For surfers, Portugal has always been known as the ‘Brazil of Europe’, thanks to the Atlantic Ocean and the strong tides that create provoking waves.
The second reason why surfing in Portugal should be on your bucket list is the monstrous 100 ft (30.5 m) wave created by the St Jude storm, near the fishing village Nazaré. It was the biggest wave ever surfed in history! Furthermore, the ASP Peniche Rip Curl Pro world surfing competition takes place there every year.
In this post, the 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 are the ingredients behind the best surfing 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 have built their own surf house there and a surf camp, refer to it as a hotspot because there are lots and lots of surfing spots within walking distance or only 5 minutes away by a surf van. From the Supertubos, reserved for experienced surfers, to the white water for beginners, there’ s something for all levels of surfers on the Peniche coastline.
You probably heard about the great Supertubos, a world famous spot for its magnificent barrels or the so-called the super tubes. With waves rising up to 13 ft (4 meters), they create an amazing sea-roof above you. There is a story about boca do dragao (dragon's mouth), saying that there is a dragon hidden in Supertubos’ close-out waves. There is also a surfing competition which takes place on the Supertubos spot, the 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 beginner surfers – Molho Leste has white small waves where everyone can ride 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 a great surf destination is its uncrowded beaches. There aren't as many people as there are in France’s surfing spots 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 the town and Portuguese fado music during eating a dinner.
The Portuguese people and surfers are very similar
Surfers are very easy going. They 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 nightclubs
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 caipirinhas while listening to relaxing lounge music. But after the sun sets, these beach bars become exciting nightclubs where all the young surfers from Peniche surf camps come to hang out and dance all throughout the night.
Other adventure activities
Every day can be full of laughter, adrenaline, adventure activities and fun. Peniche wouldn't have been the most famous surf destination if not for the skate parks. Surfers can learn new fun tricks that 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 and an abundance of exciting water sports, you can also explore the beautiful landscapes surrounding Peniche.
We highly recommend Lisbon, the surf factory in Ericeira, where you can see how surfboards are made, the Buddha park, filled with large sculptures of Buddha, Hindu and Chinese gods, deities and soldiers, as well as discover charming towns such as Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, and Obidos.
It’s time to plan your summer vacation, so make sure you add Peniche to your bucket list. Join an exciting surf camp in Europe and discover the best breaks on the old continent!