James Mason heads to the Portugese captial to experience one of Europe's most coveted golfing destinations

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Steep, narrow streets, charismatic little bars, arguably the world's finest custard tarts (we kid you not)...and some thoroughly enjoyable rounds of golf.

Described by many travel experts as the perfect European short-break getaway, Lisbon is also a superb place to play your favourite game.

The climate is invariably co-operative, the locals are perpetually polite and helpful, and the golf courses are never crowded.

Just mind that cork tree when you launch one from the first tee!

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James Mason is a senior contributor for Golf Monthly magazine and editor of and has producing destination and equipment reviews for Golf Monthly, Greenside, and Middle East Golfer magazines. He has also produced destination features for Golf World and Going for Golf magazines and interviews for Middle East Golfer and Qatar Airlines. James was captain of Coventry university golf team and now plays off a 5 handicap.