The second evidence why Portugal is arguably the best surf destination – the monster wave 100ft high was created there by the St Jude storm, near the fishing village Nazare. And it was the biggest wave ever surfed in the whole history. Furthermore, the ASP Peniche Rip Curl Pro, world surfing competition takes place there every year. On this post, we, Tribu Surf team, would like to share with you all the reasons why Peniche in Portugal is the best destination to spend your summer surf holidays.
Tides, winds and an open location make the best surf destinations in the world. And in Portugal you can find high waves every day!. So let's take a look at Peniche, the famous surfing and fishing village in Portugal. Tribu Surf team, who has built their own surf house there and a surf camp, refer to it as a hot spot because there is lots and lots surf spots in walkable distance or only 5 minutes away by a surf van. From the Supertubos for experienced surfers to the white water for beginners - all difficult levels can all be found on the Peniche coastline.
You probably heard about the great Supertubos, world famous spot for its magnificent barrels or so-called the super tubes. With waves rising up to 4 meters, they create an amazing sea-roof above you. There is a story about boca do dragao (dragon's mouth) that there is a dragon hidden in Supertubos closeout waves breaking on just a few decimeters deep water. There is also a surfing competition which takes place on the Supertubos spot - ASP Peniche Rip Curl Pro and all surfers from Peniche surf camps gather there to see the best surfers in the world defending their fame.
A few steps away there is a perfect surf spot for beginners – Molho Leste with the white small waves where everyone can try this incredible feeling when riding a wave for the first time. Remember – surfing is like the mafia, once you are in, there is no getting out!
Another reason why Peniche is the best surf destination is its uncrowded beaches. There aren't as many people as there are in France or other European coastlines. If you're looking for a perfect retreat, you should look for a low season program in Peniche. You can relax and feel the spirit of an endless ocean, the cold breeze in the evening and white sand between your toes.
It will be a perfect retreat, but you'll also be close to the full tourist cities such as Lisbon; the capital of Portugal is only 1 hour away from Peniche. There you can enjoy cultural sites, shopping quarters, lively spirit of town and Portuguese fado music during eating a dinner.
The Portuguese people and surfers are very similar
Surfers are very easy going who can lay on the beach for the whole day and wait for the perfect wave. The Portuguese act similarly, they can sit all day in a fishing chair and wait for a fish to bite. Everyone can quickly adapt to the Portuguese way of life (especially surfers) and become quite a chill person. But the best thing is, that in Portugal there is nothing wrong with it! Everyone understands if you are late to work, if you do not work on the weekend, if you drop everything and relax, etc. That is why if you know someone who moved there for a longer period, you probably noticed that they started to become more carefree. Well, that is how a surfing holiday should be, right?
Beach Bars and Night Clubs
The last thing that makes Peniche a heaven for surfers is the beach bars. Here, there are three main beach bars that are opened whole day and there you can enjoy plenty of refreshing capirinhas while listening to relaxing lounge music. But after the sun sets, these beach bars become exciting night clubs where all the young surfers from Peniche surf camps come to hang out and dance all throughout the night.
Every day can be full of laughter, adrenaline, activities and fun. Peniche wouldn't have been the most famous surf destination if not for the skate parks. Surfers can learn new funny tricks they can also use on the waves. You know, boards go hand in hand with each other. Surfers also tend to go crazy about go-karting where they can use their tactic moves and feel the adrenaline rush they are usually addicted to. Aside from endless fun activities such as beach volleyball, yoga, body painting, massage, watersports, and slackline, you an also explore the beautiful landscapes surrounding Peniche. We highly recommend Lisbon, the surf factory in Ericeira, where you can see how surf boards are made, the Buddha park, filled with large sculptures of Buddha, Hindu and Chinese gods, deities and soldiers, as well discover as charming towns such as Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Obidos.
*photography by Tribu Surf team
To find out more on how Tribu Surf can make your summer surfing days full of laugh and good vibes this year, check out one of their most fun program that is full of activities.