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Surf Portugal - Quick Facts
POPULATION: 10,500,000
LANGUAGE: Portuguese ( but almost everyone speaks English)

Portugal has a very mild climate with solid surf often with offshore morning breezes are extremely common, making it a popular surfing destination for surfers from inside and outside Europe. Portugal has a huge variety of waves and swell size and as a result makes an ideal surfing location for surfers of every ability. It is a good place to learn to surf with lots of places offering surf lessons and packages.

Situated west of Spain, Portugal picks up north, west and south swells, making surf conditions very consistent. During winter the swell size is around the 6ft mark but can get to 15ft or more, making it a spot for those looking for challenging surf. There is surf throughout the summer months and you can expect waves of 3-5ft.

There are many different waves and surf over the whole coast so a bit of research before you go is a good idea (see the Stormrider guide Europe link at the bottom of this page). The area around Peniche is ideal as the peninsular gives the opportunity to make the best of the weather conditions. A couple of waves to check out while you are surfing in Portugal are Pedra Blanca, Supertubos and Coxos.

Surfing Portugal - The Good
Gets Heaps of Swell
Uncrowded Waves
Quality Beach and Reef Breaks

Surf Portugal - The Bad and the Ugly
Cold Water during the winter
Summer Onshores


Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Guincho is one of the best spots in the Lisbon city area.. it's something like a 15 minutes ( with no traffic) from the city center (30 km), and it is a quite big beach.

It has a lot of spots, with some kind of different waves, the first one is the muxaxo ( named like that because of the hotel that is IN THE BEACH ( and it is also very cheap +/- 50€ per night). Muxaxo is also great for having a tea or a hot chocolate in the winter, after a good and perfect surf session, because it's windows are just above the beach and you can see everything.

The only problem in guincho is that is also very good for kite surf and for it can get quite windy sometimes, mostly during the summer, but that isn't alway bad...this year, the predominant wind during the morning is offshore, so it can be quite good

Surfing near Lisbon, is a matter of choices, because you have so many surf spot's and so many kind of waves, but for a big part of the Lisbon surfers guincho is one of the favorites.

It can stands up to 3mt waves with some great conditions, the view is amazing, because right next to you you'll see the historic village of Sintra, that also is great for spending an afternoon.

in the middle of the beach you'll find some rocks, and, if you don't see careful because it means that you are on the high tide, and so you can get hurt.

Sometimes guincho can be a little bit dangerous because it can pull you to the outside in just a few seconds ( so it can be a good thing of ou know what you are doing).

You also have the other side of the beach, that is my favorite, and you can go there by car, or just having a little walk in the sand.. it's great for warming up before going into the water.

In matters of water temperature, from guincho until the north of portugal, the water is really cold, and it doesn't matter if you are in the summer or in the winter..i always use a full suite, or at least a spring suit in the hottest days of the summer.

Bar do guincho ( the one that is in the opposite side of the beach of muxaxo) is also great for having lunch.

In the weekends, it can be a little crowdy but during the week, there is almost alway people surfing, but nothing that is going to make you loose your temper.

in here you have a beachcam ( or a webcam on the beach)

this and other web cams are avaiable on
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