Valencia is the proud guardian of one of the three top golf courses in Europe.
Professionals, amateurs and beginners love the 18-hole Parador de El Saler course next to the Albufera Natural Park.
The view of the Mediterranean makes it a very picturesque course and judging the sea wind is another skill golfers playing here will master. But it is not just its beauty that attracts players: the European PGA has chosen the El Saler course as the site of several of its qualifying tournaments for the professional PGA European Tour.
While the region has a broad selection of courses, this one was designed and sympathetically sculpted out of the landscape by architect Javier Arana in 1968. The design took into account the protected natural areas – wildlife and plants for example – the result of its position next to the natural park.
There are areas that are said to be similar to the famous and much-loved golf courses of Scotland as well as the not-so-similar spaces of typical Mediterranean forest. Its total length is 6,042 m. Over 18 holes, the par is 72 strokes.
The Parador has a golf school, driving range, three putting greens, two approach greens, pro shop, rental clubs, carts and electric cars, restaurant and snack bar so it is suitable for the seasoned pro who planned their holiday around golf and the infrequent or new player who finds a round takes their fancy on holiday.
Watch a video to get a feel for the Parador at El Saler course.
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