Portugal is the most popular golfing holiday destination in Europe for the British, with seventy courses from which to choose. The Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for golfing, when playing in the UK may not be too pleasant or even possible. Not everyone wants to spend their whole holiday on the green, so Portugal has plenty of other activities on offer for those who’d be happy with a a couple of rounds, or golfing widow(er)s and orphans.
The stunning Estoril Coast, close to Lisbon Portugal’s capital, offers nearly a dozen high-quality venues that can be a thrill to play, as the Atlantic breezes often whip up interesting challenges for amateur and professional players alike. In fact in 2007 the golfing organisation IAGTO declared the area to be the best European golfing destination because of its very wide range of courses and facilities, catering to all types of golf enthusiasts. Two great courses are the world-famous Praia d’El Rey and the Estoril Gold Club which first opened in 1936, making it one of the oldest courses in Portugal.
Whichever area of Portugal you choose for your holiday, it is bound to be a hit with both golfers and non golfers, combining a sun drenched beach holiday or city break with the best of European golfing.
Posted : Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 10:51
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.