Portugal will host four major sporting events over the course of October, highlighting the country’s international standing as a world-class sporting host. The Portugal Masters, one of the key tournaments of the European PGA Tour, as well as the Superbike Portugal GP, the World Enduro Championship, the Rip Curl Pro Search Surfing Championship and the ARWC World Championship will all take place in Portugal supported by Turismo de Portugal, the Portuguese National Tourist Board.
The Portugal Masters is shaping up to be the strongest in the tournament’s history, with a host of European Tour stars being lured to the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in the Algarve from 15 – 18 October.
Three-time champion Padraig Harrington, as well as Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher have all confirmed their participation in the event, which will be held in the prestigious Ocêanico Victoria Golf Course - an 18-hole 72-par course designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer. The tournament promises to be an exciting fixture in the European golfing calendar, with some of the best players in the world fighting for the €3 million.
Two major motorbike events will also be held in Portugal this year – the World Enduro Championship and the Superbike Portugal GP, which will take place respectively from 12-17 October in Figueira da Foz and from 24-25 October in the Algarve.
The Superbike Portugal GP will be hosted in the new Portimão Racetrack for the second time. As one of the most popular motor sports, Britain stands a real hope with rider Jonathan Rea, one of the sport’s rising young stars. The World Enduro Championship will see some of the major motocross riders form across the world come to Portugal for an adrenaline filled race.
The Rip Curl Pro Search Surfing Championship will be held for the first time in Europe this year – and the organisers have chosen Portugal as one of the European countries offering surfers the best conditions to practice the sport. Top surfers such as Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning will be participating in the event, which will take place in Peniche - chosen for its “European Pipeline” - with waves as high as 4-5 metres.
The longest ever adventure race - the Adventure Race World Championship (ARWC) - will take place from 8-13 November across various Portuguese regions, culminating in the Centro region of Portugal. The ARWC is an exciting race where teams from across the world compete in hiking, swimming, and mountain biking in extremely challenging conditions.
In hosting such prominent sporting events, Portugal has reinforced its international status as a major host for events of an international calibre. This is thanks to the quality of its golf courses and sporting venues, as well as a proven track record in security and great weather all year round.