When it comes to combining breath-taking landscapes with world-class golf courses, few destinations can match the allure of Portugal and Spain. The Iberian Peninsula offered our Golf & Tours’ guests a delightful array of picturesque fairways, challenging holes, and rich cultural experiences. Embarking on this golf tour through these two stunning countries was an unforgettable journey filled with golf, relaxation, and exploration.
During our trip to Portugal, we had the pleasure of staying at a hotel that left a lasting impression, where we experienced the luxury and elegance of PortoBay Liberdade in Lisbon. The hotel’s central location made exploring the vibrant city a breeze, and the impeccable service and stylish accommodations made it a memorable stay.
Playing golf at the picturesque golf courses of Portugal and Spain is a golfer’s dream come true. Penha Longa, was our first golf course to tee off on and to say we were excited was an understatement. Located in Portugal’s enchanting Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, it offered a truly unforgettable golfing experience for us all. Nestled amid rolling hills and lush landscapes, the 27-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. provided a perfect balance of challenge and beauty. With its diverse terrain and strategic layout, you can expect to encounter thrilling shots and breathtaking vistas at every turn. It was a great start to our golf tour.
Embarking on a journey to Portugal would undoubtedly remain incomplete without immersing oneself in the wonders of Lisbon, the captivating city that has so much to offer. During our visit, we were fortunate to partake in a delightful half-day food and cultural walking tour, which proved to be an unforgettable experience. Our first stop was a quintessential Portuguese ‘mercearia,’ where a delightful array of scrumptious cheeses, fresh fruits, delectable cold meats, and fine wines awaited us, tantalizing our taste buds and introducing us to the rich flavours of the region.
Next, we ventured into an authentic tasca, where we had the pleasure of savouring mouth-watering petiscos perfectly paired with exquisite wines. The combination of flavours was a true revelation, offering a genuine taste of Portugal’s culinary heritage. It was a moment of sheer pleasure, and the ambience of the tasca only enhanced the authenticity of the experience.
Finally, we culminated our tour at a charming restaurant, where we indulged in a classic Portuguese meal that left us enchanted. The blend of traditional recipes, expertly prepared dishes, and delightful desserts made for a truly gratifying dining experience. And of course, no Portuguese meal would be complete without the perfect wine to accompany it, making the day one to cherish.
Overall, our journey through Lisbon’s culinary treasures was an adventure we’ll treasure forever. The delectable flavours, warm hospitality, and cultural insights we gained during this food and cultural walking tour made it an absolute highlight of our trip to Portugal.
Our next golfing adventure saw us play at Tivoli, another gem in Portugal, situated in the beautiful Algarve region. Boasting an 18-hole course designed by the renowned golf architect, Rocky Roquemore, Tivoli presented us with a unique blend of coastal and inland holes. As we make our way around the course, we were treated to stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, making it an unforgettable golfing journey in Portugal.
A fun long day on the golf course, we were looking forward to checking into our hotel, which is located in the picturesque Algarve region and checked into Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort. Nestled along the stunning cliffs overlooking the ocean, the resort offers breath-taking views and a serene ambiance. With its luxury facilities and warm hospitality, Tivoli Carvoeiro provided a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.
After a restful night’s sleep, we ventured to Palmares Golf Course, also located in the Algarve, is a true golfer’s paradise. This 27-hole course, designed by Frank Pennink and Robert Trent Jones Jr., offers an unrivalled mix of links and parkland-style holes. The breathtaking setting along the coastline presented us with spectacular sea views, creating an unmatched golfing experience in Portugal.
Our full day private boat cruise along the stunning Algarve coast was an unforgettable experience filled with joy and adventure. The crystal-clear waters and breathtaking cliffs provided a picturesque backdrop as we sailed along, enjoying the warm sun and refreshing sea breeze. The highlight of the day was our stop at a secluded beach, accessible only by boat, where we had a private BBQ lunch.
The delicious aroma of grilled seafood and savoury meats wafted through the air as we savoured the delectable feast, complemented by refreshing drinks and tropical fruits. The seclusion of the beach made it feel like our own private paradise, allowing us to relax, swim, and bask in the sun without any distractions. It was a day of pure bliss, and the memories of laughter, good company, and the unparalleled beauty of the Algarve coast will stay with us forever.
In Spain, we were lucky enough to indulge in the grandeur of Monte Rei Golf Club, located in the eastern Algarve. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is a masterpiece, meticulously designed to harmonize with the natural surroundings. With its generous fairways and undulating greens, Monte Rei catered to all of us golfers regardless of our ability, while the opulent clubhouse and impeccable service elevated the entire experience to new heights as we indulged in a delectable tapas lunch after our golf.
During our stay at Hotel Amare Marbella, we were immersed in a luxurious and unforgettable experience. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with warm hospitality and a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean Sea. The accommodation itself was nothing short of extraordinary, boasting elegant and modern décor that exuded comfort and style.
Our rooms were spacious, well-appointed, and featured all the amenities we could have possibly wished for. Each morning, we woke up to the soothing sound of waves and indulged in a delectable breakfast spread that catered to all tastes. The hotel’s prime location allowed us to easily explore the charming streets of Marbella nearby.
Additionally, the rooftop infinity pool provided a spectacular spot to relax and take in the mesmerizing sunsets. Hotel Amare Marbella truly exceeded our expectations, and we have cherished memories of an enchanting and pampering retreat, an exceptional hotel on the Costa del Sol.
Our second last golf experience was at Mijas Golf Club, situated in the Costa del Sol, is another outstanding golf destination in Spain. Offering two 18-hole courses, Los Lagos and Los Olivos, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the club provides a diverse and challenging golf experience. Surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque views of the Sierra de Mijas mountains, we were treated to an unforgettable round of golf.
We embarked on an unforgettable golfing adventure to the prestigious Finca Cortesin golf course, where anticipation buzzed in the air as we set foot on the same hallowed fairways that would soon host the prestigious Solheim Cup. The course, nestled amidst the breathtaking Andalusian countryside, exuded an aura of elegance and challenge.
Towering palm trees lined the pristine fairways, adding a touch of exoticism to the already enchanting surroundings. With each stroke, we were enchanted by the skilfully designed layout, featuring undulating greens and strategically placed hazards that tested both our precision and strategy.
As we played our way through the iconic 18 holes, we couldn’t help but imagine the excitement and pressure that the world’s finest female golfers would experience during the upcoming Solheim Cup. It was a humbling and exhilarating experience to be part of the legacy of such a renowned venue, and we left with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
In conclusion, golfing at Penha Longa, Tivoli, Palmares, Monte Rei, Mijas Golf Club, and Finca Cortesin is a golfer’s delight. These exquisite golf courses in Portugal and Spain combine natural beauty, architectural brilliance, and impeccable service to create an unparalleled golfing experience that will leave our guests with lasting memories and a desire to return time and time again.
Beyond Golf: Exploring Culture and Cuisine
While the golfing experiences were undoubtedly the main attraction of our tour, we made sure to immerse ourselves in the rich local culture and savour the delectable cuisine of both Portugal and Spain.
In Lisbon, we explored the historic streets, relishing the traditional sites and sampling local delicacies. In Spain, we marvelled at the intricate architecture and indulged in tapas and paella in the vibrant city of Seville.
Undoubtedly, one of the most rewarding aspects of our golf tour was the camaraderie we shared with our fellow golfers. The laughter, friendly competition, and shared passion for golf and travel forged new friendships that will last a lifetime. Whether we were discussing strategies on the fairways or enjoying a well-deserved drink at the 19th hole, the bond we formed with our fellow travellers made this journey even more special.
Our golf tour through Portugal and Spain was a dream realized – a perfect fusion of golfing excellence, cultural exploration, and delightful camaraderie. The breath-taking landscapes of Portugal and Spain, combined with their spectacular golf courses and vibrant cultures, create an experience that every avid golfer should strive to encounter.
As we bid farewell to these enchanting lands, we carried with us cherished memories and a renewed love golf and travel. Until our next golfing adventure, Portugal and Spain, with their indelible charm, will always hold a special place in our hearts.
If you’d like to join Golf & Tours on our next Portugal & Spain Golf Getaway, we’d love for you to be part of the fun! Have a look at our website to see a full list of our upcoming tour offerings.