Blog post by Richard Edwards

Surfing in Portugal

The coastline of Center of Portugal region is 279 km long and is filled with paradise surfing spots.

During Summer time, smaller boards are appropriate for surfing waves, sometimes smaller and softer. During winter days, bigger boards are an essential condition for surfing more powerful waves or even guns for surfing giant waves.

Top surfing destinations in Portugal

Praia da Barra

Very close to Aveiro, Barra beach is quite wide and it is protected by a pontoon in the north.  It is a suitable beach for all kind of sports with several peaks along the beach.

Figueira da Foz

Still unknown for many surfers around the globe, Figueira da Foz is nevertheless paving its way as a sunny, welcoming and very affordable surf destination. Did you know that Figueira da Foz is famous for its mile-long hand breaks?


This long (up to several 100 metres) high quality right point break is mostly more of a carving wave, but there are some steep tubular sections. Actually, there are at least 3 point breaks that can connect with the right swell and form a really long wave. The Buarcos wave is considered Europe’s longest right point break and this is one of Europe’s widest beaches with easy waves.


The jetty generates fast hollow waves, the beach break too, but not as consistent. It only takes around 10 minutes to get to Buarcos from Cabedelo.

São Pedro de Moel 

It is one of the most picturesque beaches of the Portuguese coast, nestled among the houses amidst the pinewood of Leiria. Protected by the North wind, at the end of Summer is absolutely glorious.


“XXL Biggest Wave Award” and in 2017, Nazaré continues to have the biggest wave in the world. The wave with more than 22 meters of height was surfed on February 28th  2107, in Praia do Norte by Italian surfer Francisco Porcella.


Recognised as the best and most consistent place to surf in Portugal, the peninsula of Peniche offers a coast facing north and south. Excellent daily conditions, regardless of the swell and the direction of the wind.

In the peninsula of Peniche there is always a spot where the wind is off-shore, creating perfect waves. Along 15 km of coastline you will find more than 20 surf spots for every kind of surfer, from beginners to advanced practitioners.

Praia do Baleal Norte/Lagido

Widely known among surfers, this beach is famous for its angry sea. Offering a very long sand area, this is one of the most beautiful beaches of Peniche coast. It was blue flag beach and good support facilities. If you have the chance, don’t miss the amazing sunset.

Praia do Medão / Supertubos

Considered one of the best for surfing and bodyboarding, both nationally and internationally, Praia de Medão is known for its waves in a perfect and tubular way, which is why it is also called Super Tubes. The crests of the waves are so long that they create empty spaces, true tubes, that attract practitioners of these modalities from all parts of the world, throughout the whole year. Praia dos Supertubos is the scene of the most prestigious national and international competitions in wave sports.

Santa Cruz

A heavenly place celebrating the Waves, celebrating the Ocean. Remote, but only an hour away from Lisbon, Santa Cruz greets the Atlantic with its white sands and wild cliffs. Kilometres of waves carve Santa Cruz coast and connect it with two Portuguese surf meccas – Ericeira and Peniche (25 minutes). In Santa Cruz area there are over five world tour surf contests giving professionals from the world’s best surfers in all ages a chance to compete in world class waves.

Reasons to surf in Portugal:

  • Close to the UK with several direct flights
  • Whatever standard you are there are always places to surf with waves that will match your ability.
  • There is some really cool accommodation such as the Surfers Lodge Peniche
  • You can combine a surfing trip with a trip to Lisbon which is really in vogue as city break

For more information on itineraries please contact us!

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