Portugal holiday and golfing destinations


Golf in Tavira

Tavira town

This beautiful ancient town, full of charming Algarve character, is an attractive destination for golf holidays due to the amazing number of top quality golf resorts that surround the town. Tavira sits in the south east of the Portugal near the Spanish border and is divided into two parts by the River Gilao that is spanned by a beautiful arched Roman bridge. Known as the town of churches its 37 religious houses proudly dominate the cultural center.

The winding streets, picturesque buildings, and an enticing main square and riverside, lined with good restaurants are just some of the reasons why this resort is so popular with golf holiday makers.  The town’s beach is hugely popular with families and sun-seekers with lots of space for sports. The beach lies past the salt pans and is reached by a ferryboat that takes the holiday visitor to the long attractive sandy island known as Ilha de Tavira.

Golf courses and clubs are a fairly recent addition to tourism here and have risen quickly in popularity.  The first golf course in Tavira, Benamor, designed by Sir Henry Cotton, was officially inaugurated in 2000 and the nearby spectacular Monte Rei resort is one most prestigious golf destinations in Portugal. Located in the unspoilt countryside between the dramatic Serra do Caldeirão mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Monte Rei is a rare jewel and offers an outstanding golf experience in sumptuous surroundings.

Being located only 35 minutes from Faro airport, Tavira is incredibly convenient for those needing a quick and easy golf getaway and is popular with all age groups.

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Golf courses in Vale-do-Lobo

Vale do Lobo resort

The exclusive resort of Vale do Lobo in central Algarve is one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in Europe. Located in an area known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ the resort is only 20 minutes drive from Faro airport and is home to some of the best golf courses and beaches in Portugal.

With its beautiful surroundings and abundance of luxury inclusive hotels Vale do Lobo has been carefully developed to offer golfers first class facilities and  attracts families and groups of friends looking for a little bit of grandeur. Being complemented by a large selection of restaurants, designer shops and excellent outdoor leisure facilities it is a perfect destination for golf lovers.

The resort of Vale do Lobo is home to two superb 18-hole courses. There’s the Royal with its famous 16th hole – where golfers have to drive across two ravines on the clifftop. The attractive neighbouring Ocean course is less challenging, but sits in a picturesque setting and has wonderful panoramic sea views. To practise your swing there is a huge driving range and, with plenty of other sports on offer in the resort, to say you’re spoilt for choice would be an understatement. For less adrenaline-packed afternoons follow the valley to the sea and experience five kilometres of beautiful white sand.  In the evenings a handful of upmarket restaurants and bars provide pleasant surroundings in which to enjoy a drink with friends.

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Madeira in PortugalLapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream with warm comfortable summers and mild winters The portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic ocean is an enchanting holiday destination all year round. With its volcanic history, and sub-tropical flora and fauna being in abundance, holidays in Madeira are for those who like splendid scenery and dramatic landscapes.

As a holiday destination, the island of Madeira is popular with walkers and those who enjoy an active lifestyle who are attracted to the island by the superb golf courses and watersports on offer. Following the portuguese golfing tradition the island boasts two golf courses both set in beautiful surroundings that make the most of Madeira’s stunning scenery.

When it comes to accommodation holiday makers can choose from some of the best hotels in the world, including the famous Reid’s Palace, which has been one of the island’s classic landmarks for over a century.

Being only four hours away from the UK by plane, Portugal’s island of Madeira is a popular holiday destination.

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Golf in Silves

The enchanting inland town of Silves in Portugal lies in western Algarve and is a destination popular with golf enthusiasts who visit to enjoy a game of golf at the four courses sited in the beautiful serene countryside around Silves. The characterful O’Connor and Nick Faldo courses that form part of Oceanico Amendoeira Golf Resort offer the golfer a tricky game and an opportunity to practise their technical skills on the adjoining Academy course.

Silves, that is only 1 hour from the airport, sits overlooking the Arade River. Commanding views over the town are its gothic cathedral and castle that sit proudly on the hillside and provide a glimpse of the historical past of this Portuguese gem. Life around the central square is busy with locals and holidaymakers who visit to sample the local market and cafes based in and around the square and its pretty side streets. Silves is a lovely picturesque town for a relaxing golf holiday with accommodation for golfers based at the golf resort.

Golf courses in and near Silves

Other Golf Resorts in Western Algarve

Detailed information on these resorts can be found in our resort pages and you can find the right course for you in our Golf in Portugal directory.  

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Golf in Vilamoura

Vilamoura resort

The action filled leisure resort of Vilamoura in central Algarve is the ultimate golfing capital attracting visitors worldwide. With its chic marina and championship golf courses Vilamoura is and one of the most prestigious holiday resorts in Europe. The marina attracts golfers, yachtsmen, and celebrities alike; all seeking a wonderful holiday in sunny Portugal. The golf in Vilamoura is exceptional with six courses available to suit golfers at all levels ability. The Oceanico Group dominate the golfing scene here operating five of the courses in this popular golfing resort. From the Victoria Course, current location of the Portugal Masters, to the popular Old Course, there is a fantastic selection of courses for everyone whether you want to test yourself against a Championship layout or simply play a relaxing round.

 For life of the golf course Vilamoura offers an extensive range of restaurants, bars and designer shops as well as nightspots and a casino. The casino has regular evening entertainment, such as shows and dances, as well as the gaming rooms. Stretching away either side of the marina are two beautiful beaches. One is quieter and perfect for relaxing while the other – Falesia Beach – is busy with snack bars and beach entertainment.

 With such fantastic amenities and only 30 minuets from the airport Vilamoura is a perfect location for golfers and their friends and families wishing to explore the golf sites along the Algarve coast of Portugal.

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Golf in Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago resort

The glamorous golf resort of Quinta do Lago is a golfers paradise where life revolves around championship golf courses, alluring restaurants and fabulous beaches. Situated in central Algarve, and close to Faro airport, Quinta do Lago is located in an area known as the ‘Golden Triangle’ and  is one of the most luxurious golfing hotspots in Europe.  The Quinta do Lago estate and its surrounding area is home to five course including three 18-hole Championship courses. In Quinta do Lago  the new Laranjal course offers a superb game while the Quinta do Lago North and South courses provide a rare opportunity to play on fairways enjoyed by the golfing elite with the South course hosting the Portuguese Open 8 times!

Experienced players will enjoy the nearby attractive courses at Pinheiros Altos or at the San Lorenzo which both offer superb conditions for a challenging game. The comprehensive resort offers its millions of visitors first class facilities desired by the golfing amateurs and professionals alike. Its residences offer true luxury and the guest services attract some of the wealthiest clientele in the world.

Quinta do Lago, is situated on the edge of the Ria Formosa nature park, so as well as being a perfect place for a game of golf it is also an attractive  destination for walkers and bird watchers. The villas and houses are set in between the pine trees and lakes along with a 5* hotel, restaurants and nightspots.  The beach and the […]

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Golf in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro resort

The picture postcard resort of Carvoeiro is a Jewel in the Algarve. Located on the Algarve coast near Albufeira and within 1 hour drive from the airport, Carvoeiro was a quiet fishing village. Now, the pretty town bustles with quaint restaurants, cafes and shops and is surrounded by golf courses, a large selection of hotels and all-inclusives resorts. The resort is popular with families due to the picturesque and sheltered beach at Carvoeiro that enjoys calm waters and soft sands. The central square of Carvoeiro, located near the beach, has wide selection of bars and terrace cafes that offer stunning views of the bay.

Golf courses in Carvoeiro have a relaxed feel and if you are staying here then you have three courses on your doorstep. If you are new to golf then the 9-hole Vale de Milho course is a great place to start as there is no strict golf code, no need for full golf attire and no handicap required. The course at nearby Pestana Gramacho, is an incredibly popular 18-hole course and one of the five Pestana courses in the Algarve. Vale da Pinta is the third course in the vicinity with its 18 holes designed by Ronald Fream and includes the Pestana golf academy on the site.

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Golf in Lagos

Suitable for golf enthusiasts of all ages, the western coastal town of Lagos is over 1 hour from Faro airport and is home to three delightful golf courses. The Boavista course provides stunning Atlantic views while the  Palmares, set on a southern hillside, is unquestionably the most scenic in the Algarve with breathtaking views across the Bay of Lagos.

With its historical origins Lagos in Portugal is popular with history enthusiasts with its original watchtower and fortifications evident and part of its religious and nautical past. Lagos is a vibrant resort with its town square hosting live music and entertainment for holiday visitors. Restaurants and bars can be explored around the narrow streets around the town square and are easily reached. The new Lagos marina is a busy part of the town and is populated with many fish restaurants and bars. The Lagos fish market runs daily and is well worth a visit. The nearby golden sandy beach can be reached easily from Lagos train station and is busy with holiday makers.

Golf courses in and near Lagos

Other Golf Resorts in Western Algarve

Detailed information on these resorts can be found in our resort pages and you can find the right course for you in our Golf in Portugal directory.  


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Golf in Portimão & Praia da Rocha

praia-da-rocha-beachWith many golf courses nearby, the busy commercial town of Portimão is the biggest town in the western Algarve. It is popular with golfers and shoppers alike and sits on the bank of the Arade river facing the resort of Ferragudo on the opposite bank. Portimão’s Atlantic beach of Praia da Rocha has, over the years, become a resort in it’s own right and is popular with tourists.  Praia da Rocha is a well-established resort located a 60 minute drive from Faro airport.

The resort is a fantastic holiday centre for golfers with many hotels and apartments enjoying views over the Atlantic. The beach at Praia da Rocha is one of the most spectacular in Europe and watersports are an integral part of beach life here.  Away from the beach, and within a 10 minute drive, you can experience a round at the one of the three courses designed by Sir Henry Cotton at Le Méridien Penina Golf Resort or visit Morgado do Reguengo Resort with its two courses.  Known for its spectacular scenery, the area around Portimão is popular with nature enthusiasts who enjoy the coastal walks. The town is packed with a range of  international restaurants and lively karaoke bars, discos and even a casino. Ideal for families and night owls alike, evenings can be a lively as you want them to be.

Golf courses in and near Portimão /Praia da Rocha

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Golf in Albufeira

Albufeira Town

The tourist town of Albufeira is ideally located for a golfing break with a number of fantastic golf courses positioned nearby and commanding stunning views of the coastline.  This popular holiday resort is located in central Algarve on the southern coast of Portugal and within just a 40 minute drive from Faro airport. The 18-hole Salgados  course is especially popular with golfers who visit Albufeira and the two nearby smaller 9-hole courses of Pine Cliffs and Balaia are popular with beginners.  Other courses within a reasonable distance include those near Carvoeiro.

The town itself is popular with golfers and non golfers alike with its beautiful sandy beaches, and fantastic restaurants endearing it to visitors of all ages. The beaches in and around Albufeira are family friendly and offer all kinds of amenities, activities and water sports. The two main beaches are Fisherman’s Beach and Albufeira Beach and the prestigious blue flag beaches are Evaristo, Oura, Sao Rafel and Gale. Albufeira has a fantastic range of nightlife with plenty of quiet cafes, quaint restaurants across beautiful winding streets and in the Montechoro or ‘the strip’ you’ll find plenty of lively restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Souvenir shops are located in and around the central square area and a range of hotels and self catering accommodation can be found to suit either families, couples or groups of friends.  Albufeira is built on a steep hill side so be prepared for steep walks if you are planning to explore.

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faroThe southernmost part of the Algarve is the Faro District that is home to the city of Faro and the only international airport for the Algarve with flights recieved daily from the UK. With its airport The city Faro is the arrival point for most holiday makers to the Algarve.

Faro is distinctly Portuguese compared with its near by coastal resorts and is laid-back and atmospheric. Faro is close to several beaches, including the beautiful Ilha de Barreta, which provide the ideal escape from the bussle of the city.

It is also next to the Ria Formosa Lagoon, a large nature reserve with interesting flora and fauna that attracts hundreds of different species of birds.

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Algarve in PortugalThe algarve is a popular holiday region along the south coast of Portugal known for its sun-drenched, sandy shores and is a firm favourite with families, couples and groups.

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