A golfing getaway in the Spanish sunshine at the Montecastillo Golf Resort
If you are looking to enjoy long sunny days, excellent golf and Spanish culture, a visit to the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Resort will be just up your street. The five star sports destination is located about 10 minutes from Jerez and an hour south of Seville.
The Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Resort embraces all things sporty and the hotel is well suited to group visits. It is located on a 160 acre property, which is filled with olive trees that are over 100 years old.
While there is an outdoor swimming pool and Thalasso spa that can be enjoyed by those who don’t take to the putting green, the main highlight at this destination is the stunning golf course that has been designed by Jack Nicklaus.
The course has attracted some of the best golfers in the world and it has previously hosted the first of the five Volvo Masters. It stretches across gentle slopes and provides a beautiful frame to the front of the resort. A pretty lake is situated next to the eighteenth hole and is home to a number of different birds, including ducks that help tend the grass, and you can enjoy lunch or early evening drinks overlooking this picturesque scene.
The lunch menu is simple but delicious. Toasted ham and cheese baguettes, spaghetti or salads can be enjoyed in brilliant sunshine, with a stunning view. The bar serves a great selection of Spanish wine, beer and spirits, with non-alcoholic beer also an option for those abstaining.
While golf is the main highlight of Barcelo Montecastillo, it also attracts guests with other sporting interests. The property is located right next door to a Formula 1 racing track. Motor racing takes place frequently at this popular venue, which is also often used for training, and the gentle hum of cars will certainly excite motor enthusiasts.
There is a tennis court and the table tennis is also popular come dusk as this is located on the terrace area near the bar.
The Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Resort is also popular for those embarking of premium football training and during our visit several youth teams were making the most of the excellent facilities.
The pitches have been designed by Sir Alex Fergusson and many leading athletes practice their ball skills here throughout the season and during the summer months.
If you are planning a group holiday that includes those who are less interested in sport, the resort is well positioned for exploring local cultural delights.
While Jerez is only 15 minutes away by car, it is worth taking a longer journey to Cadiz (30 minutes) in order to experience the narrow winding streets, tall historic buildings and pretty squares that form Europe’s oldest city. The Old Town is positioned between the coastline and old walls that date back many years.
Seville (60 minutes) is even more impressive and well worth visiting. The Spanish city has a wonderful atmosphere, beautiful architecture and plenty of delicious tapas bars. There are also many fabulous Spanish boutiques for those who want to indulge in a little retail therapy.
You can dine at the hotel and the preferred option by many guests during our stay appeared to be the large buffet, even though there is a good al la carte menu. For those who want to enjoy an intimate dining atmosphere, a trip out in the evening to one of the local Spanish cities will guarantee this style of ambiance. Whether you are situated in a pool of sunlight on the edge of a square in Cadiz or tucked away in an atmospheric Sherry bar in Seville, there is plenty of local culture to experience.
Back at the resort, the spa allows you to indulge in a number of treatments and these will especially appeal to those who have been exerting energy in the hot Spanish heat. The Thalasso pool will also help ease any muscular aches and pain. There is a strong focus on healthy living in general at the Barcelo Montecastillo, with a nutritionist on hand and an organic garden within the grounds.
With the temperatures already reaching mid-20s at that start of April, this destination pretty much guarantees early summer warmth. The weather is relatively stable for much of the year and, while the mid-summer heat would likely prove quite intense, there will be prolonged sunshine in autumn for those wanting to extend their summer holiday.
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Presented by Sarah Bacon