Across the Algarve tennis courts can be found in most resorts and towns, but what is padel? Padel uses a racquet, but is different in shape from a normal tennis racquet. The court is a lot smaller, is played on the same surface as tennis and is normally played in doubles. In the US, the game is known as paddle. The International Padel Federation defines the rules of the game. The game also has it's own world tour.
There are numerous tennis and padel centres located across the Algarve, with a number of them organising Algarve tennis holidays. The weather in the Algarve is perfect, with more than 300 days per year of sunshine, making it the perfect location. The major centres include:
Jonathon Markson Tennis has four centres across the Algarve. They organise both intensive camps and tennis holidays. Three are located at Baia da Luz, Estrela da Luz and Luz Bay Hotel in Praia da Luz in the far western Algarve, and the fourth is at the Amendoeira Resort which is close to Silves in the Central Algarve. The tennis holidays includes 3 hours per day of coaching and can include children from the age of 7. Accommodation is included in the package, with the choice of self catering or fully inclusive packages.
Also in the western side of the Algarve is the Clube Tenis de Portimao e Rocha in Portimao. This has seven tennis courts and 2 padel courts.
The Algarve Tennis and Fitness Centre has several tennis courts and also a court for Padel. It is located close to Almancil, near the resort of Vale do Lobo. They offer a number of tennis holiday packages as well targeted at your particular level of experience. They can also offer accommodation at a nearby hotel or nearby townhouses or villas. Other activities are also available at this centre including a gym, dance classes, various martial arts, petanque, five a side football, walking football and soon to be introduced, footgolf.
Jim Stewart's Tennis Academy is the main tennis centre located in Quinta do Lago, close to roundabout 4. They also have special events for children, 'tennis for all' being their motto. Junior programmes have been put together along with a variety of tennis packages depending on your level. They can also assist with accommodation. More than 10 courts are available, a mix of hard court, clay and astro turf.
A very large Algarve tennis centre is in Vale do Lobo, the Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy. It has 14 tennis court and one Padel court. They offer mini tennis for children aged from 5 and various tennis packages at differing levels of intensity.
Another large setup is the tennis academy in Vilamoura. It has 10 courts plus 4 mini tennis courts for the children. It also has 2 padel courts. The centre provides a mini football pitch for children under 12 and there is also a pizzeria.
On the western side of the Central Algarve is the Clube de Tenis in Carvoeiro. They have 10 tennis courts, a mix of 'Australian Blue' and AstroTurf. They also have 5 mini courts for the kids and a tennis academy if you want some additional coaching. The centre also has an aerobics hall, a gym, and an outdoor pool to relax at.
The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy has five courts, a mix of clay and all weather hard courts. It is located in the Pine Cliffs Resort, part of the Sheraton Algarve in Albufeira. They offer coaching sessions for both adults and children.
In the far eastern corner in Vila Real de Santo Antonio is the Clube de Tenis. They have a total of nine courts with a mix of different surfaces and also a mini tennis court for the little ones.
There is a tennis centre in Faro. It does have both tennis and padel facilities. We are currently trying to obtain information here as it's not readily available.
We have listed what we believe to be the largest centres across the region, however, there are many sites that just have 1 or 2 courts. For a complete list of tennis courts in the Algarve you can look here. A number of the websites are in Portuguese only, however. If you simply require assistance, or you're looking to book a tennis holiday, or some training sessions, please just call us so we can assist you.