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Barcelona golf holidays: links and leisure in the capital of Catalunya.

Golf holidays - Barcelona

Barcelona, the Catalan capital, is well known as one of the world’s great cities to visit, for its Gaudi architecture, its broad Ramblas, its beaches, the Olympic port, its fine Catalan cuisine and for partygoers the full spectrum of nocturnal entertainments.  It is perhaps less known for its golf courses, but there are some rather fine private Clubs to play - more below...

There’s no denying that Barcelona is a big city with plenty of traffic, however we believe that we have found the right places to stay that will allow you to enjoy the best of Barcelona and still get out to the golf courses in reasonable time.  The Olympics in 1992 brought the autopistas in as far as the Olympic port, handily linking the city with the links.  Getting around is very easy by metro (cheap and easy to navigate) although there are plenty of cabs too.

Gaudi was responsible for many of Barcelona’s main attractions, the most famous being the Sagrada Familia (hopefully finished this Century), his weird and wonderful Parc Güell and his other works dotted around the town.  Ambling along Las Ramblas is a tourist must although the squares off to either side are more peaceful and the Gothic city centre is also very strollable, rich with churches, castles and culture.

Where to stay in Barcelona

We believe that there are two places to head for in Barcelona for your golf break: the city centre or the beaches.

The centre is evidently the place for those who wish to visit all the Barcelona sights and sample the fine Catalan cuisine in the myriad ristorantes that hide around every corner of the city.
The beach is the spot for those who wish to combine golf, sunshine and Barcelona's hectic nightlife in the clubs that encircle the Olympic Port and beaches of Barceloneta.

Barcelona golf courses

Barcelona has a good supply of golf courses and most are private members' clubs with an exclusive feel.  Barcelona's golf courses are predominantly to the North and East of the city; so staying by the port makes a lot of sense for getting out to the Golf Clubs easily.

The two courses at El Prat are simply magnificent and you would be happy to play here day after day.  The ancient setting at Vallromanes is exquisite with a traditional golf course that blends perfectly with its surroundings.  At La Roca you will find a more modern course designed to encourage Barcelonians to start golfing but it's a thoroughly enjoyable course nevertheless.

Getting to Barcelona

Being so popular has its advantages and Barcelona must be one of the easiest golf destinations to get to with so many flights to Barcelona every day and to the lo-cost airport just outside Tarragona - Reus.

From Barcelona airport it will take less than an hour (depending on traffic) to get into the city or around to Vallromanes.

Barcelona golf holidays by car

It is also feasible to drive down to Barcelona for your golf holiday. It will take at least one full day behind the wheel travelling across France.  The advantage of taking your own car on a golfing holiday is not to be underestimated: electric trolleys, no airport hassles with your golf clubs and you will also be able to bring back more than you would be allowed flying.

Or alternatively if you would rather cruise than drive consider the luxury quasi-liners that slip the inky blue from Portsmouth to Santander or Plymouth to Bilbao. From either port it's a lovely drive across the Pyrenees to Barcelona (why, you could even take in the delights of Cerdaña en-route).

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Sample Itinerary

4 nights at the Pullman Skipper Barcelona Port*****
3 rounds of golf Hire-car between two -
£ 555.00 per person
Spring & Autumn


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