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Surfing in Portugal
From its lovely sunsets to its friendly locals, Portugal has all the makings of any tourist’s dream vacation. The country is lined with small fishing villages and idyllic landscapes where time has seemingly halted.
The Algarve region is well-known for its beautiful bays and wonderful sandy beaches. Start in Faro, the charming capital of the Algarve, and then make your way to all the important places throughout the region like the village of Sagres located in the south-westernmost point of Europe.
If you’re looking for action, head to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. There you’ll discover lots of sights, shopping and nightlife. Sports enthusiasts will also find amazing surfing, hiking and biking throughout the country.
Epic surfing during the winter time in Portugal between the coast of Peniche and Ericeira.
Surf Camps in Portugal
Surf Schools in Portugal
Accommodations in Portugal
Surf Shops in Portugal
Portugal’s coastal areas have a mild climate that is colder in the north and warmer and drier in the south.
Significant rainfall in the north fosters the growth of large forests. In winter, the temperatures are about 8-16 degrees and the sun shines 5-6 hours a day.
In summer, the average temperature is about 25 degrees and you can enjoy up to 12 hours of sunshine a day.
Portugal is one of the most well-known and popular surf destinations in Europe. It can get crowded particularly in the summer; however, the unbeatable waves are worth the trip.
Famous surf spots include Peniche or Ericeira on the west coast and Algarve in the south. The water temperature varies depending on location and season.
On average, the water is about 13 degrees in winter and 19 degrees in summer. The waves are best from October until April. While the sun will warm you up, you will still need to wear wetsuits and booties year-round.
Best surfing season for beginner: May – September
Best surfing season for advanced surfer: October – April
Crowd factor: High in the summer month
The fastest and cheapest way to get to Portugal is by air. Depending on your destination, you will fly into one of the following airports: Faro Airport (FAO), Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) or Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO).
You can also travel to Portugal by car, bus or train as the road and railway infrastructure is well-developed. You can even travel by train from Paris to Lisbon. To do this you must take a high-speed TGV from Paris to Irun on the Spanish frontier, then take the famous Sud Express overnight to Lisbon. Be careful, it may not be possible for you to carry your surfboard on the TGV!