The Algarve is a synonym for golf holidays, and Portugal's star attraction has established a remarkable concentration of first-class golfing venues over the past 30 years. Countless European Tour destinations are strung along the coast, where famous names such as San Lorenzo, Quinta Do Lago and Vale Do Lobo complement the impressive Vilamoura resort, the number 1 destination in Europe. The success of the Algarve has sparked growth on the Lisbon coast, which, thanks to excellent resorts such as Praia D'El Rey and Quinta Da Marinha, is among the best new options on the continent.
Starting on the Costa del Sol, where golfing delights stretch from Valderrama and the east Sotogrande area to the buzzing nightlife of Marbella and the myriad of golf courses, Spain is an established favourite. Spain has the most recognised and comprehensive golf and leisure resort in Europe in La Manga, while throne pretenders like La Cala, Montecastillo, and Melia Golf Vichy Catalan underline the fantastic options under the Spanish sun. As the development continues, new opportunities emerge, among which the Nicklaus Golf Trail from Murcia stands out; there is little doubt that Spain can satisfy every demand for golf holidays.
Just a short hop away from the channel lies France with its bountiful golfing countryside. Phenomenal courses await at Arras, Hardelot, Wimereux, and St Omer surround the famed vacation resort town of Le Touquet from the easily accessible port of Calais. The Normandy and Bretagne coastlines are filled with golf jewels, while the Aquitaine region is the new star of French golf, further south; Bordeaux is surrounded by the spectacular resorts of Lacanau, Golf Du Medoc, and Margaux, while the Biarritz golf pass blends a series of magnificent courses.
The golfing countryside of Turkey is dominated by the Belek hot spot, just a short drive from Antalya International Airport. The concentration of brand new championship courses and five* resorts in Belek is incredible–head to Gloria, Gloria Verde, Sirene, or Cornelia Deluxe for impeccable customer service levels and excellent facilities. Aimed at welcoming golfers at the resort, Belek is the newest star attraction in the golfing landscape.