Porto is a vibrant city conveniently situated nearby the Atlantic coast. Most surf camps here offer accommodation options in the surrounding coastal towns and villages or right in the heart of the city. What many don't know about Porto is that there are 25 beaches, over a 30km stretch, with various surf spots makes Porto is extremely good for surfing. Porto has a gentle surf for everyone, although there is no epic surf for advanced surfers, which makes this destination perfect for beginning surfers!
The best time to surf in Porto is in the summer when the conditions for beginners are most favorable, and in the winter (November to April) when the advanced surfers can catch stronger waves. As Porto’s weather is often compared to the warmer regions in the south, Porto isn’t known as a typical surfing region. But with an average summer temperature of 28 degrees Celcius, Porto cannot be ruled out easily! Despite its warm temperatures in summer, it’s recommended to wear a long sleeve wetsuit all year.
Porto’s most local dish is a very heavy (but delicious) sandwich called Francesinha. Made of bread, wet-cured ham, sausage, steak, or roast meat covered with melted cheese and thick tomato and beer sauce, makers of the sandwich mostly differentiate themselves with the quality of the sauce. To flush down this ‘Little Frenchie’ the traditional Port wine would be perfect. Created in the nearby Douro region, the Port wine is created with an additional brandy (or any other grape-based alcohol) in the process, making the wine slightly stronger than the traditional wines. If you’re visiting Porto in the harvesting season, around the end of September, it’s recommended to partake in picking and crushing grapes with the farmers in the Douro Valley.
Porto’s vibrant nightlife is known for its mix of old-town flair with trendy artsy hotspots. Discover the cozy restaurants and tapas bars, where after you’ll explore the nightclubs and discos in the city center, making for a perfect evening with friends. Although most of the surf hostels and accommodations host their own evenings and parties, the lively street bars in Porto also bring a good competition for the early morning surf sessions.
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