Loulé is a Municipality that offers natural and climatic conditions for sports, high-quality infrastructures for several sporting disciplines, as well as an international recognition as a dynamic and eclectic territory. Talking about sports in Loulé means talking about major sports events. Hosting in 2023 the MTBO European Championships, the municipality of Loulé is participating in another great international sport event, being also associated with the most important competition of this specific sporting discipline.
For Loulé it’s an opportunity to promote the diversity of the territory and the variety of its natural resources. The beauty of the landscapes of the interior will certainly impress the athletes and teams that will come to Loulé for the Championships, giving an important attention to the interior areas, as Barrocal and Serra.
To develop the economy of the interior, it’s necessary to promote its potential to outsiders, as its cultural richness, its traditions, the quality of its products and food. Loulé has several natural areas environmentally classified, footpaths, fountains, small typical villages, a rich fauna and flora and a kind and welcoming community, factors that have been essential to the development of nature tourism in the municipality.
So, it’s a great honour for the municipality to be associated to the Portuguese Orienteering Federation (FPO) and I greet all athletes, teams and families who come to Loulé for the MTBO.
Welcome to Loulé!
On behalf of the Portuguese Orienteering Federation, I wish all teams a big "Welcome" to the European MTB Orienteering Championship 2023 in Loulé – Portugal – 25th to 29th of April 2023.
2022 was a memorable year for Portugal by organizing several events, among others the JWOC 2022. The quality of our organization is well recognized and the International Orienteering Federation, once again, entrusted us with a great event like this European Championship.
The event will take place in Loulé, a friendly city in our Algarve region, in the south of the country, which offers fascinating tourist attractions, a traditional Portuguese market and a historic centre.
We believe that the technical quality of the land that will be used and the organizational quality of all the volunteers involved will, certainly offer a successful event that will be of general satisfaction.
We are waiting for you.