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Padel proving its popularity in Portugal

The sport of padel is seeing a phenomenal increase in popularity in Portugal.

Player numbers are estimated to be growing at around 80% a year, with the total now above 100,000.

So what is behind its success?

Similarly to tennis, Portugal now hosts major tournaments which have helped the game’s visibility to fans, such as the Oeiras Valley Padel Masters. It also has players who contest the game’s biggest prizes, such as top male Miguel Oliveira, and Ana Nogueira who is ranked 17thin the women’s world rankings.

The nature of the game also helps its popularity, something Portuguese Padel Federation President Ricardo Oliveira attests to:

“"In the same area where there is a tennis court, three paddle courts can be built. The cost is the same and the profitability is 10 times higher. It’s also a very social sport, so there are many practitioners. People play and stay for a drink, chiefly because there are four people.”

The game was founded in 1969 in Mexico, and is most popular in Argentina and Spain. It is played on an enclosed court, with balls able to be played off the walls, and the surface is usually artificial to enable year-round play. As opposed to tennis, padel is played with small, solid rackets rather than strings.

If you’d like to try this brilliant game, why not come and visit us at Pine Cliffs resort in Portugal’s Algarve where, alongside five tennis courts, we have a padel court all of our own!

Benefiting from the region’s 300 days of sunshine a year, we welcome players all year round who wish to play and practice both these games on holiday.

Our qualified coaches provide a range of courses for adults and children which are a great way to improve. All of this is surrounded by the landscaped gardens of the resort and the beach a short walk away!

If you’d like to improve at tennis or padel on holiday in Portugal, you can contact us at


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