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From the world-class surfing spots around Lisbon to the surf good vibes in the Algarve, Portugal has good surfing spots around every corner! The Portuguese long stretched coastline is 1,794 km (1,115 mi) long. 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. Expect to find a wide variety of surf camps here, suitable for all levels, from the utter beginners to the pros.

What's the best time to go surfing in Portugal?

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.

The best surf regions in Portugal:

  • Algarve: The Algarve is perfect for beginners and advanced surfers with more than 53 surf spots. Surfing here is even better in winter. Famous spots for all levels: from pros only (Carriagem, Lage do Pescador) to all surfers (e.g.Tonel, Zavial, Mareta, Albufeira).
  • Peniche: Being a small peninsula, there are surf spots on both sides of Peniche. All levels are represented: Pros (Supertubos), Experienced (Molhe Leste, Consolacao), and Beginners (Cantinho da Baia, Praia do Pisao) and many more spots.
  • Ericeira: The surf capital offers surf breaks for all levels. Visit Foz do Lizandro and Seo Juliao (for beginners), Ribeira d’Ilhas (intermediate) Coxos, Pedra Branca (experienced) and more!
  • Near Porto: With 25 surf beaches in only 30 kilometers, the region around Porto is extremely good for surfing, for both beginners and pro surfers!
  • Near Lisbon: From Peniche, Ericeira, and Cascais to the surf beaches just outside Lisbon, this region offers the perfect mix for a city trip and a surf camp and is suited to all levels of surfers!
  • Lagos: Lagos is a great beginners zone, which can produce some fun and hollow little beach peaks, working best on a SE wind swell.
  • Baleal: This surf spot close to Peniche is a fun beach for beginning and intermediate surfers, with plenty of surf camps and international surfers around.

What are Portugal's hottest surf spots?

  • Santa Cruz, Peniche: small to medium-sized waves and a beautiful beach, perfect for all surfers.
  • The Cave, Ericeira: the most difficult spot in Europe for surfing, where only pros can master the waves.
  • Praia Grande, Lisbon: popular spot near the capital with waves for all surfers. Also great for bodyboarding!
  • Esposende, North Porto: with two main waves, this spot is suitable for both beginners and advanced surfers!
  • Costa da Caparica, Lisbon: this regional classic is best not in summer, and is a great spot for all levels!
  • Lagos, Algarve: with dozens of great surf spots in the south-west tip, you can surf every tide!

Why you should go surfing in Portugal?

The long stretched beaches on the western and southern coast, the 300 days of sun, affordability, and the incredible surf spots make Portugal the surfing hotspot of Europe! Portugal has great surf spots from north to south. Discover the surf spots between Porto and Lisbon, like Peniche, Nazare, and Ericeira. Explore further down to the west, where Alentejo and Northern Algarve have great spots like Odeceixe, Arrifana, and Carrapateira. Rather go south? In the Algarve, you’ll come across many secluded beaches and surf breaks around Sagres and Lagos.

What's Portuguese food like?

Portuguese cuisine is well known for its seafood. And although the kitchen is not as famous as its bigger brothers Spain and Italy, the food is fresh, tasty, and made with love. Try the olive oils, the lampis (seafood), cozido (meat), and delicious Pasteis de Belém (pastry). In Portugal, they sure know how to make wine. Try the ports from the Douro Valley, where the city Porto got its name from, or the Green Wine (both white or red) that is best drunk on a warm summer night. Portugal is known for its buffet-style lunches, where you can drink wine and eat local meats, fishes, and side dishes for an all-inclusive price. Made with lots of love!

What's the Portuguese nightlife like?

Surfers are known for their nightlife in Portugal. Looking to dance the night away? Book your surf camp in Cascais, the party hub of the region with multiple bars and nightclubs open until early in the morning. Within the cities, Portuguese nightlife means getting a drink in the club and taking it outside to the streets, where you’ll find one big mass of people drinking and chatting the night away. The average price of a domestic draft beer in Portugal is €1,50.

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