All Inclusive Paragliding Holidays for Qualified Paragliding Pilots


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      2018 Season
    27 April 2018 to 01 October 2018
Qualified Paraglider Pilots ONLY
We Do NOT do Tandem flights

Paraglide Portugal offers great flying holidays
You want to go somewhere new and have an adventure, without months of planning and possibly getting it wrong.
We can help you - with our experience and support your holiday will be unforgettable.

Whether you are comming on your own,or putting together a whole group, all are welcome here.
You will be looked after in style by Arnold and Mariť. It’s uncrowded here, and Portugal offers fantastic flying with unlimited potential.
We have numerous flying sites in the Serra da Estrela mountains for changing wind directions.
Ridge soaring, Thermaling or XC,we have it all.

Taking your first steps or looking to stretch your legs, we will help you realise your dreams.
Our conditions are often smooth and predictable with good high cloud bases.

Who are we?
SouthAfrican born and bred,English and Afrikaans speaking, some Portuguese and German too,
“Arnold is one of the most prepared and accomplished pilots I have ever met. Mariť, the best Hostess and Chef.
From world record campaigns in Texas, flying the Colorado Rockies, or XC in his new home in the Serra da Estrela –
he knows where to fly, how to fly it, and find the best local food and drink.
I flew with Arnold and Mariť and had the best vacation of my life in Vila CortÍs.
Five Star in every way!”                                                                                                          
Patterson Stark, New Zealand

Who should come?
Basically you need to at the very least be competent in Launching and Landing. 
You MUST have your own equipment including a Reserve Parachute.
Preferably have IPPI3.
IPPI 1/2 pilots should be part of a group accompanied by their Club/School Instructor

IPPI comes in 5 stages, with 1 being the lowest rating and 5 being the highest.
1. Ground Skimming.
2. Low Level Flight.
3. Soaring in Non-Turbulent Conditions.
4. Soaring in Turbulent Conditions.
5. Cross Country Flight.

Where are we?
In a mountain wilderness reserve in central Portugal and close to Spanish border.   
See map >



What do we offer?
Everything is taken care of! From when you arrive at our home until you depart.


For a fixed price ,100pppd
you get:


  • Transportation to and from flying sites, retrieve on XCs
  • Local advice on conditions,house thermals and best routes
  • Instruction and assistance
  • A welcoming home
  • Wireless internet
  • Private landing field
  • Meals with us 
Our season
The best flying is in high summer, from June to September. We do still have great flying outside of this period, in April-May (spring) and September-October (autumn) but the weather is more unpredictable.

Bring your spouse, kids or up to thirteen of your best flying buddies. You will be looked after in style by
Arnold and Mariť. It’s uncrowded here, and Portugal offers fantastic flying with unlimited potential.
We have numerous flying sites in the Serra da Estrela mountains for changing wind directions.
Ridge soaring, Thermaling or XC,we have it all.
Taking your first steps or looking to stretch your legs, we will help you realise your dreams.
Our conditions are often smooth and predictable with good high cloud bases.



Linhares
Linhares is positioned on top of a gentle mountain ridge that faces north-west and thus works best in the afternoons. The lodge is a short glide out from the launch site.End a perfect day by flying home, cold beers waiting.It is an incredibly dependable dynamic soaring site.It is possible to fly for hours on end - the site record over 6 hours. Even the evening thermals in summer can take you to over 1000m above takeoff. There are multiple launch sites and safe landing options available. The road up is tarred to the top of the mountain and passes through a historic little mountain village complete with narrow cobbled streets.

Flying at Linhares


Azinha
On the south-eastern side of our mountains, and thus orientated perfectly for morning flights. It's an alpine site with a narrow valley with technical but very rewarding flying. You'll have big climb-outs in stronger thermals as the day progresses allowing for all types of flying. If you'd prefer an easy flight, it pays to go early to Azinha to avoid the stronger thermals, or to fly from the lower Vale de Amoreira.

Hunting for thermals after flying out from Azinha

Vale de Amoreira
Recently enlarged and upgraded to host competitions this site caters for various wind
directions.North through East to South. It is sheltered down in the valley with easy
Top to Bottom flying. Working your way back along the main ridge,
through some very dependable House Thermals, gets you high above the mountains,
with inviting Flatlands out in front.


Climbing away from Vale de Amoreia


Other sites
Depending on the weather we may venture further afield. Other sites that we use include
Castelo de Vide , Montalegre , Montanches ,Fundao,Praia de Polvoeiro , Pedro Bernardo , Piedrahita .....



Typical flying day
Assuming you want to fly fly fly:
  • A leisurely breakfast at 08h00
  • Depart to Azinha at 10h00
  • XC back to Vila CortÍs
  • Snack lunch and siesta or a splash in the river
  • Depart for Linhares 15h00
  • Soaring and flying until sunset
  • Return to Vila CortÍs
  • Fireside dinner plus drinks, videos etc.


                        Flying down from Linhares
 
Can't fly ... what now?
Depending on weather conditions we may decide to go hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking or paddling on the river. There are numerous interesting old castles and villages to visit as well, and great value shopping for the non-flyers. Sea-side trips too.


                  Picturesque old world charm at night

Our house has numerous rooms and as clients of
ParaglidePortugal, you are welcome to stay with us.
We love sharing our house with our Paragliding friends.
We built our house up by hand from the original farm building, which means you'll see all the modern features incorporated into a classic design. Exposed rock. Aged wood. Space and light. We think it's a great place to stay even when it isn't flyable. The building is tiled throughout so is nice and cool in the summertime.
There even a grass lawn for folding up your wing.

Facilities at our house
Wireless internet. Widescreen television. Music. Freezer and fridge. Bath/Showers.
Swimming hole in the river. Landing field. Fresh herbs and vegetables are grown on our property. Fireplace for evening barbeques. Parking for vehicles.
 An outdoor covered dining area for chilling out when it's hot or for enjoying meals.


                      Reading, relaxing, shooting the breeze

What do we offer?
Everything is taken care of! From when you arrive at our home until you depart.

For a fixed price you get:
  • Transportation to and from flying sites, retrieve on XCs
  • Local advice on conditions,house thermals         and best routes
  • Instruction and assistance
  And all of this for free:
  • A welcoming home
  • Wireless internet
  • Private landing field
  • Meals with us 
What must I bring?
Bring some pocket money for beer when you call for your pick up after your big XC, everything else is covered!

2018 Rate - 100pppd


Airport transfer to and from Porto, €200,cost per trip , shared by passengers.
Airport transfer to and from Lisbon cost per trip , €300, shared by passengers.
Airport transfer to and from Madrid cost per trip, €300 , shared by passengers.
Public transport by bus or train also available from Porto and Lisbon and a lot cheaper,€20+.
Pickup at Celorico da Beira, no charge.

We require a  booking deposit to reserve your guide for the dates you want. If you cancel your booking at least 1 month before your arrival date, we will refund you 50% of the deposit. If you cancel within 1 month,
it is too late for us to advertise the space and so we can not refund the booking deposit.
Balance payable on arrival.

You are unique and so your specific needs. 

To finalise your booking or get a quote, please contact 
arnold@paraglideportugal.com.

How to find us



Airport Pickup:

We can collect you from Porto -cost per trip shared.
We can collect you from Lisbon -cost per trip shared.
We can collect you from Madrid -cost per trip shared.

The Bus:
Take a bus to Celorico da Beira and we'll meet you there.

GPS Coordinates(the best way if coming by car):
Put our GPS coordinates in to your navigator:
40į32'56.2"N   07į31'19.0"W

From Lisbon:
Take the A1 north towards Coimbra/Oporto for approx. 90 km.
Take Exit 7 onto A23 towards Abrantes/CasteloBranco/Guarda/Spain for approx. 210km.
Merge onto A25 heading towards Viseu/Aveiro for approx. 25km.
Take exit 25 towards Gouveia/Seia/Serra da Estrela, continue on N17 for approx. 12km
Turn left at church in Vila Cortes da Serra,continue for 350m.Lodge off to left on dirt track
50m before the bridge over the creek.

From Porto:
Head south following signs for A1/Lisboa appox. 70km.
Take exit towards A25/Viseu/Guarda/Spain , continue for approx.115km.
Take exit 24, follow signs Gouveia/Seia/Serra da Estrela, continue on N17 for approx. 12km
Turn left at church in Vila Cortes da Serra,continue for 350m.Lodge off to left on dirt track
50m before the bridge over the creek.


 


Because you may want to fly without using our service,
here are some Site Specific cautionary details.
Regardless of where in the World you are flying, the following Rules apply(or should) :
1)Speak to a local pilot and find out about the site specific issues,
   a)Wind direction and strength, when and where to fly and NOT to fly
   b)No fly areas due to laws or hazzards
   c)Prime time and thermic activity
   d)Safe landings and related issues
2)Research Notams, for us see:
    Cavok.pt
   Notam Info

Note. We are located in an Airforce training zone. The Airspace is open to us, provided that there is no specific advisory noted for that time . Cavok is updated daily at 06h00
Below are some specific warnings relating to our 3 principal flying sites



Linhares
The main concerns with Linhares relate to the Landing. In the afternoon, during the summer, the wind can become quite strong
due to the seabreeze. Downwind of the landing is a small valley heading up to Asanhas. Be carefull of the venturi. Quite a few slower gliders have ended up stuck up that valley.Do not stray too far downwind.
Upwind of the landing, the ground rises and there is a house. Combined with thermic activity this creates some turbulence over the landing and a shear. A good aircraft approach , long straight glide with good speed, is recommended.


Azinha
Azinha faces due south and is a Strong thermic site. On a good summers day, it is not uncommon for takeoff to be too strong to launch within half an hour of the first good cycles. The valley wind can be quite strong and this is the main concern. Getting to the landing on a lower performance glider can be challenging. Do not stray too far to the right of takeoff. To the left of takeoff a bowl draws back into the mountain, be carefull of this trap too, in stronger conditions.  The landing is big but very thermic. Active flying with good speed is a must . Be aware of the two sets of power lines crossing the valley between takeoff and landing.

Vale de Amoreira
Vale de Amoreira sits in the valley and uses the valley wind. Be carefull of too much N in the NE wind as this makes the landing very turbulent. If the forcast is for a NW wind, Vale de Amoreira may work in the morning, but again , be carefull of the switch. If flying when it switches, get high and get out of the mountains.