Viana do Castelo was the city chosen to host the next edition of the Atlantic Games, which take place between 13 and 17 July 2020 and will involve more than 300 athletes. The Atlantic Games are assumed to be the water sports festival for European youth, in order to promote the maritime activities through an international competition for youth.
In Viana do Castelo, which hosts the Atlantic Games for the third time, athletes will mark presence of five countries, including Portugal, Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The Atlantic Watersports Games have the ambition to illustrate and promote this specific nautical competence of the regions, promoting the emergence of new exchanges between peoples.
The competition, which began in 1995, usually brings together between 300 to 400 young athletes, who compete in various modes such as sailing, rowing, canoeing, surfing, swimming in open waters, among others, trying to put your city or region in the highest place on the podium.