North Portugal: A golf destination on the up and up

Vidago

When people think of golf in Portugal, thoughts immediately drift to the Algarve and its array of fantastic courses.

However, on the opposite side of the country and around the second city of Porto, golf is rapidly growing in prominence. Porto is fast becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations, boasting an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions and a buzzing nightlife. Soon, golf will be added to its USPs.

The award-winning Vidago Palace Hotel – an hour’s drive from the city – is considered one of the leading hotels in the world. Opened in 1910, its centenary year, the layout was rebuilt from scratch and is now a parkland paradise of striking contrasts. The first four holes are within the Centenary Park of the hotel before the 7,000-yard layout winds out into the Oura Valley.

• Visit Abu Dhabi for world-class winter golf

Golfe De Ponte De Lima

North of the city of Braga, Axis Golfe de Ponte de Lima is a little over 20 years old and is a mountainous course set in a typical landscape of northern Portugal: heavily wooded with many valleys. It’s home to the longest hole in Portugal, with the 680-yard par-5 third hole also one of the longest in Europe.

• Sample some midnight golf in Iceland

The north-west coast is home to Estela Golf Club, one of the top ten courses in Portugal. Situated near the lively summer resort of Póvoa de Varzim and only 20 minutes from Porto’s airport, it has a very ‘linksy’ feel.

Club De Golfe Amarante

• The best courses to play in South Carolina

To the east of the city is Golfe de Amarante, a narrow, winding course with several waterfalls. It calls for accuracy, as bunkers and lakes form the defence. The nine-hole Club de Golf Miramar, meanwhile, features tee shots atop sand dunes, while nearby Oporto, founded in 1890, is the second oldest course in mainland Europe.

So, when planning your next break to Portugal, don’t think of the south coast right away because it’s clear that the north has plenty to offer itself.

Fact-File

AVG FLIGHT TIME 2 hours 20 minutes (London - Porto) CURRENCY Euro (€) LOCAL LINGO Portuguese TIME DIFFERENCE GMT+0 HIGH SEASON April to October (21˚C - 29C) PRICE OF PINT £1.30 (average) MORE INFOvisitportoandnorth.travel

Planning a golf break? 

If so, make sure you check out the 2019 Travel Guide from bunkered. Available to read online, it is a 48-page digital lowdown on the best holiday golf destinations on the planet.

CLICK HERE TO READ IT!

Travel Guide2019Cover

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
A ROUND WITH MARC WARREN (Epic Mission EP 6)
Epic Mission
play button
Motocaddy S1 & Pro-Series REVIEW & GIVEAWAY
Motocaddy
play button
MASTER YOUR SHORT GAME (Epic Mission EP 5)
Epic Mission
play button
REVIEWED! TAYLORMADE 2019 P790 IRONS!
TaylorMade
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Brooks Koepka: I don't view Rory as a rival
“Why I got a TaylorMade ball tattooed on my arm”
Fantasy Golf 2019: A reminder of what YOU could win
EXCLUSIVE Despite Syria conflict, tour says Turkish Airlines Open WILL go ahead
Tiger Woods writing "candid" autobiography

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
REVIEW - Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Keep the arms connected to the body
Watch
play button
Don’t slap the ball
Watch
play button
Good rhythm is the key to good golf
Callaway
play button
Denis Pugh’s wise words for ex-pro Steven Rettie
Watch
See all videos right arrow