Thursday 11 June 2015

World-Class Racing Experiences in the Algarve

Unforgettable Holiday Activities That’ll Have More Than Just Your Heart Racing

Though Penina Hotel is renowned for offering luxury golf holidays, its location also offers easy access to a range of activities that’ll boost adrenaline a little more than approach shots. With the opportunity to admire incredible views during a skydive, catch a North Atlantic wave, and climb jaw-dropping cliff faces, the choice available in the Algarve certainly won’t leave you feeling underwhelmed. However the ‘cream of the crop’ has to be the chance to take an array of sports cars for a spin at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, one of Europe’s leading professional circuits. With state-of-the-art facilities praised by Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, we invite you to fasten your seatbelt and take control of the steering wheel during a five-star stay in the Algarve.

Autódromo Algarve

Located less than 15 minutes from the luxury Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Autódromo Internacional do Algarve boasts over 700 acres of world-class facilities that have attracted the likes of BMW and McLaren to present here. From 32 different circuit layout possibilities, to one of the largest karting tracks in Europe and an extensive off-road course, it has been designed to both impress and challenge. The 15,000 seat VIP viewing tower and steep slopes ensure the 100,000 capacity venue offers great views over the track, which can stretch up to the F1 length of 4,684 metres. Alongside hosting annual and seasonal events that have included Le Man Series, Superbike World Championships and the International GT Open, it offers the chance to try out the tracks for yourself with courses and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that’ll have more than just your heart racing.

Racing School

Whether you’re hoping to master one of the world’s most sought-after sports cars or simply fancy a couple of electrifying laps, the Autódromo in Portimão will more than deliver. Take a short trip down the M532 after a relaxing round on the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, and you can soon be revving up the engines of a Porsche GT3, Nissan GTR or Porsche Cayman S. For something a little more indepth, a selection of four courses will offer the chance to learn from technical briefings, agility exercises and trips around the track; varying in price from €299 with a Peugeot RCZ, to €999 with a Porsche 911 Carrera… and a whole host of additions.

Motorbike fans can benefit from Miguel Praia’s advice during the ultimate day out. Discover tricks for riding at the Autódromo do Algarve through lectures, practical activities and video analysis, ensuring you’re fully prepped for a timed track session. Meanwhile, those looking for the rush without the worry can sign-up for ‘taxi’ experiences, during which you simply sit back and watch while professional instructors take you for two unforgettable rounds.

Off-Road & Karting Experiences

Alongside the smoother curves of the professional circuits, a 5,180 metre off-road route will offer a less-polished, all-terrain experience. Those holidaying with their own high performance vehicles can enjoy navigating man-made obstacles and water splash areas during track days. While a moto course offers a range of techniques to help riders rise to the demands of the off-course experience. Fun experiences for the whole family also await on a specific children’s karting track for under 6’s. Ideal for group outings, Karting International Algarve also contains a restaurant, shops, a 1,531 metre track and over 50 karts available for hire.

After a challenging day spent pushing an array of powerful vehicles (and your nerves) to their very limits, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort will offer a luxurious place to rest your head. With six restaurants and bars to choose between, you’ll easily find a delicious bite to eat and the perfect tipple to toast an outstanding day out, before retreating to your five-star room or suite. Use the hotel’s Wi-Fi to share photos of your incredible driving experience and look forward to waking up to another morning at the leading luxury golf resort in the Algarve. Find its latest offers and packages here.

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