Experience outstanding courses & year-round sunshine
With some of the best courses in Europe, the perfect playing climate, and a host of first-class golf destinations, Portugal golf holidays offer a multitude of experiences no matter your preference, budget, or group size. The Algarve is famous worldwide for its fantastic variety of courses, with individual destinations such as Vilamoura, Albufeira, and Lagos providing fantastic bases for a golf tour. However, areas like Lisbon, Porto, and the idyllic island of Madeira should not be overlooked, as each provides visitors with a unique and quality golf trip overseas.
Why book a golf holiday to Portugal?
- Take advantage of extensive course & accommodation options
- Play European Tour and championship courses across the country
- From Lisbon to the Algarve, explore new & exciting destinations
- Experience the perfect golfing climate, all year round
- Easily accessible, with excellent flight access to Faro, Lisbon & Porto
- Indulge in the famous Portuguese culture - food, art, history & more
Where to play on your Portugal golf holiday?
Best golf holiday destinations in Portugal
Excellent golf courses in stunning settings, a year-round mild climate, and great accommodation options make Portugal unmatched for a golf holiday abroad. Plus, with no time difference and regular flights from most UK airports, it’s also incredibly convenient.
Whilst you can visit almost anywhere in Portugal and have an incredible time, it is important to choose the best golf destination for you and your group to ensure you make special memories both on and off the course.
There are 72 golf courses in Portugal, with approximately 31 courses located in the Algarve and 29 courses located in the Lisbon area, which are without doubt the two leading locations in the country.
The Algarve offers over 300 days of sunshine per year and several locations that are ideal for either a golf tour or stay & play golf package. Vilamoura is a golf-crazed resort town centrally located nearby Faro Airport. The whole community is built around the beautiful marina, packed full of bars and restaurants, with numerous golf courses within close proximity – perfect for group entertainment. Additionally, Lagos is a vibrant coastal city with a more traditional and relaxing Portuguese environment.
Lisbon offers something completely different… golf nearby one of Europe’s most vibrant and colourful city centres. Whilst our resorts and courses differ in their proximity to Lisbon, you’re never too far away to enjoy a day trip to the cosmopolitan capital. The golf courses are special too, with a selection of links courses that hug the iconic coastline.
Our most popular Portuguese golf destinations include:
- Vilamoura (Algarve)
- Quinta do Lago (Algarve)
- Tavira (Algarve)
- Lagos (Algarve)
- Alvor (Algarve)
- Albufeira (Algarve)
For something a little different, then we suggest visiting Madeira – the World’s Best Emerging Golf Destination (as voted at the World Golf Awards in 2019). This location is a great way to combine the famous Portuguese culture with stunning vistas and island living.
Discover the best golf courses in Portugal
Across the country, you'll find some of the best golf in Europe, and with such a high quantity and quality of layouts on offer, no two golf trips to Portugal are the same!
The sunny Algarve alone boasts 31 of the country’s layouts, many located along the spectacular coastline and regarded as the best golf courses in Portugal. Discover two great courses and luxury at Amendoeira Golf Resort, the beautiful designs of the Old, Victoria, and Millennium from the Dom Pedro Golf Collection, or the legendary European Tour venue of Quinta do Lago, with three exceptional parkland layouts on-site.
Further north, Lisbon provides a complete contrast to the Algarve. Not only are you situated around one of the world's leading cities, but the golf courses offer a more links-like style. Some of the top courses include West Cliffs, Praia d'el Rey, Oitavos Dunes, and Troia Golf Course.
Some of Portugal’s best golf courses include:
Monte Rei (Tavira) – situated in Eastern Algarve overlooking the Serra do Caldeirão Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, this beautiful Jack Nicklaus design is a haven of water hazards and incredible bunkering.
Oitavos Dunes (Lisbon) – rough, rugged, and ready, this DP World Tour offers a delightful mix of woodland and links-like holes, with undulations and firm, fast greens.
Old Course (Vilamoura) – dating back to 1969, the Old Course is an incredibly enjoyable test of golf with well-constructed tree-lined fairways, small greens, and gentle contours.
West Cliffs (Lisbon) – the newest edition to golf in Portugal, West Cliffs is a classy links course with Atlantic views on every hole.
Troia Golf (Lisbon) – idyllically situated on a peninsular in Setubal, Troia is a little out of the way but certainly worth the journey. It was designed by Robert Trent-Jones Snr who has utilised the natural terrain with tight fairways and audacious bunkering.
Palmares (Lagos) – a Robert Trent Jones Jnr design that effortlessly dovetails parkland and links golf. Expect stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean throughout.
Additionally, both Porto and Madeira are great alternatives if you're after something a little different. Whatever it is your looking for, Portugal is a highly dynamic destination. It has something for every golfer and every budget, and with frequent flights available, a great golf holiday is only a stone’s throw away.
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Best-selling golf holidays in Portugal
Stay in top resorts on your Portugal golf holiday
From luxury golf resorts and stylish coastal apartments to budget-friendly city centre hotels in Lisbon, when it comes to accommodation, the choices in Portugal are endless.
Stay and play in iconic resorts in the Algarve such as Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Amendoeira, or Vale do Lobo. Each venue offers facilities, multiple sports, well-appointed guest rooms, and much more.
Likewise, Lisbon provides plenty of options. Praia d’el Rey is, without a doubt, one of the best two-course resorts in Europe, as is Penha Longa which is set in the beautiful National park of the Sinatra Mountains. Each one boasts superb leisure facilities, sumptuous cuisine, and of course amazing golf courses on-site.
Some of the best Portuguese golf resorts include:
Praia d’el Rey (Lisbon) – with two of the country's best golf courses on-site and two different accommodation options, Praia d’el Rey provides both luxury and value!
Amendoeira Golf Resort (Silves) – one of the standout resorts in the Algarve, Amendoeira also boasts two courses (Faldo & O’Connor), complimentary range balls, and villas which are great for self-catering options.
Monte Rei (Tavira) – combine world-class golf with private villas and a local Michellin-starred restaurant.
Vale do Lobo (Vilamoura) – if you’re looking for golf, beach and spa in one single location, then Vale do Lobo is hard to beat.
Penha Longa (Lisbon) – experience 545-acres of stunning Cascais landcape, with the addition of 27 holes and one of our more luxurious hotels.
If you're looking to make your next golf trip as hassle-free as possible, then take a look at our selection of Portugal all-inclusive golf holidays. Conveniently, everything is paid for upfront, and you'll have everything you'll need located on-site at your chosen resort.
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Very few locations in Europe can match Portugal. Not only are you guaranteed sun, but the choice of courses and resorts for such a small country is staggering. Plus, it is incredibly easy to get to and provides great value.
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Multiple golf holiday experiences in one country
Not only is there a vast choice of golf courses in Portugal, but there are also several types of golf holidays you can enjoy during your stay.
Some of our popular golf holiday types include:
All-inclusive golf holidays – completely hassle-free, go all-inclusive and manage your golf holiday budget before you’ve even arrived.
Cheap golf holidays – you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy your golf trip and we’ve put together some more affordable packages to help you do just that.
Golf weekend packages – enjoy an extended weekend at a selection of our best-selling resorts. Combine golf, with beautiful town centres and great sightseeing.
Golf & spa breaks – the best of both worlds… fun on the course and R&R off the course, we’ve compiled a list of our top golf & spa resorts for you to indulge in on your next golf break.
Off the course, there is so much to see and do in Portugal, from the great beaches, mountains, and lively cities. Discover crystal clear waters and year-round sunshine at the Algarve or take a trip to Lisbon and explore the capital city’s unique history and thriving cultural scene.
Known as the land of good food and wine, you must test your taste buds on the delicious fresh local Mediterranean cuisine. You must try a Pastel de nata (custard tart) in Lisbon.
Wherever you choose to go, Portugal is bound not to disappoint and you will be amazed at how much you can pack in. Some top attractions include The Palace of Pena, The Belem Tower, and Castelo de São Jorge.