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Portugal Golf Holidays - The Best Places in Europe to Experience Nature

Posted on 21 Dec 2021

Porto Santo Golf Course

The North American publication TheStreet, highlighted in its digital edition the 30 best places in Europe to experience the best of nature and outdoor experiences. Portugal heads the top of the list, with Madeira in 1st position, Azores (5th) and the Algarve region in (12th position).

1. Madeira, Portugal

The Archipelago of Madeira is described as being known for its wine and mild climate all year round. The ideal destination for nature lovers who can enjoy rugged mountain walks, hiking, sailing, dolphin and whale watching, diving and beaches.

Madeira Island was re-elected this year Best Island Destination in the World 2021 and has two excellent golf courses, Palheiro Golf and Santo da Serra Golf Club, with 18 and 27 holes respectively, both offering stunning views.

The second largest island in the archipelago with a stunning golden beach was the location chosen by Severiano Balesteros to design one of his masterpieces, the Porto Santo golf course.

The Madeira Island Golf Open is a very popular tournament held annually at one of the three courses of the archipelago and is part of the European PGA Main Tour where many regional, national and international professional golfers are enrolled.

5. Azores, Portugal

This archipelago is described as being one that is known for its lake-filled calderas, dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, green pastures and blue hydrangea hedges.

Golf in the Azores is characteristic for its strong involvement with nature. Unique landscapes full of colorful flowers and a climate that allows you to play all year round in any of the three golf courses of the archipelago: Batalha Golf Course and Furnas Golf Course located on the main island of the Azores and Terceira Golf Club located in Ilha Terceira.

12. Algarve, Portugal

And finally Portugal's most southern region is described as being world renowned for its beaches and golf resorts. The western Atlantic coast and the rugged interior of the region are less developed. Nature lovers can enjoy bird watching, hiking, cycling and horse riding.

In the Algarve region, most of the golf courses can be found near Faro airport, in the areas of Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura. However, both in Sotavento and Barlavento there are magnificent golf courses to experience, designed by famous architects such as Jack Nicklaus a legendary figure in the world of golf. Some overlooking the ocean and others surrounded by nature and wildlife.

All this has contributed to the Algarve being considered the best region in the world for golf holidays.


Portugal Golf Holidays - Aroeira: golf at the Estado Novo country club

Posted on 21 Dec 2021

Aroeira Pines Classic Golf Course

In the 1970s it was a luxury complex where the high political society lived. Today, Herdade da Aroeira is one of the largest residential and golf complexes in the country.

A quiet, safe, comfortable and enviroment friendly place: this is how people who currently live at Herdade da Aroeira describe it. Located 25 kilometres from the centre of Lisbon, in a vast pine forest overlooking the white sands of the beaches at Fonte da Telha, in Costa de Caparica, this is the largest residential and golf complex in the region.

A greens' paradise

Despite being a residential area, the great attraction of those 3.6 square kilometres of land are the two golf courses with 18 holes. When it comes to golf holidays, Herdade da Aroeira has the perfect environment all year.

Opened in 1973, the 6044-metre Aroeira Pines Classic championship golf course was designed by the Architect Frank Pennick and is considered one of the best golf courses in Europe, featuring in Golf World magazine's '100 Best European Courses' list.

This golf course has hosted the Portuguese Open in 1996 and 1997, as well as several Ladies Opens, the Amateur Champioship Gentleman & Ladies and the European Men Clubs Trophy 2013.

The Aroeira Challenge, inaugurated in April 2000 by former President Jorge Sampaio, was designed by the architect Donald Steel, with 6367 metres in length and 18 long greens - grass mats where the holes are located - which go around five large lakes, having played host for several years to the Qualifying School of Ladies European Tour and various editions of the Portuguese Ladies Opens.

In addition to the two golf courses, Herdade da Aroeira also includes a hotel, a swimming pool, four tennis courts and a shopping area with a range of support services, such as a doctor's office, a parapharmacy, supermarket, stationery shop, art gallery and others. The Arrábida Fund has also approved another project for an aparthotel in the pool area.

There are those who come here to enjoy a quiet meal at the Golf D'água restaurant, to take a dip in the pool in summer, or even to play a few rounds of golf. And there are those who like to know where the ball players live, asking those who know Aroeira well for a guided tour.


Portugal Golf Holidays - Algarve wins again at the World Travel Awards

Posted on 20 Dec 2021

World Golf Awards

The Algarve, has long been recognised as a favourite destination for golf holidays won, for the second consecutive year, the award for "Best Beach Destination in the World", as part of the World Travel Awards, announced on Wednesday.

The Algarve region had already been crowned with the same distinction in 2020 and has now done the "encore", which had not happened in this category since 2015 and 2016, then with the Maldives.

It should be remembered, the Algarve also added, in the last two years, the award of "Best Beach Destination in Europe", given by the same organization.

In the 2021 edition of the World Travel Awards, the region had another winner: the Conrad Algarve hotel won the "World's Best Luxury Leisure Resort" category.

Generations of golfers have come to the south coast of Portugal, attracted by the 300 days of sunshine, the high quality accommodation, the relaxed atmosphere, the perfect landscapes and 40 of the best golf courses in the world.

Not only is the Algarve a must for the amateur golfer but it has also attracted, with the quality of its golf courses, the world's top professionals of the sport and major tournaments such as the 2005 World Cup and the Portugal Masters.


Portugal Golf Holidays - Algarve wins three prizes at the World Golf Awards

Posted on 02 Nov 2021

World Golf Awards

Two golf courses and an Algarve travel agency won awards at the 8th edition of the World Golf Awards, which were delivered last Thursday, October 28th, in Dubai.

Quinta do Lago's Sul Golf Course as the Best Golf Course in Portugal category, Hilton Vilamoura "As Cascatas" was elected the best golf hotel in Portugal, and Tee Times golf agency, based in the Algarve, the best inbound operator in Portugal.

The World Golf Awards also awarded Portugal as the best golf destination in Europe.

The tourism industry has been one of the sectors that has contributed the most to the recovery of the Portuguese economy, after the worst phases of the pandemic.

It is with great pride that Portugal receives these awards as a tourist destination which makes it the place to choose for your golf holidays or golf breaks.

Portugal Golf Holidays - Hotels in Portugal nominated for the Condé Nast Johansens Awards

Posted on 29 Oct 2021

Condé Nast Johansens Excellence Awards 2022

In a selection of the best luxury hotels in the world, Portugal collects ten nominations.

With voting running until November 1, at https://www.johansens.com/awards/, the Condé Nast Johansens Excellence Awards 2022 has the presence of luxury hotels from Europe and the Mediterranean area, United Kingdom and Ireland, Central America and South America, Canada, United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Portugal has nine nominations, under the title of Excellence Awards of Europe and Mediterranean Zone in the following categories: Best Value Experience, Best Dining Experience, Best Waterside Hotel (Riverside, Lakeside, Seaside), Best Urban Hotel (Town, City), Best Countryside Hotel, Best for Families, Best for Weddings, Parties & Celebrations and Best Destination Spa.

Of the hotels nominated, four are in the Lisbon area - the Santiago de Alfama - Boutique Hotel, the Heritage Avenida Liberdade, the Lisbon Heritage Collection, the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel and the Palácio Estoril Hotel Golf & Wellness; three in the North of Portugal - the Vila Foz Hotel & Spa, the Torel Palace Porto and the Torre de Gomariz Wine & Spa Hotel; two on the Island of Madeira - Quinta Jardins do Lago and the Estalagem da Ponta do Sol and one of them in the Algarve - the Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort.

Condé Nast Johansens continues to be the benchmark of excellence for independent hotels inspected annually, with an audience of 6.4 million users while its distribution reaches 27,500 copies internationally.

The results will be announced, simultaneously for all hotels, on 08 November.

Portugal Golf Holidays - Morgado Golf Resort and Herdade dos Salgados get "right shot" and are distinguished internationally

Posted on 21 Oct 2021

NAU Salgados Palace Hotel

Morgado Golf Resort and Herdade dos Salgados were distinguished in the 'Best Golf Resorts in Continental Europe' ranking of Today's Golfer magazine.

Located in Portimão, Morgado Golf Resort ranked 7th in the 'Best Value Golf Resorts' category, which analyses the best value for money golf resorts in Europe.

The jury considered a range of specific features offered by this resort, such as the two golf courses available - Morgado Golf Course and Álamos Golf Course -, the accommodation - NAU Morgado Golf & Country Club - amenities and surroundings, as well as the proximity to Faro Airport.

Salgados Golf Course, at Herdade dos Salgados, in Albufeira, reached the 2nd position of the ranking in the 'Best Golf Resorts for Beach Holiday' category, which evaluated golf courses.

For the placement of the two Portuguese resorts in the top 10 were taken into account unique features provided by the resort - the golf course - Salgados Golf Course -, the various accommodation units of Herdade dos Salgados - NAU Salgados Palace, NAU Salgados Palm Village and NAU Salgados Dunas Suites - amenities and surroundings, as well as the proximity to Faro Airport.

The Algarve golf courses of the NAU Hotels & Resorts group host renowned events such as the "Portugal Masters", the "Algarve World Cup" and the "Nations Cup".

The Morgado Golf Course and the Álamos Golf Course, both at Morgado Golf Resort, are located close to the Monchique mountain range.

Salgados Golf Course, which is part of the NAU Hotels & Resorts offer at Herdade dos Salgados, is located next to Salgados Beach and only 10 minutes away from the centre of Albufeira.

The publication highlighted the facilities and valences offered by the resort "which is a few metres from the beautiful white sandy beach. An excellent option for golf holidays or golf breaks near beach.

Portugal Golf Holidays - NAU Morgado: how a hotel dedicated to golf became our perfect Algarve Holiday

Posted on 14 Oct 2021

NAU Morgado Golf & Country Club Hotel

NAU Morgado Golf & Country Club was one of the last hotels in the NAU group to reopen this year after being forced to close due to the pandemic, but with the same beauty as always.

All that green nature of the wonderful golf course, the hugee of the room and the iconic beds with giant red velvet headboards, are all features that bring together the essentials for a golf break, golf holiday or a simple short getaway. Not wanting to leave aside the pools with a wonderful view, the food, the starry night sky, the smell of fresh air and also, the food that is great. The NAU Morgado Golf & Country Club is literally hidden between the beaches of Portimão and the Monchique Mountains, which makes it an ideal place for those who want to set off to discover the inland Algarve, but at the same time also stay close to the famous Algarve beaches.

Here, space and greenery are constant and essential features, but the main characteristic is its two golf courses (Morgado and Álamos), which offer sports fans and enthusiasts various opportunities for practice and competition. The resort also has four swimming pools - two of them for children - two bars, a restaurant and a Kids Club, which is only open in high season. The hotel and its services together with the golf courses form a complete and unique experience, an authentic Algarve golf holiday or golf break.

The property is absolutely enormous: from the moment we officially enter Herdade do Reguengo until we reach the reception, there are kilometres of green, mountains and trees.

The rooms, 98 accommodation units, with balconies and terraces with unobstructed views of the fields, are in isolated blocks, built horizontally, as if we were staying in a small private villa, which we can always access without any glimmer of confusion. Almost as if we had a holiday home there, and could simply go for dinner in a common space.

The restaurant is spacious and has a large terrace, so that we can always enjoy breakfast and dinner (the hotel operates on a half-board or breakfast-only basis) in peace and quiet. The staff, is extremely friendly, everywhere.

The atmosphere in this country club hotel is, even so, the best and very peculiar: there's something about the tranquil air of nature and the silence, interspersed with the passing of golf carts or groups of foreigners carrying clubs, that makes it a pleasant surprise. Going there as a family, as a couple or with friends the feeling is exactly the same, the calm and the air of civility, the pools always with space and free loungers, in everything, the spirit with which you stay is really of a secret that we have just discovered and that we do not want to reveal to anyone.

It's not that Morgado is a total unknown for those seeking a good Portugal Holiday: judging by the many overwhelmingly positive reviews on TripAdvisor, many have already found it, but interestingly, almost all visitors report the same peace and unique ambience, even in the peak season months, which dispelled our doubts about whether we'd had a lucky September. "We love everything, great for relaxing, socialising, dating, spending a lot of quality family time," wrote one visitor in July this year, with similar opinions even in August.

In theory, the space doesn't exactly seem to have been made with children in mind - there's the Kids Club, there's the children's pools and all the necessary equipment, chairs and support, but there's no childishness in the spaces or environments, which, in fact, doesn't seem to be a problem for the smaller guests. For them, the children's pool itself becomes a gigantic private crocodile pool, kids have fertile imaginations but when the space is unique it doesn't pass them by.

The main pool also deserves a paragraph as it is absolutely amazing and still semi-infinite. A characteristic of NAU Hotels, is their always gigantic round pool, which gives the sensation of swimming in a lake. And there, there is also a nook where the earth falls away and the view is of the golf courses, with a wonderful infinity result. Nights at the NAU Morgado Golf & Country Club start at €76, with regular campaigns that you can take advantage of, if you are passionate about golf holidays, golf breaks or a simple family holiday.

This place is magical for everyone and is ready to welcome both a golf lover or a family who comes to rest and enjoy.

Algarve Golf Holidays

Crowne Plaza Vilamoura

Amendoeira Golf Resort

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa by Hilton Vilamoura

Dom Pedro Marina

Dom Pedro Portobelo

Dom Pedro Vilamoura

Dona Filipa Hotel

Hilton Vilamoura Hotel

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

NAU Morgado Golf Hotel

NAU Salgados Dunas Suites

NAU Salgados Palace Hotel

Palmares Resort

Penina Hotel Golf & Resort

Pestana Blue Alvor Beach & Golf

Pestana Carvoeiro Golf Resort

Pestana Dom João II

Pestana Vila Sol

Pine Cliffs Hotel Luxury Collection

Praia Verde Boutique Hotel

Quinta do Lago Townhouses

Ria Park Hotel & Spa

The Magnolia Hotel

The Residences at Victoria

Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort

Tivoli Lagos

Tivoli Marina Portimao

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

Vale do Lobo Resort

Vidamar Resort Hotel Algarve

Vila Galé Ampalius Vilamoura

Vila Gale Lagos

Vila Galé Marina Vilamoura

Vila Galé Tavira

Vilamoura Garden Hotel

Wyndham Grand Algarve

Boavista Golf & Spa Resort

Castro Marim Golfe and Country Club

Conrad Algarve Hotel

Dom Pedro Lagos

Epic Sana - Algarve

Eurotel Altura

Formosa Park Hotel Apartamento

Grand Muthu Forte do Vale

Grand Muthu Oura View Beach Club

Grande Real Santa Eulália Resort & Hotel Spa

Hotel Apartamento do Golfe

Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve

Laguna Resort - Vilamoura

Maria Nova Lounge Hotel

Marina Club Lagos Resort

Martinhal Quinta Family Resort

Muthu Clube Praia da Oura

Muthu Forte da Oura

Muthu Oura Praia Hotel

NAU Salgados Palm Village Apartments & Suites

NAU São Rafael Atlântico Hotel

NAU São Rafael Suites Hotel

Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences

Pestana Alvor Park

Pestana Alvor Praia

Pestana Palm Gardens

Pestana Viking

Pine Cliffs Residence Luxury Collection Resort

Prime Energize

Quinta do Lago Hotel

Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa

Ria Park Garden Hotel

Robinson Club Quinta da Ria Golf Resort

Salema Beach Village

Vila Monte Farm House

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

Vilalara Thalassa Resort

Alvormar Apartments

Balaia Golf Village

Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort

Dom Jose Beach Hotel

Hotel Apartamento Dunamar

Hotel Baltum

Hotel Brisa Sol

Luna Alvor Bay

Luna Olympus Vilamoura

Mirachoro Praia

Monchique Resort & SPA

Monte Gordo Hotel Apartamentos & Spa

Mouragolf Village

Oceano Atlantico Apartamentos Turisticos

Ozadi Tavira Hotel

Palmeiras Apartments Vilamoura

Pestana Gramacho Residence

Pinhal Da Marina Apartamentos Turisticos

Praia Sol Hotel

Santo Antonio Villas, Golf & Spa

The Crest

The Lake Resort Vilamoura

Vila Galé Albacora

Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa

Vilar do Golf

Villa Alba Apartamentos

Yellow Alvor Garden

Yellow Monte Gordo

Alfarrobeiras Apartments Vilamoura

Algarve Casino Hotel

Algarve Villa

Amendoeiras Apartments Vilamoura

Browns Sports & Leisure Club Vilamoura

Cheerfulway Cerro Atlantico Apartments

Conii Hostel & Suites


Hotel Califórnia

Hotel Eva

Hotel Faro

Hotel Paraíso de Albufeira

Luna Clube Oceano

Paladim Alagoa Mar Aparthotel

Real Marina Residence

The Old Village by Village 4u

Pousada de Estoi

Pousada de Tavira - Convento da Graça

Vila Galé Nautico

AP Cabanas Beach & Nature

Lisbon Golf Holidays

Aldeia dos Capuchos

Aroeira Lisbon Hotel Sea & Golf Resort

Avani Avenida Liberdade

Avani Sintra

Bom Sucesso Resort

Dolce Camporeal Hotel and Resort

Evidencia Belverde Atitude Hotel

Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel Resort

Palácio Estoril Hotel Golf & Spa

Penha Longa Resort

Pestana Cascais

Praia Del Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort

Principe Real

SANA Sesimbra Hotel

Sesimbra Hotel & Spa

The Oitavos

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade

Vila Galé Cascais

Vila Galé Estoril

Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa

Hotel Baia Cascais

Luna Esperança Centro

Montado Hotel & Golf Resort

Pestana CR7 Lisboa

Pestana Palace Lisboa

Pestana Sintra Golf and Spa Resort

SANA Estoril Hotel

Senhora da Guia Cascais Boutique Hotel

Aroeira Apartaments

Hotel Inglaterra

Pousada de Santa Clara-a-Velha

Hotel Saboia

Josefa D'Obidos-Hotel

Turim Iberia Hotel

Hotel Cidadela

Almada Business Hotel

Clube de Campo Vila Galé

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Dom Pedro Lisboa

Grande Real Villa Itália

Hotel Alfoz

Hotel Altis

Hotel do Sado Business & Nature

Hotel Estoril Eden

Hotel Fenix Urban

Hotel Mundial

Hotel Real Oeiras

Hotel Real Palacio

Hotel Rural Club d'Azeitão

InterContinental Lisbon

Pousada Arraiolos - Nossa Senhora da Assunção

Pousada Beja - São Francisco

Pousada de Alcácer do Sal - D. Afonso II

Pousada de Alvito - Castelo de Alvito

Pousada de Elvas - Santa Luzia

Pousada de Estremoz - Rainha de Santa Isabel

Pousada de Évora - Lóios

Pousada de Marvão - Santa Maria

Pousada de Palmela - Castelo de Palmela

Pousada de Queluz - D.Maria I

Pousada de Setubal - São Filipe

Pousada do Crato - Flor da Rosa

Pousada do Torrão, Vale do Gaio

Pousada Vila Viçosa - D. João IV

Real Parque Hotel

SANA Lisboa Hotel

SANA Malhoa Hotel

SANA Metropolitan Hotel

SANA Silver Coast

Sheraton Cascais Resort

Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa

Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade

The Literary Man Obidos Hotel

The Village - Praia D'El Rey Golf & Beach Resort by Marriott

Tivoli Oriente

Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

Tróia Aqualuz

Troia Design Hotel

TRYP Lisboa Caparica Mar Hotel

Turim Europa Hotel

Turim Lisboa Hotel

Vila Galé Ericeira

Vila Galé Ópera

Vip Executive Art's Hotel

Vip Executive Barcelona Hotel

Vip Executive Diplomático Hotel

Vip Executive Madrid Hotel

Vip Executive Suites Eden Aparthotel

Vip Executive Suites Marquês Aparthotel

Vip Executive Zurique Hotel

Vip Inn Berna Hotel

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Azor Hotel

Furnas Boutique Hotel - Thermal & Spa

Pedras Do Mar Resort & Spa

Pestana Bahia Praia

Terceira Mar Hotel

Hotel Marina Atlântico

Angra Garden Hotel

Estalagem dos Clérigos

Hotel Avenida

Royal Garden

Sao Miguel Park Hotel

Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

The Lince Azores Great Hotel

Vale Do Navio

Vila Nova Hotel

Madeira Golf Holidays

Casa Velha do Palheiro

Dom Pedro Madeira

Enotel Lido

Palheiro Village Golf Gardens & Spa

Pestana CR7 Funchal

Pestana Porto Santo

Royal Savoy

Vila Galé Santa Cruz

Melia Madeira Mare

Pestana Carlton Madeira

Dom Pedro Garajau

Muthu Raga Madeira Hotel

Pestana Casino Park

Pestana Grand

Pestana Miramar

Pestana Ocean Bay

Pestana Palms

Pestana Promenade

Pestana Village

Porto Mare

The Cliff Bay Resort

Oporto Golf Holidays

Axis Ponte de Lima Golf & Resort Hotel

Axis Porto Business & Spa Hotel

Hotel Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux

Hotel Solverde Spa and Wellness Centre

Vidago Palace

The House Ribeira Hotel

Pousada de Braga - São Vicente

Douro Palace Hotel Resort & SPA

Montebelo Viseu Congress Hotel

Pestana Vintage Porto

Pousada Condeixa-a-Nova - Santa Cristina

Pousada da Torreira-Murtosa, Ria de Aveiro

Pousada de Alijó-Barão de Forrester, Douro

Pousada de Amares-Santa Maria do Bouro

Pousada de Belmonte

Pousada de Bragança - São Bartolomeu

Pousada de Guimarães, Santa Marinha

Pousada de Guimarães,Nossa Senhora da Oliveira

Pousada de Manteigas - São Lourenço, Serra da Estrela

Pousada de Mesão Frio - Solar da Rede, Douro

Pousada de Ourém/Fátima - Conde de Ourém

Pousada de Proença-a-Nova - Amoras

Pousada de Valença do Minho - São Teotónio

Pousada de Viana do Castelo - Monte de Santa Luzia

Pousada de Vila Pouca da Beira - Convento do Desagravo

Pousada de Viseu

Pousada do Gerês/Caniçada - São Bento

Pousada do Marão - S. Gonçalo

Pousada do Porto - Palácio do Freixo

PraiaGolfe Hotel

Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa

Vila Galé Coimbra

Vila Galé Porto