Name of company
Karting Algarve, Almancil
What makes it special?
With its central location in the Algarve, this park is easily accessible to all and is supported by great on-site facilities for families, friends and corporate events. The park is well maintained and kept looking fresh and inviting.
Where do you participate in this activity?
The park contains a main karting circuit, two junior karting circuits, a snack bar and a selection of other park rides.
Got to see/got to do?
Primarily you will be visiting the park to kart like crazy and bid to be the next F1 champion amongst your family, friends and colleagues. You should without doubt opt for the quicker 390cc engine karts to get a true adrenaline-fuelled karting experience.
The circuit was inaugurated by Ayrton Senna and is a 760m replica of the former Formula 1 circuit at Jacarepagua in Brazil.
Everything you need to go karting is available on-site. They will provide you with a helmet (and hair net) along with a short briefing on the do’s and don’ts of karting. Lockers are located near the pits to secure your personal items, as mobile phones and karting generally don’t mix well! A great addition to the experience is a main grandstand that overlooks the whole circuit, giving supporters a sense of involvement too.
The park is recognized by the DGT (General Direction of Tourism) and has the Certificate of Quality & Image from the AEA (Association of Business in Almancil). The circuit itself meanwhile is approved by FPAK (Portuguese Federation of Automobile and Karting) and has two Honourable Mentions of Business Excellence in 2004 and 2006 by the AEA.
Why do you love it?
Everyone loves a good competitive race, and when you’re sat only inches from the floor with the world passing you by in a blur, it doesn’t get much better. I would encourage others to join in as it’s a lot more fun as a group activity. And it’s suitable for ‘kids’ of all ages!
When to go?
Ideally arrange for weekdays as they are less busy than the weekend and summer or school term breaks. If it’s a group activity or corporate event, book in advance.
They have a large snack bar with plenty of tables and various other activities, such as arcade machines, mini remote control cars and even a massage chair. The normal snack bar staples of burgers, hot dogs, toasted sandwiches, chips. crisps and soft drinks are all available.
They offer great karting packages for groups, corporate events, stag parties and birthdays. All ages can have a superb morning or afternoon out at the park and not break the bank. Packages include race briefing, warm-up laps, qualifying sessions and races, topped off with a winner’s podium and a bottle of bubbles!
In addition to the two main types of karts (suitable for kids aged 12 and over as well as adults) there are junior karts for the 6-12 age group and mini-Formula 1 karts for 3-6 year-olds, as well as radio-controlled model cars, boats and trampolines.
Size of place or limit of numbers
Only 10 karts are allowed on the circuit at any one time - worth keeping in mind if you’re arranging a group activity there.
Entering Almancil from the Albufeira direction, it’s signposted off to the right just before you reach Apolonia supermarket.
200cc karts - €15 per 10-minute session.
390cc karts - €22.50 per 10-minute session.
Junior karts - €11 per 10-minute session.
Mini-Formula 1 karts - €5 per 5-minute session.
Various, depending on the season. See website.