The Algarve is a top golf holiday destination in Europe. Located in the south of Portugal, it has great all year around weather (over 300 sunny days a year) and many top golf courses. For the non golfers there are beautiful beaches, traditional villages and very hospitable people! Resorts such as Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo are the best destinations for golf holidays in Portugal with many golfing and sporting options.
If you would like some party with your golf, you can go to Albufeira, where you can holiday 24/7, combining championship golf courses with a fun and adventurous nightlife. The Algarve in Portugal has the perfect weather for golfing almost all year long.
Besides bustling Albufeira, there is the charming old town of Lagos, set on one of the largest bays in the Algarve. Its 17th-century fort stands at the harbour entrance and a new marina with rows of excellent restaurants and bars draws the crowds.
Alvor, an old port at the mouth of the Rio Alvor, has many traditional restaurants by the quay and a maze of cobbled streets lined with whitewashed houses, shops and a few bars.
Golf holiday makers should check out the renowned Pinta Golf Course, one of the best courses in the Algarve, designed to retain natural valleys and undulations. Neighbouring Gramacho Golf Course is also excellent and both courses are free of green fees for those lucky enough to be staying at the Pestana Hotels.
Top Golf Holidays in Portugal
Quinta do Lago is a top golf holiday destination. Two of its four excellent 18-hole courses are listed among the Europe’s top 25 golf courses, and half of the 2000-acre resort comprises a residential and recreational estate, surrounded by pine forests.
This beautiful area is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa nature reserve. Nearby is a large shopping centre with a health club, nightclubs and restaurants, and scenic countryside runs along miles of secluded beaches.
Vilamoura is also a great golf holiday destination, and is just a 20 minute drive away from Faro International Airport. Vilamoura is one of Europe’s largest sport and leisure complexes, it has golf courses, championship tennis courts, an acclaimed riding school, and fishing and shooting facilities. The resort’s large marina has many fine restaurants, cafes and shops.
Vale do Lobo, Portugal’s biggest luxury golf and beach resort, also 20 minutes from the airport at Faro, is one of Europe’s finest. Its two golf courses, the Royal Golf Course and Ocean Golf Course, provide stunning views of the coast, and its 5 km-long sandy beach, with dramatic red sandstone cliffs, provides non-golfers with seriously good beach and swimming options.
The resort also offers tennis courts, a gymnasium and health and beauty centre, as well as restaurants and shops.
Golf Holidays Away From the Crowds
For a less frenetic golfing experience and a chance to enjoy nature, head east from Faro towards the Spanish border. There are many hotels not far from the airport, close to some well-designed courses. Tavira, at the mouth of the River Gilao, is a fishing port dating from Moorish times.
Nearby you’ll find Reserva do Sapal, one of Portugal’s most important nature reserves. And just across the border, on the Costa de la Luz, are many more great golf courses.
As you can see the Algarve in Portugal is a golf holiday destination you can’t miss out on, it has the best golf courses in Portugal and a lot to offer for an excellent golf vacation!
The Algarve golf courses range from Vale do Milho an interesting 9 hole to full championship complexes like Penina and Vilamoura. Whatever your level of skill or dedication to the game there is a course for you.
For a golfing holiday a hire car really is a must as many of the Algarve golf courses, such as Alto Golf and Palmares are set away from the main roads. The Algarve Golf guide includes contact details for the courses and if you are putting your own trip together it is essential to check that start times will be available before commiting to air fares and villa rentals.
Many of the courses, including Pinecliffs, San Lorenzo, Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago are often only available to guests in associated accommodation.
The construction of new Algarve golf courses has been limited by concerns for the available water supply and many projects are on hold. A new Algarve golf course is to open this year at Castro Marim close to the Spanish border and the River Guadiana.
It will be of interest to visitors to the Tavira area. The course guide starts from the west Algarve and covers the courses eastwards towards Faro.