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Lagos in the southern Algarve of Portugal is a great beginners zone, which can produce some fun and hollow little beach peaks. Lagos is known for its large scenic rock formations, pristine beaches, waves crashing on the sides, and lighthouses. The most famous Instagram photo spot in Lagos is the stunning rock formations of Ponta da Piedade, a must-visit by boat!
Lagos beach, and Porto de Mos beach, in particular, are perfect places to learn how to surf. When you're looking after a more advanced swell, go to South East Algarve where you'll find more surf spots for experienced surfers as Zavial, Tonel, or Amado.
The best time to surf in Lagos is year-round. The Algarve is known for its most consistent swell of Europe during the year, with great waves on both sides of its coastline. Lagos, and other southeast cities like Sagres, have become true surfers hubs. Situated on Algarve’s corner, where the western and southern coast swells meet, the beaches are pristine and the waves are high.
Lagos has a great and consistent surf, where better conditions for beginners are found in summer, and the more challenging waves (up to 15ft - 5 meters) are experienced in winter. On large S storms, it is worthwhile to visit Lagos beach, as it creates some fun and hollow little beach peaks. In Algarve it never hits low temperatures in winter, allowing you to camp even during the winter months. Never forget to wear a wetsuit while surfing though, as the water temperature can get pretty cold.
For surfers who like to enjoy Lagos to the fullest, visit the many packed streets full of bars. Some say it’s the best nightlife of the Algarve! Arriving in Lagos for the first time, it feels a bit like a backpacker's haven. Entering the streets at night, you’ll come across plenty of cozy bars, happy hour cocktails, and clubs to have an excuse to miss the early morning surf session for the next day. Even though the nightlife is more relaxed and chill than in Albufeira, if bar-hopping and dancing the night away is your thing, then Lagos is a great place for your next surf camp!
When you talk about the local cuisine, 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 the 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.
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