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A Guide to Golf Holidays in East Algarve


The Tavira region in the Eastern Algarve has always been very much the unsung area for golf.  However, with the popularity of other areas of the Algarve at saturation point. Now is a perfect time to discover what a great and undiscovered region this is.

Before reading the golf course reviews below, if you would like to book fantastic 2021/22 Algarve golf holidays and enjoy the best golf courses in Portugal we can offer numerous golf packages combining hotels and resorts to cater for your every need.

How To Get There

By air, Faro International airport is served by all regional airports from the UK and now carries over six million visitors annually with the busiest month’s March through to October the most popular for travel.

Best Time To Visit

The climate in the Algarve is an all-year-round temperate climate, with the highest temperatures reached in the summer months. The climate is one of the main reasons that golfers return year-on-year for their golf holiday in Portugal. We have a wide range of excellent offers and deals for 2021 and booking early has huge benefits when securing the very best tee times.

Golf Courses in the Eastern Algarve - Where To Play

Some of the best courses in Europe are in the Algarve, check out our dedicated infographic containing a guide to where to find Algarve's best golf courses. Here's a selection of golf courses near the Tavira area:


Monte Rei Golf Club

Monte Rei North Golf Course, Algarvearial view of course

Monte Rei is the Algarves most prestigious golf course and the only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in Portugal. The golf course is spread across 1,000 acres of prime countryside taking in and maximising the natural terrain to its fullest offering the ultimate Monte Rei experience every time.

With plans in place to build the long-awaited South course well set in motion, Monte Rei has plans to provide the very best golf resort possible in mainland Europe. 2021 is set to be an exciting year for Monte Rei.

Benamor Golf Course

Benamor Golf course

The Algarve’s most famous designer Sir Henry Cotton designed and opened Benamor in the latter half of 2000 and is located just a few kilometres due East of Tavira. A relatively open and flat golf course Benamor has been designed to be one of the most enjoyable golf courses for golfers of all abilities.

Quinta do Vale

Quinta do Vale GC

Quinta do Vale golf course is another great golf course from the Master himself. The late, great, Severiano Ballesteros added Quinta do Vale to his extensive portfolio of a quality golf course. Ballesteros has used every one of the 75 hectares available to him to integrate the golf course into what will soon become another great in this unspoilt and undiscovered region.

Quinta da Ria & Quinta da Cima GC

Quinta da Cima

These two 18-hole championship golf courses sit adjacent to one another on the outskirts of Tavira. The two courses are very different in that Quinta da Ria is the shorter of the two and runs down to and along the coastline and is adjacent Quinta da Cima is the big sister of the two golf courses is longer and runs inland has open fairways and strategically placed almond trees to test the best of golfers.

Other golf courses near Tavira to try:

Castro Marim Golf & Country Club

Castro Marim GC

Golf Hotels to Stay in the Eastern Algarve

Vila Gale Tavira


The Vila Gale Tavira is another four-star hotel from the ever-popular chain. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of Tavira, the largest town in the region. Tavira is one of the original Moorish settlements in the region. This popular hotel is ideal to discover the region just 30 minutes from Faro airport and just two kilometres from Benamor golf course.

Praia Verde Boutique Hotel

Praia Verde Boutique Hotel


Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is located in the Eastern Algarve, just 57 kilometres from Faro international airport. The resort overlooks the Severiano Ballesteros designed Quinta do Vale golf course. Voted in 2014 by CNN as the best new boutique hotel in Europe. The hotel is a new concept and is a new modern concept with the unique Lobby Market.  A novel open space that is used in various guises in that it is a grocery store, reception, bar, working place, play area and reception.

Furthermore, all 65 suites and rooms are spacious and light and designed in very modern clean lines and very minimalistic. The Terra restaurant is unique with its wood oven serving rustic local food. Staying here is an experience, close to nature. Overlooking a great golf course, highly recommended whether you are golfing or otherwise.

Monte Rei Golf Resort

Monte Rei North Golf Course, Algarvearial view of course


Monte Rei Golf resort is located in the area due East of Faro airport, just a short drive from the Guardiano river. The two golf courses here are both fantastic golf course designs from the great Jack Nicklaus portfolio. Situated in over 1000 acres this ever-growing resort has a selection of luxury accommodation.

Including two bedrooms shared villas to four and five-bedroom luxury villas all appointed to the highest of standards. There are numerous facilities available on the resort catering for golfers. Staying at Monte Rei is truly a rewarding experience and one we believe every golfer and non-golfer should experience.

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