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De provincie Gerona is de eerste Spaanse provincie bij de passage van de grens met Frankrijk.

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 A weekend in the sun is the pretext to come and enjoy the light of this star that insists on shining more and more on Portugal.

Accept this invitation and come and relax with us. There’s plenty to do, from just walking along the beach to adrenalin-pumping sports. There are beaches for all tastes and enough sea for wave-lovers to mingle with those who only want to float elegantly at the mercy of the tide.

As Portugal has a wide variety of landscapes in a small territory, it is no wonder that there are also several ways of spending your days in the sun. Around the capital, Lisbon, there are beaches for all tastes, from the secluded beaches of the idyllic area near Sintra to the 30-kilometre-long sands at Costa da Caparica, very popular with Lisboetas. In Cascais, with a more cosmopolitan atmosphere, you can practise water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, diving and sailing.

Besides the richness of its history and heritage, Lisbon has a lively nightlife to complete your days in the sun.

The Algarve has so many beaches that it is difficult to choose between them. And if you play golf, you have chosen the right place to combine going to the beach with your favourite game. If you really want to get away from it all, why not take a hop over the Atlantic to the exotic island of Madeira. Here the luxuriant landscapes, unspoilt nature and fine swimming pools overlooking the sea give you the real feeling of relaxation that you are looking for on a short break from your daily routine.

Gastronomy of Lisboa
From grilled sardines to the ‘pastéis de Belém’ pastries, Lisbon’s food is as welcoming as its people.

Grilled sardines are a nationwide treat in Portugal, but they are a real speciality in Lisbon. During the festivities in June and throughout the summer, sardines are a staple. You’ll find them on every menu at traditional restaurants or beachside café terraces - served with grilled pepper and tempered with a fine Portuguese olive oil.

The fishing boats that serve many of the regional ports – Nazaré, Peniche, Ericeira, Cascais, Sesimbra or Setúbal – also bring back other fish and shellfish for delicious ‘caldeirada’ stews and soups, or just simply for the grill.

As winter ends, freshwater fish are plentiful, such as eels and shad. These are often cooked as part of the bread based ‘açorda de sável.’Lisbon is also famous for its sweets and pastries, with each neighbourhood having its own delicacy.

In Sintra you can taste cascais nuts, ‘queijada’ and ‘travesseiro’ sweet cakes. Further afield in Torres Vedras, you can savour ‘pastéis de feijão’ bean pastries. Caldas da Rainha is home to ‘cavaca’ cracknel and ‘trouxas de ovo’ pastries, whilst Tomar is renowned for ‘fatias da China’ cakes. However, every visit to Lisbon must include historic Belém, where the sweetest of custard tarts, the ‘pastel de Belém’ is made.

Every meal in Portugal can be accompanied by a delicious wine or cheese. Try a Setúbal muscatel, either as an aperitif or after-dinner liqueur, or Azeitão cheese, which comes from one of the best wine producing regions in the country.

Algarve with swing
Along 150 kilometres of coastline, around 30 golf courses provide the excellent facilities required for some inspired oceanside rounds.
In the Western Algarve, the courses feature all kinds of obstacles to test the golfer’s skill. Start off by trying the Vale da Pinta championship course, which is lined by ancient trees. It was designed by Ronald Fream to offer differing levels of difficulty for golfers. Enjoy your break between rounds down on the picturesque Carvoreiro beach, sheltered by two large rocky headlands.

Laid out above a beach and under rolling hills, try the Palmares course with its challenging par 4 ‘dog-leg’. Play the Meia Praia links running along the white sandy dunes. From the clubhouse terrace, there are excellent views over the historical city of Lagos.

In the Central Algarve, the Ocean Course is part of the exclusive Vale de Lobo complex. Designed by Sir Henry Cotton, it lies just 15 km from Faro international airport. You can follow the golf with a meal in a seaside restaurant, a flutter at the casino or even one of the discos, on this cosmopolitan stretch of the Algarve.

Over to the east, there are some flatter courses looking out onto the beautiful landscape of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Here, the twin courses of Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima, created by renowned course designer Rocky Roquemore, will test your golfing skills to the limit.

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