The top five best golf courses in Algarve

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The top five best golf courses in Algarve

Portugal has long been a favourite destination for golfers around the world and nowhere is more popular than the country’s famous southern Algarve region, aptly named the ‘golfing gem’ of Portugal. The combination of world-class golf courses, luxurious hotels and outstanding coastline make golf holidays in Portugal a no-brainer for any enthusiast or sun seeker.

With a welcoming atmosphere, delicious food and drink and a wealth of things to see and do, the Algarve has something for everyone. Check out Golf Travel Centre’s top choices for Portugal, all of which are accessible from a Southampton to Faro Airport trip.

1. Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa

This beautiful and modern hotel is situated in the very centre of the popular holiday resort of Albufeira in the heart of the Algarve. The beaches of Praia dos Pescadores and Praia da Oura, the Albufeira marina and several outstanding golf courses are all within easy reach. With world-class restaurants, bars and shops on site, this is definitely the top choice for those looking for entertainment and outdoor activities.

Getting here: Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa is only a 40-minute drive from Faro Airport with taxi prices starting from €40.

2. Vila Gale Lagos

The Vila Gale Lagos Hotel is located right over the sands of Meia Praia Beach in the Algarve and boasts sweeping views of the sea. With decor designed by renowned Portuguese designers Ana Salazar, Jose Antonio Tenente and Miguel Vieira, the hotel itself could not be more stylish. Guests enjoy luxurious spaces and beautiful rooms before stepping out to the pool or onsite restaurants. Golf lovers have the famous Palmares golf course at their disposal and the proximity to the beach makes it ideal for anyone.

Getting here: Hotel Vila Gale Lagos is an hour’s drive from Faro airport and is €65 by taxi. Alternatively, you can get the train in an hour and a half for approximately €8.

3. Villa Gale Tavira

Located right in the centre of town and only minutes away from Gilao River, this hotel is surrounded by the Ria Formosa National Park, giving the guests access to some of the most alluring landscapes in Portugal. The hotel’s architecture reflects the region’s history and boasts comfortable rooms, a delicious restaurant, a bar, outdoor pool and children’s club making it a great option for the whole family. Given the location of this hotel in Tavira, golfers will also be able to get busy and play on one of the 18 holes courses, Benamor Golf, Quinta de Cima, Quinta da Ria and Monte Rei Golf & Country Club.

Getting here: Villa Gale Tavira is 30 minutes in the car from Faro Airport and taxi prices start at €40.

4. Amendoeira Golf Resort

This beautiful hotel is located 12 km from the historic town of Silves and is nestled in the outstanding landscaped gardens in central Algarve near the Monchique Mountains. The resort is abundant with sporting facilities including a fitness centre, football fields, tennis courts, beach volleyball, swimming pools, not to mention the resort’s two championship golf courses. This resort is spacious, relaxing and a must for anyone who wants to get active before enjoying a cocktail in the sun.

Getting here: Amendoeira Golf Resort is only a 35-minute drive from Faro Airport with taxi prices starting at €40.

5. Hotel Vila Gale Marina

The Hotel Vila Gale Marina is situated in a central, quiet location in Vilamoura and offers elegant accommodation and a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere. The resort has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts and offers bicycle rental for you to explore the local area. Facing Vilamoura’s Marina, the hotel is only a 5-minute walk from the beach and is close to world-class Dom Pedro Golf. This distinguished golf centre offers five of Portugal’s famous championship courses allowing golfers to make the most of the area and a challenging round.

Getting here: Hotel Vila Gale Marina is less than half an hour from Faro Airport and can be reached by taxi for €40 or by bus for approximately €10.