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Golf Holidays in Portugal: sunny fairways – blue horizons
Portugal, the Southwestern outpost of Europe (next stop North Africa), enjoys a very temperate climate – ideal for year round golf holidays. You may possibly encounter a few rainy hours in December and January but even so the temperature rarely drops out of the 60’s. Surprisingly, despite this arid meteorology there is plenty of water to be found below ground and the golf courses are verdant playgrounds accessible to all. We are pleased to offer two contrasting destinations in this attractive land: The Algarve and Estoril (Lisbon).
Algarve golf holidays: draught sunshine
The Algarve has without doubt one of the densest concentrations of high quality golf courses in Europe. Verging on a golfing theme park, the dozen courses that encircle Vilamoura seem to exist purely as life support systems for itinerant golfers.
Vilamoura golf holidays: lots of life
For a taste of the old Portugal you could stay in downtown Faro or for an afternoon’s snapshot try a trip inland to Loulé or a little further on up the scenic mountain roads to Alte – perpetual winner of the “most-Portugese-town” title! The whole area is extremely well organised for golfers seeking to maximise their time “on-course”, most hotels have dedicated personnel to assist with any golfing problems and in Vilamoura there is even a shuttle bus that will take you to and from the hotels to the five Vilamoura golf courses plus Vila Sol, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo!
Penina golf holidays: old world charm
Henry Cotton's fine old golf resort of Penina is still going strong midway along Portugal's Algarve coastline. It is great to see the fine old hotel so lovingly cared for and the Penina Championship course so beautifully looked after. If you want to see where golf holidays on the Algarve started, then head for Le Meridien Penina.
Lagos golf holidays: star rising in the West
Lagos on the western end of the Algarve and a well known summer holiday destination with its huge sandy beaches. Nearby there has recently been a healthy outcropping of golf courses as golfers venturing on holiday have spread slowly west from Faro airport. The old Palmares golf course has been totally revamped and is now the star in the western Algarve firmament. Elsewhere in this little golfing galaxy there are golf courses with universal appeal (that's enough astronomical talk, Ed) such as Pinta, Gramacho, Morgado, and the fully ecological set-up at Espiche - the dawn of a new golfing age maybe?
Golf holidays in Portugal: food & drink
If you, like us, believe that there is nothing better than a fine dinner after a fine round of golf then Portugal should be on your menu - particularly, although not exclusively, if you are a fan of delicacies that emanate from the sea, sorry ocean.
Tavira golf holidays: classy calm
For a quieter, more refined golf holiday in Portugal try Tavira. An old fishing port around to the East of Faro and close to the Spanish border (golf in Spain a real possibility). Here you will find a proper Portuguese town where it's not all about holidays and golf - there are real Portuguese too!
Cascais & Estoril golf holidays: the real Portugal
Estoril and Sintra has a much more “local” feel. Here there is more to life than just golf (yes it’s true!) and you will find less overt tourism, more local flavour and many more Portuguese Members playing. Besides this, there are some stunning golf courses to be played: Oitavos Dunes and Penha Longa are two of the best you will find anywhere. These are backed up by other good Lisbon golf courses such as Quinta da Marinha, Belas and the old course at Estoril.
Obidos golf holidays: hidden delights
If you like to discover new golf courses on your golf holidays then look no further than Obidos to the North of Lisbon. The course at Praia d'el Rey may well be familiar to many golfers, but the new golf course at Royal Obidos (right beside Praia d'el Rey) is a simply stunning Seve Ballesteros design that no discerning golfer should miss. Inland the course at Golden Eagle is quite simply one of the finest in Europe and hardly ever played for some strange reason. Isolated in a forest that will one day be populated with houses, at the moment it is a peaceful golfer's paradise.
Setubal & Sesimbra golf holidays: fun in the southern Lisbon sun
The playground of many a Lisboan lies along the Setubal and Sesimbra coast. Only an hour from the city centre, this hilly land descends to the Atlantic Ocean along a series of sandy beaches and intricate coves. The resort of Sesimbra is a delightful little town, near vertical lanes cluttered with traditional Portuguese dwellings lead down to the magnificent beach fronted with many restaurants and cafes.
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