The Algarve region in Portugal is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. The area is well-known for its favourable climate, its gorgeous scenery, its unique cultural heritage and its delectable cuisine. In recent years, the Algarve has also become popular with golf tourists, because the region plays host to a large number of high-quality courses in a relatively small area.
With nearly 40 different courses to choose from along the coastline and further inland, there is no shortage of places to go for golf. Whatever style of course you would prefer to play on, the Algarve will have something for you. With journeys from one end of the Algarve to the other only taking about an hour and a half, it is possible to get to almost any of the courses with ease. The most surprising thing is that a golf culture only emerged in the Algarve in 1966, when golfer Henry Cotton recognised the potential of the area and opened the Penina Golf Course and Resort. In the 50 years, since, golf tourism in the region has blossomed.
With average temperature staying above 12 C for the whole year, and a high level of sunshine hours, even in the winter months, the Algarve is a great destination for year-round golf. Although the winter months can see a few days of rainfall, most golfers do not have a problem. The region is also well-connected, with daily flights coming in from all major cities around Europe. The tourist infrastructure is well-established, with most clubs, bars and restaurants offering menus and information in English, Spanish, French and German. Therefore you will not need to worry about communication issues affecting your holiday.
The varied terrain in the Algarve gives guests a lot of different things to experiment with. A lot of the world’s top course designers and former players have created courses in the Algarve as well, including courses by Nick Faldo, Rocky Roquemore and William Mitchell. One of the most famous courses in the area, the Monte Rei, is well-known for its sweeping views out across the Atlantic Ocean to the south and towards the Caldeirao Mountains. Elsewhere on the coast you can have the chance to play on a Portuguese version of the traditional links set-up. On these courses, golfers have to know how to use their skills to work with (or against) the breeze rolling in off the Atlantic. Most golfers will relish the challenge of courses like these.
As well as a range of classic courses, the area is also able to offer up accommodation to suit all styles and budgets. Many of the courses in the area offer affordable luxury with 4 or 5 star ratings. Once you are off of the course, you will be able to relax at accommodation which has been chosen specifically to suit your needs. Whether you are looking for 1 round or unlimited rounds, the Algarve is the perfect place to choose for your next golf holiday.