Grade 2 - Mild Tours
Moderate tours have an expectation that you have an interest and possibly some experience in the activities. Routes chosen will require a reasonable level of fitness and experience on different terrains.
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Our first two nights are at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, located about 65km from Faro airport. This village-like resort is centred around a pool complex and is a special place, set in an unspoilt and relatively remote area of the Algarve’s eastern-most corner near the Spanish border. Around midday we’ll offer one transfer from central Faro or the airport to Monte Rei. This afternoon, relax in this beautiful setting or depending on the weather we may drive you to the beach at Vila Nova de Cacela.
Meals: No meals
The tour begins in earnest as this morning we tee off at the top-class Monte Rei course! This is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, set in the picturesque foothills of the Eastern Algarve, with sweeping views of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The challenging and distinctive layout of the course offers golfers a truly and unforgettable experience. Each hole is a precious stone blended into this natural work of art, from its inspired shape and sculptured bunkers, to the outstanding presentation and attention to detail, making every hole as remarkable as the next. Fairways and greens are bordered by several lakes, indigenous plants, native grasses and trees, adding drama to the scenery. With 11 holes having water features, it is a visually stunning course.
After the golfing start to our tour, we spend this morning in the saddle. From Monte Rei we’ll ride to the nearby town of Tavira and then to the fishing village of Santa Luzia for a coffee stop. From here, our cycling route leads us to the small village of Santa Catariana da Fonte after about 37km. Today’s ride ends in Gorjões opposite a historic church. We’ll have a picnic lunch here before transferring to Vilamoura. You could spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or instead, stroll around the Marina with its many cafes and bars.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch
An exhilarating day awaits. Back in your golf attire you’ll tee off at one of the areas well known courses. Alternatively, or for the non-golfers, there are many marine activities on offer in this lavish resort town. The golfers will have the unforgettable experience at the Oceanico Millenium Course in the heart of Vilamoura. This par 72 course opened in the year 2000, although the original back nine was formerly part of the 27 hole Laguna Course which was considerably refurbished and upgraded in 1999. The renovated 9 holes were combined with a new 9 hole loop, forming an exciting layout including both wooded and open landscapes. The arrival of this new course made Vilamoura one of the main – if not the main – European golf destinations.
Today we start with a 2 hour transfer to Praia de Alomgrave where the beach is one of the best along this rocky coastline. Its located within the Southwest Alentejo Natural Park which incorporates one of the most well-preserved coastlines in Europe. We’ll have enough time for a quick swim before cycling to Vila Nova de Milfontes where we’ll have lunch. Back on our bikes we’ll ride to the fishing village of Porto Covo and finally to Sines, today’s destination.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After an hour’s transfer we arrive at the Tróia Golf Championship Course. A golfer’s paradise, Tróia Golf boasts a scenic location at the mouth of the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve. Flanked by magnificent pine forests on the inland side, golfers enjoy breathtaking ocean views beyond the sand dunes. Regarded as one of the most fascinating and difficult golf courses in Portugal, the narrow fairways and small greens demand precision and accuracy in order to score well. Tróia Golf is managed sustainably and has met stringent environmental requirements to receive the Eco-Golf certification from TÜV Rheinland. After our prize giving we'll drive for 1.5 hours to Lisbon.
Portugal’s coastal and hilly capital city of Lisbon has so much to offer. Join us for a 2 hour guided cycling tour of the city in the morning, or spend the day exploring on your own. Sights include a monastery and a historic lighthouse perched high on the cliffs above the Atlantic – a truly spectacular place. Whatever you choose it will be a great day. However a tram ride on the # 28 is a must.
Its a one hour transfer to Maxial, then we’ll switch to our bikes and cycle into the beautiful Serra de Montejunto National Park. Our 40km ride leads to Obidos, a charming town with narrow cobbled streets, traditional painted houses and an imposing medieval castle. You’ll have a couple of hours here to explore and have lunch. Then its just another 14km to the Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort where we’ll stay for the next 2 nights. Dinner tonight is included.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
The owners say this about the course: “The course layout spans approximately 7,300 yards from the back tees and represents a true test for players of all levels. The feature hole of the front nine is the 3rd, a 144m par-3 off the yellow tees to an island green. The second nine holes overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The clubhouse offers a restaurant, two bars, lounge, pro-shop, and bag storage area. From the terrace, visitors have spectacular views of the golf course and the cascading lakes and streams, ”and some truly wonderful sunsets” over the Atlantic Ocean. The beautiful location of Óbidos is immersed in history offering the Manueline-style castle and ancient defensive walls which encircle narrow cobbled streets lined with whitewashed, bougainvillea-draped houses.
We start the day with a 1.5 hour transfer to the coastal city of Figueira da Foz. This area has many varying landscapes such as pine forests, lagoons and unspoilt dunes. From Figueira da Foz we cycle north, firstly to Mira Beach with its vast stretch of white sand, before continuing to our hotel in Ílhavo. The Vista Alegre old porcelain factory is part of our stunning hotel, so a visit is an absolute must.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
From our hotel its a 10km ride to the mouth of the Aveiro Lagoon where a short ferry ride takes us to São Jacinto. Now on a small coastal Peninsula we continue meandering north until we reach Praia de Paramos, about 28km south of Porto. We’ll have lunch at a seaside restaurant and maybe take a dip in the Atlantic before transferring to our hotel in Porto, passing the Oporto Golf Club on the way. Later today we’ll take you on a tour of the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
The origin of this course dates back to 1890, when it was founded by the British residents in Porto, making it the second oldest golf course in mainland Europe. If describing the Oporto Golf Club in a single word, it would be 'tradition'. In fact, situated close to the beautiful beaches of Espinho, 17 kilometres to the south of Porto, this is a genuine links course. Although it is not very long, it has a number of obstacles including narrow fairways and exposure to strong northerly winds. The most challenging holes are number 4 and number 11. However, each of the course’s two halves ends with a fairly accessible par 5, which frequently provides some exciting finishes. The course’s historical flavour is enhanced by the holding of the Skeffington Cup - a tournament that has been played here since 1891 without any interruptions!
This prestigious Links course is considered one of the top 10 courses in Portugal and will be a great test for any golfer. The Estela course was built over three kilometres of sand dunes along the Minho coast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Situated near the lively summer resort of Póvoa de Varzim and only 30 minutes from Porto, this course was designed by the Portuguese architect Duarte Sottomayor and is a typical Links course in the best Scottish traditions, apart from its use of Bermuda grass. Two large lakes add to its beauty, but the course can become quite challenging in windy conditions. Estela was voted the seventh best Portuguese course in the biennial poll organised by the European Golf magazine and has already hosted two European Tour events: the Portuguese Open in 1991 and the Atlântico/Vinho Verde Open in 1990.
After breakfast its time to say goodbye, or as they say in Portugal, Adeus or Tchao! Please make your own way to Porto’s railway station or airport as a departure transfer is not included. If you choose to extend your stay in Porto, a wine cellar visit is highly recommended