Where to Stay in Portugal for Your Golf Holiday?
The two main regions to visit is the Algarve and Lisbon Coast.
Our Team’s Top Pick Golf Resorts in Portugal:
Marriott Praia D’El Rey Golf and Beach resort
Looking for perfect golf packages with incredible luxury accommodation and golf courses to match? This stunning Lisbon Coast resort has an amazing location right on the Atlantic coast with beautiful views of the beach. There are two golf courses to play here, the on-site Praia D’el Rey and the first-class West Cliffs course which was opened in 2017. The hotel facilities are impressive, with lots of good feedback about the food and wine. The Medieval town of Obidos is only a 20-minute drive.
Quinta da Marinha Resort
Another Lisbon Coastal choice, this 5-star resort set in a beautiful residential area near to the coastal town of Cascais. The resort-style golf course on-site is challenging but will appeal to golfers of all levels. This is a perfect base to visit Lisbon, Sintra and the stunning beaches nearby. The coastline here really is stunning, along with the choices of restaurants in Cascais really makes this hotel a great choice for a golfing holiday in Portugal.
Vila Gale Cascais
This centrally located 4-star hotel is only a 5-minute walk into central Cascais. From the higher floors, the rooms have spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean and Marina. The real benefit of this hotel, other than location, is the free parking on-site. We would recommend this hotel for superb golf clubs nearby, a lively town for the evenings, stunning coastline and above all great value for money.
Penina Hotel Golf Resort
A popular choice amongst those who book regular golf breaks in Portugal, based in the central Algarve, the Penina Hotel Golf Resort is a friendly and welcoming hotel is the classic golf holiday hotel. In fact, it was the first golf resort on the Algarve. There are 3 golf courses on-site to choose from which cater for all standards of play. There is a huge swimming pool and plentiful restaurants to choose from. Rooms can be booked to view over the course, mountains or swimming pool. The old town of Portimao is nearby which offers relaxing local culture and gastronomy. Overall a very good choice if you want access to all your facilities in one location.
Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo
Ideal for a golf trip, this hotel is located in the high-class area of Vale do Lobo in the Algarve and is a popular golfing break location. The hotel recently had a complete internal renovation, which has updated this resort into a modern and relaxing resort. Staying at the 5-star hotel allows guests to book around on the stunning and challenging San Lorenzo Golf Club. Other golf courses in the area are Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Pinheiros Altos. The nearby Praca is a good alternative for restaurants and drinks.
Dom Pedro Vilamoura
Based in Vilamoura Algarve, previously known as the Dom Pedro Golf Hotel, this hotel has a great location right in the centre of Vilamoura Marina. The hotel provides a shuttle bus to all the Dom Pedro golf club surrounding Vilamoura, which of course we will arrange for clients. The marina provides restaurants, bars a casino and a great atmosphere both in the evening and during the day. There is also a beach within walking distance with a choice of beach bars to use during the summer.
The southern area of Portugal offers a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters, hence why so many golfers looking for all year round top golf resorts choose Algarve golf breaks to play the best golf courses. Even the northern part of the country in areas such as the Lisbon coast a favourable climate exists because of the Gulf Stream, culminating in warm summers and mild winters.
Which Golf Courses in Portugal do we Recommend?
Penha Longa is a preferred golf course for those who book Lisbon Coast golf holidays. located on a beautiful historical site with an appealing design. The 18 hole course is set in the Sintra Natural Park which provides stunning views to the mountains and to the ocean beyond. The course is challenging especially with any wind, however, the whole place has a relaxed charm which will ensure you enjoy your round whatever the score.
Praia D’el Rey
Lisbon masterpiece on the coast is one of the great courses in Europe. This links course ranks among the top courses in Europe and the natural beauty of the surroundings make this a great holiday choice for golfers of all abilities. The course designed by the renowned Cabell B Robertson displays aspects of thoughtful layout and design which one comes to expect from this great architect.
The Old Course Vilamoura
Looking for a popular golf package? This is definitely a customer favourite for any stay in Vilamoura and a great advert for Portuguese golf. An excellent 18 hole test designed similar to a British parkland course, but in the sun! Tougher than some of the other resort golf courses, the golf course requires some strategic thinking to score low. The charming and attractive clubhouse is perfect to relax after a round, with a highly rated restaurant and very attentive staff.>
Quinta do Lago
Set in lovely scenery along the Ria Formosa Natural Park in the Algarve. The South course is a real stunner that has it all, umbrella pines, water hazards, in immaculate condition and a good test. There are two other golf courses on-site, the North and Laranjal. All are worthy of a mention for great golf in Portugal.
This golf course is a real gem and is one of Portugal’s finest (currently ranked number five in Portugal), located in the Algarve near Vale do Lobo. The course has some beautiful scenery and will test all aspects of your game. The putting green along with the course greens and fairways are some of the best in the region.
I have been using 360 golf holidays for many years now, I recommend them 100%, when visiting Portugal I would use no other agent! Totally recommend them, first-class service from Jeff & Maria. Ms Lynn T (June 2017).
When to Play Golf in Portugal?
The Portuguese climate allows for year-round golf with over 300 days of sunshine a year, however, the majority of golfers choose to take a golf break here from October to May. This is to take advantage of the milder temperatures and cheaper prices offered before the summer season kicks in. One can play golf in Portugal 2018 in the summer months and the course is indeed less busy during these periods, however, the temperatures can often reach the mid-30’s. For this reason, it is advisable to book early to ensure an early morning tee time is guaranteed.
Golf Breaks in Portugal
Faro, Portugal is the gateway to the Algarve. Portugal’s southern stretch of coastline is famed for its expansive golf resorts. From east to west the coastal scenery is dramatic in places and can also offer some stunning sweeping vistas. The Algarve is home to some of the most famous golf courses in Europe including Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and the Old Course in Vilamoura. In respect of destinations, 360 Golf Holidays favourite is the town of Albufeira which has something for everyone alongside Vilamoura for golf breaks. No wonder Algarve wins awards year-after-year as a popular destination for golfers to visit looking for golf in the sun.
Golf Breaks in Lisbon
This is an ideal destination for a short break for the discerning British golfer. Easily accessible and relatively quiet, the temperatures can be slightly cooler than that of the south coast but are still very mild, even during the winter months. There are over 20 fantastic golf courses to choose from and each of them is within an hour’s drive of the thriving capital city, Lisbon. Two of the best courses that the Lisbon coast has to offer are Praia D’El Rey, Penha Longa and Oitavos Dunes. Both of these tremendous courses offer a mix of holes, within a lovely landscape. For golf travel or more information, please check our special offers including all-inclusive options on all Portugal golf breaks.
Vilamoura Golf Holiday Destination
Situated in the Algarve, Vilamoura plays hosts to a number of championship golf courses with the added bonus that they all very close to each other meaning every day can you play a different course. Vilamoura without golf is a lovely place to stay with an array of excellent hotels, restaurants and of course the marina.
Last but not least is Palmares which boasts a Trent designed golf course in Lagos Bay. Palmares golf course is very popular with Links players although it has the added attraction of being situated along one of the most beautiful coastlines in Portugal hence its popularity among golfers and non golfers alike.