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‘Year-round tourism’ takes centre stage at opening of racetrack hotel

Making the Algarve a “year-round destination for tourism” was the gist of speeches made by Portimão mayoress Isilda Gomes and Prime Minister António Costa at the official opening of Pestana’s five-star Algarve Race Hotel near the Portimão racetrack on Tuesday.

Their focus was almost totally on the Algarve’s fight against seasonality and how “great” the new hotel is, with no word about recent fires that scarred the surround landscape nor any other local issues.

Following the press conference, Costa took a whistle-stop tour of Pestana Algarve Race hotel, which is divided into a 75-room hotel and a 96-room apartment area.

The resort opened its doors to the public on August 1, offering a spa, restaurant, two bars, outdoor pools, a health club and games room.

Sporting offers open to guests include a test run at the racetrack, go-karting, mountain biking, horseback riding, vineyard tours, geocaching and hiking.