The Algarve’s golf courses have a wide range of different settings and difficulties, making it possible for professionals, amateurs and even the mildly curious to find one that is suited to their needs. Albufeira – Set on the cliff-tops amidst beautiful pine-woods, the courses here are relatively flat and afford stunning views over the beaches below. The peaceful surroundings of this natural landscape are inhabited by many different protected species of wildlife.
Barlavento (West Algarve) -The courses here afford some of the most interesting views in the Algarve, with the sea and the hills of the Serra de Monchique as their backdrop. On some courses, situated in sloping valleys overlooking beaches and cliffs, you will find many of the region’s typical fig-trees and olive-trees.
Sotavento (East Algarve) – Most of this region’s courses are surrounded by extensive pine-woods and afford magnificent views over the distant hills, the sea, the Ria Formosa Natural Park and the River Guadiana.
Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo – The undulating fairways of these courses, set amidst pine-trees, olive-trees and
eucalyptus-trees, are perfectly integrated into the landscape of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where countless species of birds can be observed on and around the water of the lagoon and the sea. Highly regarded by golfers and with some of the trickiest holes in the Algarve, they have long hosted important events on the European international circuit. Here you will find the famous 16th hole, the most photographed hole in Europe.
Vilamoura – Considered by many to be Portugal’s golfing capital, this resort also enjoys a reputation as the best tourist golf destination in Europe. With a whole host of well-designed courses offering different levels of difficulty, Vilamoura hosts some prestigious international tournaments and presents a challenge to golfers of all levels.
Either before or after yet another round of golf, you should take some time to discover the other Algarve away from the fairways and greens. The region’s beaches are like genuine picture postcards and are the perfect setting for sunbathing, seaside strolls or relaxing boat rides. The natural parks and the surrounding hills are ideal for setting out to discover nature in its purest and wildest forms. Hiking, safaris, bike-riding or horse-riding, these are just some of the activities that you can enjoy with the magnificent Algarve landscape as yourpermanent natural backdrop.