Surfing In Portugal

Top 6 Surf Spots In Portugal

Published on 15th Oct 2018

It’s fair to say that Portugal’s 1,800km of coastline, consistently great weather and the Atlantic Ocean swell are what makes the oldest nation-state in Europe a surfing mecca. In May this year, we cruised the golden beaches ourselves to hand-pick our top 6 surf spots in Portugal. Enjoy!

Ericeira

The surf capital of Portugal, Ericeira is the only World Surfing Reserve in Europe, making it one of the globe’s best surf spots.

With a huge variety of waves to cater for everyone, Ericeira is the place to be for lively atmosphere, fantastic seafood and a surf.

A pebble’s throw away from Lisbon, with 11 beaches to pick from, Ericeira is the crème-de-le-crème of Portuguese surf. The fishing town’s rather stunning and its seafood is amazing too. The O Lebre restaurant is a must try; the prego sandwiches are great for an after-surf fuel up.

Ribiera D’Il has is a good right hand pointbreak for intermediate surfers. For the experts, Praia do Coxos is one, with gnarly waves reaching five metres and beyond.

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Ribeira De Ilhas Beach, Surf Statue in Ericeria
Beginner Surfing in Peniche

Peniche

Peniche sells itself as a beginner haven and keen surfer’s dream. Home to the infamous Supertubos wave, aka the“European Pipeline", Peniche certainly builds Portugal’s reputation as the best European spot for surfing. Keep an eye out for the world's best surfers, every October at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Surrounded by beaches sandier than Hawaii and more fisherman than you can shake a rod at, we love it. You’ll be guaranteed a wave, whatever the weather at this surfer’s paradise.

New to surfing? Peniche is Europe’s most popular place for beginners. Find out more here...

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Sagres

The Algarve’s home of surfing; with year-round surf and big swells, Sagres proves to be an awesome spot for all levels of surfing.

Cosy coves coupled with the windy, wild and open beaches allows you the luxury of choosing the perfect beach and break for your level of experience and aspirations. It’s also a sun trap; the Atlantic’s strong winds are to thank for not getting too hot whilst surfing, even on those sunny, sunny days.

So what more could you want; endless days of sun with lot’s of golden beaches in swell that’s certain. Winning.

Sagres is a beginner’s bliss. With promised weather and surf, learner’s will absolutely love it. You’ll find the best coffee in town at Café Espresso; they even do a flat white!

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Surf in Sagres, Portugal
Surf duck dive in Lagos Portugal

Lagos

Did somebody say that there’s 8 months a year of guaranteed 20-degree temperatures in Lagos!? Surfing here is a no brainer. Riddled with beaches to suit all standards, Lagos is ideal for beginners and intermediate level surfers alike.

Known for its vibrant summer nightlife and party reputation, you’ll certainly have a good surfing shindig here.

Lagos is an ideal spot for couples, groups of mates and families seeking consistent weather, waves and a lively town brimming with restaurants, bars and cafes.

The fresh tacos at The Green Room are the ideal post-surf bite, followed by a drink at The Laboratorie de Actividades Criativas (LAC). The LAC is a converted jailhouse, come art gallery with plenty of exhibitions and performances to enjoy.

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Arrifana

Plenty of seafood, swell and picturesque views. Say no more.

Okay, just a bit more . . . As part of a small fishing village, there’s always great seafood at the restaurants and cafes right on the shoreline.

Arrifana is situated in the middle of a beautiful nature reserve (Costa Vicentina National Park), and whitewashed houses and cliffs lead down to golden, sandy beaches. It sure is a multi-sensory treat.

So if you’re looking for an idyllic surfing holiday with gnarly, big hollow-barrelled waves and a world class right hand pointbreak, Arrifana is your calling. It's perfect for couples, families or a group of surfers.

If you go in July (next month), the locals invite you to a traditional fishermen’s festival where you’ll be sure to get your sardine fix, in the company of the local fishermen themselves. Aljezur is a beautiful little market town which is great to explore on the weekends too.

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Sunset over the waves in Arrifana, Portugal
Observing the surf in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon

Lisbon ticks all of the boxes for a legendary surf spot; a vibrant nightlife, thriving art scene and Mediterranean climate, in the heart of a world class surf zone.

Not only that, it’s a twenty-minute drive from the city and has over 10 beaches for suffers of all levels to choose from.

Praia de Carcavelos is one of the most consistent spots in Portugal for fast and powerful waves that make it one of the most popular beaches in Portugal. Its barrelling beach break provides a variety of waves for surfers of all abilities.

Lisbon’s outstanding coastline attracts the locals for its booming surf scene and definitely lives up to its reputation as a hidden city surfing gem.

You have to try one of Dona Tosta Cafe’s ham and cheese toasties, it’s the best in town and the perfect pre-surf fuel-up.

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So there you have it, our Top 6 Surfing Spots in Portugal. There are plenty of other surf spots in Portugal that we think you’d like too, including Porto, Aljezur and Faro.

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