Urbaniz Mte Branco - Gambelas
Tel: 289 817 877
Tavira Tennis Club
R. Dr. Silvestre Falcão Lote 7, 1º Posterior
Tel: 281 321 535
Vila Real de Santo António
Vila Real de Santo António Tennis Club
Complexo D Municipal
Tel: 281 541 014
Some package tennis holidays are available through English tennis schools that run courses in the Algarve at set times of the year, in reserved accommodation.
(See Jonathan Markson, under the Lagos heading above)...
It really couldn't be simpler to arrange a holiday playing tennis in the Algarve!
As I wrote in my Things To Do page, my friend Chris took her first Algarve tennis holiday around the middle of 2003, and she was so impressed that she returned a few months later. Although she didn't come back with any photographs of either stay
(drat!) her enthusiasm about her two tennis holidays in the Algarve is a ringing endorsement from someone who takes her tennis pretty seriously.
Of course, it can be fun to watch Algarve tennis, as well
as to play. Throughout the year, there are lots of Algarve
tennis tournaments. I like to go along and marvel at how
hard the ball can be hit and still land in court!
Here are some recent pics from the 2008 Ladies Open at
Vale do Lobo Tennis Centre. All four contestants could
really whack a ball!
And the winners' smiles say it all... the joy of effort
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