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Viana do Castelo

Região Norte
The long beach of 'Cabedelo' opposite Viana do Castelo is probably North Portugal's most popular spot – and certainly one of the best. With its thermal turbo-boost, the Nortada regularly reaches 25 knots so it's often busy on the water. Cross to cross-offshore wind combined with more than 2m of W swell generates classy waves over a hard sand seabed. However, wave quality and power recedes with the tide and it tends to close out when it's big. Viana is often just a freeride area though – the water's super-flat by the large harbour wall, and in summer the waves often disappear further south too. Parking is behind the breakwater, about 400m from the water – windsurfers tend to launch further south at the campsite. There a few rocks in the water, so watch your fins.

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 Portugal - Viana do Castelo (GFS 27 km 18.12. 06 UTC, NWW3 50 km 18.12. 06 UTC)
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Wind speed (knots) 20 24 9 8 4 6 11 11 9 7 5 3 4 2 3 4 8 9 7 8 10 10 11
Wind direction SSE S SW WSW WSW SW WSW W W W W SSW SW SSW SSW S S S S SSE SSE SSE SSE
Wave (m) 4.1 5.3 5.5 5.1 4.6 4.3 3.9 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.2 3.1 3 2.8 2.7 2.5 2.3 2.1 2.2 2.3
Wave period (s) 13 15 15 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 11
Wave direction WNW WNW WNW W W W WNW W W WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW NW NW NW NW NW WNW
Temperature (°C) 11 11 12 12 11 10 11 11 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 13 13 11 11 11 11 11
Cloud cover (%) - 100 100 93 49 31 98 96 100 100 93 93 93 100 100 83 86 63 76 84 100 100 100
Rain (mm/3h) - 5 20.9 5.4     2.5 2 1.7 0.3     0.8 0.9 1.1 0.6 0.4 0.3     0.3 1 0.5
Windguru rating 3 3           1                              
 Lat: 41.6765, Lon: -8.8287 Timezone: WET (UTC+0) sun08:00 - 17:03 [Archive]
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Wind speed (knots) 20 24 9 8 4 6 11 11 9 7 5 3 4 2 3 4 8 9 7 8 10 10 11
Wind direction SSE S SW WSW WSW SW WSW W W W W SSW SW SSW SSW S S S S SSE SSE SSE SSE
Wave (m) 4.1 5.3 5.5 5.1 4.6 4.3 3.9 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.2 3.1 3 2.8 2.7 2.5 2.3 2.1 2.2 2.3
Wave period (s) 13 15 15 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 11
Wave direction WNW WNW WNW W W W WNW W W WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW WNW NW NW NW NW NW WNW
Temperature (°C) 11 11 12 12 11 10 11 11 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 13 13 11 11 11 11 11
Cloud cover (%) - 100 100 93 49 31 98 96 100 100 93 93 93 100 100 83 86 63 76 84 100 100 100
Rain (mm/3h) - 5 20.9 5.4     2.5 2 1.7 0.3     0.8 0.9 1.1 0.6 0.4 0.3     0.3 1 0.5
Windguru rating 3 3           1                              
 Lat: 41.6765, Lon: -8.8287 Timezone: WET (UTC+0) sun08:00 - 17:03 [Archive]
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Der lange Strand von Cabedelo gegenüber von Viana do Castelo ist wahrscheinlich der bekannteste Spot Nord-Portugals und zum Kiten oder Windsurfen…
The long beach of Cabedelo opposite Viana do Castelo is probably North Portugals most popular spot – and certainly one of the best.
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