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As the sun stays out for longer, temperatures are in the pleasant mid-20s and the region's wildlife truly comes into its own, spring is one of the best times to visit the Algarve. It's also one of the best times for golf lovers to enjoy the stunning courses across the region. These three areas are a must-visit:

The picture-perfect beachside town of Carvoeiro really has everything, not least some of the leading golf courses for all levels of play. Both run by Pestana, Gramacho and Vale da Pinta offer championship courses in some of the most stunning surroundings. There's also Vale do Milho, a scaled-down version of a full-sized course offering nine holes and a friendly clubhouse.

Towards the more rugged Western Algarve are some of the most highly recommended golf courses in the south of Portugal. From the sublime Espiche Golf Course and the excellent Palmares and its three returning nine-hole loops, to the championship course in the family-friendly resort of Boavista, the Lagos area is a winner for avid golfers.

There's no shortage of golf courses at Vilamoura – the hard part is choosing one of the resort's six courses. As well as the Laguna, Millennium, Old Course, Pinhal, Victoria and Vila Sol courses, the area also offers other excellent facilities, such as sports centres, a casino and an award-winning marina.

Many Portuguese property-owners are also keen golfers, which isn't surprising considering some of Europe's finest courses are right on your doorstep! Whether you enjoy a round of golf or not, there are several beautiful properties available in these areas. Contact Algarve Home Sales for more information.