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Golf Holidays in Spain
Golf holidays in Spain have been an automatic choice for millions of British Isles golfers heading for a golf holiday in the sun every year. The Costa del Sol is particularly well known for its rapid golf expansion with many golf courses springing up in this part of Spain over the 80s and 90s. But Spain has an awful lot more to offer the holiday golfer than just this strip of hotels and golf courses huddled together around Malaga and Marbella.
The inexorable rise in the number of holiday golfers heading for Spain at the end of the last Century has encouraged a plethora of Spanish golf courses to spring up right across the country. You can now take your golf holiday in almost every corner of Spain.
In the South of Spain the belt of golf courses along the Costa del Sol are extremely well frequented by all standards of European golfers, keen to make the most of their days (and in many cases their nights too). Anybody who has visited Malaga or Puerto Banus will tell you that this part of Spain is not for the faint hearted!
We are of course happy to arrange your golf travel to the Costa del Sol for you, but frankly we feel you might enjoy a golf holiday in other parts of Spain even more - especially if you are looking for a more relaxing style of golf holiday.
Take your golf clubs and head west from Malaga towards Gibraltar, you will find a much calmer belt of seaside golf in the the area around Estepona, Sotogrande and San Roque. This part of the Andalucia is a little more Spanish and a lot more civilized (greener too!) making for a more relaxing environment for your Spanish golf holiday.
There are some superb golf courses to play: world famous Valderrama, the impressive Finca Cortesin, serene La Reserva, the lovely old course at San Roque as well as their intriguing New course plus the clifftop layout at Alcaidesa one of the best value golf courses in Spain. There are also some less memorable southern Spanish golfing fare where the holes are intertwined amongst holiday homes and apartment blocks.
Golf holidays in Jerez & Cadiz have a feel of real Andalucian golfing about them. Both Jerez & Cadiz are genuine Spanish cities with lives and industries of their own that started long before the onset (onslaught some might say) of golf holidays in Spain.
Jerez is a small city, designed for strolling, that is known the world over as the producer of everybody's auntie's favourite tipple - sherry. Seemingly every street has a bodega where you can try a crisp, ice-cold fino, just the thing before dinner after a warm day on the golf course. Or a rounded Amontillado if you prefer a fruitier taste, or the full-bodied Oloroso (maybe with dessert). Whatever your taste you will be hard pressed to avoid a glass of sherry in Jerez!
Cadiz down on the coast is a larger, busier city that has a busy trading port with all of the associated hustle and bustle. Unless you particularly want to stay in Cadiz on your golf holiday we would rather recommend Jerez as it is smaller and closer to the pick of the golf courses.
However if you would like a Cadiz golf holiday, please let us know and we shall be happy to make all the arrangements for you.
Getting to Spain
Being such a popular holiday destination, there are numerous flights to Spain from airports all over the UK and Europe. In fact for a fly drive golf holiday, Spain is arguably the easiest location to get to for your golf holiday.
We can advise on the best routes and schedules from an airport near you to your golfing destination that will have you on course in the shortest possible time.
Alternatively, you can sail away to Spain from Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries, taking your own car and clubs, allowing you to bring back plenty of souvenirs of golf in Spain!
As we have an ATOL licence we can book flights for you or ferries at our discounted fares to Spain.
For a more tranquil Spanish golf holiday amidst whitewashed fishing villages and sleepy Spanish towns along with a taste of real Spain and superb quality golf courses we would recommend taking your golf holiday amongst the beautiful landscapes north of Barcelona and south of Girona - the Costa Brava.
This is Catalonia and it's a wonderful place to enjoy golf in Spain and a truly relaxing golf holiday: Spain's quieter corner. You will find an array of golf courses here as good as any in the world, such as the two courses at PGA Catalunya and two more just down the road at Emporda, out on the coast the the narrow Fairways at Platja de Pals will test your accuracy and the courses at Girona and Aro will test your stamina.
The North-Eastern corner of Spain clings fervently to its past and retains a distinct identity complete with its own language – Catalan (more widely spoken here than Spanish). There are indeed some large resort style towns along the beautiful Mediterranean coast but these are predominately to be found further south towards Barcelona.
Contrastingly, the villages east of Girona are by and large either small fishing villages or medieval walled towns sitting on hilltops dominating the fertile, sun-drenched plains. Magnificent scenery and an exceptionally dry climate in which to play golf.
Just south of Barcelona lie miles of golden sands lapped by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, aptly named the Costa Dorada.
Along a lot of the seaside, development has been a little overdone and uncontrolled but there a couple of havens to be found: the old city of Tarragona with its rich past and the modern seaside town of Port Cambrils. These two venues offer slightly different advantages, each making an ideal base for a Costa Dorada golf holiday in its own way.
And the golf courses of the Costa Dorada are superb!
One does not have to venture too far east from Barcelona before the Balearic islands are reached. Their reputation is one of wild partying, but in truth away from a couple of scary corners the majority of Mallorca is a quiet and calm land with some very good golf courses.
Spread around the island of Mallorca there are an extraordinary number of golf courses, all of a very good standard: Son Muntaner would match any course anywhere and there are many more too especially on the eastern and of the Mallorca where Capdepera, Pula and Alcanada make a tantalising threesome. If you have always dismissed Mallorca as a youthful den of iniquity, then maybe it's time to reconsider...
In the very North of Spain high in the Pyrenees and well on the way to the tiny Pyreneen province (and ski resort) of Andorra lies a lush green valley - Cerdaña (also known as Puigcerda). The valley runs due East to due West so catches the sun all day long and for many years this idyllic mountain retreat has been the Summer escape for well-to-do Barcelonians escaping the city heat in July and August.
Cerdaña is unlike any other golf holiday destination that we feature: total seclusion (or reclusion?) from the outside world amongst a collection of sleepy Pyreneen hamlets. If all you want is fabulous golf, pure oxygen and peace and quiet then Cerdaña is the place for you: party animals need not apply!
Holidays in Spain - wining and dining
Food and wine are hugely important to the Spanish (quite right to!) where both fresh fish and seafood are very much in evidence alongside fine hams, olives and cheeses.
The provinces of Rioja and Navarra are well known for their rounded, oaky wines, are not far distant but there are many other, more local, wines of note: those from Penedès and Arragon are particularly worthy of investigation.
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