Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club
With the Arrábida mountains as its backdrop, the Quinta do Peru golf course offers amateurs a pleasant game, whilst also presenting a challenge for professionals. It was voted amongst the top 10 courses in Portugal in the biennial poll organised by the European Golf magazine.
With its many trees and wild flowers, the course provides a varied start, for the first three holes consist of a par 5, a 386-metre par 4 and a 186-metre par 3. Amongst the first nine holes, attention is drawn to the short eighth hole, with a lake in front of its green. The next nine holes are even more difficult. Number 12 is a par 4 which, although not very long, has a lake running beside the fairway and down to the green. Then comes what is probably the most difficult test on the course: hole 8, a 200-metre par 3, where one needs to play over a lake to reach the green. The course´s recognised quality has led to its hosting several events from the European Challenge Tour.
Don’t forget to enjoy a drive or a walk through the Serra da Arrábida. This is a Natural Park affording superb views over the sea, with a jagged coastline of small sandy coves, where the water adopts different shades of green and blue. One of the places of historic interest in this range of hills is the seductive Convento da Arrábida, a monastery founded in the 16th century and integrated quite harmoniously into the landscape. The castles to be visited in the region include Setúbal, Sesimbra and Palmela. Cheese from Azeitão, Moscatel wine from Setúbal and honey from Arrábida are amongst the mouth-watering flavours of this region.