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Rio Maior Olympic Training Centre

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Rio Maior Olympic Training Centre

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Name:Rio Maior Olympic Training Centre
Sports:Tennis, Swimming, Athletics, Triathlon, Football, Handball, Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Volleyball, Judo, Taekwondo

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Video overview of the Rio Maior Olympic Training Centre

Rio Maior is an Olympic preparation centre in partnership with the Portuguese Olympic committee. The swimming pool is the Swimming High Performance Centre, a partnership with the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Portugal's Swimming Federation.

The Rio Maior Sports Centre is the official training centre of the Portuguese Football Federation.

The centre had been used as a training venue for the 2004 European Football Championships. It also has a 400 metre, 8 lane tartan track, a 50 metre swimming pool, three training pitches and one stadium pitch, a medical centre and a sports science lab.

Inside, the hall can accommodate basketball and volleyball and there is a well stocked gym 

The purpose built on-site accommodation is rated 4 star and includes all meals.

Why Athletes Train at Rio Maior

International Coaches and Athletes share their experiences of Rio Maior



By Air; Lisbon (LIS) airport. Lisbon is a major airport only a 2 or 3 hour flight from many of Europe's main cities.

If you are traveling from further away, Lisbon has direct flights from; Brazil, 7h from New York and 5h30 from Moscow.

Transfer; Lisbon airport is 80 km or approximately 45 minutes by car from the Rio Maior Centre

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The purpose built on-site accommodation consists of;
4 star standard relaxing accommodation and lounges
10 double rooms and 22 duplex apartments with 4 beds
Recreational games room
Wi-Fi througout the centre
Sports menu
Laundry Services

The centre also offers a range of other services including arranging matches for visiting teams, conference room and equipment and touristic tours for those who would like to take a break from their training to experience some of the local culture.

For more information about alternative accommodation, please Read More

Food for Athletes

An overview of the typical range of foods served in the Rio Maior Olympic Training Centre's restaurant for the High Performance athlete

Training Facilities


Ulrika Sandmark Head Coach Swedish Swimming talks about the Rio Maior Sports Centre

50m pool Indoors;
10 lanes, 1.40mts to 2.20mts deep
8 lanes with electronic chronometer
Water Temperature is set at 27º
Starting platforms with response time chrono
Ideally suited for International standard training preparations
HD video recording capabilities with under water images

25m pool Indoors;
6 lanes, 1.20m to 1.75m deep
Water Temperature is set at 29º
Starting platforms

Diving Pool Outdoors;
5.5 metres deep
Diving platforms 3, 5, 7, and 10 mts


Ian Wright, former England and Arsenal footballer talks about the Rio Maior Sports Centre

Stadium pitch with 6,500 spectators, natural grass 104 m x 68 m
1 training pitch natural grass 100m x 64m
1 training pitch synthetic grass 100m x 64m, which carries a 2 star FIFA certification
1 training pitch synthetic grass 60m x 40m


400m, 8 lane tartan track
1 high jump area
1 pole vault pit
Specific areas for shot put, discus, hammer and javelin
Cross country track

Sports Halls

The Sports Halls are suitable for Handball, Badminton, Basketball, Futsal, Volleyball and combat sports. The halls were reburbished to host the Men's Handball World Championships. 

Sports Hall 1 - Indoors
Wooden Floor, Air Conditioning, 4 sides Baybor Electronic Multisports Scoreboard, White Ligthing (5800º Kelvin e 600 lux/m2 ground level) & Sound System

Sports Hall 2 - Indoors
wooden floor, capably for heavier activities such as roller skating and hockey

Martial Arts

The centre has two 360 m2 rooms suitable for combat sports like judo, taekwondo and karate.

They also have their own dressing rooms.


There are 2 air-conditioned gyms both include;
Olympic free weights and bars
Physio room and equipment
Massage rooms

One gym is housed inside the swimming complex and is for the exclusive use of the swimmers. 

Training Fields

Football; there 4 outdoor football training pitches. Two are 100 x 64 mts and two are 60 x 70 mts.

One of the 100 x 64 mts piches has a FIFa 2 star rating synthetic turf so enabling the pitch suitable for FIFA matches. 

Beach Volleyball and Beach Soccer; the playing area is of competition size and is the training base for the Portugal National Beach Soccer Team. 

Sports Park

The Sports park is open to the general public to promote sport within the local area.

The park has;
1 synthetic turf pitch 60 x 40 mts,
1 tartan 285 mts track
2 training grounds for Volleyball and Basketball
Artificial lighting

Indoor Sports Rooms

There are 2 indoor sports rooms which can be found in the Municipal Stadium, each are 180m2 and have their own dressing rooms.

They are set up for judo, karate, taekwondo and other combat sports. They are also used to promote regular sports participation among the elderly.

Multipurpose Hall

This multipurpose hall has a total area of 9000m2 and can be divided into 4 autonomous araeas split across two floors. 

This building is also the home of the Rio Maior SPorts Science School. 

Medical Centre

The Sports Centre offers Sports Medicine, Massage and Phisiotherapy. It is equipped with the latest therapy and recovery equipment including laser, ultrasounds, magnetotherapy, shock wave therapy and short wave therapy.

Sports Science

Desmor has teamed up with Prof. Sérgio Santos, a well known specialist in high performance training, to provide all the necessary technical knowledge and experience to professional athletes.

Training Camp Packages

Training Camp packages are available for your Football Training Camp, Triathlon Training Camp and Swimming Training Camp. There are also packages for other sports.

Football Training Camp


Football Training Camp Package includes;
Accommodations and breakfast
2 meals (lunch and dinner) with drinks (waters and fruit juices)
Training facilities -
Fitness/Strength and conditioning room
Indoor Swimming pool 50 and 25 mts
Training fields (artificial and natural grass) 2x2 hours per day
Multi sports hall
Stadium for friendly games during the day
Health Club/SPA
Meeting room and Auditorium
Laundry services
Physiotherapy room
In room Wireless

Triathlon Training Camp

The Triathlon Training Camp package includes;
3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner buffet);
1 snack per day (1 fruit + 1 cereal bar + 1 yogurt) + second snack per day (if team have a session before breakfast;
Full use of massage and physiotherapy and room.
All sports facilities daily (50m indoor pool) / 400m synthetic track / Gym / etc…)
All recovery facilities (Ice bath / Sauna / steam room / Jacuzzi)
Auditorium with 98 seats inside the centre with all the video system.
Bike storage and bike mechanic room
Laundry service included (our personnel is taking care of all this). The athletes-coaches give a bag with the cloth and the day after they get it washed, dried, ironed)
Rio Maior is also 20km from the beach, and there is a fantastic lake for open water swim at a 6 minutes’ walk from the centre.

Swimming Training Camp


Swimming Training Camp packages include;
Accommodations and breakfast
2 meals (sports menus) lunch and dinner with drinks (waters and fruit juices)
Training facilities
Fitness/Strength and conditioning room
Indoor Swimming pool 50 and 25 mts (training 2x90 min by day)
Multi sports hall
Health Club/SPA/Ice Bath
Meeting room and Auditorium
Laundry services
Physiotherapy room
In room Wireless

Other Training Camp


There are 3 levels of sports package, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Please check with Rio Maior to found out which package best suits your needs.


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