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Have you been wanting to take a stab at kitesurfing, or maybe take your practice to the next level, without having to travel far for some safe and world-renowned spots? Enter Spain and its famous wind-swept beaches that attract riders from far and wide, beginners and pros alike.
It’s funny – I don’t spend a lot of time on Romanian waterbeds and many other watersports enthusiasts travel great distances to do that. Here follow some stories on the features of the most popular whitewater rivers in the country. Just to get your appetites whetted…
When a surfer paddles for a wave and the wave pitches up, there is a split second decision that has to be made whether to commit to the wave or not. That split second decision is called ‘taking the drop,’ as in dropping into the wave.
Quite often, people ask me ‘Why do you go south of the Balkans for your watersports?’. Because I love the waters and their color there. In my head, it is far better to flip and be able to see everything that lies beneath you – or a large part of it – than do that in murky waters.
With 1,115 miles (1,794 km) of Atlantic coastline (continental Portugal plus the Azores and Madeira archipelagos), mild climate, some of the best waves in Europe and more gold-sand beaches than one can count, Portugal is a surfer’s paradise. The coast picks up north, south and west swells, which means solid surfing conditions all year round on a wide variety of waves for all levels and tastes.
Summer, between June and September, is the best time to go to Portugal if you are looking to learn to surf on small to medium waves. Summer months are also great for kitesurfing. During winter months, waves are usually double the size or more, and recommended for more experienced surfers looking for a challenge. This is also when Nazaré in Praia do Norte comes to life, Europe’s big wave surfing mecca.
The most famous surf regions in Portugal are North Porto, Costa da Prata, the Lisbon Region, Alentejo and the Algarve. Some of the best surf spots for beginners and intermediate surfers are Peniche, Ericeira, Lagos and Cascais.
In Northern and Central Portugal, you will need a wetsuit throughout the year – a 3/2 mm suit in summer and a 4/3-5/3 mm in winter. In Southern Portugal, you can surf in board shorts in summer. During winter, a 4/3 mm suit should suffice.
1,794 km (1,115 mi)
May to September (warm waters, sunny days, gentle waves for beginners)
October to April (cold waters, big waves for advanced surfers)
Nazaré, Peniche, Ericeira, Cascais, and Figeira da Foz
Carcavelos, Lagos, Peniche, and Ericeira
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Are you looking for a surfing experience with breathtaking beaches and perfect weather? Then look no further than Portugal! The country is well-known for its very consistent surfing conditions. It is also a great spot for the more challenging type of surfing throughout winter. You will also find a wide variety of surf camps here, suitable for all levels, from the utter beginners to the pros. So, why wait? Find your unforgettable Portugal surf vacation below!