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The best golf holiday destinations in Portugal.

Golf holidays in Portugal - our destinations Vilamoura golf holidays Tavira golf holidays - Eastern Algarve Estoril & Sintra golf holidays Setubal, Sesimbra, Aroeira, Troia golf holidays. Obidos, Praia del Rey golf holidays. Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo golf holidays. Lagos and Penina golf holidays. Tavira, Monte Rei, Quinta da Ria & Cima golf holidays.

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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!

Vilamoura Marina

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.

Penina hotel

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.
With so much coastline, the Portuguese have a strong seafaring tradition, which is reflected in their cuisine. Straightforward grilled fish of all species takes pride of place on many a menu, alongside a huge variety of seafood (try the sea urchins in season) and if the evenings are still a little cool when you take your golf holiday there is nothing more warming than their hearty fish-stews.
Start the evening with a glass of chilled, crisp Vinho Verde and a deep red sun setting over the Atlantic.  Then accompany your dinner with a glass or two of the Portuguese deep red wines that are so full bodied thanks to grapes that ripen in the strong Portuguese sun.

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!
The golf courses in this area of the eastern Algarve are outstanding, particularly if you splash out on a round at the luxurious Monte Rei.  Alternatively cheaper golfing can be found at Quinta da Ria down on the coast with its sister golf course and Quinta de Cime, plus nearby Benamor (a favourite with local golfing ex-pats) and the new Quints do Vale set back in land.
Just a short hop over the border will introduce you to the Spanish delights of El Rompido with its two golf courses and the newly built Costa Esuri.


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.

Cascais town centre

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.

Golden Eagle golf course

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.
In this part of the world there are also some truly remarkable golf courses: Quinta do Peru, Montado, Ribagolfe, Aroeira are all fine golf courses. However the jewel in the Sesimbra crown is without doubt the devilish beauty that is Troia Golf Club on the narrow spit of land reached by a ten-minute ferry from Setubal.  A simply amazing golf course, once discovered never forgotten.

Penha Longa golf course

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Guest Comments

"We have been a customer of GPE for the last 25 years. Why do we keep coming back ? Because the professional service, attention to detail and brilliant advice never disappoints. Latest adventure was Tavira (Algarve). Courses excellent standard, condition and not crowded, hotel very accommodating, comfortable and with a breakfast that made my doctor weep.
Thank you once again."
Mr. N. Heynen - Wiltshire.

"Hallo James,
Portugal was much better then expected the best one was the 9 hole links at Palmares, Oitavos for second - very good Troia and Quinta da Peru.
We will return for sure to the Lisbon area."
Herr A. Pucher -

"Just wanted you to know that we all really enjoyed our golf holiday in Portugal and all went perfectly.  The boys were really impressed and pleased with the entire service from GPE."
Richard Harrison
Head Professional
Royal Blackheath G.C

"Just got back from our trip to Portugal - absolutely fantastic a roaring success - great venue, golf and accommodation. We shall be using you again!!"
Mr. J. Vocking - Surrey.


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