Golf Holidays in Portugal

Portugal is famous for its warm weather, delicious wine and fabulous golf courses. Avid golfers travel to the country all-year-round in search of this trio of delights, spending relaxing holidays out on the golf course. The sport of golf works well with the Portuguese way of life which is laid back and emphasises fun and relaxation. This is particularly true in the Algarve, its southernmost region, which is home to the majority of its most famous courses. With NOVASOL, rent villas in the Algarve and take your pick of the best courses. Or, if you have your eye on a different destination, we have a variety of villas in Portugal, many with easy access to the best local golf clubs.

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Golfing weather – self-catering in Portugal

What makes self-catering in Portugal so attractive is the reliable warm weather throughout the year. Golfers rent our villas in Portugal in autumn, winter and spring to enjoy mild temperatures that are perfect for the sport. In the summer, the courses can get very hot, particularly in the Algarve, so it’s a good idea to bring appropriate clothing on self-catering holidays. The busiest seasons are the spring and the autumn when temperatures can sit nicely in the 20s, providing the perfect environment for hitting those fairways and sinking the toughest puts.

Golf holidays in the Algarve

You will struggle to find better weather in mainland Europe than in the Algarve. Portugal’s southern region bathes in warm sun all year round, making it the perfect destination for golf holidays. Over 40 of the country’s top courses are located throughout the Algarve, well in reach of NOVASOL’s fantastic range of Portugal villas. When you are not busy golfing, take a trip to one of the region’s wonderful beaches such as Praia da Marinha and enjoy sunbathing and watersports beside the refreshing Atlantic Ocean.

Take a swing at Monte Rei Golf Club

This magnificent golf course was designed by no other than American golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Located right in the east of the Algarve region, near to the border with Spain, this course has a mixture of tough bunkers and gorgeous, tree-lined fairways. The par-72 course is within a short drive of a number of NOVASOL’s villas in the Algarve, and makes a fabulous day-out. If, like most, you enjoy a tipple of delicious wine and a bite to eat when out and about from villas in Portugal, mosey around the course’s clubhouse after you golf-session and visit the delicious restaurant.

Hold your nerve at Vale do Lobo Royal

Another fantastic course in the Algarve, Vale do Lobo Royal is located right in the centre of the region’s coastline. The most famous feature of Vale do Lobo Royal is the dramatic 16th hole which requires one of the toughest shots in the country, played from edge of a fire-red cliff-edge. When renting villas in Portugal, this challenging course is well worth a visit, as is the nearby city of Faro which is home to a gorgeous cathedral and picturesque cobbled streets. Portugal villa holidays are the best way to enjoy the variety of the coastline, which is dotted with golf courses, fishing villages and exciting cities.

Fall in Love with Lisbon

Portugal’s capital is an essential destination for every European traveller. The relaxed nature of the city, which involves lots of seafood eating and cherry branding drinking in its warm streets, is a delight to experience whether in the heart of summer or throughout the year. Rent Lisbon accommodation with NOVASOL and enjoy the nearby golf courses in the day and the city’s delicious restaurants and vibrant culture in the evening. That’s not to forget a daily feast of Lisbon’s favourite pastry – the pastel de nata or custard tart. Although these scrumptious treats can be enjoyed anywhere while self-catering in Portugal, the capital is where they are most enticing.

Test yourself at Oitavos Dunes

Located on the Lisbon Coast, out to the west of the capital, this par-71 course is right on the water’s edge. With the Atlantic lapping, and sometimes crashing, against the feet of many holes, the play is directly influenced by the wind and weather coming off the ocean. The challenging conditions benefit skilled players who visit from villas in Portugal throughout the year. After a tiring 18-holes, players retreat to the classy clubhouse for snacks and glasses of wine. You can get the train back to Lisbon accommodation from nearby Cascais, so no need to hold back on the award-winning vino!

Have a go Penha Longa Atlântico

This course, located near historic Sintra, is part of a large nature reserve which dominates the region to the west of Lisbon. Accommodation in the city is not too far from the course, although villas in Sintra are even better. This course stands out amongst many other in Portugal for its hilly landscape and breathtaking putting greens. Whether you are an experienced golfer of just an amateur visiting from villas in Portugal, you will find yourself taken aback by the natural environment.

Culture and food on villa holidays in Portugal

Golf is extremely popular in Portugal, but it would be foolish to say the sport is the country’s main offering for holidaymakers. One undeniable quality shared by the Algarve, Lisbon and northern regions of the country is the delicious cuisine and award-wining wine that can be enjoyed. As a nation of explorers, with a proud history of navigating the oceans, Portugal has a strong relationship with the sea which manifests itself today as delicious, fresh seafood to be eaten in restaurants while self-catering. Portugal is also famous for its wines which go down a treat with seafood and meat dishes.

NOVASOL golf holidays

Here at NOVASOL, we are committed to providing holiday homes in Europe which cater for every interest and for all party sizes and budgets. With over 50,000 holiday homes across Europe, we are able to offer plenty of choice to our customers, including many homes near golf-courses and other activities. Our villas in Portugal are ideal for enjoying the nation’s cuisine and weather, and provide a desirable private retreat after a day on the greens. When selecting your Portugal accommodation, check to see which courses are nearby and how to get there from your villa.