There are sports facilities in the Algarve to meet the needs of the most demanding athletes. So it’s no wonder that some of world’s best athletes and teams choose the Algarve as the destination for their top level training camps.
The Estádio Algarve (Algarve Stadium) is one such example. This modern and functional stadium was inaugurated in 2004 and was the venue for several games in the European Football Championship that same year. It has all the conditions needed as a venue for official matches and training camps. Several teams from northern Europe take advantage of the winter break in their calendars to escape from snow-covered pitches and play on immaculate turf under year-round blue skies. The Portuguese national squad often plays here.
Another of the sports facilities in the Algarve worth highlighting is the Vila Real de Santo António Sports Complex, a top level training centre used by athletes and teams all year round. Considered a benchmark in Europe as a top level training centre, the complex obtained IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) accreditation as a training centre in 2002 and as an Olympic Preparation Centre in 2004.
Portimão Arena is one of the newest facilities in the Algarve for major sporting events. This modern and versatile pavilion offers over 6,000m2 of space so it can host major sporting events and has room for 3,000 seated spectators or up to 8,000 standing.
The Algarve International Motor Racing Circuit, in the municipality of Portimão, is another of the sports facilities in the Algarve that is worth mentioning. Inaugurated in 2008, it immediately obtained approval from the governing bodies of motor sports (FIM and FIA), as well as recognition from the top teams and marques that come here to take advantage not only of the excellent conditions of the circuit itself but also of the great weather that allows trials and presentations to be held all year round.
As you can see, there are sports facilities in the Algarve that offer the perfect training conditions for athletes from a variety of sports, as well as for the staging of top level competitions. Everything is in place for record-breaking performances.