From the novice surfer to the professionals: Portugal has the best surf spots for the active holidaymakers. You almost always have good weather and you can sleep on the beach. In the morning you can have breakfast on the beach and then grab your surfboard and enjoy great views from the Atlantic. Surfing Portugal is best during all the non-summer months. However, if you are a beginner you may want to visit in the summer. From late winter to early spring is the best time for surfing Portugal, with waves typically measuring 2-4.5m or 6-15ft, while those gentler summer waves are around 1-1.5m or 3-5ft. Here are the 5 best surf spots in Portugal that the true surf enthusiast must visit.
1. Viana do Castelo
Far in the north of Portugal is the city of Viana do Castelo. This lively city is only an hour’s drive from Porto and is not only known for its great architecture and nightlife, but also for the many surfing possibilities! One of those many surfing spots is the Praia de Cabedelo beach. Praia de Cabedelo is the perfect place for the beginning surfer, because the wind there is on-shore (from sea to land), the waves are not too big which makes this the ideal place to learn how to surf.
The golden sandy beaches and the beautiful blue sea in Viana do Castelo offer visitors the opportunity to surf, windsurf, kite surf, and bodyboard. In short, surfing in Viana do Castelo should not be missing on the to-do list of the true surfer!
2. Figueira da Foz
One of the most famous seaside resorts in Portugal is Figueira da Foz (literally fig tree at the mouth). The city is so named because it lies at the mouth of the river Rio Mondego. This beautiful place is known for its very long and wide beaches with soft sand – perfect for when you want to relax after surfing!
Unlike many other coastal towns in Portugal, this place is not very well known among surfers, but make no mistake: for many Portuguese surfers this place is one of the best places to surf! And for those who would rather not venture to the waves: you can also visit one of the largest casinos in the Iberian Peninsula here!
For the advanced surfers among us, Nazare is “the place to be”! The legendary fishing village in Portugal not only has a great atmosphere, but because of the underwater Nazaré Canyon is also known for the biggest waves in the world that can reach heights of up to 25 meters!
The surf record is therefore located in Nazare and now stands at an impressive 24.3 meters. It is for good reason that this place with its beautiful long sandy beaches is known worldwide as the place for surfing enthusiasts. And if you are just exhausted from surfing, don’t forget to visit the Miradouro do Suberco viewpoint, from where you can admire the beautiful coastline of Portugal.
Peniche one of the best known surfing spots in Portugal. This busy place is suitable for both beginners and advanced surfers. It is a peninsula; so if the waves are too extreme on one side, they are often calmer on the other.
Because Peniche lies between the wet north and the warm south, it means that the summers are long but that the surfers can cool down at the same time thanks to a wonderful cool sea breeze. The ideal situation!
Although Sagres is almost always sunny in the far south of Portugal, it is almost never too hot to surf. Despite the heat, the strong currents of the Atlantic Ocean ensure a cool and therefore perfect surfing temperature in addition to a clear blue ocean!
From free wide beaches to smaller cozy bays; Sagres has countless beaches to choose from. And if you also like underwater life, don’t forget to visit Divers Cape for a great diving experience!
So there you have it. The 5 best surf spots in Portugal. Do you want to go surf now? Fly into Portugal and pick this one up “Welcome to our Beach House” It is only a few minutes from the airport.