Explore Andalucía, the setting of the 2023 Solheim Cup
Andalucia; endless sunshine, beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, warm Mediterranean waters, and a cocktail of Iberian and Arabic cultures.
Don’t get us wrong, no matter where the Solheim Cup is played, Premier Golf will be there, but we’re really glad the 2023 edition is in this dreamy southern tip of Spain.
Finca Cortesin is based in the coastal hills of Estepona, with stunning vistas over the Mediterranean. This world-class venue stands up against its more famous neighbor, the prestigious Valderrama, as a great golf course in its own right. Host of the Volvo World Match Play Championship on three occasions and a stunning world top 50 hotel, it will provide the perfect canvas for the greatest match in women’s golf.
Only a 30 minutes drive along the Mediterranean coast is glitzy Marbella, where motor yachts and supercars sparkle in the year-round sun. At night the waterfront comes to life, bars and restaurants fill with those who want to be seen. If you want something a little more intimate, away from the marina you’ll find many back-street, quaint tapas bars, serving fresh fish, local wines, and tall, frosty cervezas.
Beyond Marbella, Andalucia has so much to see, you may find our Solheim Cup packages, ranging from 5 nights to 7 wet the appetite for a future visit, or maybe extend your trip and take a tour after the event.
Granada’s Alhambra, a world heritage site dating back to 1238, is the pinnacle of European Moorish architecture, set against the dramatic, snow-capped Sierra Nevada peaks, this former Arabic Fortress is not to be missed.
Further south past the remote surfing beaches of Tarifa, you’ll find the ultimate Andalucian whitewashed hilltop village of Vejer de la Frontera, filled with traditional bars and restaurants, offering a feel of ‘real’ southern Spain in a breathtaking setting.
On the peninsula’s western coast is the walled port town of Cadiz, flowing out into the Mediterranean sea, famous for fresh fish street food, including local delicacy ‘Chipirones’ (deep fried baby squid). We recommend a photo and lunch at the iconic setting of Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry’s famous meeting point ‘Playa de La Caleta’ in 007’s Die Another Day.
Neighboring Cadiz is Jerez de la Frontera, translated into English as ‘Sherry’, from where the fortified wine originates, with various distilleries on offer, explore and sample the local specialty amongst the beautiful vines.
Finish your trip in the capital of Andalucia, Seville, one of Europe’s most picturesque and undiscovered gems. With further examples of intricate Moorish architecture, including Plaza de Espana (of ‘Star Wars: Attack of the Clones’ fame). By night, Dance Flamenco in one of the original live music bars from which it originates, or witness the drama and flamboyance of a live bullfight. And of course, don’t leave until you’ve had a freshly squeezed glass of Seville’s world-famous orange juice.
If it’s golf you’re after, the region has over 100 golf courses, making it truly mainland Europe’s golfing capital.
Located on or close to the Sotogrande estate, just 20 minutes from Finca Cortesin are; Valderrama, host to countless DP World tour events and the 1997 Ryder Cup, La Reserva (host to the recent Ladies Aramco Team Series event won by Nelly Korda) as well as Sotogrande Old and the recently redesigned Almenara, San Roque and Alcaidesa courses. A stay at the new 5* S/O Sotogrande Hotel, with access to some of these courses, makes for the ultimate watch and play Solheim experience.
Alternatively close to Marbella, there are the popular resort courses at La Quinta and Los Naranjos, or for those wanting an escape from the coast, the 3 courses at La Cala, while hilly, provide some of the best views in the area.