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Thought of trying a Golfing Break in North Portugal ...?   by Stephen Rapicano

Porto and the Minho region, not the most likely of golf destinations you might think, but think again. Superb golf courses, great hospitality, wonderful scenery and perfect climate. Couple all this with the organisational skills of our organiser, Peter Evens of Portgolf, and you have all the ingredients for a perfect golf break.

Firstly to the golf courses, Ponte De Lima GC. nestling in the hills a few miles from the eponymous town you have a wonderfully presented course. Set among forests and lakes each hole is varied and is a fair test of your golfing skills. Fantastic views are available from almost everywhere and vineyards abound (which is a constant reminder of the 19th). Then return to the friendly clubhouse which offers an excellent selection of local cuisine and snacks to see if you managed to play anywhere near your handicap!

Then onto Estela. We have all played quite a few links courses in our time but Estela is exceptional. Views of the Atlantic rollers crashing in on the adjacent sandy beaches, the condition of the course and the local flora and fauna make for an unforgettable experience, (seeing the head of your Driver detach itself from the shaft and end up in the lake in front of the 14th is also something that will take some time to forget).

Miramar is not quite on the same level as the above two courses but certainly offers some respite, especially if the local Vinho and Super Bock have taken their toll.

Peter, who surely has some sort of military background, organised everything down to the last tee. He was always on hand to smooth the way at hotels, golf courses and restaurants. Taxis were waiting to move us from course to course and to take us to and from restaurants - nothing is too much trouble for Peter and Portgolf. On departure we were presented with a CD containing some memorable photos that will remind us of a great trip.

I contacted Portgolf through their website and spoke to Peter Evens (00351 966618332) directly; and he called me back to help plan our tour.

All in all Porto is a fantastic golf destination and Peter will work with you to develop an itinerary to suit your exact requirements.

Have a great trip!

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About the Author: Stephen Rapicano is the MD of CEC Europe Ltd and a keen golfer


North Portugal Tours:
Porto Monumental City Coach TourPorto Monumental City Coach Tour - Enjoy a half day visit of Porto´s most important monuments such as: the Stock Exchange Building, Cathedral, Port Wine Cellars...more North of Portugal Green Landscape & Vineyard Valleys Group Tour - Coach Tour through a landscape speckled with granite houses with wooden or wrought-iron balconies we find Amarante and Vila Real - visit the Gardens of the Palace of Mateus...more Northern Portugal Minho Region - A private day tour of the lush green Minho region takes its name from the river that has always marked Portugal´s northern frontier. Visit Braga, Guimarães, Viana do Castelo ...more Fatima and Coimbra from Porto - On this full day private tour from Porto we will the visit Fatima and see it Sanctuary of Our Lady. Then after Coimbra, once the capital of Portugal...more
Historic Porto and Port wine lodges - A private tour to visit to the main sites of Porto: Palacio de la Bolsa, Se Cathedral... Then with you will cross over the bridge to visit a Porto wine lodge for a tour and tasting of port wines...more Douro Valley the Heart of Port wine country - Exploring the Douro Valley. The journey through Port wine country is one of the most pleasant travel experiences in Southern Europe, passing by many of the famous vineyards along the way...more Douro River Cruise and Self-Drive Tour with stay in Traditional Hotel - Enjoy a scheduled group train ride/cruise along the Douro River. Leaving from Porto you will take a scenic train ride to Regua in the heart of the Douro. Then on the return enjoy a cruise along the Douro valley...more Douro River Cruise from Porto to Pinhao & back to Porto (Or Vice Versa) - Enjoy a scheduled group day cruise along the Douro River. Leaving from Regua and ending in Porto you will cruise through the Douro valley home of the world-renowned Port wines and beautiful landscape...more
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Hotel Rural Quinta do Silval, Alijó
The Rural Hotel Quinta do Silval, located on the left side of Pinhão River, near to Vale de Mendiz, is the first Vinic Hotel of the Demarcated Region of Douro and is the pride of its owner, the Sociedade da Casa Agricola da Quinta do Silval. The hotel is magnificently built over the mythic Pinhão River, in a property with patrimonial and landscape value where every year the best grapes of Douro originate the best Port and Douro wines. The Hotel Rural Quinta do Silval opened recently and it allies the charisma, comfort and new technologies with a typical Douro arquitecture, offering a dining room where one can experience the traditional gastronomy of this region and a Tasting room to taste the best wines.
Pousada de Alijó - Barão de Forrester, Alijó
The Pousada de Alijó, Barão de Forrester is a charming hotel located in the old village of Alijó, heart of the Douro Wine Region, among the famous "quintas", small estates where the Porto Wine vineyards grow. It is the most perfect place to get to know how the Oporto wine is produced, one of the most famous wines in the World. The proximity of the Douro river allows guests to go on pleasant cruises, and enjoy one of the most beautiful landcapes in the country.  Some of the other monuments to visit are: the Parish Church built in the 18th century, dedicated to Santa Maria Maior; the fountain in front of the church; the square in front of the Town Hall; the monument in honour of the Douro Man - witnesses by this council his historic vitality and main activity: the art and struggle of wine growing.
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Pousada de Amares - Santa Maria do Bouro, Amares
In accordance with the monastic severity, but with a comfortable and modern decoration, this Santa Maria do Bouro Pousada is an absolute must to discover the cultural sites of Minho.  Between the city of Braga and the Geres mountain range, stands Santa Maria do Bouro Pousada, the result of the restoration of a former Cistercian Monastery, one of the most characteristics of that period in Portugal.  The hotel has 32 guestrooms that are equipped with standard amenities and provide comfort to its guests.  The hotel provides refined ambience, which is known for its superior quality, offering the guests an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a stay in the Convent where you will have all the comfort of modernity.
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Comfort Inn Braga
The Comfort Inn® Braga is located in the historical town of Braga, capital of the Minho region. The city is known as the for its concentration of religious architecture, including Sameiro Sanctuary, Braga Cathedral (Sé de Braga) and Bom Jesus do Monte (Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte), the most photographed church in Portugal.Enjoy a day full of adventure at the Kartodrom, or a day in the great outdoors at Peneda-Gerês National Park (Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês). The hotel is close to the Delphi, Grundig and Blaukpunkt industries. This Braga hotel is close to a variety of museums, historical landmarks, shops and cafés. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring many delicacies of the region.
Meliá Braga Hotel & Spa
The Meliá Braga Hotel & Spa is a modern and sophisticated upper-class Hotel serving the city of Braga and the whole region. Is located near the University of Braga, near the Iberian Center of Nanotechnology and 5 minutes from the city center and shopping centers. With a modern architecture with contemporary lines and decor, will have three VIP floors, a garden social area with bar, a modern spa and a floor with rooms for meetings and conferences.  Restaurant offers Offers various themed buffets with service "Show Cooking" for breakfast and dinners as well as special a la carte dishes with the new Portuguese cuisine. Heated outdoor pool. Separate pool for children. Heated indoor pool. Spa: Sauna, Jacuzzi, massage and relaxation therapies.
Pousada de Braga - São Vicente
The Pousada de Braga, São Vincente, is the result of the restoration of a late nineteenth-century palace. In an appropriate setting for a charming hotel, this is the ideal base to discover the magnificent city of Braga and the fabolous Minho region during your leisure time. If you’re travelling on business you’ll feel at home when you return to the Pousada de São Vicente at the end of your day’s work. This hotel is equipped to host events.  Come and discover the Pousada de Braga. 
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Pousada de Bragança - São Bartolomeu
Bragança, too often forgotten due to its distance from the decision-making centres, will be impossible to forget, once visited. From the Pousada de Bragança, São Bartolomeu, on top of a hill of the Nogueira montain range, you have a superb view over the castle. The Pousada de S. Bartolomeu enjoys a sensational view which stretches across the plateau lying beyond the mountains. After a visit to the city sites and monuments, a magnificent evening can be enjoyed by the pool. Located in one of the most interesting medieval cities of Portugal, this charming hotel in Bragança combines perfectly its architecture, decoration and gastronomy with the regional culture.
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Casino Chaves Hotel Chaves
Located in northern Portugal, is the newly built Solverde Casino Chaves Hotel. This 4 star complex has 78 comfortable rooms (6 are suites), and all of them are equipped with air conditioning, central heating, direct line telephone, mini bar and satellite TV, to name but a few of the room amenities. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and cafeteria. The facilities at this recently opened hotel include indoor and outdoor swimming pools for adults and children, a football field, fitness circuit, squash and tennis courts, putting green, shooting field and a modern health club with sauna, Turkish bath, gymnasium and Jacuzzi. The casino, right next to the hotel, has live shows and capacity for over 600 people in its main restaurant, a bar, and a saloon with entertaining games such as blackjack, poker and about 300 slot machines.
Vidago Palace Hotel Chaves
Nestling In 40 acres of magnificent private landscape and treating guests to a lavish regal ambience, the 5-star Vidago Palace Hotel, Chaves promises you a holiday to remember. You will find yourself surrounded by established cedar trees, pine trees and holly trees, making it the ideal base for a romantic retreat or peaceful getaway. Chaves is situated in the far north of Portugal, just 10 km (6 miles) from the Spanish border, and is a charming historic town with a medieval castle, forts and a Roman bridge over the scenic Tamega River. It is also famous for its hot thermal springs complex, attracting a plethora of visitors every year.  From the moment you arrive in the lush park grounds, and glimpse the impressive neo-romantic facade of the Vidago Palace Hotel, you will appreciate why it is such a popular choice for business conferences and wedding venues in Chaves.
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Pousada de Gerês / Caniçada - São Bento
A nature hotel with a unique location, right in the heart of Peneda/Gerês National Park, the Pousada de Gerês Caniçada, São Bento, has a breathtaking view over the river Cávado and the peaceful Caniçada dam. These are landscapes to remember, while appreciating a delicious appetizer on the Pousada's terrace, looking down at the beautiful sunset reflected on the water.  All the 28 rooms are equipped with the latest facilities to meet the comfort of guests. Other facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court and a bar. Outdoor activities like hunting and fishing are also arranged during the stay.
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Pousada de Guimarães - Nossa Sra. da Oliveira
The Pousada de Guimarães, Nossa Sra. da Oliveira is located in the medieval historical centre of Guimarães, traditionally known as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. This charming hotel pousada has been successfully adapted from a private manor house, and offers all the comfort of modern amenities, while maintains the charm and privacy characteristics. From the windows you can enjoy looking over the church steeples and ancient rooftops, inviting you to get to know the surrounding Medieval streets, leading to the majestic monuments, so characteristic of the city. It is part of the liveliness of the city, helping to reflect its century old traditions. Staying at this Pousada and walking through the narrow streets that lead to the castle and to the Palace of the Dukes, is like discovering the history of Portugal.
Pousada de Guimaraes - Santa Marinha, Guimarães
Near the historical centre of Guimarães, set on a hill overlooking the city, we find the majestic Pousada de Guimarães, Santa Marinha, a former XII Century Augustin Monastery, which after being rebuilt and restored, received the National Architectural Prize in 1985. This historic luxury hotel has unique charming points, like the superb gardens, to be counted among the best Portuguese’s gardens, a magnificent stone staircase and an artificial lake can be found among the trees. The rich Portuguese glazed tiles, the cloisters, the terraces over the city will, together with the magnificent cuisine and wines, make you wish to stay for a very long time.
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Pousada de Marão - Sao Goncalo, Marão
The Pousada do Marão, São Gonçalo, is a nature hotel set on the Marão Mountain Range and only 20km from the town of Amarante. This Pousada is the perfect place to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the mountains and the Tâmega valley. The splendour of the view from the Pousada sitting room is matched by the excellent quality of the cuisine.  In the hotel's immediate surroundings, guests can enjoy the most beautiful tours, amongst which a visit to Mateus Palace, which apart fromits architectural beauty, offers guests a full programme of international cultural activities.
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Pousada de Mesão Frio - Solar da Rede, Mesão Frio
In the middle of the Douro demarcated wine region, on the road from Mesão Frio to Régua, is the Pousada Solar da Rede, with its breathtaking view over the River Douro. Ideally located within a 27-hectare vineyard, this 18th century manor house offers visitors the chance to sample the reality of local vineyard life, whilst reliving the ways of Port savouring. The furniture is outstanding and the individually designed rooms have been described as 'a museum of beds' with each bedroom containing one of the finest beds of an age and having all the furniture in the room to match. These fine pieces are also throughout the public rooms of this historic luxury hotel where they fit in perfectly with the architectural grandeur and the decorated tiling on many of the walls.
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Ipanema Park Hotel Porto
The very recent remodelling puts the Ipanema Park in the vanguard of environmental protection, offering everything that you need to spend the best days in Oporto. Health Club, Top of the Roof panoramic bar in the 15th floor, with swimming pool and view over the mouth of river Douro. In the Jardim d’Inverno restaurant you can taste the most refined flavours, or you can enjoy a relaxing moment at the Coffee-Shop near the Twin Trees bar, while you use the Wi-Fi Free. At the Twin Trees bar, peace and privacy do not need any walls or boundaries. At the Top of the Roof bar the sky is the limit. The pleasure of seeing the mouth of the river from a high position, at a height of more than 60 metres, while you enjoy a long drink prepared by the barman, before diving into the highest swimming pool of Oporto.
Pestana Porto Hotel Porto
This hotel is located in Porto, and Ribeira Square, Sandeman Cellars, and Porto Cathedral are area attractions. Additional attractions include Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Porto property has event space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Room service is available during limited hours. Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge, valet parking, and multilingual staff. 
Porto Palacio Congress Hotel & Spa Porto
The Porto Palácio Congress Hotel & Spa, recently elected a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”, is specifically geared towards business and leisure tourism, meeting strictest quality standards. Dining in the hotel restaurant guests are invited to try the local dishes, meticulously prepared by the head chef of Salsa & Loureiro, Portuguese traditional food Restaurant, Hélio Loureiro, with various awards for local and international cuisine. They can enjoy the Nautilus Bar, with its relaxing and informal atmosphere and, to complete the guests’ sense of well-being, there is also a modern spa.  These amenities are complemented by an innovative gastronomic space where they can opt for typical Italian cuisine, Japanese and light.
Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa Porto
This Porto spa hotel is near Bessa Stadium and Casa da Musica. Other attractions include Sandeman Cellars. Dining options at Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full-service health spa has massage/treatment rooms and beauty services. This 5.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and gift shops/newsstands. 
Tuela Hotel Porto
The Tuela Porto is a magnificent 3 star hotel located in the heart of the city of Oporto in Portugal. This Porto Hotel offers 197 elegantly decorated rooms completely equipped. Some of the double rooms have two single beds joined together. The Tuela Porto was completely renovated at the end of 2004 and it now reflects the transformation of Porto city. Hotel Tuela Porto is perfectly situated in the area of Boavista, the main business district in Oporto, just 3 km from the very center of the city, 15 minutes away from the airport and 1 km from the beach. Tuela Restaurant features buffet meals with Portuguese and International dishes. The breakfast is also served in this restaurant which opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Bar, located near the Lobby is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing drink and a chat with your family or friends.
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Pousada de Valença do Minho - São Teotónio
The Pousada de Valença do Minho, S. Teotónio, is set on the highest place of the old fortified area of Valença, near the Spanish border. This charming hotel in Northern Portugal enjoys a magnificent view over Spain, the peaceful river Minho and the ancient village walls. Its cuisine delicacies are among the best of the Minho regional traditions. The fortress is a piece of Gothic and Baroque Military Architecture. The first walls were built in the 13th century (1200). Nowadays it is a kind of bulwarked system, Vauban type, built in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Hotel Rural Quinta de S. Sebastião, Viana do Castelo
A touristic unit rebuilt on the year 2003 from an old rural farm typical from the region north of Portugal. All its architectural work was designed to achieve an excellent comfort level only found on the best hotels. In the main house there are 11 rooms, the breakfast and dining room, lounges, TV, library and games.  The Hotel as an external building with two double rooms with extra bed in an upper level open room and, as an option, a kitchenette and private living room. The multi-purpose room is a complementary area for special events. Near the swimming pool, a bar, esplanade and sports equipments. The green area besides the swimming pool includes a tennis/football court, childrens' corner, and strolls by the fruit trees. You are invited to come and visit us to this unique Rural Hotel.
Pousada de Viana do Castelo - Monte de Sta. Luzia
The Pousada de Viana do Castelo is set on the hill of Santa Luzia, overlooking the city and the beautiful estuary of the river Lima. Inaugurated in 1918, this charming hotel is perfectly situated and has been part of the network Pousadas de Portugal since 1979.  Formerly called Hotel Santa Luzia, this unit was restructured to create a more welcoming and comfortable ambience and then reopened as Pousada do Monte Santa Luzia, with forty seven rooms, a suite, Swimming-pool, tennis court, garden and playground for children. From this Pousada guests can enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful landscapes of our country, the city of Viana do Castelo and the sea. Its surrounding gardens and woods, along with the magnificent swimming pool and the peaceful place where the Pousada is set, allow guests an invigorating tranquillity.

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Pousada de Vila Nova de Cerveira - D. Diniz, Vila Nova de Cerveira
The Dom Diniz Pousada is set in a small walled town and is situated on the banks of the River Minho, which forms the northern border between Portugal and Spain. A bridge enables guests to take a visit to the Spanish region of Galiza to visit the city of Vigo, the sailing town of Bayona, the beaches of the nature reserve of the Iles de Cies or the pilgrimage city of Santiago do Compostela.  The hotel has 29 rooms. Some of the rooms and suites have their own courtyards and it is all contained within the old walls giving the impression of a small medieval citadel. The Pousada is air-conditioned and has a restaurant, considered to be one of the best in the town, with superb views over the river and its beautiful valley.