Hotel FeelViana, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Viana do Castelo | Portugal

Hotel FeelViana, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

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FeelViana - Viana do Castelo

WHEN TO GO

Peak season: November – July

Avg. Air temp: 27 – 30°C / 80 – 86°F

Avg. Water temps:

Summer – 20°C / 68°F

Winter – 12°C / 53°F

USEFUL CONTACTS

Hotel FeelViana, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

FEELVIANA SPORTS HOTEL

www.hotelfeelviana.com

info@hotelfeelviana.com 

(+351) 258 330 330

Sportif Kitesurf Holidays

SPORTIF TRAVEL

www.sportif.travel

+44 (0)1273 844 919

info@sportif.travel

Planet Kitesurf Holidays

PLANET KITESURF

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com

info@planettravelholidays.com

+44 (0)1273 921 001

Kitesurfing Portugal - Viana do Castelo

GOOD FOR: An action-packed adventure holiday with more activities than you can imagine!

 

The Lure

The area of Cabedelo beach in Viana do Castelo, northern Portugal, is gaining steady recognition as one of Europe’s emerging kiting locations and supposedly has the most consistent wind on the entire Portuguese coastline. Large breakwaters protect the entrance to the port of Viana do Castelo, offering up butter-flat water inside the harbour while you can find world-class waves elsewhere in the bay (the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour is dropping in to Viana this year in June!).

Viana do Castelo itself is a smallish city, but has everything to complete your holiday, including bars, restaurants, supermarkets and shops. The area also holds a lot of interest culturally and architecturally and the local wine is fantastic.

 

Get to know the area in this video:

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Video: Luis Costa

The Setup

The best winds come through in the summer from May to September and it’s normally light in the mornings, giving ample opportunity for an early morning surf, before picking up nicely for beginners by lunch time and increasing in strength towards the afternoon with the strongest winds later in the day.

The wind blows cross-shore from the right, ramped up by thermals as the day continues. There are lifeguards on duty during the summer and a rescue boat too, should you ever need it.

 

Exploring Viana do Castelo

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Wind Weather & Water

Air temperatures are peachy but not stifling around here with highs of around 27 - 30°C / 80 - 86°F in the summer and a very pleasant average throughout the season. In winter you’ll want a light jacket (but it’s still nice by Northern European / North American standards).

Water temps peak at 20°C / 68°F in summer and drop to around 12°C / 53°F in winter, so you can get away with swimwear or a very light suit in summer but will need 4mm rubber in winter.

The wind is consistent here throughout the year but peaks in the summer due to thermic effects (which aren’t reflected by the wind stats) and from May through to September you’ll be able to get out almost everyday if you have a foil. It doesn’t normally get much windier than nine to 12 metre weather, but if a strong Nortada wind comes through then you’ll be out on your smaller kites for sure.

 

Cabedelo Beach, Viana do Castelo / Photos: FeelViana

ACCOMMODATION

There’s plenty of accommodation to be found, including luxury ‘wine hotels’ and spas, as well as selfcatered properties and a very popular option is the four star FeelViana Sport Hotel which is right on the beach and beautifully integrated into the surrounding pine forests, with an excellent sports centre and kite school attached. There’s also a well-equipped gym and a yoga studio with pilates and stretching classes.

 

FEELVIANA SPORT HOTEL fits seamlessly into its natural environment with 46 stylish rooms and nine bungalows set just back from the beach. There’s an excellent restaurant, lounge terrace and bar, plus a very well-equipped sports centre, complete with gym, pump track, a bike shop and cycle hire. They can arrange lots of outdoor activities from watersports to bike tours, trail running and trekking and it’s also a great place to chill out and relax!

www.hotelfeelviana.com / info@hotelfeelviana.com / (+351) 258 330 330

 

Accommodation setup at the FeelViana Sport Hotel / Photos: FeelViana

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

 

Sportif Kitesurf Holidays provide kitesurfing and multi sport holidays to the very best destinations worldwide. Sportif centres have the latest equipment and highly qualified, experienced staff. Whatever your level, you'll find a range of flexible rental or instruction packages, with a choice of accommodation from budget to luxury 5* hotels, right next to the centres. 

www.sportif.travel / info@sportif.travel / +44 (0)1273 844 919

SCHOOLS

FEELVIANA SPORT HOTEL’S kite centre is well equipped with a wide range of the latest Cabrinha gear which is all available for hire or purchase. Lessons are available in a range of languages and you can store your gear there as well. Windsurf, surf, SUP, bodyboard hire and SUP tours also available.

www.hotelfeelviana.com / info@hotelfeelviana.com / (+351) 258 330 330

 

FeelViana Sport Hotel setup at Cabedelo Beach / Photos: FeelViana

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

Sportif Kitesurf Holidays provide kitesurfing and multi sport holidays to the very best destinations worldwide. Sportif centres have the latest equipment and highly qualified, experienced staff. Whatever your level, you'll find a range of flexible rental or instruction packages, with a choice of accommodation from budget to luxury 5* hotels, right next to the centres. 

www.sportif.travel / info@sportif.travel / +44 (0)1273 844 919

 

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

No Wind

This whole area is a true adventure playground! If it’s not windy then there’s often some steady Atlantic swells for surfing or SUP, you can go fishing or kayaking, explore the nearby hills by trail running, hiking or mountain biking or head to nearby cities such as Porto to take in some culture. This is also a great venue for sailing and FeelViana Sport Hotel has its own 18 foot sailing yacht.

 

Trails and SUP in Viana do Castelo / Photos: FeelViana

AIRPORT

Porto International (OPO) is an hour’s drive away and you can either rent a car at the airport or make use of FeelViana’s shuttle service.

 

CURRENCY

Euro €

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

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