Portugal has been the longstanding European hotspot for golf holidays and justifiably so. The glorious all year-round weather, stunning courses and vibrant nightlife really does tick all the boxes for golf holiday goers.
The two main areas in Portugal for golf holidays are the Algarve and
Lisbon. The Algarve is arguably the most renowned golf destination in
the world and the capital Lisbon offers a different Portuguese
experience which you wouldn’t find in the more touristic Algarve area.
Dom Pedro Old Course, Algarve
Dom Pedro Victoria Course, Algarve
Dom Pedro Vilamoura Hotel, Algarve
Dona Filipa Hotel, Algarve
Quinta Do Lago Laranjal Course, Algarve
San Lorenzo, Algarve
Vale Do Lobo, Algarve
Vilamoura Marina, Algarve
Golf in The Algarve
The Algarve area is the southernmost region of Portugal, hence the brilliant winter sun. This area and golf were just meant for each other. The Algarve is undoubtedly the focal point of Europe for golf holidays with a vast array of stunning resorts and around 31 golf courses to play. The main area in the Algarve for golf is Vilamoura which offers the largest selection of golf courses and the most vibrant nightlife. The quality and quantity of resorts and courses in the Vilamoura area is staggering.
Dom Pedro offer fantastic value for every type of budget with their varying packages. The Victoria & Old Course are the premium courses of the brand, however their three other courses are also a joy to behold. You also have more isolated premium resorts nearby such as Monte Rei Golf & Country Club which is the crème de le crème of golfing resorts. Vilamoura caters for every type of golfer and that is why it is a major powerhouse for golfing holidays.
Albufeira is the second city of the Algarve for golf and vibrant nightlife. It is essentially Vilamoura but just to a smaller scale and is only a 15-minute drive from Vilamoura.
OUR RECOMMENDED RESORTS & HOTELS
Dom Pedro Vilamoura Resort
Penina Hotel & Golf Resort
Dona Filipa Hotel
The Magnolia Hotel (Quinta Do Lago)
Vale Do Lobo Resort
Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
OUR RECOMMENDED GOLF COURSES
Monte Rei North & South
Dom Pedro Old, Victoria & Pinhal
Quinta Do Lago North, South & Laranjal
Vale Do Lobo Royal & Ocean
Faro Airport (FAO) 30 mins to Vilamoura
London – Faro 2 hours 30 mins
Mar-May & Sept-Oct
Golf in Lisbon
A golf tour to Lisbon is ever increasing in popularity due to the combination of high-quality golf and the true Portuguese culture you experience in the capital city of Lisbon. This really is the perfect option for people who are seeking more than just golf from their holiday. The capital city is a HQ of energy and activities to do when you’re not on the course.
The majority of the golf courses and resorts are in the surrounding area of Lisbon and reside on the stunning shoreline which offers sublime views. You will also find traditional Portuguese fishing villages such as Estoril and Cascais which will offer you a different Portuguese experience you may not have had before.
Troia Golf Course is south of Lisbon and requires you to take a short ferry ride to reach the course which gives it a unique experience of its own. The majority of the other courses and resorts are east of the capital with journey times ranging from 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. Due to the nature of the landscape, the courses in this area give you a links type feel and Oitavos Dunes Course epitomises this. So, if you want to mix a fantastic golfing holiday with a little city break then Lisbon is the choice for you.