Location - ***
Ease of entry - **
Staff - ****
Facilities (showers and toilets) - ***
Water and electric - yes
WiFi - *
Price - *
Fuel - no
We stayed in Viana do Castelo for a week as there were a couple of storms and the weather was too bad for us to leave any earlier. We did really enjoy this marina though.
The approach was ok, we had quite big swell when we got in, but the channel is quite long and slightly protected so it calmed a little. Once you get up to the marina, you have to radio through in order for the staff to open the pedestrian bridge so that you can enter. There are waiting pontoons outside but we DO NOT recommend staying over night on them. Luckily, we didn't need to, but we spoke to lots of people who did and, with the tide and swell that does travel down the channel, they told us it was a very rolly and uncomfortable night.
Getting into the marina is OK although the current is quite strong and we had to crab in. The space to maneuver is OK but a bit tight so if you have a very large boat or the wind is particularly strong, we don't recommend trying to turn around in the space.
The mooring is one where there is a rope in the water attached to an anchor and you tie up to a pontoon against the wall and attach the anchor rope to the other end of the boat. We went in bow first, which was easier but in hindsight we would have reversed in as trying to climb over the anchor to get onto the pontoon isn't particularly easy!
Whilst we were there, we had some strong winds and to say our boat moved a lot is an understatement! The marina puts all the boats right next to each other so it was very rolly and we had to be very vigilant with our fender placement!
Other than this though, the marina itself is nice and the area of Viana do Castelo is very nice - lots to see and do, lots of bars, restaurants and if shopping is your thing, this place is great!
There was water and electric on the pontoon but the wifi is terrible! We managed to get onto the gym wifi (the gym is right next to the marina) and this worked out whilst outside.
The price for us was 32 euros per night so it wasn't the cheapest but it was OK.
Overall, we had a really nice stay here and loved the town, it was just a shame about the weather!
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