Best travel time Portugal borders on the Atlantic, which is influential for the climate. The winters on the coasts of Portugal are mild and the summer months are sunny and dry. The warmest months are July and August. But even then it doesn't get too hot, because the refreshing wind from the Atlantic always cools down a bit. In summer it hardly rains in Portugal. The best travel months are therefore from March to November. In spring and autumn it can be below 20°C, but there is not that much going on and the line-ups are emptier. The sea stays at around 20°C until November. Since Portugal is quite south, you still have very long daylight. Even in winter, when it gets dark at home in Germany in the afternoon, you can still enjoy the day in Portugal. Conclusion: The best travel time for a surf trip to Portugal is all year round. :-)
air & water temperature In the summer months, the air temperatures are between 26°C and 29°C, the water then has a pleasant average of 22°C. In winter, temperatures during the day feel like 22°C. The water reaches its lowest temperatures in January/February. But with the right wetsuit you can surf all year round. In our online shop you can get the perfect wetsuit to travel with you. All kind of surf gear and surf clothes are now available in our Puresurfshop. Different wetsuit for different temperatures. In combination with a surf trip, we offer special deals every now and then! It's worth going on vacation just for the products. And if we are honest, holidays are always worth it.
Wetsuit On particularly hot days it can happen that you can go surfing in Portugal without a wetsuit. In principle, however, it is advisable to wear a 3/2 mm wetsuit in summer and a 4/3 mm wetsuit in winter, as this not only protects against the cold, but also against sunburn. If you are unsure what you need for a wetsuit, we will be happy to advise you. Ask us all your questions in your non-binding booking request and we will be happy to answer them. You can also rent a neoprene suit from us on site. If you want to have your own wetsuit then the Surf Plus Combo will probably fit the bill!
The left wave of Castelejo
Algarve The sun-drenched Algarve has numerous beautiful coastlines and great, long beaches that offer fantastic conditions for surfers.
Praia do Castelejo / Cordoama If you drive from the Surf Lodge Portugal towards Vila do Bispo and through the town towards the coast, you come to Praia do Castelejo (left) and Praia do Cordoama (right). Praia do Castelejo and Cordoama are a good alternative when other surf spots such as Amado are not running or the waves are too small. The two spots are beach breaks, with waves running left and right.
Praia do Amado The Praia do Amado is the local beach of our partner surfing school of the Surf Lodge Portugal and the Surf Camp Algarve and at the same time one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is where the surf courses of our surf camps in the Algarve take place.
Between red and ocher rocks in the north and slate gray rocks in the south, there are almost always waves. Depending on the sandbanks, there are several lefts and rights. In the surf school right on the beach you can also easily rent surfboards and wetsuits. The Praio do Amado is suitable for beginners to learn to surf as well as for advanced surfers. If the surf spot is too crowded for you in summer, it offers you empty line-ups and waves up to 10ft in winter.
Praia da Arrifana From the Surflodge Portugal and from the Surfcamp Algarve in Raposeira you drive about 45 minutes to Praia da Arrifana. This beach in Aljezur stretches 500 m in length and is located in a beautiful bay. Due to the top wave quality all year round, Arrifana is a popular surf spot. The spot consists of a right backbreak, which produces the "Kanagoo" wave in big swells. While you, as a beginner, can let off steam in the bay between the surrounding rocks that protect you from the wind and the foothills on the beach and learn to surf, professionals on the reef will show you what have it.
Praia da Ingrina und Praia da Zavial Not only the west coast of the Algarve attracts surfers of different skill levels, but also the southern Algarve beach breaks such as Praia da Ingrina and Praia da Zavial. In Zavial there is a slightly more difficult right hand wave that works best at low tide. Both romantically secluded beaches are in close proximity to Surf Lodge Portugal and Surf Camp Algarve and can be easily reached on foot.
Iringa is a little-known spot for experienced surfers that offers a good alternative to busier surf spots when there are huge swells from the west. Zavial is a world class point break with steep, powerful and fast waves on the south coast of the Algarve. Due to its location, this surf spot needs south swell or big west swells and works best at low and mid tide. The subsoil is rock covered with sand. When there are big swells, the sand is sometimes washed out of the bay. Year-round from 3ft. – 16ft all surfing. This spot is suitable for experienced surfers.
Albufeira Albufeira is the local beach of the holiday resort of the same name, which is particularly suitable for learning to surf in Portugal. On most days of the year, however, there is more swimming than surfing here. However, there are surfable waves at the beach break in strong southwest swells or south swells. The waves break left and right over coral reefs, rocky and sandy bottom, but come running into the bay with little power and rather short sections. Surfable at any tide and swell from 5ft - 9ft. The best travel time for the right conditions is October to February.
Beliche The spot located near Sagres offers world-class waves in the Algarve and works from swells of just under 3ft. The beach break is suitable for experienced surfers as the waves break over shallow rock covered with sand. Sometimes very close to the beach. While this Portuguese surf spot allows for good snaps in barrels, it also requires confident surfing. Although crowded on holidays and weekends, this beach is also one of the most beautiful in the area. Left and right waves roll out up to 150 meters on a good day and run best at mid and high tide.
Carrapateira At the southern end of the Algarve surf spots there is a point break that works best at low to mid tide. Various sandbars along the beach create several A-frame peaks, which work particularly well at mid-high tide. With 150 days a year with good conditions, the spot is one of the most consistent in the region. The mostly left waves come with power and can sometimes be very steep. Due to the open bay, there can be stronger currents, but the surf spot is suitable for all surf levels. Carrapateira sometimes runs at just under 3ft and holds powerful swells of up to 12ft.
Tonel Tonel doesn't need to hide from the best surf spots in the world. With the right south swell direction or big west swell and north to north-west wind you will find fantastically fast, left and right waves that can form perfect tubes. However, the beach break also has a few tricky spots. So you have to pay attention to one or the other rock under the water surface and always surf confidently. During the week there are comparatively few people in the water. Due to the steep waves and currents more suitable for experienced surfers.
Costa da Caparica & Ericeira:
Costa da Caparica The Costa da Caparica stretches about 30 kilometers south to Cabo de Espichel. In the northern part, the beach sections are separated from each other by small bays and there are numerous great rights and lefts. This spot is particularly good if you want to learn how to surf. But also advanced and professionals appreciate the proximity to Lisbon with its magnificent nightlife and international cuisine.
Praia da Ribeira d’Ilhas Just 3.5 km from Ericeira is Praia da Ribeira d'Ilhas. This surf spot in Portugal is a long right hand reef break and is considered to have one of the best waves in Europe. Surf contests take place here every year, such as the "ASP World Tour Surf Campionship", where the best of the best compete. Especially advanced surfers get their money's worth here.
Baía dos Dois Irmãos Baía dos Dois Irmãos, known as Coxos in the surfing community, is a pristine hidden stretch of beach in Ericeira surrounded by high cliffs. Coxos has one of the best waves in Portugal and Europe. In Coxos you will encounter an incredibly strong, right-hand wave that sometimes barrels. Only very experienced surfers should venture into the water here. This wave has top quality at low to medium tide.
Foz do Lizandro There can be very strong barreling at Foz do Lizandro, but most of the time this is a relaxed beach for beginners and intermediate surfers. There are several peaks running both right and left, allowing every surfer to find the appropriate peak.
Furnas Furnas beach is in the middle of town and only goes when there is a huge swell. The wave is only suitable for experienced surfers as it runs fast and dangerously alongside the rocks. Good tubes and thick lips can develop. This break is the last resort when the waves are too big for the other surf spots. This surf spot should only be visited by professionals.
Matadouro Matadouro is just a little further north of Ericeira and is across from the skate park. There are several peaks, the main break being a right on the north side of the bay. There are a few lefts further south.
Sao Juliao One of the largest sandy beaches south of Ericeira is Sao Juliao. The beach break has several peaks, lefts and rights. It is a swell magnet and therefore stable, even in summer. It is impressive that the wave runs in all swell directions and all tides. If the sandbars are in the right place, there can be really good waves even for experienced surfers.
Cave The so-called Cave, also called Sete Bafos, is known for its barrels. It is Ericeira's most difficult wave and very dangerous as it breaks just in front of the rocks. This right reef break should only be viewed by true professionals or onlookers.
Figueira da Foz The coastline between Porto and Lisbon stretches for 279 kilometers and is blessed with the best surf spots in Europe. The incredible waves can be visited in both summer and winter. Two places in particular stand out and you should definitely take a look at them:
Buarcos A great surf beach, Buarcos has a right almost 1km long wave and delights many advanced surfers. This wave is considered to be one of the longest waves in Europe.
Cabedelo At Figueira da Foz, the quay and beach break form excellent A-frame waves for intermediate surfers. Cabedelo is just ten minutes from Buarcos.
From our Puresurfcamps in Costa da Caparica, Figueira da Foz and Ericeira the closest airport is Lisbon and from those in the Algarve it is Faro. Faro and Lisbon are served by many airlines at reasonable rates. The main airlines are TAP Portugal and Transavia when it comes to surfing in Portugal. Here you can take longboards with you without any problems, but you pay €50 for up to 2 meters and €100 for longer than 2 meters, with a maximum weight of 32 kg. With the airline KLM, a boardbag is part of your luggage allowance, your board should not be longer than 3 meters and not heavier than 23 kg.
EASYJET also offers cheap flights with surfboards, for example a return flight costs €100 up to a maximum weight of 32 kg.
You need a passport or ID card to enter Portugal. These must not have expired for more than one year.
Bus, train, rental car An arrival via Lisbon by rental car, bus or train, also to the Algarve, is possible and not very complicated. You can find the bus and train connections here.
When surfing, too, there is a set of rules for cooperation. If everyone sticks to it, surfing is even more fun. So that your surfing holiday in Portugal with Puresurfcamps is a complete success, here are a few tips:
Rules of conduct when surfing:
First on the school desk, then on the board! Every surfer started small! And you too will take your first surfing steps in a surf school. Only in a surf course do you learn theory and practice from a professional. Just listen carefully to the teacher and you will progress quickly. Because they know exactly what they're talking about.
The priorities in surfing Oh yeah! Priorities must also be observed when surfing. The following applies: The surfer who is closest to the peak of the wave has priority Also, don't paddle around other surfers to "sneak" into priority. That's really bad behaviour and can cause big trouble.
Consequently: Wait, it goes in order. And when it's your turn, you can start! If everyone sticks to it, everyone gets a good wave. It also helps prevent accidents and collisions.
You and how many more...? You should always keep an eye on how many other surfers are still in the water. If one of these has also eyed the wave you're aiming for, you'll have to wait. This is the basis for peaceful coexistence at the surf spot. Also, always make sure that you never choose the direct path through the line-up, but look for a suitable chanel to the line up. That way you don't disturb the others.
Respect first! At the surf spot too, the highest commandment of cooperation is: respect - and this will be shown to you if you also show it to others! You should not only have respect for locals and other surfers who have traveled to the area, but also for the surf spot itself. In other words: the beach, the animals and plants. But above all towards the sea, because that has much more power than you. Therefore: Don't overestimate yourself and don't surf at a spot that doesn't correspond to your surfing level.
Everyone makes mistakes! Nobody is perfect! As a result, even experienced surfers make mistakes when surfing. And that's just: human. No matter what you do wrong, the important thing is to apologize afterwards. In addition, experienced surfers should be considerate of inexperienced surfers and help each other when they need tips and help.
Safety while surfing In order not to hurt yourself or other surfers, you should always try to keep the surfboard close to you. If you do fall, don't kick the board away with your legs. Nor should you jump headfirst into the water from your surfboard. When surfacing, you protect yourself more effectively by keeping your arms in front of and above your head. An unwritten law in surfing is also: where there is swimming, there is no surfing and vice versa.
General rules of conduct:
Language usage The Portuguese don't like being spoken to in Spanish. English is therefore better, or of course Portuguese, but then if possible not Brazilian... When you say thank you, you say “obrigado” as a man and “obrigada” as a woman.
order coffee Don't order an espresso if you want the typical Portuguese coffee, just say "bica/cafe" (it tastes much better than an espresso). The coffee with milk is called Galão in Portugal and also tastes really delicious.
tip Basically, you don't have to leave a tip in Portugal.
Of course, everyone is happy about a little recognition and therefore a tip of 5-10% is appreciated. You simply leave the amount of money on the table after paying (rounding up like in Germany is not done here).
Wild camping When it comes to wild camping with a camper or tent, there is no consensus, in some areas it is allowed, in others it is forbidden. It can happen that you are warned by the police or even expelled. While a bonfire on the beach is romantic, it's still best avoided.
Quiet & cleanliness In terms of noise levels, most conflicts arise on the beach. Especially when the music is too loud. Empathy in combination with a constructive dialogue are suitable advisors for this. The issue of cleanliness comes up again and again. Just remember: you are a guest and considerate behavior is a matter of course for you! An example: you never leave the garbage, are always nice and let the others sleep at night. It's very easy.
Pets in the surf camps
If you want to take your dog or cat with you to surf in Portugal, you must have a pet passport and proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. In our camps, dogs are only allowed in the Surf House Caparica, but they should know how to behave. Dogs are unfortunately not allowed in restaurants or shops in Portugal.
Portugal's Atlantic Coast
Located in the southwestern part of Europe, Portugal is one of the oldest nations on the European continent. The traditional country can look back on a proud seafaring history. It's actually surprising, because you can't even imagine wanting to leave Portugal. Because despite its small size, Portugal offers a diverse landscape, ranging from green mountains to beautiful river valleys to miles of sunny beaches. Among our worldwide surf camps, Portugal is one of the absolute top destinations and can be reached in just three hours by plane.
Both the southern and western parts of Portugal are fantastic year-round destinations. Especially in the last few years, Portugal has become a destination for many German surfers. The entire west and south coast of Portugal offers countless surf spots. In addition to fascinating cities, the region impresses with its different parts of the landscape. The choice of beaches for a surf trip in Portugal is huge: not only wide sandy beaches with beach breaks for beginners, but also world-famous shore breaks like Supertubos, rocky reef breaks like Coxos and perfect point breaks like Arrifana can be found here. But Portugal's Atlantic coast also has a lot to offer away from the surf spots: sights, cafés and restaurants, clubs and promenades invite you to stroll, party, relax and enjoy.
Learn to surf in Portugal
Come by and learn to surf with us
Portugal has a unique landscape with countless beaches and bays and not only boasts the most hours of sunshine in Europe, but also some of the best surf spots in the world. Portugal offers great conditions for learning to surf as well as challenges for advanced surfers. Thanks to the two coasts, which are oriented to the south and west, you can find good waves in every wind and swell direction and effectively enjoy your surf trip with your own surfing equipment or rented surfboards. In our surf camps in Portugal we offer surf courses and surf guiding for all levels. You will be individually encouraged so that you can progress quickly and have lots of fun in the waves. With surf guiding we bring you to the best spots, so you can surf the best waves every day. Portugal offers great conditions all year round and is the perfect European destination for good surfing and great holidays.
Surf Lodge Portugal
The pool on our large terrace overlooking the sea
Puresurfcamps offers you the beautiful Surf Lodge Portugal in the Algarve with sea views from the sun terrace and the house! The surf lodge is located at the foot of a nature reserve, in almost untouched nature. Just a ten minute walk away are Ingrina and Zavial beach, which attract surfers on south swells. The great bays also invite you to swim, relax and soak up the sun.
The Surf Lodge Portugal is equipped with a large sun terrace, relaxed wooden loungers and a wonderfully refreshing pool. All rooms have bathrooms and are equipped with beautiful, light-colored furniture.
In the living room there is a comfortable couch with a fireplace. This is followed by the dining area, where you will be served delicious breakfast and dinner.
In the green and plant-rich garden of the Surflodge Portugal you will find hammocks to chill out. After a successful surf session, you can end the evening at the internal bar with a sea view with a "Spicy Sven" or other cocktails.
The surf course takes place five times a week and is divided into 1.5 hours in the morning and afternoon. The lessons take place on a beach break and are ideal for beginners and intermediate surfers. You will be picked up in the morning and of course you will get all the material you need on site.
But you can not only work out by surfing, but also on stand up paddling tours, where you can explore secluded bays and even do cliff jumps.
You can also take part in yoga twice a week on the large sun terrace at sunrise. And at the house beach Ingrina you can also snorkel and dive. Another highlight is the weekly, delicious BBQ with fresh, homemade burgers. Afterwards all night owls go to the bars in Sagres to celebrate.
If you fancy a surfing holiday in great accommodation with nature and pure surfing, then you've come to the right place at the Surf Lodge Portugal!
Surf Camp Algarve
Explore the beautiful coast of the Algarve
In the Algarve, Puresurfcamps mediates the Algarve surf camp, which is beautifully situated in a nature reserve, on the edge of the small, picturesque village of Raposeira, on a hill.
The surf camp has a pool and a cozy terrace surrounded by a cozy garden. Here you have the option of staying in comfortable wooden sheddies or in dorm or double rooms. There is an idyllic paddock right next to the facility. The horses are available for rides to the beach or into the beautiful hinterland. The Surfcamp Algarve has a large, friendly and light-flooded living room, which not only has a fireplace, but also a pool table. In hammocks in the garden you can chill and unwind.
A delicious BBQ takes place weekly, for which the boss Samu personally stands at the grill and you have the opportunity to spend a convivial evening with the team and the surf instructors.
At the Surf Camp Algarve you can take part in the surf course in Amado or drive to the numerous spots in the Algarve, some of which are only a few minutes' drive from the camp. The surf lessons at Surf Camp Algarve, which last three hours a day, are carried out in small groups. You will get the surf equipment from the surf school. At some beaches you can rent surfboards on site or in the numerous shops in Sagres.
The Surf Camp Algarve also offers alternative programs after surfing, such as day or night trips to Lagos or Sagres for shopping or partying, dolphin watching or trips on the SUP.
Surf House Caparica
The Surf House Caparica offers you close proximity to the beach, stylishly furnished rooms, its own outdoor bar and a yoga room with sea views.
Only 150 m to the beach, the promenade and to the local surf spot! Are you in the mood for summer, sun, surfing? Then the small surfing town of Caparica is ideal for you. Here everything revolves around surfing and due to the direct beach location, you are always within reach of your favorite hobby. Visit us in our new surf house in Portugal!
Enjoy the sunset in Portugal
Beachfront Surf Camp Caparica
Californian lifestyle in Portugal
At the Beachfront Surf Camp Caparica, which is arranged by Puresurfcamps, you can easily and quickly get to your next surfing holiday in Portugal without having to travel long distances. The Beachfront Surfcamp Caparica is located in the immediate vicinity of the beach and has already attracted many surfing enthusiasts with its charm.
The accommodation offers individually furnished double, shared and triple rooms. The Beachfront Surf Camp Caparica has a beautiful spacious living room, a modern and fully equipped kitchen and a dining area where breakfast awaits you.
With the surf courses offered at Beachfront Surf Camp Caparica, you can optionally choose between 10 or 15 hours five days a week. The surf instructors give an introduction at the beginning and then you go straight into the water, learning by doing. The surf instructors keep an eye on you and give you helpful tips. If this surf course is not enough, you can also use your board and wetsuit outside of the surf lessons. After surfing, for example, you have the opportunity to end the evening with a glass of wine in the nearby wine-growing region and review the surfing day. You can also rent a bike and check out the beach promenade and the next surf spot in Caparica.
Eco Surf Lodge Caparica
Enjoy the walk by the sea
The Eco Surflodge Caparica, which is arranged by Puresurfcamps, is only 150 meters from the beach and the surf spot. Friendly, brightly furnished rooms with comfortable wooden furniture can be booked here. In the chill area of the Eco Surf Lodge Caparica there are hammocks and a pool that offers pleasant refreshment on hot summer days.
In the kitchen, breakfast and dinner are lovingly prepared by our chef, bringing you back the power for the next day of surfing before and after a strenuous surf session. We attach particular importance to food and ingredients from the region.
You can easily reach the surf spots in Caparica on foot or by longboard. The surf courses provided by the Eco Surf Lodge Caparica last five days and you can choose between 10 and 15 hours. Alternatively, there is surf guiding for all advanced surfers. All our surf guides are very familiar with the local conditions. They point out all special features and possible dangers. They are with you in the water and are on hand with tips and tricks.
Due to the proximity to the capital Lisbon, you can get on the bus and enjoy the day and night life in the party city of Lisbon. In the two central nightlife districts of Bairro Alto and Docas de Santo Amaro, a wide variety of bars and clubs are lined up next to each other. Bairro Alto is the center of Lisbon's hip hop, gothic and jazz scene. The Docas de Santo Amaro are renovated warehouses at the marina, just under the big suspension bridge. These attract with numerous different clubs, bars and pubs.
Sunset Surf Lodge Ericeira
Enjoy a few drinks at the bar
The Sunset Surf Lodge Ericeira awaits you with peace and serenity, beautifully situated in the green with a view of the sea. Here you can really relax, stay in nice accommodation and surf great waves - all at the best price.
Around Ericeira you can expect great surf conditions for all levels throughout the summer. In the beginner's course you can ride your first waves - with extra surf lessons that you can book individually. The Advanced Surf Course is for anyone who wants to take their surfing to the next level. To start the day well strengthened, you can expect a balanced, delicious breakfast included and a dinner package with BBQ and delicious dishes made from regional ingredients!
If you also want to see something of the country, you can take part in one of the excursions to Lisbon, Nazare or to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra. While Sintra awaits you with castles and a great landscape, in Lisbon you can enjoy southern life, shop, celebrate and stroll through the beautiful city. If you are lucky and the swell is right, you can watch fearless big wave surfers riding the biggest waves in the world in Nazare!
Surf Lodge Santa Cruz
Lodge with pool and garden
This surf camp in Portugal's wave-richest region is ideal for those looking for tranquility and the best surf courses. The team consists of passionate surfers with a lot of experience. All surf instructors are certified and ensure that your surfing progresses.
You can expect top accommodations - all brand new - as well as a beautiful garden and newly built bathrooms. The apartments, dorms and double rooms offer you a cozy retreat with a lot of comfort. The home surf spot is just a few walking minutes away. You can also reach many other spots in a very short time. Surf courses are offered for beginners and intermediates.
Surf Villa Ericeira
the beautiful city of Ericeira
The Surf Villa Ericeira is a high quality accomodation with direct access to the surf spot. You can directly look onto the surf spot from the huge garden and the pool! The Surf Villa is a modern, luxurious house in a quiet location that meets the highest standards while maintaining a relaxed surfer atmosphere. The Surf Villa is suitable for all levels, from beginners to highly advanced surfers. Beside surfing there are many leisure activities in the close vicinity. In addition to mountain bike or SUP tours, there are very beautiful hiking trails. The steep coast is particularly diverse and the climate around Ericeira ensures warm temperatures all year round.
The Villa is completely new build with ecological materials and fullfills all wishes of your next level surf vacation! The huge garden with it's pool invites you for cozy afternoons to relax. Breakfast and all drinks are included in the Villa!
Portugal's Surf Cities
You don't necessarily have to fly to Hawaii to encounter beautiful waves. A strong alternative is the trip to Portugal, because at the end of the European world there are numerous hotspots for surfing with cities worth seeing. We will briefly introduce you to six of them.
The lighthouse of Cabo de Sao Vicente
Fishing village as surf mecca
Location: Sagres is the westernmost town in the Algarve and is particularly popular with holidaymakers for its natural beauty.
Description: The small, lively fishing village is characterized by a raging sea, huge cliffs and extensive, beautiful beaches.
Surfing: Surfers who want to be on their surfboard all year round should visit Sagres, because surfing conditions are great here all year round.
Beaches: It's almost impossible not to catch a wave in surfing mecca. Praia do Telheiro and Praia do Beliche are only suitable for professionals; With its reef break and high and low tide, Tonel offers ideal conditions for beginners.
Furthermore: Outside of Sagres is Cabo de Sao Vicente, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, which can be reached by bike or hiked along challenging trails. In addition, deep sea fishing tours or a whale and dolphin tour can start from the picturesque harbor.
The Ponte Vasco da Gama and Cristo Rei in the background - the symbols of Lisbon
Home beaches of the capital
Location: Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, is located on the northern bank of the Tagus estuary and has access to the Atlantic.
Description: The capital of Portugal is one of the most charismatic and attractive cities in Europe and impresses above all with its extensive cultural heritage.
Surfing: The beaches around Lisbon offer a lot of very nice surf spots for everyone.
Beaches: Carcavelos is popular with the experienced crowd largely because of its reliable surfing weather. Beginners, on the other hand, are in good hands in Parede, Praia do Guincho or São Pedro Besser.
Furthermore: "If you haven't seen Lisbon, you haven't seen anything beautiful."
Der berühmte Surfspot in Ericeira ist Ribeira d'Ilhas
"Where the sea is bluest..."
Location: Ericeira, about 50 kilometers northwest of Lisbon, has lived side by side with the ocean for centuries - and with great success.
Description: The picturesque fishing village makes a rather sleepy impression at first glance, but at the latest when the surfers arrive here, the place comes alive.
Surfing: One of the most consistent surf spots on the Atlantic coast is very quiet, especially in the off-season - and surfers in particular take advantage of this calm to emulate their passion.
Beaches: The eight-kilometer coastline appeals to every surfer. In the south, newcomers to surfing should be at Praia do Sul or Foz do Lizandro, the further north you go, the more the waves appeal to advanced and experienced surfers, such as at São Lourenço. The best waves of Portugal originate in Coxos.
Furthermore: Ericeira is a small, authentic place that, since 2011, is the only place in Europe that has been allowed to bear the designation "World Surfing Reserve".
The Bay of Baleal
Location: Peniche is located on a peninsula on the Portuguese Atlantic coast and is both a fishing town and a surfer's paradise.
Description: Peniche is home to one of the largest ports for traditional fishing in Portugal and one of the largest centers for maritime tourism on the Atlantic coast.
Surfing: Whether beginner, intermediate or experienced surfer - Peniche is the right place for surfing in Portugal!
Beaches: Supertubos, Peniche's most famous beach, is regularly busy as surfers find waves coming from all directions.
The beaches Praia de Medão Grande or Praia do Lagido are also suitable for surfing. The surf event "Rip Curl Pro Portugal" takes place there every year in October. Due to tube waves (tubes), the place is also known as the "European pipeline" among surfers.
Furthermore: In addition to the impressive nature in the nearby Ilhas de Berlenga nature reserve, Peniche boasts a pretty old town, the churches of São Pedro and Misericórdia and the Forte de Peniche fortress.
Wow, look at these waves!
Location: Nazaré, the city on the Atlantic coast, is 120 kilometers north of Lisbon and just over 200 kilometers south of Porto.
Description: The charming fishing village perfectly balances old traditions and wave fun. Those on holiday here should definitely try the local gastronomy, such as the Caldeiradas fish stew.
Surfing: Praia do Norte beach is not for beginners. The reason: gigantic and therefore dangerous waves that are only for professionals. Nazare regularly surfs the biggest waves in the world, with waves in excess of 20 meters on the really big days.
Beaches: Nazaré has a beautiful beach with numerous cozy cafes, bars and restaurants. Especially in the summer months, the place pulsates with the large number of tourists.
Furthermore: For a wonderful view of the town and beach, climb the old headland elevator to Sítio. Other sights include: the Ermida da Memória chapel, the Miradouro do Suberco viewpoint and the Miguel Arcanjo fortress.
capital of the north
Location: Porto, located on the north bank of the Douro River, is the unofficial capital and namesake of Portugal.
Description: The "Capital of the North" is one of the most enchanting and charming metropolises in Europe - and not just because of its magnificent bridges and the popular port wine.
Surfing: The climate in and around Porto is cooler and wetter than the sun-kissed rest of the country. Surfers and sporty holidaymakers who want to defy this typical Atlantic weather with its cool currents and fresh winds are in particularly good hands here.
Beaches: There are now three well-recognized surf spots in the Porto region. At the popular beach of Matosinhos all surfer's tastes are served, the same applies to the area around Esmoriz. In Espinho, on the other hand, the “Junior Series of the World Surf League's” is held annually.
Furthermore: Many sights can be easily reached on foot. After a successful one, it is best to treat yourself to a glass of red gold and the famous Tripas à moda do Porto.
Surf Cities Info
The southernmost point of the Algarve
Sagres, the southernmost point of the Algarve, is one of Portugal's surfing meccas. A large nature reserve and the small surf shops and surf schools in the towns give the area its character. On the way between Sagres and Lagos you will always find impressive viewpoints of the rocky cliffs and surf of the Algarve coast. One of the brightest lighthouses in the world stands at Cabo de São Vicente and in the small village of Villa do Bispo you can visit the oldest church in the Algarve, the Ermida Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe. Enjoy culinary specialties in Sagres in bars and restaurants with typical Portuguese flair.
Fishing village and tourist attraction
From Lisbon the closest surf spots are Costa da Caparica, Ericeira or Figueira da Foz. The Costa da Caparica is located in the Setubal region just opposite the city of Lisbon and can be reached through the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge. This former fishing village south of Lisbon has developed into a tourist attraction. The numerous fishing villages along the coast still offer an original impression with their small streets and colorful fishing boats. Extensive beaches with numerous washed-up shells and the beautiful promenade invite you to take a walk. From cafes and restaurants to shops and clubs, everything is there. In Costa da Caparica, our tip is to stop by Toni’s Tosta for a tasty snack between surfing. The numerous small beaches along the coast can be explored by taking the Transpraia. The open mini train runs between the Costa da Caparica and the Fonte da Telho terminus.
A surf sanctuary in Europe
North of Lisbon, just a stone's throw away, is one of the coolest surfing spots in Portugal - Ericeria. The sea and the coast, where high cliffs alternate with small sandy coves, the protection of natural Mediterranean habitats and the living culture of surfing make Ericeira a holiday destination visited by surfers from all over the world. The best waves are here mainly from September to May. Recognized as the first surfing sanctuary in Europe by the North American organization Save the Waves Coalition, Ericeira is eight kilometers long and includes beaches such as Ribeira de Ilias/Coxos, Furnas and Foz do Lizandro. The variety of waves allows different levels of difficulty and therefore offers excellent conditions for both professionals and beginners.
Besides having fun in and around the water, there are many attractions to visit in Ericeira. The small churches and chapels and the winding streets invite you to take a walk. And if you first settle down in one of the many cafés and restaurants, countless culinary highlights will tempt you. For example, you could try the grilled fish at Snack Bar America. You can also take small excursions in the area and visit the Aldeia Típica (a typical Portuguese village) or the monastery of Mafra. The nearby Tapada Nacional de Mafra (Green Area) is a leisure area where you can see fallow deer, roe deer, wild boar and other wild animals roaming freely.
At the mouth of the Mondego
Figueira da Foz is located in the Coimbra region and is just under 1.5 hours from Porto. Located at the mouth of the Mondego River, this town has extensive beaches of soft white sand that make for a relaxing holiday and some of the best waves for intermediate surfers in Portugal. Figueira da Foz also offers a wide range of shows, performances, bars and restaurants specializing in traditional Portuguese food. You should definitely try a bacalhau, Portuguese-style cod. The nightlife in Figueira da Foz seduces with its numerous bars, discotheques and promenades. Here you can extensively celebrate and enjoy the holiday evenings.
What should I take with me for a surf holiday
Surfboard, board bag/board socks
Booties (or reef booties)
Hood and gloves (depending on region)
Wetsuit, surf poncho
Identity card, driver's license if necessary
Airline tickets, other travel documents
Credit and debit card, cash (in euros)
international health insurance
For yoga: resistance band, yoga mats
Ear protection: in-ears for surfing
Sportswear, sunglasses, surf poncho, waterproof sunscreen & zinc cream, hat and/or cap
Flashlight, bug spray
It gets chilly in Portugal in the evenings too, so bring a sweater and a rainproof jacket too
Books, e-book readers, films, music
GoPro, notebook or tablet, camera, additional batteries, chargers
All year round, surfers from all over Europe and the world flock to Portugal's Atlantic coast to visit the record-breaking waves, dramatic coastline and beautiful cities of Lisbon or Porto. But what exactly sets Portugal apart from other surfing countries? We'll now tell you why you should book your surf holiday in Portugal.
🇵🇹The coast: Portugal lies directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The country stretches a whopping 700 kilometers along the coast to the largest ocean the earth has to offer.
🌊The waves: Surf season in Portugal is all year round. The waves are always there and are considered moderate and beginner-friendly in summer, while in winter they get bigger and pose a challenge for experienced surfers.
✈️Getting there: Portugal is easy to reach for European surfers. With the plane you are only 2-3 hours away. If you want to protect the climate, you can even reach Portugal for your surf holiday by car or train.
🇪🇺 The EU: Portugal is part of the European Union. Surfers enjoy all the advantages of the EU in the southern European country: no annoying passport controls, no visa and no conversion into another currency.
💶 The prices: Portugal is considered to be comparatively cheap. You pay less for your accommodation or eating out than in other southern European countries.
🏄♂️⛺ The choice: Surfers have a seemingly endless choice of surf camps in Portugal with all kinds of accommodation, surf shops, surf schools and beaches for all levels of experience.
🏘 The cities: Need a break from surfing or the weather isn't cooperating? No problem - enjoy the cities like Lisbon and Porto where the culture of North Africa meets that of Europe. Find restaurants, bars and clubs and get lost in the beautiful streets.
🥘 The food: Portugal has its very own, tasty food. Enjoy delicious fish dishes and juicy sandwiches. In recent years, vegetarian and vegan restaurants have also opened up in the larger cities.
🍷 The port wine: Yes, port wine can also be bought here. But where else can you find real port wine casks and experts who would serve you a tasty sweet wine with a small cheese plate after an exciting day of surfing in the sea? Only in Portugal.
👨👩👧🧒 The people: The people of Portugal have earned their reputation as extremely hospitable and lovely. Even with the tightest surf program, don't miss out on exchanging ideas with these hosts. You won't regret it!
What can I expect from my level?
How does the first surf lesson in a portuguese surf camp look like if you are a beginner?
Surfing is considered the coolest sport in the world. Casual guys and beautiful women sit on the beach and suddenly run towards the sea. Then they disappear briefly and rise out of the waves like a phoenix. You rule the sea. But something that looks so simple and cool needs to be learned. This is where we come in. Our experienced surf instructors in Portugal will take you by the hand and first of all explain the basics of your board and the sea andhow waves are getting formed. It starts slowly: Put on your wetsuit, sit on the beach and listen first. In the next step, your surf instructor will warm up and stretch your body together with you.
Then it goes into the water for the first time. You'll stand there waist-high and the wind will whistle around your ears. You will feel it, the power of the waves. With a small paddle board you do your first exercises and find out how to get out to sea. One thing is certain, you will often fall into the water. Very often. But be just as sure: That's how everyone started once. Stay tuned! Maybe you will stand on a board for the first time on the second or third day and a wave will carry you. You'll think: Wow – that's freedom. You will definitely be proud of yourself this evening. Proud that you didn't give up. Don't worry if you need a little longer. Because the Portuguese sun, the wonderful sea air and our friendly, patient surfing instructors make the lessons and surfing an experience for you, no matter how successful you are at the beginning. Fun comes first. And you will have it. Hang loose!
Have you surfed before? This is how we take you to the next level in Portugal!
With a "green wave" it doesn't occur to you that someone might have thrown a bucket of paint into the sea and you've mastered the take-off? Work on your surfing skills with us and take advantage of the years of experience of our Portuguese surf instructors. You're no longer a complete beginner, but you're not yet one of the big pros just because you can get out on the water and have already ridden a few waves. Years of training in any weather makes all the difference. After all, surfing is one of the toughest sports in the world and if you want to master it properly, you have to push yourself.
Our surf instructors in Portugal are just such pros. They have known many of the spots for years and know exactly where and when the best waves are to be found and when there aren't too many other surfers. The best times for surfers with basic experience, also called intermediates, are spring in April and May and later in autumn in September to November. Our surf instructors will talk to you as equals and improve your technique with the help of video analysis. Join the trainers to see how well you're doing on the board and receive helpful tips for optimal posture and the right movements. Try it with other boards too! We can send you out with Malibus and Minimalibus, with funboards, shortboards or fishboards! You might get a new perspective on surfing in Portugal. There is always something to improve and we will help you!
How do I find the right surf camp for me?
Choosing surf camps in Portugal is about as easy as deciding at the ice cream shop. All are good, damn good even. So which one is right for you? The first question you should ask yourself is: how important is surfing to you? Are you a beginner and want to take a slow look at the whole thing, or do you already know that you want to be on the board while others are still getting out of bed? We'll give you a few tips to make it easy for you to decide.
Surf camps for fun-oriented surfers
Sure, surfing is fun too! But anyone who has been on the board for a day or two will know how nice it can be to do something different. Many of our surf camps in Portugal have special yoga rooms and offer trips to the surrounding area and nearby towns. There are also regular garden BBQs and their own bar. These are the surf camps you should check out:
After a hard day at sea you want to go to a nice room with a great interior design and just chill out a bit? We have wonderful surf lodges with sea views, a private bathroom and exceptional catering for you at all times of the day. Some of these surf camps also meet the highest standards for sustainable travelers:
You also want to train your fitness when away from the sea and you need a healthy, invigorating diet. We've built gyms for you and our surf camps are right on beaches with world-class waves and empty lineups. Work on your skills with our surf instructors and get one level higher: