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Ericeira
This surf capital offers surf breaks for all levels.
Peniche
A small peninsula, with all levels represented.
Algarve
Algarve has over 53 surf spots on offer!
Lagos
A great beginners zone for fun little beach peaks!
Lisbon District
The perfect mix of a city trip and surf camp!
When is the best time to visit Portugal

Best time to go

The best time to go to Portugal is in the spring and autumn. Advanced surfers find the best waves between November and April when the sea is cold and the currents are strong. For beginning surfers, the other months (May - September) are perfect, with a mix of nice temperatures and good waves.

So what type of wetsuit do you need in Portugal? 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 be enough.

Best time to go

The best time to go to Portugal is in the spring and autumn. Advanced surfers find the best waves between November and April when the sea is cold and the currents are strong. For beginning surfers, the other months (May - September) are perfect, with a mix of nice temperatures and good waves.

So what type of wetsuit do you need in Portugal? 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 be enough.

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Surfing in Portugal: What You Need to Know

Portugal is for you if:

  • You are looking for an affordable surfing vacation
  • You wish to learn to surf on some of Europe’s best waves
  • You want to surf any kind of wave imaginable
  • Why go surfing in Portugal?

    Portugal is one of the most surfer-friendly countries in the world, with a warm climate and some of the most spectacular and reliable waves in Europe. Its long coastline 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.

    Is Portugal a good place to learn to surf?

    Not only that, it is one of the best places on the planet to take your first steps on a surfboard. 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. During winter months, waves are usually double the size or bigger.

    Where should you go if you are a beginner surfer?

    On the northern coast, Matosinhos is the best beginner spot near Porto. On the central coast, head for Baleal in Peniche, Matadouro and Foz do Lizandro in Ericeira, and Guincho in Cascais. Meia Praia in Lagos and Praia da Arrifana are the most popular beginner surf spots in the Algarve region.

    Where should you go if you are an intermediate surfer?

    The northern coast of Portugal is a great place to progress on the waves. In the central region, explore the reef breaks in Ericeira, the barreling waves at Carcavelos and Costa da Caparica near Lisbon, and the fast and hollow waves at Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

    Where should you go if you are an advanced surfer?

    The central coast of Portugal is home to some of the most powerful waves in Europe. The epic beach breaks at Nazaré and Supertubos in Peniche need no introduction. In Ericeira, Coxos is a reputable long, powerful, and fast wave, and Cave is the heaviest wave in Portugal.

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    Portugal at a glance
    Portugal has stunning coastlines, prime wave conditions, and long summers
    Coastline
    1,794 km (1,115 mi)
    Best Time
    October to April (cold waters, big waves for advanced surfers)
    High Season
    May to September (warm waters, sunny days, gentle waves for beginners)
    Most Difficult Spot
    The Cave is the most difficult spot in Europe where only pros can master the waves
    Currency
    The Euro is the official currency of Portugal
    Price of a beer
    The average price of a domestic draft beer in Portugal is €1,50
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