Spain is a country with music in its soul, a love of food, epic landscapes and an innate talent for celebrating all the good things in life – golf being one of their newly found pleasures!
Life in Spain is embraced with passion. That passion is woven into the fabric of daily life whether you are savouring pata negra ham tapas and drinking cañas (small beer) on a warm autumn’s night or feel your heart beat a little faster as a vivacious flamenco dancer swirls her skirt and stomps her feet to the cadence of the hypnotic flamenco tempo.
Our selected courses will see you play both around charming coves of the Mediterranean and against the wildly beautiful cliffs of the Atlantic coast. Your highlight golf courses include Real (Royal) Club De Golf El Prat (Barcelona), Finca Cortesin Golf Club (Marbella), Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (Algarve, Portugal), Vale do Lobo (Algarve, Portugal) and Royal Obidos (Portugal).
Everywhere you go, villages of timeless beauty perch on hilltops, gather in valleys and cling to coastal outcrops as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain. Then there is Portugal, with its medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches. When you combine this with some of the best golf in Europe it doesn’t take long before Spain and Portugal make their way further up that alluring travel bucket list.
Welcome to Spain, the country of passion!
Arrive at Barcelona International Airport where you will be met by our local representative and transferred to The Cotton House Hotel. This beautiful hotel is perfectly located to explore everything Barcelona has to offer – boundless culture, captivating architecture and a love of food and the good life.
Here, the night holds limitless possibilities. Embrace your first evening in this enchanting city and take your pick from a selection of local Basque-style tapas bars, seafood taverns and (for those with a sweet tooth) sinful chocolate shops.
Hotel: The Cotton House Hotel, Barcelona
This morning Barcelona is yours to discover. You’ll be taken on a fascinating journey with Gaudi’s Cathedral Sagrada Familia, Arc de Triomf, Columbus Monument, Reials Drassanes, World Trade Center, Miramar Lookout and Poble Espanyol, among the highlights.
This evening, we’ve got a real treat for you – an immersion into the Spanish way of life. You’ll be taken through the famous ‘Mercat de la Boqueria’ (market) where you’ll find out how to pick the best local and seasonal products. You’ll continue your culinary adventure and discover the joys of preparing local specialties in a hands-on, friendly and convivial atmosphere. In the perfect finale, you’ll savour the dishes you have created including a flavoursome paella – You’ll think this is the best food to ever touch your lips. Your host chefs will declare the champions as we wine and dine on our creations.
Ladies please note: Paella is traditionally made by the man of the house. (B, D)
Anticipation will be high this morning as you prepare for your opening golf round at the prestigious Real (Royal) Club de Golf El Prat. This club is a distinguished lady with a long history. The origins of El Prat go back to 1912 when Count Churruca set up the Barcelona Golf Club. Years later, the visit of King Alfonso XIII gave the club its “Real” or royal status. You’ll enjoy a round on the Open course and walk in the shoes of royalty.
This evening we are off to a Flamenco dinner show. You will feel your heart beat a little faster as a vivacious flamenco dancer swirls her skirt and stomps her feet to the hypnotic flamenco tempo. (B, D and show included)
We bid a fond farewell to Barcelona and hello to Marbella on the glittery Costa del Sol. This is where the rich and famous come to play. This famed holiday destination is well-known for its beaches and abundance of lush golfing greens set along its coast. After a short flight from Barcelona, you will be taken on a short sightseeing tour en route to your hotel, the beachfront Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel.
The hotel is a 15-minute stroll to the picturesque Old town where you’ll find quaint restaurants serving Mediterranean delicacies.
Hotel: Gran Melia Don Pepe Hotel, Marbella (B)
Today we head out to the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande. This stunning course was Robert Trent Jones’ first design in Europe. Since opening in 1964, it has maintained its ranking inside the top 10 courses of continental Europe and is regarded as the # 2 course in Spain. The fairways appear wide from the tee and the semi-rough is Augusta like in its appearance. Stray from the fairway and the many pine, oak and palm trees will ensure making ‘par’ is a challenge. The elevated greens here are picture perfect and play fast and pure all year round.
This evening, you may just want to stroll along the Paseo Marítimo – beachside promenade. Take in the views, soak up the ambience and enjoy one of the Coast’s spectacular sunsets. (B)
Across the Strait of Gibraltar from Malaga, Tangier (Morocco) is a must-see. The enthralling gateway to Africa is a tantalizing introduction to a culture vastly different to that of continental Europe. We ferry across to reach the bustling portside town. In the old medina, there is a labyrinth of alleyways where you’ll find buzzing cafés, eateries and stalls where street vendors seduce passers-by with their exotic wares. A visit to the famous Kasbah, the walled fortress of the sultan, and the souks (markets) will be a colourful experience before feasting on regional fare together with belly dancing. (B, L)
Breakfast with butterflies before heading out to the top-ranking Finca Cortesin, home to the rich Volvo World Matchplay Championship. It is one of Costa’s most prestigious and beautiful courses. You’ll find yourself submerged in a breathtaking green paradise. Designed by Cabell Robinson in 2007 with the vision of “No hole offering less than championship quality”, the course has secured its ranking in the top 10 courses in all of Spain. Measuring almost 7,000 meters from the tips, it is one of the longest layouts in Europe, and offers some fantastic risk and reward golf on several shorter holes.
We check out of our beachfront paradise and make our way to Granada in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This fascinating city was the capital of the Moorish kingdom of Spain until the Moors were defeated in 1492. The Moorish influence has been preserved to make Granada one of Spain’s must-see destinations. After a tour of the city, you will check into the historic Palacio De Santa Paula Hotel, housed in the Santa Paula Convent and Casa Morisca. This evening will be at leisure to discover the cobbled laneways of Granada.
Hotel: AC Palacio De Santa Paula Hotel, Granada (B)
Bathed in morning light the awe-inspiring Alhambra Palace awaits. This intricate labyrinth of stone-cut lace, arabesque gardens and fountains was built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century. Moorish Kings and sultans once called this palace their home. It is truly a site to behold. Continue onto the Generalife Gardens, where the Spanish rulers of bygone days went to relax. After lunch, you tee off at the Granada Club De Golf set amongst the stunning Sierra Nevada range. (B)
Today we cross the border into Portugal to the Algarve Coast, stopping in Seville to see the glorious Paca Espaha and enjoy lunch. According to myth, this flamboyant and charismatic Andalucian metropolis was founded 3,000 years ago by the Greek god Hercules. That history is palpable here. This afternoon, we check into the Monte Da Quinta Suite Hotel, where dinner is included.
It is the smells and tastes of Portugal that will linger with you: the sweet aroma of the orange groves, the heady scent of the wine cellars and the sharp tang of the fish markets down by the sea.
Hotel: Monte Da Quinta Suite Hotel, Algarve (B,L,D)
The golfing highlights continue with today’s round at Vale Do Lobo – Ocean Course where spectacular views of the Atlantic dominate. The back nine holes highlight what has made this region famous with golfers the world over. This is where golf meets the Atlantic’s wildly beautiful cliffs and golden beaches. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening. (B, D)
Today we play the # 1 golf course in Portugal and one of the top 10 courses in Europe, Monte Rei. A Jack Nicklaus signature course, it offers an unforgettable golfing experience with its pristine fairways weaving through the Algarvean back-country.
Dinner is included at our hotel this evening. (B, D)
After breakfast, we transfer to Lisbon – Portugal’s capital. Check in to Lapa Palace Hotel, an urban oasis tucked away on a hilltop in one of Lisbon’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.
You have the afternoon to explore the city. The Portuguese have perfected the art of cooking simple, delicious meals. This evening you may want to try some of the local fare of freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine or crisp vinho verde, and chargrilled fish.
Hotel: Lapa Palace Hotel, Lisbon (B)
Today we explore the best of Lisbon’s landmarks and history with a local guide. Starting in the historical Belem quarter, we visit Jeronimos Monastery and the neighbouring patisserie to sample the delicious Pastéis de Belém, now famous the world over as Portuguese Tarts. We will spend time exploring Bairro Alto and its many cafes and restaurants over lunch before continuing on to Praça do Comércio. With its grand 18th century arcades, lemon meringue facades and mosaic cobbles, the riverfront square out-pomps all squares. Everyone arriving by boat used to disembark here, and it still feels like the gateway to Lisbon, busy with activity and rattling trams.
This evening we will head out for a Portuguese dining experience to remember at one of the city’s top restaurants. (B, D)
We check out and travel along the banks of the Tagus River and into the Sintra region for a full-day tour complete with wine tastings. With its rippling mountains, dewy forests thick with ferns and lichens, exotic gardens and glittering palaces, Sintra is like a page torn from a book of fairy tales.
After lunch we continue up the coastline making our way to Obidos, known as Portugal’s most romantic medieval village. This is partly due to once being given away as a wedding gift by a king to the love of his life but also for its incredibly picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colourful houses adorned with geraniums and bougainvillea. We check into the beautiful Praia D’El Rey Marriot Hotel.
Hotel: Praia D’El Rey Marriot Hotel, Obidos (B)
Today we tee off at Royal Obidos Golf Club. This relatively new layout has fast become one of the area’s must-play courses. It was golfing legend Seve Ballesteros’ last design. It offers spectacular views to the ocean and to the Obidos lagoon. The greens are perfectly maintained and manicured with many featuring wicked runoffs that will test your approach.
Tonight, we’ll swap our golf clubs for wooden spoons for a Portuguese cooking master class. Chorizo bread, pastries and Portuguese desserts are among the creations on the menu. A highlight of previous tours, loads of fun is guaranteed. (B)
Our closing round is at the famous Praia D’El Rey Golf Course. This fantastic course is currently ranked inside Portugal’s top 10 courses. Designed by American architect Cabell B Robinson the layout makes great use of an unspoilt beachside with towering natural dunes surrounding many holes.
Tonight, we will toast our champions and friendships, new and old, over our gala presentation dinner at the resort. (B, CD)
A hearty breakfast and fond farewells this morning before we transfer back to Lisbon International Airport for our return flights or onward travel arrangements. (B)
17 nights luxury accommodation:
8 rounds of magnificent golf, including motorised carts:
Golfer- Twin Share EUR 8,096 pp
Non-Golfer- Twin Share EUR 7,055 pp
Golfer Single- EUR 10,142 pp
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