Takes all sports: an activity break in northern Portugal

A smart new activity hotel offers everything from sailing and kitesurfing to cycling and yoga – but it’s the wild coastal landscape beyond that’s most impressive

The beaches of Viana do Castelo, in the Norte region of Portugal, are some of the most beautiful in the country. These wide swathes of sand backed by dunes and pine trees are so vast they rarely feel crowded. Known for consistent swells and frequently windy, they’re a mecca for kite- and windsurfers.

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