Linhares da Beira

Linhares da Beira is renowned in Portugal as the "Cathedral of Free Flight", as one of the places that witnessed the birth of this sport in the country and more importantly, because its sound conditions allowed the evolution of the sport and international projection of a small medieval village. With its imposing castle, Linhares is truly a "landmark" in the history of Free Flight in Portugal.

Linhares da Beira hosted several competitions over the years, including several National Championships and Paragliding World Cup stages. And in August 1994, in a remarkable paraglider flight, John Silvester and Miguel Penedo flew 221 Km, from Linhares towards the north-east of Portugal, breaking the European distance record at the time. This was before we were able to record our flights track logs with a GPS receiver.

Flight conditions: Good thermal from morning to early evening for West and North winds. Mild thermodynamic flight in the evening with weak winds from west. Not advisable for North-east winds at all times.

Take a look at the site's photo galery.

Site ID
Take-Off Coordinates 40.5364°N, 7.4431°W
Landing Field Coordinates 40.5500°N, 7.4566°W
Altitude 1160 m
Height above valley 480 m
Wind direction West and Northwest
Area of the Take off 3500 m2

You can can find more information and flight tracks from this take-off at the XCPortugal website.

Club address

Largo da Reboleira - Sameiro, Manteigas

N 40º 24' 43.98'' W 7º 28' 07.20'' 

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Paula Martins, Pedro Patrício and Fernando Pereira