Cascais, Europe’s most westerly point and home to a group of Portugal’s finest golf facilities, is ready to welcome golfers back to the fairways, as UK families and groups are in search of their idyllic 2021 destination.
Renowned as one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, Portugal is often one of the first European escapes considered by the British people, and this year, it will be the number one choice. Offering an all-year round climate, unrivalled leisure activities and a coastline to match, the warmest of welcomes is just a short flight away.
Undiscovered by many, Cascais presents a collection of unique and picturesque championship golf courses, painted by the panoramic Atlantic Ocean and Sintra Mountains. Each venue showcases a range of traditional and modern golf facilities, with immaculately conditioned championship courses, premium accommodation, exceptional gastronomy, and authentic scenery.
Golfers now have the ability to discover each of the seven golf venues in the region, including two of Portugal’s Top 10, Oitavos Dunes, current host venue for the European Tour’s GolfSixes Cascais, and Penha Longa, former European Tour Venue and the only golf resort in Portugal to feature three Michelin Star restaurants.
The Cascais golf portfolio also boasts a variety of challenging layouts, including Estoril Golf Club, one of Portugal’s oldest and most traditional golf clubs; Belas Clube de Campo, Portugal’s first ever GEO Certified golf course; Quinta da Marinha Golf Club, designed by the world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones; Lisbon Sports Club, featuring picturesque views of Lisbon’s surrounding countryside that have remained unchanged since 1922; and Pestana Beloura Golf Resort, located in the historic World Heritage village of Sintra.
Each venue is located within 20 minutes of the country’s capital, Lisbon, a central hub for European travellers with direct connectivity to 102 major cities. Just a short flight from London, Munich and Paris, Cascais is the perfect way to explore Europe once again in 2021.
Playing Golf in Cascais has never been safer, with each golf venue following strict public health guidelines. Golf Courses, hotels and tourist businesses in the region have all been widely approved by the Portuguese authorities ‘Clean and Safe’ accreditation, whilst Portugal has been approved as a ‘Safe Travel’ destination by the World Travel Tourism Council.
Speaking after Portugal was added to the UK’s travel ‘Green List’, Carla Gomes, Director at Visit Cascais, the region’s tourism board, said “We are delighted to see Portugal added to the United Kingdom’s travel ‘Green List’, it has been a challenging period and our partners in Cascais could not be more excited. All seven golf venues in the region have been hard at work preparing for this moment following strict public health guidelines and are ready to showcase their state-of-the-art facilities, premium accommodation, and stunning natural scenery that each of them offers. With travel restrictions prominent for many months now, we would like to be the first region to welcome back golfers, offering our first-class hospitality and creating unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.”
Oliver Key, General Manager at Penha Longa Golf Resort, added “The team at Penha Longa are ecstatic, it has been the news we have all been waiting for. Welcoming global travellers through the doors of our facilities is the reason we work at such a magnificent venue, from our golf shop assistants to our hotel manager, the first-class service is just a short-flight away.”
The past year has opened the imagination of many golfers, a trip to Europe requires more than just a good golf course. Cascais, traditionally a hotspot for royal families and wealthy individuals, presents award-winning traditional and high-end gastronomy, each with a distinct and personal touch. Fresh produce from land and sea is locally sourced in a sustainable manner, expertly prepared to the highest standard, all heightened by views indescribable in the world’s most surreal sunset.
The region also offers a relaxing way of life, with an abundance of leisure, wellness, and sporting experiences, painted by historical landmarks and tales of ancient civilisations dating from as far back as 1 AD.
For those that prefer to stay closer to home, there are a variety of bespoke wellness experiences in one of the many sophisticated health centres, including Penha Longa Spa & Wellness, named Southern European Luxury Resort Spa 2020, The Oitavos Spa, and Onyria Quinta da Marinha Spa, that effortlessly complement the region’s on-course offering.
For more information on Cascais visit www.visitcascais.com