Eastern Algarve for fantastic Golf Holidays and Golf Breaks

Historically ‘Golfing Holidays Algarve’ has meant a trip to one of the golf holiday resorts of the Central Algarve like Quinta do Lago, Vale do lobo or Vilamoura.


More recently the Eastern Algarve, stretching from Faro to the Spanish border, has arisen as a serious contender to the rest of the Algarve as a destination for golf holidays (or just holidays in general!).

From Faro to the largely unspoilt medieval town of Tavira is typified by working towns and fishing villages set within the beautiful Ria Formosa National Park whilst the area from Tavira to the Spanish border comprises small coastal and hillside developments with some fantastic golf holiday resorts behind what must surely be one of the best beaches in Europe which runs from the lovely little beach resort of Manta Rota all the way to the Spanish border. Here everything from food and drink to accommodation and golf is noticeably cheaper than the Central or Western Algarve.

The golf…


Golfing holidays only really took off here in the late 1990s with the development of golf holiday resorts like Quinta da Ria and Benamor, but this trend accelerated at the turn of the century and now the eastern Algarve offers a range and quality of golfing holidays to match anywhere else on the Algarve – the coastal golf holiday resort complexes of Benamor and the beautiful Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima, the hillside golf resorts of Castro Marim and Quinta do Vale (both offering beautiful views down across the coast) and the world class Jack Nicklaus designed Monte Ria Golf Resort to name but a few. And as if that weren’t enough, if you so desire, it is simple enough to drive across the border in to Spain for lunch or to play the excellent Islantilla Golf Course or the two great new Costa Esuri Golf Courses - all well within easy driving distance.

Other things to do…


Whilst less developed than the rest of the Algarve, aside from offering superb golf holidays there is everything else that you would expect of ‘Algarve Golfing Holidays’ – one of the best beaches in Europe, holiday resorts like Manta Rota and Altura, very reasonably priced bars and restaurants, off course leisure activities and a range of golf accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from golf apartments and luxury golf villas with private pools set in frontline golf positions on the golf holiday resorts to accommodation in the many seaside towns and villages. 




In summary…


The Eastern Algarve may be a new experience for many but it comes highly recommended. Although the golf courses are more dispersed than around the concentrated area of the Central Algarve, here you will find a range of options for golf holidays which is hard to beat, high quality but distinctly quieter courses, everything, food, drink, accommodation, golf…, at prices which are noticeably cheaper than you would experience further west along the Algarve coast and the option, if you wish, to pop into Spain for a different golf experience or just for an excellent lunch

Top Rated Courses in Eastern Algarve

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Vila Nova de Cacela, Portugal

Average Rating: Rating: 4.8

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Holes: 18; Par: 72

Monte Rei is a large luxury golf holiday resort set in the hills northeast of Tavira in the Eastern Algarve.   Luxury is a byword for this development, whilst the centrepiece of the resort is the only Jack Nicklaus designed 'Signature' course in Portugal, the rest of the resort is similarly impressive ...

Quinta da Ria Golf Club, Tavira, Algarve, Portugal

Average Rating: Rating: 4.3

Quinta da Ria Golf Club

Holes: 18; Par: 72

A spectacular 18 hole golf course laid out on relatively flat land in the Ria Formosa Natural Park and with a stunning view of the sea. It is a PAR 72, comprising two loops of 9 holes and each loop with 2 PAR 5, five PAR 4 and two PAR ...

Quinta de Cima Golf Club, Tavira, Algarve, Portugal

Average Rating: Rating: 4.0

Quinta de Cima Golf Club

Holes: 18; Par: 72

Quinta de Cima, the sister course to Quinta da Ria, is an 18 hole course set in a spectacular location on the coast east of Tavira in the Eastern Algarve.   The natural terrain is gently undulating and the course quite open but the clever Rocky Roquemore (USA) design uses elevated tees ...

Castro Marim, Castro Marim, Algarve, Portugal

Average Rating: Rating: 3.8

Castro Marim

Holes: 27; Par: 71

Set on the very eastern edge of the Algarve (within minutes of the Spanish boder) Castro Marim is a luxury golf resort development. Offer 27 holes arranged in 3 loops of 9 allows the course to offer massive variety.  Whilst all three 9-hole loops are good, the Terry Murray designed Atlantic Course ...

Benamor Golf Club, Tavira, Algarve, Portugal

Average Rating: Rating: 3.5

Benamor Golf Club

Holes: 18; Par: 71

Benamor Golf Club was designed by Sir Henry Cotton back in 1986 (designer of Penina) but has only recently been built. The course is laid out on undulating land with pleasant views both to the Atlantic Ocean and the hills of the Serra do Caldeirão. The retention of as many ...

Quinta do Vale Golf Resort, Castro Marim, Algarve, Portugal

Average Rating: Rating: 3.3

Quinta do Vale Golf Resort

Holes: 27; Par: 72

Quinta do Vale is a luxury golf resort with the centrepiece being an 18 hole golf course designed by Severiano Ballesteros and including 6 Par-5´s, 6 Par-4´s and 6 Par-3´s. The resort is superbly integrated into the landscape and offers stunning views over the Guadiana River. The course sits in a natural valley overlooked ...

Maragota Colina Verde Golf, Moncarapacho/ Olhao, Algarve, Portugal

Average Rating: Rating: 0.0

Maragota Colina Verde Golf

Holes: 9; Par: 34

Colina Verde Golf & Country Club is set on the eastern Algarve 2 kilometres inland from the coast and offering some great views across the Parque Natural da Ria da Formosa to the Atlantic Ocean. The course is a 9 hole 'Executive' course. An easy introduction for beginners with some challenge offered to more accomplished ...

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