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When is the best time to surf in Algarve

Best time to go

Known as the most consistent swell of Europe, the Algarve offers great waves on both sides of its coastline. Especially the small and lively town of Sagres has become a true surfers hub being located on the corner where both the west and south coast swells meet, and the potential for good and uncrowded waves is high.

Despite its consistent waves, the winds around Cape St. Vincent are unpredictable. Nevertheless, in general the Algarve is known for its NE to SE offshores, making perfect surf conditions in summer and winter.

The best time to surf in the Algarve is all year long, where better surf conditions for beginners are found in summer, and the more challenging waves (up to 15ft - 5 meters) are experienced in winter. Oh, and it never gets really cold in winter, making camping still possible during the winter months. How good is that?!

Best time to go

Known as the most consistent swell of Europe, the Algarve offers great waves on both sides of its coastline. Especially the small and lively town of Sagres has become a true surfers hub being located on the corner where both the west and south coast swells meet, and the potential for good and uncrowded waves is high.

Despite its consistent waves, the winds around Cape St. Vincent are unpredictable. Nevertheless, in general the Algarve is known for its NE to SE offshores, making perfect surf conditions in summer and winter.

The best time to surf in the Algarve is all year long, where better surf conditions for beginners are found in summer, and the more challenging waves (up to 15ft - 5 meters) are experienced in winter. Oh, and it never gets really cold in winter, making camping still possible during the winter months. How good is that?!

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What kind of food & nightlife is Algarve known for?

Eating in Algarve

Simplicity and fresh products are the basics of the Portuguese great cuisine. When you’re taking your car or scooter around, you’ll come across small tavernas and restaurants offering the local traditional treat: simple grilled sardines, drizzled in olive oil and lemon juice.

Seafood

It’s not only the sardines that are a local favorite, as all seafood is prepared fresh and deliciously. Try for example the seafood dishes Cataplana de Marisco or Conquilhas à Algarvia to get a taste of all great Algarve has to offer. Just like its neighboring country are small bites and wines before dinner a common part of the meal. Don’t be surprised to get a bowl of olives, bread, or a selection of cheeses (e.g. Queijo) on the table with a wine jar.

Nightlife

While most know the Algarvian nightlife for its party paradise Albufeira, there’s more to discover on its long stretching coastline. Dotted around the coast, you’ll find fancy beach bars, cocktail bars, and surf shacks anywhere from Faro to Sagres offering a diversity of live music, clubbings, and relaxed sunsets.

Algarve at a glance
A quick fix of facts about Algarve - think sun, sardines, and two coastlines.
South West Coast
Having a south and west facing coastline offers a wide variety of beaches and high surf consistency
Best time to go
The best time to surf in Algarve is in summer for beginners and in winter for advanced surfers
Airport Arrival
Many budget airlines fly to Faro airport. A bus or rental car can take you to every destination
Sagres
Being one of the favorite spots among surfers, Sagres is the meeting point for good western and southern waves
Sardines
The region is known for its sardines, which are offered grilled on the BBQ with olive oil and a fresh lemon squeeze
Price of a beer
The average price of a domestic local beer is around €1.00
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