Portugal is one of Europe’s oldest extant nations, an ancient kingdom defended by hilltop castles and dramatic walled towns. First-time visitors are usually struck by the friendliness of the people, the affordable food and wine, and the diversity of a country that is relatively easy to travel round in just a few days. Its cities – notably Lisbon and Porto – amply showcase Portugal’s former role as a maritime superpower that ruled the waves from Brazil to India and further beyond in East Asia.
Additionally, Portugal being well and truly in the southern part of Europe alongside the Atlantic means better climate with ample sunshine, which serves as big magnet to the visitors.
Location and climate aside, the country has a wealth of charms – the modern yet uniquely traditional capital city of Lisbon, the little medieval hamlets in the country that their people still hold on to, the stunning scenery of the mountains and valleys of the north, the sandy white beaches of the Algarve and the glorious cuisine along with the Port wine which originated here.
Golf may not be a big sport in Portugal especially with the football frenzy and the stars that have done the country proud, but the quality of the golf courses is comparable with the best in Europe, if not the world, making golf in Portugal a bucket list destination for golfers.
The relatively high standard of golf courses along with the superb Mediterranean climate has clearly established Portugal as a prime golf destination, particularly the Algarve, with its beautiful coastline and supporting tourism infrastructure including hotels and entertainment.