MotoGP, three music festivals, the Sardinha Festival and the International Masters Futsal tournament. These are just some of the many events that, in the words of the mayor Isilda Gomes, will make Portimão «a festival» until the end of the year.
“Check-In” is the motto of the campaign that the Portimão City Council presented this Thursday, March 17, at the Lisbon Tourism Exchange (BTL).
There are dozens of events that will take place in the county until the end of the year, especially the Moto GP, from 22nd to 24th of April, at the International Autodrome, the Photographic Race (14th of May), World Cup of Rhythmic Gymnastics (27th to 29th XNUMX of the same month) or the three music festivals that promise to liven up Portimão.
The first will be the Secret Project Festival, more connected to electronic music, from the 17th to the 19th of June, in Praia da Rocha. From the poster they make names like Sigma, Paul Kalkbrenner and Wilkinson.
Afro Nation follows, from July 1st to 3rd, with Chris Brown, Burna Boy and Wizkid.
The last festival will be Rolling Loud, considered one of the biggest hip-hop events in the world. From the 6th to the 8th of July, names like J. Cole, Future and A$AP Rocky.
Tiago Castelo Branco, linked to the organization of these festivals, presented figures that reflect the importance of these events.
In total, more than 200 international artists will be expected, with more than 150 thousand spectators, 90% of which are foreigners, with 216 hours of music and representation from 40 countries.
Furthermore, an economic impact of around 309 million euros is expected in total with these three festivals alone.
But this program is not just about big events, which also involves a lot of local associations in Portimão. Examples of this are the Lota Cool Market, at Teia d'Impulsos, from the 21st to the 24th of July, or the unloading of fish that will inaugurate the Sardine Festival (2 August).
In the world of sport, there will be the return of the pre-season Masters Cup tournament, in futsal, on the 27th and 28th of August, at Portimão Arena.
For now, Sporting and Benfica are confirmed.
As for the Rota do Petisco, it is scheduled for the 14th of September to the 16th of October.
Also in October there will be another Superbike World Cup, from 7th to 9th, in Portimão, and, from 4th to 13th November, the Feira de São Martinho.
In December, “Um Sonho de Natal” returns, with initiatives from the 1st of December to the 6th of January.
In statements to the Sul Informação, Álvaro Bila, vice-president of the Portimão Chamber, considered this a “vast and diversified program for different audiences”.
“These are events that we want to do very safely. It is a city that is being reborn and we also hope that the war will end because there could, in fact, be a big comeback”, he added.
Even so, expectations for this year are “enormous”.
«We are going to have a lot of public and a lot of people in Portimão», he concluded.