Golf in the north of Portugal: do you prefer the beach or the mountain?

Are you a golf fan looking for an exciting destination where you can enjoy your holidays but still practice? Then you’ll be amazed at the fantastic golf courses in the north of Portugal, set in truly inspiring natural landscapes, surrounded by the fresh mountain air.

Golf Course: Axis Golfe Ponte de Lima All rights reserved

Golf Course: Axis Golfe Ponte de Lima All rights reserved

Vidago Palace Hotel All rights reserved

Vidago Palace Hotel All rights reserved

Amarante Golf Club CC BY-NC-ND

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Estela Golf Club CC BY-NC-ND

Estela Golf Club CC BY-NC-ND


Plan an unforgettable holiday and test your skills in the north of Portugal. The proximity to the ocean and the environmental quality attract the most demanding players, who are delighted with the outline of the golf course and the various levels of difficulty. The mild climate allows you to play for consecutive days all year round.

Why go

  • Beaches
  • Gastronomy and Wines
  • Well-being
  • Sport

The north of Portugal offers golf courses in Vidago, Amarante, Ponte de Lima, Esposende, Espinho, Póvoa do Varzim and Vila Nova de Gaia.

On the banks of Tâmega River

In Amarante, you can play golf and stroll along the typical houses on both banks of the Tâmega River, the longest tributary of the Douro River, which has its source in Galicia and runs through the centre of the city.

Did you know that the bridge of Amarante perpetuates the memory of the population who heroically resisted Napoleons army as it invaded Portugal in early 19th century?

The history of Amarante is as appealing as its cuisine. Be sure to taste Amarantes famous sweets. Most local patisseries sell the Papos de Anjo, Brisas do Tâmega, Toucinho do Céu, S. Gonçalo cakes and galhofas.

What you need to know

  • Transport to the local golf courses is available;
  • In Amarante, on the first Saturday in June there is a festival in honour of São Gonçalo, to whom traditionally, single women plea to find a husband;
  • Events in Espinho include Music Festivals in June and the Animated Film Festival in November.

By the beach

The climate in Portugal is mild and blessed by the sun. In the north of the country, we can find golf courses in holiday destinations. If youre looking for a place with beaches, visit Esposende, Espinho, Póvoa de Varzim or Vila Nova de Gaia.

During the Discoveries, Esposende, which is today a sought after holiday destination, was an important fishing and marine port, and today it is still active. Watch the fishermen, taste the fresh fish at one of the local restaurants, visit Apúlia, watch people collecting algae in low tide, and admire the old windmills now turned into beach houses.

The coastal strip extending from Esposende to Ofir and Fão is a Protected Landscape Area and is considered one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the north of Portugal.

Further South, you can play golf at the Estela Golf Club, in Póvoa de Varzim. Watch a play or a concert and taste the cuisine of one of our finest chefs.

You will like

  • The gastronomy in the north of Portugal;
  • In Portugal, green fees are competitive;
  • Visiting Ponte de Lima in June, for the traditional festival called Vaca das Cordas, or in September, for the Feiras Novas, the council festivities

In Espinho, go to the Oporto Golf Club, the oldest golf course in the Iberian Peninsula, founded by British citizens in the late 19th century.

Between rounds of golf, enjoy the sun and the extensive sandy beach in this old fishermens village it only became a seaside resort in the 19th century and take your chance at gambling in the casino.

When youre by the sea, get to know our hospitality and food. When youre eating by the sea, the food tastes different, the colours and scents are different. All conditions are met for you to focus on your game.

In Minho

The Axis Golfe Ponte de Lima is part of a hotel unit and is located in a typical Minho rural setting, in Ponte de Lima. This golf course is a mixture of plains and mountain. The place is idyllic and ideal for relaxing and “forgetting” about the rest of the world.

In the land of the famous Vinho Verde, admire the local heritage formed by a large number of manor houses and other facilities turned into rural tourism houses.

The historical centre of the village is well worth visiting, by the Roman bridge over the Lima River this is where the village takes its name from.

What to do

  • Visit the charming city of Chaves and explore its rich heritage;
  • Plan your trip to coincide with one of the international golf competitions;
  • In Trás-os-Montes, relax at the Vidago thermal spa
  • Visit Amarante, where you will enjoy the view from Serra do Marão

On the mountain

In Vidago, set in the Trás-os-Montes council of Chaves, you will find one of the best golf facilities in the north, the Vidago Palace Golf Course.

This 18-hole golf course is part of a park that boasts a recently rehabilitated palace from the early 20th century transformed into a hotel. There is also a 2,000 sq.m SPA designed by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira.

In addition to golf, the more enthusiastic visitors can ride a bicycle or go horse-riding, play tennis or take a bracing dip in the hotel pool.

How to get there

There are flights from Bremen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Munich, Dortmund, Zurich, Liverpool, London, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Dole, La Rochelle, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Rodez, St. Etienne Toulouse, Tours, Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Bologna, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and New York.

The best way to go from the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro to the city centre is to take the underground. The trip takes about 30 minutes.

To go to Esposende and Póvoa de Varzim, follow the A28/IC1 or the EN13. If you want to go to Ponte de Lima, drive to Viana do Castelo and take the A27 after crossing the bridge over the Lima River.

To drive to Trás-os-Montes, take the A4 heading to Amarante and then the IP4 to Bragança and youll reach the heart of the region.

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