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When planning a weekend getaway at the beach, you may be tempted to think that it is all as easy as grabbing your surfboard and jumping into your car. But if you want a hassle-free escapade, there are a few other things you should consider too.
As a surfer, I have a deep love and connection to the ocean, which is why this topic is close to my heart and one that just does not get enough attention in the media.
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!