Pestana Algarve Race (Algarve)
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- Number of rooms: 75
- Air conditioning
- Free Wi-Fi
- Fitness Centre
- Kids Club
- Room Service
- Non-smoking rooms
- Meeting Rooms
- 24h Reception
5* Contemporary hotel alongside the racing circuit
This 5* hotel is located in Montes de Cima (Mexilhoeira Grande) 20km north west of Portimão, offering a unique and sophisticated environment amongst the inland scenery of the Algarve, about 30 minutes' drive from Alvor beach.
One of the key features of this hotel is its proximity to the Algarve International Circuit which offers go-kart racing and motorsports and hosts numerous racing events throughout the year. The track was even featured in a 2016 episode of The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. You can book track races via the hotel and reserve your go-kart, jeep or quad bike at the hotel reception. Guests staying at the hotel are invited to 5 complimentary circuits of go-karting per room per stay, so be prepared to don your driving gloves!
For those looking for more relaxing pursuits, the hotel features a spa with an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Scottish shower and a Turkish bath, or you can cool off from the Algarve sun with a swim in the outdoor pool. There is also a fitness centre and games room to enjoy, and children can play safely in the seasonal Kids' Club and even enjoy the children's kart track (age limits apply).
The hotel's Nelson Piquet restaurant offers the opportunity to sample typical dishes from the Algarve, or you can enjoy lighter meals throughout the day at the pool bar. In the evening, why not try a delicious cocktail at the hotel's Stefan Bellof bar?
Rooms are bright, decorated in shades of white and with light coloured woods with views of the Serra de Monchique, and the hotel's interior spaces are equally stylish.
The Pestana Algarve Race is 30 minutes' drive away from the Alvor beaches and from June to September the hotel provides a free transfer service allowing you to leave your car in the hotel's car park and relax.
Enjoy a range of activities at this hotel to suit your taste:
- SPA with an indoor pool
- Outdoor pool
- Fitness centre
- Games room
- Off-road driving
- Quad bike
- Donkey rides
The pretty Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, a 15th century church at the top of a hill, is one of the town’s most notable buildings. Despite being damaged during the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, the church is in good condition and its lovely Gothic portal remains standing.
The marina and docks are some of the liveliest parts of the Portimão and are where you will find the majority of the restaurants. Most of the restaurants proudly serve sardines which are synonymous with the town’s fishing and canning history; there is even an annual festival dedicated to the fish.
Portimão is a short distance away from some of the Algarve’s best beaches, like the Praia do Alvor, and you can take boat tours from the town to visit the stunning Benagil sea caves.
The Algarve, which is Portugal’s southernmost province, is a 150 km long coastal region of outstanding beauty, long golden beaches, dramatic sandstone cliffs, picturesque villages and undulating landscape covered with fig, almond and olive trees. Rich in history, the Algarve is noted for the friendliness of its people and its mild climate, which is ideal for outdoor sports almost all year around.
Faro Airport distance: 81 Km
Region & Cuisine
The southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve, is without a doubt the best-known to visitors to the country from overseas thanks to its popularity as one of Europe’s main holiday destinations. Certainly the Algarve’s attractions are many, and not least its enviable climate with sunshine virtually year-round.
The region is probably most famous for its beaches and its numerous golf courses. The Algarve has around 100 miles of coastline, stretching from the border with Spain in the east right across the south of the country to Cape St Vincent in the west (this is the most south-westerly point in Europe), and then north for about 30 miles up to the border with the Alentejo region. And it’s a wonderful coastline with a mixture of extensive beaches of fine golden sand, small sandy coves and, in places, dramatic cliff-faces and rock formations. Inevitably, since the sixties and seventies there has been a lot of development centred on the main resorts such as Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Vilamoura with the construction of hotels, apartments, marinas and so on, but in the extreme east and west of the Algarve coast, smaller towns – Tavira and Sagres as examples - while still offering the same glorious beaches remain almost untouched by the frenetic activity of the tourist centres.
The Algarve is not, however, just about beaches and golf. Inland the region is largely rural – hilly, and in places mountainous – and many of the picturesque little towns and villages in the interior appear to have changed little over the centuries and still retain their quiet, unhurried and relaxed way of life. Like the rest of the Iberian Peninsulathe Algarve became part of the Roman empire in the second century BC (there are important Roman remains on the coast in Lagos), but the longest occupation of the region was by the Moors who named the region Al-Gharb and who were finally expelled in 1250, completing the reconquest of Portugal. As in Andalusia in Spain,he archtectural legacy of the Moorish occupation is much in evidence throughout the region.
The principal, and by far the largest, city of the Algarve is Faro. Practically every visitor arrives here thanks to flights into its airport from all over Europe, but very few actually stay in Faro. But it’s an elegant coastal city with a medieval wall and many monuments, museums and churches and it definitely deserves a visit. Away from the coast two particularly attractive towns are Monchique, up in the hills about 20 miles from the resort of Portimao, and Loulé, an active market town a short drive inland from Vilamoura.
Apart from high-quality ‘international cuisine’ stemming from the tourism so important to this region, there are plenty of delicious local dishes available throughout the Algarve. Pork and chicken are the main ingredients for meat dishes, notably ‘Cataplana’ (pork with lots of clams and garlic) and ‘chicken piri-piri’ ranging from mild to very hot and spicy. But fish and seafood reign supreme here; grilled sardines are excellent on the Algarve coast and available practically everywhere while swordfish, bass, bream, squid, clams, lobsters and prawns are all of the highest quality and fresh as can be. Wines from all over Portugal are freely available, but the local wines from Lagos, Tavira and Lagoa are all good and the region produces several local varieties of liqueur.
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Children: Prices for extra beds for one or more children will be displayed at best rate available for each room type with capacity for additional beds.
Half-board: Most Pestana hotels offer 'a la carte' and buffet dining options.