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22oct - 5novAll DayAlgarve in Autumn 2017

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Event Details

n’t in Spain and Portugal and the 2017 Algarve Tour may be your last opportunity to get the hood down and feel the warmth of the sun.

We’ve put together a trip which will give great driving, great hotels, stunning scenery and a range of fun things to do. Spanish and Portuguese roads are in the main very quiet and where we’re going, great fun to drive on! We’ve continued our process or ringing the changes so there are new stops to change the mix and some the same to maintain the highlights. In 2014 after the very first day’s driving a participant exclaimed “I’ve just driven down the best road on the planet!” In 2016 we had bright sunshine and blue skies every day bar one—not bad for October/November.

Starting with a crossing from Portsmouth to Bilbao on the high speed Cap Finistere, we get an early arrival at Bilbao so there’s plenty of time for a scenic run through the Picos de Europa mountains before running on to our first stop just outside Salamanca. Hacienda Zorita is a converted watermill, we’ll stay there two nights and the management are pushing the boat out to welcome us to Spain with a wine tasting and gala dinner.

Salamanca is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities and only a few miles from the hotel, so a day’s sightseeing is well worth it!

Our next stop is at Merida, a world heritage city and the site of the best preserved Roman ruins in Iberia, the emperor Trajan was Spanish! Then a change to previous years—we head south to Huelva on a fantastic road and then straight into Portugal to the 5 star Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel, which is just 12 miles from the circuit. We will have full VIP passes for the weekend; we are usually able to fix parking in the paddock at Portimao. There may be parade laps as well.

After the racing we’re off to Jerez for a night at the Hotel Puerto Sherry which is a lovely marina side hotel in El Puerto de Santa Maria. After Jerez we go to Durcal just outside Granada for two nights and a track day at the Circuito de Guadix. Here, with an English team, safety is the best and the circuit never bores. Lewis Hamilton trained at Guadix in his early days and a large number of well known drivers and teams test there all year round.

Sooner or later we have to head for home, so we’ve organised a great drive; from Granada we head to Toledo for a great view and great city and then skirt Madrid over some super mountain passes for our last night in the wonderful 17th Century Palace Hotel in Lerma

Time

October 22 (Sunday) - November 5 (Sunday)

Location

Portsmouth