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Hot Wheels Raceway

Name of company

Hot Wheels Raceway

What type of activity is it?

Indoor karting

Where do you participate in this activity?

Albufeira Marina

Why do you like it?

The 400 metre track claims to be the fastest in the Algarve, and with 12 corners and a long straight for overtaking, it’s hard to argue. It’s a quick, low-cost adrenaline fix, and great fun, designed to bring out the competitive streak in everybody.

The karts are 200cc with 4 stroke engines, and there are also 160cc junior karts.

What makes it special?

Making inventive use of part of the underground car park at the marina, Hot Wheels has created a new and exciting activity that’s open all year: it’s not only good for escaping the fierce heat of summer, but a welcome addition to the range of things to do in wet weather.

The facilities

In addition to the track itself, there’s a spectator viewing area, a snack bar, pool tables and a games machine for when you are waiting for your turn to drive.

The training

Qualified instructors explain how the karts work, and give you track rules and safety instructions. You also get to drive a warm-up lap before you start in earnest.

Racing suits are provided as an option. Otherwise come dressed casually and in comfortable footwear.

When to go?

Anytime - but especially when it’s very hot or very wet (see above). It’s obviously busier in the main tourist seasons. Go with a friend or two, or make a group booking. It works well for stag and hen parties, corporate hospitality, team building, private track hire, and birthday parties (ideally for ages 12 upwards - it’s not really suitable for very young children).

Food options

The snack bar sells drinks, and it’s a short walk outside to the marina’s shops and restaurants.

Catering can be arranged for large group bookings or special events.

Insider knowledge

Free karting is offered to anyone who beats the best lap time. Ask for details.

Group races include practice laps, qualifying time and prizes. There are also discounts for groups over 10 people, and for students.

The marina is a little way out of Albufeira, and there’s not much to do or see for any accompanying non-drivers.

Size of place or limit of numbers

Depending on numbers, you can drive independently, or enter a race, as you choose. If you’re booking for a large group, talk to Hot Wheels about ideal numbers, and how to stage (and stagger) the driving.

Location

Level 2, Indoor Car Park, Albufeira Marina. From the direction of Albufeira or Galé, follow the Marina signs. Once inside the Marina, the underground car park and the karting are clearly signposted.

Car parking is free all day during the off-season, and free for up to 3 hours during summer.

GPS: LAT. 37º 05'N LON. 08º 15.2'W

Cost

€15 for 10 minutes

€25 for 20 minutes

€35 for 30 minutes

Opening times

Year-round (Winter - 3 days a week. See website for details)

Summer: 11am-11pm

Rest of year: 12 noon-7pm

Tel.

+ 351 289 582 295

+ 351 962 541 792


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