Sun, sea, sangria – Spain is a well-loved destination visited by millions of holidaymakers every year. But if you like your getaways to involve more than just sitting on the beach, never fear – Spain also happens to be a golf-lover’s paradise, boasting some of the world’s finest courses in idyllic locations.
With a perfect climate providing every chance of enjoying a round under brilliant blue skies, many of Spain’s most celebrated courses are conveniently located a short distance from the country’s famed golden beaches. Whether you head to Murcia or the Costa Del Sol, Alicante or Costa Brava, golf breaks in Spain offer courses to challenge players at every level, with stunning scenery and hospitality to match.
Here are four of the best Spanish golf breaks you need to add to your bucket list.
Often considered the benchmark against which other Spanish golf resorts are judged, La Manga Las Lomas is a bustling, vibrant holiday resort in its own right, which just so happens to boast three pristine championship golf courses. A regular destination on the European Tour circuit, La Manga is conveniently located close to Murcia-San Javier Airport, has 36 different bars and restaurants on site and is also a hub for a wide range of other sports and activities, from football and cricket to horse riding and mountain biking. A great option for all the family.
With three courses set amongst beautiful rolling countryside, La Cala is one of the most picturesque golf destinations in Spain. Ten minutes from the beach and 20 minutes from Malaga airport, La Cala benefits from the fabulous weather of the Costa Del Sol. High quality amenities at the on-site hotel and resort add up to a superb choice for a luxurious golfing treat.
Built within sight of Gibraltar and its famous rock, Alcaidesa Links is the perfect Andalusian take on the classic coastal golf course, and reputedly the only true Links course in Spain. While half an hour up the coast you hit the bustle and the buzz of the Costa Del Sol, this quiet corner of Cadiz province feels like a different world altogether. With no major resort developments interrupting the miles and miles of glorious golden beach, this is where to head if you want to get the best of Spain without the crowds. Hire an apartment in La Alcaidesa, the local gated community, and enjoy your rounds with views to the mountains of Morocco over the Straits of Gibraltar.
Named by LeadingCourses.com as the number one golf resort in Spain, PGA Catalunya is located close to the medieval town of Girona in the hills north east of Barcelona. Benefitting from the lush green scenery of the Pyrenees foothills, PGA Catalunya is designed in the grandest traditions of the parkland style. With two courses to pit your wits against, the Stadium Course was built specifically as a destination for the European Tour. The quality of the villas, apartments and hotel accommodation in and around the resort is also renowned.