Portugal is one of the most popular surf destinations in Europe. And for good reason, its unique geographical location, with hundreds of miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, offers surfers a wide variety of waves and swell of all sizes. Not to mention the beautiful landscapes, the mild weather and the rich Portuguese culture!
In Portugal, you can surf all year long. The coast cut and varied offers everything you can wish when you go on a surf trip: be blown by the huge waves of Nazaré, take small moss to the south, watch the pros unwind powerful beachbreaks like Supertubos and beautiful pointbreaks , surf spots completely deserted...
The proximity of Portugal to France makes it an inexpensive destination, whether you come by car, train or plane. Good to know, prices on site are about 30% cheaper than at home. As for the waves, you are spoiled for choice with a multitude of spots less than three hours from Lisbon. However, if the temperatures are mild or very hot during the summer, the Atlantic Ocean will not give you a gift with very fresh water requiring the wearing of a suit.
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North of Lisbon is the mythical spot of Nazaré. Each year, the fishing village hosts the best "chargers" on the planet trying to break the records of the biggest waves ever surfed. Nazaré is therefore only for professionals, but if you are in the area, it is definitely worth seeing. Still north of the capital, the Peniche region offers waves known worldwide. There is one of the most famous beach break in the country: Supertubos. A quick and tubular wave that welcomes each year the Rip Curl Pro, second European leg of the World Surf League round after Hossegor.
For beginner and intermediate surfers, Peniche offers a long beach break with Baleal and Praia Do Pico Da Mota, where there are several good schools of surfing and surf camps. 30 minutes south of Lisbon, the Ericeira region is also a good option to learn and improve, besides the fishing village offers travelers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, typically Portuguese. Stroll through its narrow streets lined with small white houses, and enjoy its restaurants, cafes and bars. A little further south, the Cascais region is very popular with surfers. Be aware that it is very crowded, especially on the spots of Praia do Guincho and Praia da Crismina. Finally, even further south, the Algarve also offers a lot of good waves usually not very crowded.
1,800 km of coastline, long beaches of white sand, natural parks all along the ocean, small historic villages, friendly locals, surfers from around the world who find themselves on the spots, a bohemian atmosphere, remote or deserted spots, grilled mackerel barbecues on the beach ... Portugal promises an unforgettable trip, a total change of scenery and a perfect moment of relaxation in the heart of nature. Surf camps offer a wide range of excursions on the mainland and on the ocean. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, boat trips, tours, hiking... enjoy the wealth of the country after your morning surf session.
In terms of cuisine, Portugal will not disappoint you! The traditional cuisine is simple, delicious, generally served with generosity and inexpensive. Thanks to the culture of fishing, you will find in Portugal excellent seafood, fish, and specialties such as cataplana, a kind of bouillabaisse, or cod-based dishes like pastéis de bacalhau. To enjoy accompanied by a good glass of port or Portuguese wine! On the sweet side, do not miss pastéis de nata, flans of puff pastry, and a wide range of local pastries.
From architecture to art to music, Portugal has its share of cultural riches. The Portuguese architecture is marked Manueline art, decorative art of Gothic inspiration. As for music, the famous fado, a melancholic popular song will rock your evenings. Finally, craftsmanship holds true treasures such as azulejos, constant in Portuguese architecture and the decoration of interiors and exteriors of houses. The National Museum of Azulejo, located in Lisbon, retraces its history, but just browse the country to admire.