The head of ACP, Carlos Barbosa, said the event was taking place in territories that had been out from the event since 2001.

He also said the organisers expected to up the economic return of €130 million raised in the previous edition while adding that last year's numbers had been "exceptional."

Barbosa said organisers were "very happy" to return to the centre of the country.

The Rally of Portugal will have a route of 1,463.55 km, involving 20 stages and 311.59 competitive kilometres.

The shakedown will take place on 30 May in the Baltar circuit in Paredes, with the departure taking place at the iron gate of the University of Coimbra.

The 53rd edition of the Rally of Portugal, the seventh round of the World Rally Championship, takes place between 30 May and 20 June.