Golf holidays in Portugal, Spain and France are still the most popular choice with golfers heading to Europe. These tried and tested destinations, are not only the closest to home, but also are packed with the continents best and most established golf courses, hotels and resorts. For the assurance of quality and convenience, Europe’s glorious triumvirate remains number one for golf breaks and golf holidays.
The Algarve is synonymous with golf holidays, and over the past 30 years, Portugal’s star attraction has developed a remarkable concentration of first class golfing venues. Countless European Tour venues are strung along the coast, where famous names like San Lorenzo, Quinta Do Lago and Vale Do Lobo complement the incredible Vilamoura resort, which is Europe’s number 1 destination. The Algarve’s success has sparked development on the Lisbon coast, which is among the continent’s best new options, thanks to fine resorts like Praia D’El Rey and Quinta Da Marinha.
Beginning on the Costa Del Sol, where the golfing delights stretch from Valderrama and the Sotogrande area east to Marbella’s buzzing nightlife and myriad of golf courses Spain is an established favourite. In La Manga, Spain has the most recognised and comprehensive golf and leisure resort in Europe, while pretenders to the throne such as La Cala, Montecastillo and Melia Golf Vichy Catalan underline the amazing options on offer under the Spanish sun. As the development continues, new options emerge, amongst which Murcia’s Nicklaus Golf Trail stands out; there is little doubt that Spain has the capability to satisfy every golf holiday demand.
Just a short channel hop away lies the bountiful golfing landscape of France. From the easily accessible port of Calais, phenomenal courses await at Arras, Hardelot, Wimereux and St Omer surround the renowned holiday resort town of Le Touquet. The coastlines of Normandy and Brittany are littered with golfing gems, while further south, the Aquitaine region is the new star of French golf; Bordeaux is surrounded by the fantastic resorts of Lacanau, Golf Du Medoc and Margaux, while the Biarritz golf pass combines a succession of phenomenal courses.