Back on the 4th Rally Portugal Tour,
Monday, November 8, 2021, in Porto, took place the day of administrative checks for the fourth edition of the Rally Portugal Tour, our cultural and tourist rally. The competitors had an appointment at the Hotel Yeatman and the sumptuous setting of the Douro docks to put on the rally’s colors, and face the 4 stages and some 1000km to cover throughout the Douro Valley.
It was under a radiant sun that the course left Porto, along the winding banks of the Douro, to warm up the crews and their machines and reach the Arouca Park with its exceptional geological heritage, which punctuated the morning with a coffee break and of a first classification test. Lunch was organized in the charming Quinta Do Barreiro before continuing our way through the forest of Buçaco. A second event was scheduled there, with a rapid ascent on a road with an impeccable surface, giving way to a good part of piloting before the scheduled arrival at Quinta das Lagrimas, which welcomed us to Coimbra, in a setting marrying wonderfully building historical and contemporary decoration.
The route of the second stage took the route once used by the world championship rally of the 70s / 80s, around Arganil, leading to the gates of the Serra de Estrela for a test on the roof of Portugal and an almost lunar at the top. After lunch, the descent through Manteigas offered the second regularity special in a setting of round rocks frozen in time and eroded by the altitude climate that prevails there. Our progress north and towards Lamego continued with more and more vines to arrive at Six Senses Douro Valley, this sublime hotel perched on its promontory offers a breathtaking view of the river and first-rate services.
The third stage began with a late morning to make the most of the hotel and its breathtaking view of the Douro. The departure was planned after lunch, for a short stage of 160km towards Vidago and a selection of winding roads entirely dedicated to the pleasure of driving on the steep slopes bordering the Douro and some “parts” of navigation in the narrow villages where everything seems peaceful. and authentic. The only classification test of the day made it possible to reach the Palace Vidago, considered one of the most luxurious historic hotels in Portugal, in the heart of an equally surprising park, and which served as a completely unprecedented stage in history of our rally.
For the last stage, the competitors left Vidago to further explore the north of the country offering a fairly rolling route to impressive lakes and dams not far from Spain, all under a great blue sky still beautiful. The Géré National Park, known for its round rocks, was then the scene of the only classification event of the day, before entering Braga for a lunch in the heart of the historic city, which everyone will have took the time to survey, so much it is worth a look! The afternoon was more formal before the arrival at the edge of the Douro which accompanied the last kilometers towards Porto and the final arrival.
The celebration of the winners took place at the Yeatman Hotel, theater of the awards ceremony, from where we had left four days before and which will have seen successes of Jean and Patrizia Murith on their very exclusive Mercedes 300S from 1961 in the Classic category. and the Eric Coudert / Valery Simonet team on their Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder in the Prestige category!
from 8 to 12 november 2021
Classement final – Final ranking
L’édition 2021 en photos – 2021 edition in pictures
AROUND PORTO AND DOURO VALLEY
4 Steps – 5 days / 1200km
FASCINATING COUNTRY, PORTUGAL!Combine the pleasure of driving your classic car and a genious dose of tourism, cultural activities and competition to get the recipe for this autumnnal rally to discover most of Portugal treasures.
TOURISTIC AND CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTTake advantage of stops organized throughout the route to visit historical monuments and remarkable cultural sites of Portugal. Set out to discover fascinating palaces and castles that abound in Portuguese heritage. You will have time to enjoy it with our teams.
START FROM PORTO, AROUND THE DOURO VALLEY
Each year the route is renewed and 2021 will offer a loop around Porto and the Douro Valley to stay in Lamego and Viidago. You will also have to climb the Serra da Estrela before reaching the Douro valley and new stages north of the river towards Braga.
The rally schedule
PORTO ● STAGE 1 – November 9, 2021
PORTO – Viseu – COIMBRA
COIMBRA – Serra da Estrela – LAMEGO ● STAGE 3 – November 11, 2021
LAMEGO – Douro – VIDAGO ● STAGE 4 – November 12, 2021
VIDAGO – Braga – PORTO