Portugal Tour 2018 : from 6 to 9 NovemberThere is no greater “frustration” than missing the history and heritage of a country that we cross, even if the pleasure of driving is well there! This is the reason why CNP is committed topropose many moments to go for the discovery of this country that is so generous, both by the diversity of its landscapes, nature and the richness of its history.
RALLY PROGRAMWEEK-END 3-4 NOVEMBER :
OPTION WEEK-END – PORTO TUESDAY 6 NOVEMBER
“PORTO -LAMEGO – VISEU”
LUNCH – SIX SENSES – LAMEGO
DINNER & NIGHT – POUSADA – VISEU WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER
“VISEU -SERA DE ESTRELA -COIMBRA”
LUNCH – POUSADA CASTELO DE BELMONTE
DINNER & NIGHT -QUINTA DASLAGRIMAS-COIMBRA THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER
“COIMBRA – CRATO – ESREMOZ
LUNCH – POUSADA – CRATO
DINNER & NIGHT – POUSADA – ESTREMOZ FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER
“ESTREMOZ- BEJA – FARO”
LUNCH – POUSADA – BEJA
DINNER & NIGHT – POUSADA – FARO WEEK-END 10-11 NOVEMBER
OPTION WEEK-END – ALGARVE
Back to the first Rally Portugal Tour
“SINTRA – PORTO” From 6 to 10 November 2017Monday, November 6th began the first edition of the Rally Portugal Tour in Sintra, new « rendez-vous » of the Cyril Neveu Promotion agenda, with 30 crews, in a rally linking the seven hills of Lisbon to the Douro Valley bathing Porto and marrying driving pleasure, discoveries and visits of historical monuments that Portugal abounds. The crews crisscrossed the country and had the opportunity to linger on the fascinating palaces and castles that have punctuated their trip with stops in the heart of prestigious establishments, impregnated with exoticism, baroque exuberance and omnipresent art deco which, at the turn of villages, gave way to the creativity of popular art.!
It was at Penha Longa in Sintra that the traditional “scrutineerings” were held to ward off the cars with the colors of the event and to visit the magnificent city of Mont de la Lune and its magnificent palaces and castles, listed in Unesco World Heritage. A 45-kilometer “prologue” closed the day in the old specials stages of the ’70s and ’80s, when the Group B cars roared their engines with crowd alongside the road.
The next day, the participants took the road of the first stage to reach the coast of the Atlantic Ocean towards Cascais and it is in Setubal that everyone was ready to embark, something rare during a rally, aboard a ferry and cross the sea stretch to the peninsula of Comporta. It was on fine roads that competitors found the Roman temple of Diana and Monastery of Loios in Evora, one of the most beautiful cities of Portugal, for lunch. The crews then crisscrossed the Alentejo region towards Estremoz, a city made of marble, glowing with whiteness dominated by its medieval castle, renovated into an exceptional Pousada that welcomed us for the night.
As everyone knows, there can be no rally without classification! This is why Cyril Neveu and his team paid particular attention every day to the organization of short regularity tests, allowing novice crews to discover this discipline, and also, during the passage controls, to submit series of questions made of general culture, Portuguese history or automobile history to designate, in frank moments of conviviality, the final winner.
For the second stage, after crossing the marble quarries making the wealth of the region, Vila Vicosa, the land of the Lusitanian Dukes, saw the crews linger for a visit full of history before going with the cars to the ramparts of the old castle and take the road back to Alter de Chao, the unmissable land of horses and olive groves. After lunch at Crato Castle, the route continued north and gave way to more rugged roads made of ups and downs. The driving pleasure was total on this exceptional road network. Arrived in Coimbra, the competitors spent a festive evening, lulled by the notes of the local music, at the “Quinta das Lagrimas”, with Baroque architecture.
Folk show given by the medical students of the City COIMBRA (2nd day of the Rally)
After this stage in Coimbra, the crews took the direction of the mountainous peaks of the country, Serra da Estrela culminating at 2000m altitude. This stage again reminded us that Portugal is a land of rallies, at Arganil and its picturesque village, place which made the glorious hours of rallying. Aside, the journey was unable to avoid all the regions devastated by the recent fires, it was with great emotion that the participants witnessed this ecological disaster that Portugal now faces to rebuild. It is then in the heart of the city of Viseu that the crews have stayed, in a former hospital of the 17th century completely renovated with a magnificent patio.
For the last stage, the route took the direction of the Douro Valley, a tourist wonder of Portugal and land of famous Porto’ s vineyards. After having spent three days along decorations made of Azulejos (white and blue tiles covering the houses), the villages this time appeared with houses made of gray and pink granites. Once in Lamego, entry point of our route in the Douro Valley, lunch was organized at Six Senses, a sublime establishment overlooking the majestic river, which have accompanied us all afternoon to the arrival judged in Porto, at the Yeatman Hotel. “Very chic” hotel dominating the city, which we had pleasure to admire languorously, before the award ceremony closing this first edition of Portugal Tour. The atmosphere of good mood dominated the evening and we felt the satisfaction of competitors, delighted to have participated in a rally of a new kind. See you in 2018!