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Golf Trips To Portugal's Santa Cruz: Planning The Ultimate Vacation

Where is Santa Cruz?

If you've only heard of Santa Cruz in Northern California, here is some brief information on the city and parish of Santa Cruz, located on the eastern part of the island of Madeira. Santa Cruz is located on the coast and the nearest airport is Santa Catarina Aiport. The airport lies 2.5 kilometers and a 6 minutes drive from Santa Cruz. You can reach Santa Cruz from most European capitals in a three or four hour flight.

"I've heard of Madeira but..."

Many people are familiar with the name but few people know about the island located 360 miles west of Morocco and 540 miles southwest of Lisbon. There are actually several Islands in the area, with only Madeira and Porto Santo being inhabited. Because of the effect of the Gulf Stream, Madeira enjoys warm, comfortable summers and mild winters. Madeira's mountains and the annual rainfall create an extraordinary climate that is home to lush vegetation.

Madeira or The Algarve?

While the Algarve region dominates the Portuguese golf scene, the might not last for long as Madeira is becoming an increasingly popular destination for families and golfing couples.

While there are similarities such as the language and cuisine, and while both places have great coastlines, Madeira has its own charm. Here are some of the features you'll enjoy:

  • Walking opportunities
  • Mountains
  • Flowers and vegetation

Golf In Santa Cruz

From Santa Cruz, the two areas of Santo Antonio Da Serra and Sao Goncalo are homes to golf courses.

In the San Antionio area, you can play on any of the following golf courses:

  • Porto Bay Serra Golf
  • Enotel Golf
  • Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra

In the Sao Goncalo area, you will find the following golfing challenges:

  • Casa Velha Do Palheiro
  • Hotel Palheiro Village
  • Palheiro Golf in the - Santo da Serra Golf Course (with it's sea and mountain views, the course is regarded as one of the most picturesque in Europe)

While you might not think of Madeira when considering your destination for a golfing holiday, there are plenty of golfing facilities available. If you are already familiar with the Algarve, Madeira could provide your next golfing challenge. And remember, if you didn't play very well and didn't enjoy your 18 holes, just go for a long walk and enjoy nature that will take your breath away.

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Those who are adventurous area also able to take some time after their golfing exploits, to enjoy some of the country’s deep sea fishing expeditions, among a host of other water sporting activities that line the sea shore. Truly Portugal is paradise not just for the avid golfer, but it is one place where anyone would be happy to visit at any time of the year.

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