Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
'End of Europe' Bike Polo Camp / Portuguese 2015 National Championships
We are proud to present the first 'end of europe bike polo camp' 2015 in Baroa de sao joao, Western Algarve which is where Algarve bike polo was born in 2013. It is a very lively small village set in the beautiful western Algarve with a selection of colourful bars and cafes. The idea for the weekend is to play out the Portuguese National tournament on the friday for Portugal’s entry to Zaragoza and then playing a bench tournament Saturday/ Sunday (format TBC). We are a very small polo scene down here comprising of around 4 players at most and the objective other than having an amazing weekend of Polo in the sun, is to raise awareness to attract some new players to the sport down here.
court set up / pick ups / pitch tents
Friday 'Portuguese National tournament'
9am registration / bike check
10am games start swiss rounds/double elimination
7/8 pm food at caramba bar for nationals awards ceremony / discuss bench options (will pre arrange cheap group food once we know more numbers but should be around 5-6 euro per head)
midnight floodlight pick ups
10am meet at court
10:30am games / tourney / bench
5/6pm finish games
7/8pm awards/ food / live music at atabai bar (will pre arrange cheap group food once we know more on the numbers but should be around 5-6 euro per head)
midnight floodlight pick ups
10am meet at the court
10:30am games / tourney
4pm ride to the beach (roughly 8km each way) polo bus option available
Registration: please send an email to email@example.com including
Registration fee: FREE, t-shirts will be available to support tournament costs
As we are such a small community its hard to offer the usual housing plans but its not called a camp for nothing! We have free camping at one of our players land about 1.5km from the court, there is space for a good amount of tents but please reserve your space early. There is only a dry compost loo and cold water available but warm showers are available at the court.
Monte Rosa offers guest rooms and small wooden cabins located 2km from the court.
Casa Florestal and Cottage Florestal, 2 properties offering accommodation for up to 4 persons, between 25e and 38e per night
Local English guy has 2 appartments available in Baroa Sao Miguel, 2 beds etc (next village) call phil 916954815, apparently its really nice and can sleep up to 5 in each
Food: Several places to eat in the village and 2 mini mercados for your other needs. There will be a BBQ at the court side and have arrangements for group food at local venues both friday/saturday night.
Flights to Faro Airport, suggest a taxi to train station (roughly 8euro) or dodgy bike ride on the dual carriageway about 5km www.skyscanner.com
Train to Lagos (roughly 6euro) if travelling from the north by train you will come in to Tunes and can change there to Lagos www.cp.pt
I've ordered a polo bus to have pick ups available from Lagos Train station once we have everyone’s schedules, might have to ask for small contribution to this service ;)
by car you will end up on the A22 motorway at some point coming from either north or east, follow it all the way to the end, take the first right at the roundabout, follow the road (N120) through Bensafrim for about 1 km, take the signposted left turn towards barao de sao joao, roughly 4 km.
By boat you can moor in Lagos marina which is located in front of the train station and use the Polo bus from there.