Tee Times Portugal Holidays – 4 Big Reasons to Have Your Holidays in Oporto

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Oporto City View - Torre dos Clérigos

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Oporto City View – Torre dos Clérigos

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – 4 Big Reasons to Have Your Holidays in Oporto

So you need reasons to have your holidays in the beautiful city of Oporto, the so-called ‘Invicta’ city, in the northern region of Portugal? We hope to help you decide with the following 4 big reasons:

1. Thousands of tourists, many of them Spaniards, French, English, German and Dutch, visit Oporto and walk their streets, fill hotels, hostels, bars, restaurants and coffee shops. They can’t all be wrong;

2. In 2012 and in 2014, the Oporto city was voted best European Travel Destination ahead of cities like London, Paris and Madrid; Again, there must be a reason for it!

3. Oporto is increasingly “Cool”! The city has built trough the years the best modern facilities to ease any visit, with a good transportation system, and a diversity of entertaining, accommodation, food and leisure facilities.

4. You can’t do the following tour guide anywhere else:

Start your day by taking breakfast at ‘Café Majestic’ coffee shop or if you prefer a quieter atmosphere, the ‘Casa de Chá de Serralves’ tea house. You may then choose: either plunge immediately afterwards in the frenzy of the disputed ‘Rua de Santa Catarina’ street for some shopping or let yourself be carried away by nature and art appeal with a visit to the gardens of the ‘Museu de Serralves’ museum.

By the late morning you still have time to take a look at ‘Lello’ bookstore, walk down to the now transformed and attractive ‘Rua das Flores’ street of flowers, which flows into the ‘Largo de São Domingos’ as antechamber of the ‘Ribeira’ by the Douro river front.

You may enjoy visiting the stock exchange palace ‘Palácio da Bolsa’ and particularly the Arab Hall. Before buying tickets for a short tour in the Douro river, between the five bridges, it might be a good idea to take an aperitif in the beautiful terrace of the suspension bridge, right next to the lower deck of ‘D. Luís I’ bridge.

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Oporto City - Douro River Tours

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Oporto City – Douro River Tours

Don’t forget to visit the wine cellars of Porto, but leave it for the next day, because lunch time squeezes. If you cross to the other side of the river, you can go to the hotel restaurant ‘Yeatman’, with a priceless view over the river and the city that welcomes Iker Casillas (ex-goal keeper at Real Madrid FC and now playing for Porto FC), where you may enjoy the the menu designed by Ricardo Costa, a chief with a Michelin star.

If you do not want to cross the bridge, you may take a taxi to to the ‘Foz’ on the ‘Douro river mouth, the restaurant where also stars Pedro Lemos, famous for its tasting lunches. If the green of your eyes does not resists the call of the sea, there is an undeniable proposition: the tea house ‘Casa de Chá da Boa Nova’, one of the greatest works of architecture of Pritzker winner Álvaro Siza Vieira. The Chef Rui Paula is in charge of the kitchen.

After lunch you may actively rest with a light walk at the City Park, the largest urban park in the country and one of the few in the world to have a seafront. If you have kids this is a good place to take them, there will plenty of freedom and without dangers.

On leaving the park enters the avenue of ‘Boavista’, as for now the country’s largest, and you may culminate in the ‘Casa da Música’ house of music, a jewel of international architecture designed by another Pritzker Architecture prize winner, the Dutch Rem Koolhaas.

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Oporto City View - Casa da Música (House of Music)

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Oporto City View – Casa da Música (House of Music)

Also don’t forget to visit the ‘Estádio do Dragão’ (Dragon Stadium), another essential tour of the city. Then take time to explore the whole area from the Torre de Clérigos (tower), ‘Café Piolho’ (coffee shop), ‘Praça de Lisboa’ (Square), eat an “éclair” pastry in the ‘Leitaria Quinta do Paço’ (creamery) or, if you don’t want pastries, take a few more steps to the most secret and the most sought the city bar: the ‘Aduela’ at ‘Rua de Oliveira’ (street), opposite the theater ‘Carlos Alberto’, which serves delicious snacks. If it rains, you may visit the reborn galleries ‘Lumière’, where is located the only bookshop in the country entirely dedicated to poetry and theater, ‘Poetria’.

With the late afternoon coming close, it will not be a bad idea to take a seat in ‘Baixa da Champanheira’ in ‘Largo Monpilher’ terrace, and let yourself be carried away by the flavors of a good ‘sangria’ (wine and fruits drink). If you enjoy taking photographs, two or three key points are in order: cross the bridge ‘D. Luis I’ walk and let your eyes get lost in the charms of ‘Ribeira’ (by the river front) or ‘Gaia’ pier, climb to the renewed ‘Torre de Clérigos’ tower and peek the historic center. If you go down to detail, it has the fascinating stories told by tiles from the ‘Estação de São Bento’ train station or the ‘Capela das Almas’ (Chapel of Souls).

For dinner, the difficult is in choosing the space where to taste the ‘Francesinha’ (sandwich snack), elected this year one of the ten best sandwiches in the world by the British website “The Culture Trip”, as well as by the prestigious Spanish travel magazine “Condé Nest Traveller”.

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Oporto City View - D. Luis I Bridge & Douro River

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Oporto City View – D. Luis I Bridge & Douro River

Oporto is much more than a single day can permit and therefore this is just a sample. Which still can be enlivened with a last night in the area of ​​the bars, especially in the streets of ‘Galeria de Paris’ and ‘Cândido dos Reis’. There are bars of ‘poncha’, gin, ‘sangrias’, and of course, wine. Many wines are rewarded, as is the ‘Chryseia’, the 2011 harvest, and the red ‘Quinta do Vale Meão’, both from Douro region and included in the “top 10” 2014 American magazine “Wine Spectator”. To after taste, one last suggestion: Port wine Dow’s 2011, considered the best in the world last year by the same magazine.

So by now you are the kink or queen of Oporto and maybe you fancy to sleep in a palace: the ‘ Palácio do Freixo’. Majestic, beautiful, prostrate along the Douro river. When you wake up it will be another day and you can further explore the charms of Oporto like the amazing golf courses it offers on the region, like the ‘Oporto Golf Club‘ or the ‘Golfe de Amarante‘.

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Golf Holidays Now Less Costly

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Golf Holidays in Portugal now Less Costly

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Golf Holidays in Portugal now Less Costly

Tee Times Portugal HolidaysGolf Holidays in Portugal Now Less Costly, as Pound Strengthens

How about holidays in Algarve?

Do you plan to take a golf holiday in Portugal? Well if so, it may please you to know that you can now do so with extra spending money in your pocket, because sterling is flying high against the euro. In particular, the pound recently hit its highest versus the common currency in 2 years, or since August 21st 2012, at 1.2699.

Perhaps you would enjoy Lisbon or Oporto?

What this means for you if plan to holiday in Portugal is that you’ll get more euros when you exchange currencies. Let’s say for example that you intend to spend £600 on a week in Portugal. With that sum, you’ll now receive +€85 more than if you’d done so 18 months ago, when the pound was weak.

Or maybe the paradisiacal archipelagos of Madeira or Azores?

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Santo da Serra Golf Course - Madeira Package

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Santo da Serra Golf Course – Madeira Package

So, that’s a+€85 more at no extra cost to you! With that money, you could extend your break in Portugal an extra night, splash out at a Portuguese restaurant, or simply enjoy a welcome saving. With this in mind, it’s a fantastic time to holiday in Portugal, as the strong pound cuts the cost of doing so!

By Peter Lavelle at foreign exchange broker Pure FX. For free expert currency advice when you book a holiday in Portugal, call me on +44 (0) 1494 671800 or email peter.lavelle@purefx.co.uk. I’d be delighted to help.

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Tee Times Portugal Golf – Oporto Golf Club

Tee Times Portugal Golf - Oporto Golf Club

Tee Times Portugal Golf – Oporto Golf Club

Tee Times Portugal GolfOporto Golf Club – Manuel Violas round of 57

Oporto Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Portugal. It begins with a par 4 against the famous nortada, the prevailing north wind, which makes it rather difficult. The approach to the green, which is narrow and double tiered, turns this first hole into an excellent test for any player.

Although holes 4 and 11 are the most difficult ones, we consider the par-4 7th and par-3 14th to be the best that can be designed in terms of golf. The 9th and 18th, normally offer good opportunities for birdies, making a pleasant finish to a competition.

In a superb atmosphere which is possible only among the traditionally hospitable people from the North of the country, the Oporto Golf Club offers excellent facilities in its clubhouse, with a restaurant that is a general favourite of its members for eating out.

No joke: Manuel Violas made ​​a round of only 57 – A round of 57, even outside of official competition, is always a story to remember.

Former No. 1 national amateur golf scored 14 under par on his home course of Oporto. The incredible happened: Manuel Violas, with two Portuguese majors in the curriculum (Cup Portuguese Golf Federation in 2008 and 2010), obtained on Friday a round of 57 strokes, 14 under par-71, at his home club of Oporto Golf Club.

Scored 14 birdies and four pairs. Their previous best result was 64 (-8) at the National Club Championship 2010 in Mounted.

“I can not explain, it was a day when everything went well,” said Manuel Violas a +2 handicap of 26 years. “He put the ball near the flag and putt. I only had two or three biggest putts. It was the turn of my life. It happens once in a lifetime, when a person is very lucky. Lots of people will think it is not true, but I do not care.”

For the avoidance of doubt, this is the card game Manuel Violas on the last 8th August.

Tee Times Portugal Golf - Oporto Golf Club - Manuel Violas round of 57

Tee Times Portugal Golf – Oporto Golf Club – Manuel Violas round of 57

Officially, the record for the lowest round in the PGA Tour is 59 strokes for six players: Al Geiberger (Memphis Classic, 1977); Chip Beck (Las Vegas Invitational, 1991); David Duval (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, 1999); Paul Goydos (John Deere Classic, 2010); Stuart Appleby (Greenbrier Classic, 2010); and Jim Furyk (BMW Championship, 2013). On the European Tour, the lowest mark is 60 strokes by multiple players.

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