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Autódromo Internacional do Algarve

Discover Hair-Raising Track Days, Go-Karting & Renowned Racing Events in Portimão

It’s no secret that the Algarve is synonymous with slow living. It’s the reason why thousands of you flock here every year to unwind upon beautiful beaches, by serene swimming pools, or in the region’s bountiful bars, restaurants and golf courses! This is not the case in Portimão, however. As you discover high-octane racing events, followed by opportunities for you yourself to get behind the wheel at the world-famous Algarve International Circuit!

A Renowned Race Calendar

Since 2008, the 100,000 capacity Autódromo Internacional do Algarve has been the home of motorsports in Portugal, welcoming millions of petrol-heads, adrenaline-junkies and the simply curious, to relish renowned racing events within its (€195million) state-of-the-art facilities! Throw in some glorious Algarve sunshine and you can begin to see why a visit to the Algarve International Circuit has become a must on any visit to Portimão.

One such highlight of the annual race calendar is the 24H Endurance Series, which, while lesser known than its Le Mans cousin, packs no lesser a punch! As souped-up examples of engineering ingenuity like the Ferrari 488, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche 991, Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracán, BMW M4 and Lotus Exige fly around the 4,692km track at average speeds of 130mph, for a staggering 24 hours! It also goes without saying that you don’t have to watch the entirety of the race, but we certainly wouldn’t blame you for trying, such is the thrill of the occasion!

Then, it’s time to swap to four-wheels for some exhilarating two-wheel action, as motorcycling’s elite arrive in the Algarve for The Superbike World Championship - the competition that introduced the world to Carl Fogarty, Troy Bayliss and current man of the moment, Jonathan Rea! But if you thought 130mph was impressive, don’t blink during WorldSBK, as you might just miss these guys hurtling round the track at speeds of up to 180mph!

Then it’s time to journey to different eras of motorsport altogether during the Algarve Classic Car Festival! Lauded as the largest classic car event in the Iberian Peninsula, the festival attracts the best drivers and the most timeless of automobiles for prestigious events like the European Classic Championships. But above all, this is a long weekend to savour the success and elegance of classic cars, embodied no more so than in the two-hour race for 50s Sports Cars - featuring iconic vehicles from the Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy Series.

What’s more, to make your day at the (motor) races that little more luxurious, pay a visit to the VIP Tower at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve - providing privileged views over the track, 48 executive boxes, a renowned on-site restaurant, extensive outside terraces and a VIP Lounge overlooking the finish line! Perfect for corporate experiences, or simply enjoying some motorsports in style.

Get Behind the Wheel

After all that spectating, you may have acquired a need for speed yourself, which is easily satisfied during a number of exciting opportunities for you to get behind the wheel. For the ultimate driving experience, look no further than Racing School, offering you the chance to learn from professional drivers in a selection of dream cars, before heading out for a spin on one of the best circuits in the world!

While audiences of all ages and abilities can look forward to some of the best go-karting found across Continental Europe, with a day at Kartódromo! The Algarve’s home of go-karting, which allows you to put your racing skills to the test across a series of speed or endurance challenges. Perfect for a family day out, or for a corporate, team-building day on the track.

Thinking of heading to Portimão for a luxury day spent spectating world-renowned races, racing dream cars on a high-octane track day, or simply enjoying a fun-filled family day out at Kartódromo? You’ll be pleased to know that the Algarve International Circuit is reachable in just fifteen minutes from Penina Hotel & Golf Resort! What’s more, simply let us know what you require from your excursion, and we’ll be more than happy to arrange it all for you.

'Algarve Classic Festival' © Tiago J. G. Fernandes | CC License 

Fishing in the Algarve
Fishing in the Algarve

Local Activities near Penina Hotel

There is a children's park and trails through the beautiful Ancão Nature Reserve which borders onto the Atlantic Ocean and is a mere 750m away from the Resort.

Local Activities
'Ria de Alvor' © Joao Alves | CC License
'Ria de Alvor' © Joao Alves | CC License

Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve

Located just 4km from Penina Resort, Ria de Alvor's stunning lagoon and 1,454 hectares of protected wetlands provide a scenic home to many species of wildlife. Miles of wooden boardwalks allow easy exploration of the area, while an array of family-friendly water activities are on offer in the local fishing village.

Ria de Alvor
Algarve Beach
Algarve Beach

Praia de Alvor

Boasting soft, white sand, crystal clear sea and a wealth of exciting leisure activities, Praia de Alvor is a key beach destination for locals and visitors alike. Located a short 10 minute drive from Penina, this sun-soaked stretch is also home to the five-star resort’s Dunas Restaurant, which serves up a delicious taste of Algarvian cuisine including an array of freshly caught fish.

Praia de Alvor
Benagil Cave in the Algarve
Benagil Cave in the Algarve

Activities in the Algarve

Alongside boasting some of the world’s most sought-after golfing facilities, the Algarve can also offer a whole host of exciting activities off the green. From family-friendly days out to heart-stopping extreme sports and unique cultural experiences, there will be something to suit every interest and age group. Use our guide to some of the region's many highlights to plan an outstanding luxury holiday in the Algarve.

Activities
Algarve Coastline
Algarve Coastline

Portimão: The Best Golfing Destination in the Algarve

Portimão is a charming Portuguese town in the Algarve. Known today as the centre for golf breaks, Portimão and its many courses are enjoyed year-round. Here are five reasons Portimão is the best place for a golfing holiday in the Algarve.

Portimão
Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course at Penina Hotel and Golf Resort
Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course at Penina Hotel and Golf Resort

History of Golf in the Algarve

Since the 1960s the Algarve has become a hugely successful holiday destination for both golfers and families. However, most people are unaware of the rich history that surrounds this beautiful coastal destination. From its fascinating Geographical structure, to the golden age of exploration… through to the Algarve’s current standing as one of the finest holiday destinations in the world.

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San Lorenzo Golf Course

The Algarve is home to some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. If you are looking to experience a round of breathtaking golf further afield than Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, we can recommend the best courses… and secure you preferential rates and tee times. Take a look at what San Lorenzo Golf Course has to offer.

San Lorenzo
Portimao
Portimao

The Portimão Museum in the Algarve

Explore the fascinating Portimão Museum in the Algarve, and take an in-depth look at ancient Portuguese civilisations, the significance of the river Arade and the importance of the local sardine canning industry. Open throughout the year, with cheap admission, the museum makes for a great family day out.

The Portimão Museum in the Algarve

Po Box 146, Penina, Portimao, 8501-952, Portugal, Tel: +351 282 420 200 , Fax: +351 282 420 300 , penina@jjwhotels.com