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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.
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 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.
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!
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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