A Guide to Golfing and Group breaks in the Algarve
Looking for that perfect end of summer getaway for you and your friends? With a sporty edge, or a relaxing time in a quaint spot in a quiet Portuguese village? Sample the local food and the beautiful climate as the seasons begin to cool, and enjoy 18 or 27 holes and a well deserved glass of vinho or cervese at the end of the day. Then the Algarve is perfect for you. Here is a guide to some of our special villas this September and October, and a look at the locales surrounding them.
We have beautiful luxury villas for groups as large as ten throughout the Algarve for September – October this year.
Check out some of the beautiful places, and make up your own mind.
Sits in an exclusive private residential area in a heart land of one of the corners of the Algarve’s Golden Triangle. It is renowned for great golf resorts such as Laguna (see below), golden beaches with great watersports and fine restaurants and bars.
The weather in September and October is like an Irish summer, warm, calm and ready for play.
This villa has views across one of Vilamoura’s fabulous golf courses, the Oceania Old Course and has a relaxing 8×4 metre swimming pool outside, should you need to unwind in the evening.
Villa Leona Boliqueime
Villa Leona is a twist of old and new. It has been newly refurbished to a high standard, and it sits in Boliqueime
a cobble street historic village outside the hubbub and nightlife that is Vilamoura. This is a perfect peaceful place for walking in the evening sun, soaking in the authentic old style Portugal, with its traditional food, cafes and laneway shops, whilst having the option of venturing into Vilamoura or Albufeira for the many activities on offer, including 18 golf courses within a 10k radius.
Is tucked away near the beach at Castelo, 10 mins from the heart land of Albufeira town – the ‘Gateway to the Algarve’
This amazing historic town is perfect for the adventurer, the golfer and the marine enthusiast with its marine zoo, adventure parks and 19 golf resorts (Including the Nick Faldo course which is perfect for strategic play with its cacti and wild herbs, ancient olive trees and desert scrub bunkers of crushed limestone, this is a challenging and beautiful course)
The house itself is very impressive, it is located 800m from the beach at Castelo which is perfect for quiet walks and is a safe swimming beach until October. The architecture mirrors that of the Moor’s arrival in Portugal with its beautiful Arabic exterior. The name of the town (Albufeira coming from Arabic “Al-Buhera” which means little lake/ lagoon. )
Originally called Baltum by the Romans, the town was once a mecca of trade and industry throughout the Greek and Roman empires and was a place of educated people who were versatile in the many languages spoken. This has led to Albufeira being a cultural wonderland, with different layers to discover for any type of tourist. September is a particularly good time for cultural festivals. Since the arrival of Christendom, there are many religious feasts in the area which host processions in the streets at various times throughout the season. Also taking place in September are the gastronomy festival with various places cooking up a storm with local cuisine, the jazz festival and a fishing festival celebrating one of the oldest economies in the town.
Villa Do Vale Vilamoura
is a perfect place to stay with a large group on a golfing trip. Next to the Vilasol golf course, it is a large 5 bedroom villa with extensive grounds and its own private driveway. Just a drive away from Quarteira with 5 exclusive golf resorts who keep the economy alive and Villamoura.
Private Villas Top 3 Golfing resorts
For a quick overview of what we think is best, our expert on Portugal and on Golf is Brian, and here are his top picks:
As mentioned above, this course is in the heart of Vilamoura. Designed by Frank Pennink this is one of the oldest golf courses in the Algarve region and has a worldwide reputation among golfers.
Facing the amazing Alvor lagoon, the Mela Praia beach and the Lagos bay, this course was designed by famous architect Robert Trent Jones II and it links holes all along natures curves on the beach, with great views as the bonus along the way.
3 championship courses, this is one of the Algarve’s finest golfing resorts. The three courses are North, South and Laranjal, which was voted best course in Portugal in 2011. Originally an orange grove, Laranjal is known for its five lakes and its wealth of umbrella pines, cork and orange trees. The North course challenges golfers of all abilities in a natural woodland setting of pine, gorse, heather and wild flowers. The South course has been home to the Portuguese open many times, and is something of an historic monument in itself. Designed by US architect William Mitchell in the seventies, it raised the standard for all courses in Portugal, it remains to this day one of the flagship European Tour Courses. Visit their website HERE