As the summer draws to a close some golfers are starting to gather their waterproofs and heavy jumpers in preparation for the long, cold British winter that awaits. However, there is still time to rbook a golf break this autumn in Europe and take advantage of the golden Mediterranean sun.
Time away is valuable for many of us, if you did not manage to get away this summer there are still many destinations that offer great value in the Autumn (September to November).
In this blog, we provide an insight into what is still on offer in golf holiday to Portugal, where to go and the best times to travel.
Mid-September is still relatively warm in Portugal, Southern Spain and its ancillary islands. Perfect weather for golf as it’s not too hot and the rainfall is minimal. School holidays are over so the resorts are less busy and prices are cheaper than in earlier in the month.
Almeria, Southern Spain
Located in South-west of Spain, the area of Almeria has one of the best year-round climates in Europe which is perfect for a golfing holiday in Spain. Visiting in September means that you can still enjoy some warm sunshine in the early twenties and still take the opportunity to eat out Al-Fresco whether its fresh seafood you are looking for or just local Tapas.
Almeria city centre is a great city to enjoy with bars and restaurants with inviting tapas and local beers at great prices in a relaxed laid-back atmosphere.
Our recommendation for this region would be the Vincci Envia Hotel, located just 20 minutes from Almeria International airport and 15 minutes from the centre of Almeria city itself. The Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel, with a luxurious spa and its own on-site 18-Hole Championship golf course. Prices in September 2016 start from just £175 per person for 4 nights with unlimited golf.
Costa del Sol, Spain
The popularity of golf in Spain started back in the early 1960’s in the Costa del Sol or as many have nicknamed it ever since the “Costa del Golf”. With over 300 days of sunshine and over 54 golf courses to choose from the Costa Del Sol still has some of the best golf and golf holidays around.
Our choice for the September sun in the Costa del Sol would be the Try Estepona Valle Romano. This four-star property is located on the outskirts of Estepona and features luxury one and two-bedroom apartments with fantastic views across its own 18-hole championship golf course. Prices in September start from just £135 per person for 3 nights and 2 rounds of golf. Of course, you can play the other stunning courses during your stays such as Finca Cortesin Golf and Country Club, Estepona Golf and Duquesa Golf.
Staying in the region of Southern Spain, Murcia is a region full of contrasts with fantastic beaches, warm temperate climate and plenty of choices when it comes to golf courses. Situated on the Costa Calida and just 15 minutes away from the popular town of Cartagena is the La Manga Club Resort. Spread across some 200 acres this all-round sports resort features three championship golf courses, cricket, rugby and professional football pitches as well as a luxury spa and over 20 bars and restaurants on-site to choose from.
Our choice in September is the Las Lomas Village. Comprised of luxurious one and two-bedroom apartments, panoramic hotel rooms and townhouses which overlook the La Manga Club North golf course. Prices in September start from £169 per person for 3 nights and 2 rounds of golf.
Portugal has always been a hub for quality golf courses and sun holidays alike. The main two regions are the Algarve and the Lisbon coast. Both areas offer outstanding golf courses, crystal clear waters, sugar sand beaches and in September a comfortable climate to still enjoy a few glasses of Vino Verde on your own terrace in the evening.
As described the choices are vast, however our pick in the Lisbon area for September is the Dolce Campo Real Lisboa Resort which features a five-star luxury hotel and apartments, an on-site 18-hole championship golf course and a luxury spa too. Prices in September start from £179 per person for 3 nights and two rounds of golf.
The Algarve is still the most popular region for golfers to holiday year-round.
Our choice is the Pestana Carvoeiro Golf Resort, which features four-star apartments and is located in the very heart of the Pestana Gramacho golf course. The facilities of this resort include the 18-hole championship golf course (with access to four other good quality courses with 15 minutes), an extensive health club, tennis courts, driving range and widespread gardens. The town of Carvoeiro with its bars and popular fish restaurants is only 10 minutes away. Prices in September start from £179 per person 3 nights self-catering accommodation and unlimited golf on four great Pestana golf courses.
As autumn in the UK is starting to set in, October is a very popular time to get away and the climate is still warm in most areas. The golf courses are not quite so busy as in September so there are some great deals available for golfers.
Travelling in October to the Algarve for golf is always a great choice and good value-for-money too.
Our choice for the Algarve would be the Amendoeira Golf Resort. This resort features luxury apartments with two fantastic 18-hole championship golf courses on-site, along with fitness centre, restaurant bar, outdoor pool and children's area. The town of Porches and Alcantarilha are just a short drive away where you can enjoy Portuguese traditional cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Prices for October start from £179 per person for 3 nights and unlimited golf.
Further North on Portugal’s west coast, lie some of Portugal’s world-class beaches famed for the World Wind Surfing championships. The Lisbon coast region is also famous for great golf courses and is the home to Portugal’s current No 1 golf course, the Royal Obidos golf course.
With this in mind, our choice in October for the Lisbon region is the Evolutee Hotel at Royal Obidos Golf. This five-star deluxe boutique hotel overlooks its own Severiano Ballesteros designed 18-hole championship golf course, it has a fantastic restaurant with a luxury spa, driving range and practice ground. Prices start from just £270 per person for 3 nights.
The Costa del Sol as mentioned previously is another great place to play golf in October and there are still some great deals to be had.
Our choice for October is the La Cala Resort near Mijas. This extensive resort is situated up in the mountains overlooking the Mijas coastline and Mediterranean sea beyond. It is a five-star luxury hotel with three 18-hole championship golf courses, a golf club terrace second-to-none with fantastic views and a luxury spa for the non-golfers too. Prices start here from £245 per person for 3 nights and 2 rounds of golf.
Travelling further down the coast from the Costa del Sol towards Gibraltar lies the exclusive region of Sotogrande. The rich and famous have adorned this area since the early 1960s and with its recent makeover, the exclusive resort is looking superb. The Sotogrande Marina is a great place to take a quiet drink and watch the yachts come and go whilst enjoy a jug of Sangria and some fresh grilled fish.
From the numerous hotels offered here our choice is the Almenara Resort, a five-star hotel located centrally to the resort with its own 27 holes of golf and you have access to some stunning courses such as Real de Sotogrande, Valderrama, La Reserva to name but a few. The hotel has it’s famous “Vein Tee Ocho” restuarant overlooking the golf curse from a terrace viewpoint, a lovely spot to relax and watch the world go by. Prices start from £225 per person for 3 nights and 2 rounds of golf.
Staying with the Spanish theme, why wouldn’t we with so much to offer! The Costa de la Luz, or “The Spanish Algarve” is served by the popular Faro airport and s located East of Faro over the Guadiano River and across the border just into Spain.
Our choice for October would be the Precise El Rompido Resort, this five-star hotel is located at the heart of the resort with 2 18-hole golf courses; El Rompido North and South. Facilities include an outdoor pool, extensive spa, tennis courts, business centre and shops. Prices start here from £189 per person for 3 nights and 2 rounds of golf.
Autumn golf in Europe and the choice of packages have never been so strong. We still have availability and more importantly tee-times for all our top resorts. So do let us know if you require any assistance in booking your perfect golf break to the sun this autumn.