What To Know Before Arranging On A Family Golf Tour To Albufeira
Golf is a twelve months’ a year game but there is a limiting factor; the weather. It is not much fun going out on a cold winter’s day when it is raining. In better climates conditions are more conducive to golf and the number of international flights has made courses in warmer countries increasingly popular. Portugal’s Algarve has benefitted from its latitude and an infrastructure is in place to welcome families wanting to enjoy golf in warmer weather.
Springtime round to the beginning of winter offers many months for a golfing holiday and Albufeira a short drive from the airport at Faro is an excellent choice. The proximity to the airport is one of many advantages the town presents.
Albufeira’s coastal position adds to its appeal and its beaches are a treat; fresh fish and Mediterranean cuisine is also a pleasure. The days when the town was just a small fishing village have gone with tourism now the main employer. The population of 40,000 in the municipality as a whole can reach 300,000 in the height of summer. Accommodation is available at most price ranges.
Families considering a golf holiday will enjoy such pleasures when they are not hitting a ball on the course. It is always nice to play on more than a single course and Albufeira offers Balaia, Pine Cliffs and Salgados. It is important to enjoy the golf so the selection of courses that are ‘player-friendly’ is central to the decision where to go. No one wants to lose a number of balls every round and come off the 18th frustrated and disappointed. Balaia is just 9 holes close to a holiday village complex. Pine Cliffs likewise, a stunning setting run by Sheraton. Salgado runs close to the coast, links in nature under the Algarve sun. Slightly further afield but still a realistic option for Alufeira tourists are course designed by Christy O’Connor and Nick Faldo which perhaps present the greatest challenges.
By night the town has plenty of entertainment. Younger members of the family can enjoy the discos while parents may well opt for one of the pleasant restaurants where they can dine outside in the warmer weeks, perhaps enjoying the local speciality, Cataplana, a shellfish stew, or perhaps the Algarve’s famous grilled sardines.
Albufeira has everything for the complete holiday, excellent golf, a good climate, excellent food and accommodation.