The North of Portugal has eleven courses located in fabulous natural settings, each built to take advantage of the natural surroundings and all presenting breath taking landscapes. Add the quality of the golf courses to the fabulous local gastronomy and wines, and its easy to see that your time in the region is going to be a unique and fulfilling experience
The high rainfall, mild climate and Atlantic Ocean influence create ideal conditions for growing the grapes from which the famous sparkling whites wines are made from. Indeed, there are nine subregions each with their own unique variety of grapes which in turn produce a unique variety of wine. From the white wines of Amarante, the rosé wines of Sousa to full bodied reds of Cávado one thing is clear – a wine tasting tour is a must!
And of course there is Port wine, made along the banks of the Douro river which runs through the centre of the town that gives the wine its name – Porto.
Porto Golf Courses
Porto has an ancient tradition in golf, having the oldest golf course in Portugal, the Oporto Golf Club, founded by Charles Neville Skeffington. Although Porto and northern Portugal are less well known for their golf courses they offer a large variety that can be played on beautiful natural terrain & in locations that won’t be found anywhere else in the country, for example the majestic backdrop of the Serra da Estrela and the Serra do Caramulo.
To the south of Porto lies the second oldest golf club in mainland Europe, Oporto Golf Club, an 18 hole course built in 1890 by British citizens living in Porto. Situated in Espinho, there is a fabulous beach – with some of the best waves in the country – and celebrated local fish restaurants on Rua 2.
Near Póvoa do Varzim, is the Estela Golfe Club, built in 1989. This 18-hole course, designed by Duarte Sotto-Mayor, is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in Europe. Built along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean the first class facilities of bar and restaurant serve delicious local dishes complimented by a magnificent ocean view.
Golfe de Amarante, is a wonderful course in the district of Porto. It combines a view of the Serras do Marão and Aboboreira with 18 holes of pure challenge. Stay at the Relais & Chateaux 5 star boutique Hotel Casa Da Calcada & play the splendid Amarante Golf course. We would be delighted to arrange a tailor made Gastro Golf experience for you at this stunning location.
Axis Golfe and its adjoining hotel in Ponte de Lima consists of 18 holes and is located in a landscape of mountains, vineyards and orchards. In its six kilometres of chestnut trees, cork oaks and English oak trees, sits the manor house that is now the Club House. The holes 1, 2, 8 and 9 offer a magnificent view of Vale do Lima and the city of Viana do Castelo, whilst the back nine are located on Quinta de Pias, with vineyards, corn fields, and apple and pear trees.
Great golf, first class accommodation, fabulous food, history & culture is Porto & Northern Portugal, don’t miss the opportunity, let Gastro Golf have the pleasure of getting you there.