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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


Friday, December 7, 2007

Surfing near Lisbon

I live in a great city...with a lot of thing to do...but for me... in these thays, the most important thing i have in my city, is the opotunity to have a lot os surf spots to choose from.

In the next days i'll wright a little bit about some surf spots around lisbon, and that i know really well.

In the south of lisbon we have a place called "costa da caparica" ( here you have the wanna surf link -

You have a lot of spots to choose from...and at least, one of them will fit your level of surf.

During the winter is a lovely vilage, with a couple of good surf stores that do repairs and have all the material you may need, with great food, a lot and cheap places to stay (if you need the name of a hotel or something, feel free to send me an e-mail).

Is a place that is good for any kind of surfer..since the beginer to the big expert. in the last weekend, i went there on saturday, and it was something like 1.5 mt...just perfect. it was a great session.. The best time to go there is in the winter..because in the summer it's just full of people and surfers... and you almost for sure will have a bad wind...

If you want to check it out in real time you can go to

wave quality Standard (means good)
experience all surfers
surf frequency regular
Wave type beach-break
direction right and left
bottom sandy
power fast, powerful, fun
normal length short (<50m)
good day short (<50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

swell direction - NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

wind direction SouthEast, East, NorthEast

swell size starts working at less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

tide position all tides

tide movement rising and falling tides

Costa da Caparica Access
Take the South highway (A2) and enter the IC20, it takes you straight to Costa da Caparica. Costa da Caparica has about 30 km of beaches, so you can choose any beach.

distance in the city
walk instant access (<5 mn)
easy to find? easy to find
public access? public access
special access Don't know
More Details on Surfing
week crowd ok
week-end crowd crowded
dangers - rocks
- localism

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