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Top Gear France films “special episode” in Algarve

A “special episode” of France’s Top Gear TV show was filmed in the Algarve this week.

The French version of the original British motoring show has been seen by over six million people since it premiered in 2015, with an average of 757,000 viewers per episode.

The Algarve episode will follow the show’s three hosts as they embark on a road trip starting in the region’s capital town, Faro, and ending along its picturesque western coast.

Dora Coelho, head of the Algarve’s tourism association (ATA), believes the episode will be a “great opportunity” to promote the region as a diverse and eclectic destination – especially as it will be aired in one of the Algarve’s fastest growing markets.

Hopes are that it will portray the Algarve as not only a great place to spend a holiday, with beaches, mountains and a mild climate all-year-round, but also to host major car-related events.

As Coelho pointed out: “We have excellent infrastructures, not just hotels, restaurants and services, but also a state-of-the-art racetrack which is internationally renowned and is increasingly sought by brands from the car industry”.

The episode was filmed as part of a partnership between ATA and BBC Worldwide, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC.

When it will be aired, however, has not yet been revealed.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com