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.

Founded in 1996, the International Committee of the Atlantic Watersports Games aims the development of water sports in the Atlantic Area, develop sports and cultural exchanges and friendly relations.

Based on its international array, the Atlantic Games are assumed to be a rich sporting experience for the growth of young athletes who aspire to compete at world and Olympic level.

The Atlantic Watersports Games are part of the events, each year, highlighting the strengths and marine water regions of the European Space Atlantic. The similarities between these countries and regions are numerous: along the shoreline and subject to oceanic climate, these regions are rich in scenery magnificent and varied, from Scotland to Galicia, through Ireland, Portugal and Britain, among much more. All these areas are immersed in their origins and strong Celtic and oceanic identities, preserving and stimulating their maritime dimension.