5 Suggestions On How To Make You Family Golf Vacation In Portugal Exciting
The beauty of the Algarve in Southern Portugal is that it offers something for everyone. The climate is excellent, the beaches stunning, there is plenty to do, excellent cuisine and no reason why dad needs to worry about what the rest of the family can do if he wants to go and play golf with friends.
Faro is the region’s capital and its international airport has flight connections with many regions further north in Europe. Flight times never exceed much more than three hours so all the ingredients of convenience are in place to enjoy the holiday.
What is it that makes Portugal so interesting?
As the Algarve’s popularity grew so did the infrastructure. There is accommodation to suit every budget ranging from self-catering apartments and private villas to 5 star hotels.
There are beautiful beaches all along the Algarve’s coastline. Summer temperatures are good while spring and autumn are comfortable. Children will enjoy the pleasant sea, certainly warmer than the waters around the UK.
Mediterranean cuisine has established itself as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Its basis is olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables and of course in coastal regions fresh fish is very important. There are many pleasant restaurants to try, dining outdoors during summer evenings and what better way to educate the palate of the children as a contrast to processed food and too much sugar.
History and Culture
The region has a long history; Roman, Phoenician and Moor. Expeditions of discovery were launched from this area which resulted in the Portuguese presence in the Americas, Africa and Asia. Tourism has changed the landscape somewhat but there are still small fishing villages and local traditional crafts to enjoy.
The Algarve’s golf history began half a century ago when Sir Henry Cotton designed Penina. Overseas golf numbers have steadily increased over the years with the increased number of flights into Faro. The whole region is very accessible with car hire and coach transfer on hand to get families to their accommodation.
Penina, Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo have all established themselves in golfers’ minds but there are many more course to enjoy. The climate means they are in good condition all year round and even if the family decides on a holiday break in mid-winter golf will be very much on the agenda.