Spring sporting events

finn racing

Things are now hotting up in Algarve and we’re not just talking about the weather.

From sailing to F1, cycling to MotoGP, April and May are proving to be busy with events.


April 10 sees the start of the 2021 International Finn Class after it was moved from Hyères, France, following cancellation of the French Olympic Week. 

The six-day event is a crucial competition, ahead of the Finn Gold Cup at the end of April in Porto. 

The Finn Gold Cup is the final qualifier for the Tokyo Olympic Games, with places for Africa and Europe teams being decided.

Other sailing events will continue throughout April with various qualification and championship competitions taking place. For more information click here.

Formula 1

The end of April will see Formula 1 back at the Algarve racetrack (Autodromo Internacional do Algarve) in Portimão. 

Practice starts on April 30 with qualifying on May 1 and the race kicking off at 3pm on May 3. 

No spectators will be allowed unfortunately but, to keep yourself posted on all that is happening plus an opportunity to win a digital meeting with drivers, click here

We have previously mentioned more events taking place at the Portimão racetrack this year, click here to read. 


Cycling is a popular pastime in Portugal and Volta ao Algarve will allow spectators to watch teams compete in the five-day event.

Originally to have taken place in February, the new competition dates are set for May 5 – 9 and will take place in five stages, covering more than 765kms of road. 

Starting in Lagos and ending in Malhão, Loulé, Volta ao Algarve has two stages ending in mountainous areas with the other stages offering sprinters the opportunity to compete in fast time trials. For information on the different stages click here.


MotoGP will be back at Portimão’s racetrack over the weekend of May 16 and is a welcome addition to the Algarve sporting calendar. 

The Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal starts with free practice on the Friday and qualifying races continuing throughout Saturday. Races begin just after 11am on Sunday. 

It is expected to all take place without a participating audience. Fully updated information is available here.

And that wraps it up for now. Make sure you stay up-to-date via the links given and if you’re not already in Algarve, we hope to see you in the not-too-distant future.

Image: Robert Deaves

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