Castelo has been used many times for national and international competitions, including the PWC several times.
As you can see, the take-off is superb. Large enough for several gliders to lay out at the same time, it is very clean and well-maintained. It sits overlooking a beautiful valley, with some spectacular scenery. This is a mixture of mountain and flatland flying. The valley floor, approximately 2,500′ below take-off, is wide, green and clean. It has numerous places to land safely and the roads make the retrieval easy. It’s another fabulous place to develop those XC skills.
Castelo itself is a small, peaceful town. The people are very friendly and even the Mayor is a paraglider pilot. He owns a nice house in the mountains, complete with its own take-off, which he allows others to use occasionally.
Here is a video compilation of some of the hundreds of photos from our tours: