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When is the best time to surf in Baleal

Best time to go

The best time to surf in Baleal is year-round. With its fairly good and regular SW-NW swells, the Baleal area has great and consistent surf conditions all year long. Being located between the warm Algarve and the more humid regions north of Porto, Baleal has a perfect warm summer with a cool Nortada north wind. In winter, waves can reach heights of 8-15 ft (3-5 meters), while in summer the waves range between 4-6 ft (1.5-2 meters). This makes Baleal a great place for beginners in summer, and for intermediate to advanced surfers in winter.

It’s recommended to wear a wetsuit during the year, because of its year-round cold water temperature. In summer, a 2/2 or a 3/2 might do, while in mid-winter a 4/3 and boots are recommended.

Best time to go

The best time to surf in Baleal is year-round. With its fairly good and regular SW-NW swells, the Baleal area has great and consistent surf conditions all year long. Being located between the warm Algarve and the more humid regions north of Porto, Baleal has a perfect warm summer with a cool Nortada north wind. In winter, waves can reach heights of 8-15 ft (3-5 meters), while in summer the waves range between 4-6 ft (1.5-2 meters). This makes Baleal a great place for beginners in summer, and for intermediate to advanced surfers in winter.

It’s recommended to wear a wetsuit during the year, because of its year-round cold water temperature. In summer, a 2/2 or a 3/2 might do, while in mid-winter a 4/3 and boots are recommended.

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What kind of food & nightlife is Baleal known for?

Going out in Baleal

Food

Baleal (and Peniche) is a traditional fishing village, known for bringing in fresh fish every day. When the fisherman from around the world bargain during the night for the best fish, this happens on Portugal’s largest fish market, in the Peniche harbour.

You’ll find traditional Portuguese restaurants in most places in Baleal and Peniche, and seafood is what chefs know best. In Baleal, you’ll come across restaurants near the Baleal Coop area, down to the beach, at the big parking, and on Baleal Island.

Nightlife

In Baleal, most surf camps host their own parties and evenings. Heading into town? Explore Peniche’s nightlife with its beach bars, nightclubs, and plenty of parties. Although neighboring town Ericeira is mostly known for its great nightlife scene, the bars in Baleal are also notorious for ruining morning surf sessions. Discover Baleal’s cheap shots, happy hour cocktails, and plenty of bars with sunset electro parties!

Baleal at a glance
Baleal is a fun beach for beginning and intermediate surfers, with plenty of surf camps and international surfers around.
Baleal Island
The actual Baleal (the island) got connected to the mainland about 20 years ago
Best time to surf
The best time to surf in Baleal is in summer for beginners and in autumn and winter for advanced surfers
Airport Arrival
Book your flight to Lisbon airport, 97 km away, from where you can easily take a train or bus to Baleal
Learn from Pros
Every year in October, the pros are showing of their tricks in Peniche during the world competitions
Surfers Lodge
This bar in Baleal is known for its legendary electro sunset parties on their rooftop
Berlenga Island
Escape the crowds and visit Berlenga’s national park for bird spotting, snorkeling and its rich nature
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