Portugal

Why Portugal Is The Best Place For A Golf Holiday

There’s no competition when it comes to a golfing holiday, Portugal is still the top contender for a getaway featuring just you, some clubs and plenty of time to while away the hours practicing your drive in the warm sun, on a course stretching across the stunning coastline of this charming country.

If you are a die-hard golfer then investing in a property in the country is the perfect way to spend your money along with a membership to one of Portugal’s most popular courses, such as Penina Hotel, Vila Sol or Penha Longa. It will also save you money on hotel costs in the long run if you go away a few times of the year, speak to a property expert such as Portugal Property for more information.

Portugal’s golf courses are some of the best in the world, even though there are actually only around 70 in the country. Other countries have attempted to compete, with the USA being the top competitor and a quantity over quality approach, which consists of 15,500 golf courses across the States.

However, due to financial instability in the country, more courses are closing than opening as people cut out their memberships and keep that money in their bank accounts, this is occurring on top of a declining middle class and lack of interest from the younger generation.

Portugal, however, offers some of the most affordable courses in the world, with package deals starting from £89. Portugal allows the average earning man to play a few rounds of golf in the sunshine and doesn’t require him to shell out his life savings. On top of this, the country can also boast great weather all year round, with temperatures in winter months averaging at 18 to 20°C.

The Algarve features some of Portugal’s top golfing destinations and is also one of the country’s most popular holiday locations, which means you can escape to the course while your family has plenty of entertainment along the strip and coastline.

Many resorts in the area feature pools and luxurious but affordable accommodation, meaning there’s no reason for your wife to complain when you slip away for 18 holes in the day. For example, the Don Filipa Hotel & San Lorenzo course is a five star location situated near the beach and offers five restaurants and bars.

You can also find tennis courts, a beauty salon, a crèche and opportunities to go horse riding on site and the course itself is a combination of stunning greens and superb views, extended from the surrounding natural environment, which also plays host to over 70 species of bird and other wildlife (so you can get those bird watching binoculars out too).

You should be utterly convinced by now that Portugal is the ultimate destination when it comes to jetting off for a golfing holiday, even more so now that you know it’s family friendly and can keep them occupied whilst you enjoy a little peace and quiet on the green.

January 27, 2015

Top 5 European Beach Getaways

Europe is a popular destination for tourists in the Summer. It goes without saying that these places will be jam-packed with tourists during summer. It is best to go later in the season, or earlier in the year to avoid soaring prices and heavy crowds.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Make Sorrento your base for exploring the glorious Amalfi coastline in Southern Italy. It is easy to get to Positano and Amalfi – the other main towns along the coast, but Sorrento is the final stop on the train line. Famous for colorful cliff-side buildings and turquoise waters, enjoy this bright and tasty trip in one of the world’s finest foodie capitals.

 Santorini, Greece

Santorini will always top my list of recommended travel destinations. The blue roofs, white building, red cliffs and bright orange sunsets are magical. Visit the unique black sand beaches, or jump straight off the rocks in Oia, anywhere you go, the water will be warm and crystal clear.

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Nice, France

Nice is one of the largest towns along the Cote D’Azur – more commonly known as the French Riviera. Enjoy a stroll through this coastal fashion capital, visit one of the many tourist attractions, or spend all day on the sand. Maybe you’ll spot a few celebrities or moguls in their natural habitat.

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San Sebastian, Spain

Situated in northern Spain, San Sebastian isn’t usually as hot as some of the more popular southern beaches, like Malaga. There are two main beaches: Playa de la Concha is better for families and sunbathers, whereas Playa de Gros is adored by adventure seekers and surfers, worldwide. Come nightfall, start the party with some pintxos and sangria.

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Lagos, Portugal

After scaling the old walls of this marvelous medieval city, find a secluded beach and relax. There are long sandy beaches, as well as seclude swimming holes along the city’s rocky coast. Lagos is a notorious party town, but don’t be put off. It also has a rich history and plenty of activities.

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Note: You must be on high alert for con artists and scams during the European Summer. Have a look at our tips for staying safe on your travels.

August 3, 2014

5 Reasons You Need To Visit Portugal

Planning a European summer getaway and out of places to visit? Why not add Portugal to your bucket list as well? Not only is it one of the ‘Top 20’ most visited places in the world, but has spectacular weather all year round and incredible tourist locations. How much more convincing do you really need?

Weather

Portugal is known for it’s amazing summer-time weather which averages around 28ºC during the summer, and winter temperatures which generally won’t drop below 15ºC.

Beaches

Did you know that there are more than 100 beaches located off the coast of Portugal? The locals know how to sit back and have a good time at one of the many popular, or isolated beaches in the country. Resorts are often picturesque in the summer, and are home to many tourists who choose to holiday in this little piece of heaven.

Food and wine

If you’re a massive foodie, you must visit Portugal and enjoy the various local delicacies. Not only is Portuguese cuisine known for it’s spectacular take on seafood, but the people have a long history of producing delicious wine. Port is definitely one of their specialties which you can find on the drinks list at any restaurant or café in the country. Northern provinces such as the Douro Valley also specialise in very sweet dessert wine which is extremely well known throughout the world.

Architecture

The capital city of Lisbon is home to many different buildings and monuments which have been around for centuries. The Lisbon History Centre is a must-see for anyone interested in the humble beginnings of the city, dating all the way back to 1755. Stepping out of Lisbon, there are a large number of pre-historic monuments such as the Dolmen of Pendilhe and rock drawings located in Siega Verde which are a must-see.

Nightlife

The Portuguese sure know how to throw a party – with a number of clubs and bars open until all hours of the night. Especially in the summer, where nights are longer and the party scene definitely kicks in. Cities such as Lisbon and Porto are home to popular venues such as ‘Bedroom’ and ‘Clube da Esquina’ which attract a number of tourists and locals who love to have a good time.

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July 27, 2014