The 5 Best Beginners Beaches in Portugal
When you are first thinking about learning to surf it can feel quite overwhelming as to how to start. Warmer waters? Would be good. Sunshine? Yes, please! But one of the best things is to have consistent and safe surf for learning it. Thats why we love surf holidays in Portugal. The best time to learn how to surf in Portugal is in the summer months of May to September. So to help you on your way to knowing where to go for your first surf holiday, here is a list of the top 5 beginners surf beaches in Portugal:
1. Cantinho da Baia, Baleal, Peniche
Peniches long beach break, Cantinho da Baia, is excellent for beginners. It works on all tides and runs for 3 kilometers. Due to it's length the line up isn't crowded as there are so many peaks.
2. Foz do Lizandro, Ericeira
Host to major pro surf events each year, Ericeira is also the ideal spot to learn to surf, in particular at the beach sout of town, Foz do Lizandro. It is a beautiful beach with a promenade of cafés and restaurants. The beach break works best at low and mid tide, so plenty of time in between to enjoy exploring the town.
3. Amado, South West Portugal (Lagos area)
Benefiting from some of the warmest water temperatures in Portugal, the Lagos area has some real surf gems. Amado is a perfect learners beach break as it works on all tides. It is located in the protected Vicentina park so there are not big ugly apartments overlooking the beach.
4. Guincho, Cascais
Cascais is known for the multitude of excellent breaks around its coastline, but for beginners it's best to head to the relaxed beach break of Guincho that works best at low and mid tide.
5. Sao Juliao, Ericeira
It works similar to Foz do Lizandro, and can be better depending on the sand bars, Sao Juliao in Ericeira is a great beach break to surf in. It also works best at low and mid tides.
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