Lisbon – On the Western Tip of Mainland Europe
After last weeks review of some of the best golf the Canary Islands has to offer, this week’s edition of the ClubstoHire.com Travel Blog focuses on lovely Lisbon.
Portugal is currently returning to normal weather after enduring blistering heat over the last 7 days. Temperatures soared to 44°C around the country causing forest fires in the south around Portimao. Now that temperatures are returning to normal it might be time to consider stepping out of the shade and enjoying the beauty of Lisbon again.
Lisbon is very highly regarded in terms of beauty and attraction by the wandering traveler. Built on seven hills overlooking the mouth where the river Tagus flows into the Atlantic Ocean. With streets that wind like a maze and are lined with quaint retaurants and cafés, friendly locals (Lisboeta) will be sure to see you right.
Weather in the Lisbon Area
In as far as the weather can be predicted with any assurance this year, the weather around Lisbon is usually golf/tourism friendly throughout the year. Average temperatures range from 11°C to 24° throughout the year. Average rainfall ranges from 15 days a month to as little as 2 days a month in July and August. Sea temperatures are at their most comfortable for swimming during the month of September when the water reaches 20°C.
Lisbon’s Tourist Attractions
If you are a fan of structural engineering and have visited the liikes of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Queensferry Crossing in Edinburgh or The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, then Lisbon is a place you might like to visit. With two structural wonders, the Vasco de Gama Bridge is over 17km while the 25 de Abril Bridge is almost 2.5km in length.
Lisbon is the sunniest capital city in Europe. Perched on the western edge of mainland Europe, Lisbon soaks up almost 2,800 hours of sun per year beating Athens into 2nd place by 28 hours.
It is the one of the oldest cities in Europe too – predating London, Paris and Rome. With this age comes ancient architecture, which is clearly evident around the city and nowhere more than in the district of Alfama.
There’s so much to see and do around Lisbon. After a few days crammed with sight-seeing some golf would be a lovely addition to round off an incredible visit to an incredible city.
Golf Around Lisbon
Lisbon has a number of golf clubs within an hours drive from the city in almost every direction. ClubstoHire.com have a shop in Lisbon airport where you can collect your rental set, select your putter and be on your way.
Quinta da Marinha Golf Resort
Set between the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the green of the Sintra Hills, this carefully maintained par-71, 18-hole golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. It offers a stimulating challenge amidst the natural beauty of a variety of landscapes. The 5870 meter course takes you past calm lakes and pine-woods.
Penha Longa Resort
The Penha Longa Resort has hosted three Portuguese Opens, the last in June 2010. This course was designed by the younger Bobby Jones. The Championship course is widely regarded as a one of the best courses on continental Europe.
Founded in 1992, this 27 hole complex lies to the west of Lisbon city. The course offers a contrasting selection of holes. None more notable than the 16th a 460 yard par 4. From an elevated tee you play towards the raised green. Penha Longa should be top of your list of courses to play in this area.
Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club
The Quinta do Peru Golf Course winds across 335 acres of natural woods. Together with the wild landscape and the Arrábida nature park as a background, the course presents a beautiful panoramic. Located close to the picturesque village of Azeitão, and just 20 minutes south from Lisbon. This facility is highly regard across European golf and plays host as a training base for many European countries.