PORTO & THE NORTH
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 you will easily understand that you are in for a unique and complete experience.
The city of Porto was built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary, and its historical centre was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as Portus Calle.
Porto has a semi-Mediterranean climate, although it’s strongly affected by the Atlantic Ocean, which makes it cooler than other Mediterranean cities. Summers are warm and the winters mild although temperatures can drop below 0ºC.
The city has a pleasant mixture of modern and medieval architecture built into its hilly streets, there are even buildings built into the cliff face that overlook the river!!
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 not as well known for its golf courses as other regions it offers a large variety that can be played on beautiful natural terrain & locations that won’t be found anywhere else in the country, like the River Tamega, the Mountain of Marão, the majestic backdrop of the Serra da Estrela and the Serra do Caramulo. You can enjoy great golf at great value and enjoy the fine climate particularly in the Summer!
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.
The Golfe Vidago Palace (18 holes), can be found in Vidago, in the district of Chaves, Enjoy the historical luxury hotel Palácio de Vidago, built on irregular ground with fantastic views of the surrounding scenery. We have a wonderful Golf & Gastronomy package featured below which is available all year and can be adapted to meet your own preferences.
Minho is one of the best places to eat in Portugal – ask for bacalhau à Gil Eanes, sarrabulho,papas or arroz, rojões, perna de porco à Clara Penha and the refreshing Vinho Verde wine.
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.