A perfect combination Europe tour of capturing Spectacular Scenery, exploring Historical Sights and trying out the Golf Courses of Spain and Portugal. This tour will give you the chance to experience the greatest golf courses, breathtaking landscapes, fascinating sights of the Iberian Peninsula with its perfect climate, scenic routes taking us between historical sights and fabulous fairways, this is a highly customized tour for all age groups. Golfing is a great way to meet people, build new business relationships and promote the business in a relaxed way.
Meet and greet at the airport, then depending on arrival time, a little Madrid sightseeing Madrid is Spain largest and capital city, but for big cities with a population of only 3 million, quite easy to get to know. It has a legacy of centuries of exciting history and is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive manicured parks. The Prado Museum, Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Major (the central square) and Puerta del Sol (the historic gossip centre) are the main points to take our attention.
We head south to drop by the Aranjuez Royal Palace and reach Castilla La Mancha with its medieval city of Toledo, the former capital of Spain. Its treasures include monuments from Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance periods. Toledo was also the hometown of the great painter El Greco. We could visit the town of Alcazar famous for its carnival, old windmills and churches, and Cervantes’ Don Quixote story is based around Alcázar. We can visit the Cathedral of Toledo and the famous Toledo Swords market can be very interesting whether to buy knives and swords or just looking! Another famous local product is the marzipan.
Today we start with a round at the great golf course of Campo de Golf Pablo Hernández. Late afternoon on the way to Valdecanas we will visit Talavera de La Reina, renowned for pottery and ceramics, outstanding monuments of the Roman Bridge of Santa Catalina and the Basilica of San Prudencio. We stay overnight stay by the Valdecanas Reservoir on an island -a very special place hemmed in by the Sierra de Gredos mountain range and Monfrague national park.
Waking up in Valdecanas, today we take our time for golfing at “The Unique Golf Club in Europe” as it is known, on the Island Valdecanas. Next is to go to Caceres, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Roman beginnings with cobbled medieval streets and nesting Storks. Pre-Roman settlements occupied the original plot followed by the Roman, Arab, Jewish and Christian peoples.
From Caceres we cross through the hills taking us over the border into Portugal and the National Park of Serra de São Mamede. We push through to the Atlantic coast reaching the luxury golf resort of Praia D’El Rey, a beautiful resort for golfing and overnight stay in resort or nearby.
From our luxury coastal position we head to Portugal’s hilly capital city Lisbon for sightseeing and learning about its famous café culture and soulful Fado music, towers, castles, monasteries and museums, but most important is to pick up a feel for this city.
Overnight we stay just across the Tagus estuary south from Lisbon, at one of the Palmela golf resorts.
Golfing in Palmela and then we drive through the hills of southern Portugal to the Algave. We should look out for special features in the landscape. Wildflowers, Cactus, Almond trees and Cork trees may decorate parts of the way.
For a round in the Algarve, depending on time available, there are some excellent courses in the Faro area. We leave the Algarve returning to Spain in the famous Andalusia region. Huelva has long been known as a port and this is where Christopher Columbus set off from to find the route to India but found the Americas.
Today we leave Huelva and move on to Seville. This gives us a day of leisure for golfing in Huelva or Seville with several courses to choose from. We end the day with sightseeing and the evening in Seville. It is one of Spain’s major cities with history and monuments to match, and is the City of Flamenco, the traditional dance. Flamenco, guitar and folk music shows are given most evenings.
We can choose between further sightseeing or further golf… Some of the classic sights to see in Seville would include the Alcazar Palace of Seville and the Cathedral. As we leave town there is the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla designed by Jose Maria Olazabal and has hosted many world class tournaments.
We are heading south to Ronda, a small city on a hill over a gorge. Famous for its bull fights with its legendary stadium, Plaza de Toros, and three significant bridges, with stunning scenery.
From Ronda on the way to Malaga we will drop by the “Costa Del Sol” meaning “Coast of the Sun”. The coast from Algeciras to Malaga is littered with golf courses. The three most prestigious are south from Marbella: Finca Cortesin, Real Sottogrande and Club Valderrama. It offers far more than golf and has developed as a holiday destination particularly popular with sunseeking north Europeans. Malaga is a highly developed resort and port founded by the Phoenicians circa 770 BC. The city is dominated by 2 hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro. The nightlife of Malaga could be interesting to explore.
Today we go from seaside to the mountains, a relaxing tour along the beautiful Spanish coast with lunch at Motril on the Costa Tropical. Then we head inland north passing the edge of the mountain range Sierra Nevada. The road passes over 900m elevation but the national park has more than 20 peaks over 3000m, so we descend upon Granada at 738m! The historic city Granada has “Alhambra” date from 9th century and it is one of the most important attraction in Spain, but palaces, monastery and cathedral too.
We can take another round of sightseeing or take a round of golf before setting off for Córdoba. A historic city with Roman and Moorish past, best known for La Mezquita, the famous immense Mosque, but with plenty more to see too: a Roman bridge and temple, palaces, towers and winding narrow streets. As the City of Guitar’, the city’s love of the guitar is evident each July with the Festival de Guitarra, so of course there are guitars to buy and Flamenco shows to see more than just guitar in action.
There are great sights to see but we can adjust the plan according to needs. How much time do we need in Madrid for the last night on the Iberian Peninsula? We can take another round of sightseeing or take a round of golf before setting off for Madrid.
The evening gives us Madrid nightlife to enjoy, whether strolling between lively bars, elegant restaurants and bustling squares, or taking in something more formal: dinner, dinner concert or show. Opera, ballet and classical music, Flamenco, guitar and folk music, there is always lots to choose from.
It is time to fly home, but depending upon your departure time perhaps some last minute souvenir shopping, a little sightseeing or time at leisure in Madrid.
Are you worn out by tramping all those fairways? Tired of touring the palaces, castles and churches? Is your luggage heavier with souvenirs and your camera full of pictures? We hope you have a feel for the golf and sights of Spain and Portugal. Then your chauffeur-guide will give you a send off with the classic Spanish phrase “Hasta pronto!” meaning “See you soon!”