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Very few things in life come close to the fun experienced when skimming across the glittering water and the sense of freedom when being lifted high up into the air. Harnessing the power of the wind and combining elements from numerous other board sports and paragliding, kitesurfing is an exhilarating water sport that is relatively easy to pick up.
You are never alone in the ocean. I know, this is a spine-tingling thought, but I’m not just talking about sharks. Oceans are teeming with life, intriguing and mysterious, and there’s a whole underwater natural order that we land-dwellers are not always aware of.
Very few (legal!) things in this world are as addictive as surfing. The search for the perfect wave is never-ending, but the journey itself is incredibly fulfilling, and with each step that you come closer to reaching your goal, you will feel like floating on cloud nine.
With surfing rapidly gaining popularity in India, there are quite a few spots spread across the country’s vast coastline where you can catch waves and take your first steps on the board. However, not all surf spots in India have consistent waves. Therefore, you need to be in the right place at the right time.
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
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!