In 2015, the Portugal Rally is moving from the south of the country to the north, fourteen years after it was last staged there, its headquarters being based in the Exponor facilities, between 21 and 24 May.
The 49th edition of this event will include 16 special stages to take place over four days, entirely in the north of Portugal. The stages will take place north of the Douro River.
The event will start on 21 May with the shakedown to be held in Paredes. On the same day it will proceed to Guimarães, where the start ceremony will take place. On the second day, the drivers will continue to the Alto Minho, passing Ponte de Lima, Caminha and Viana do Castelo. On Saturday the stages will be held in the Marão region, passing through Baião, Marão and Amarante. Two stages have been reserved for Sunday 24:Fafe and Vieira do Minho.
Covering a distance of 1,529.43 kilometres, the Portugal Rally is the largest motorized sport competition held in the country and is organized by the Automóvel Clube de Portugal.This rally qualifies for the WRC, which in the past few years has taken place in the Algarve and the Baixo Alentejo.
On the days of the various stages, it is customary for there to be huge attendance by the general public, that flocks to watch the various stages and to support their favourite drivers.