Porto Cruz is a village located on the North East coast of Madeira Island, nestled between cliffs and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It has a beach break, in fact one of the few in Madeira appropriate for surfers, especially those that want to Learn how to surf in Madeira.
The Surf House & School is placed in one of the most remote areas in Europe, surrounded by dense forests, banana tree plantations, vineyards and ancient coastal villages, yet only 14 km from the International Airport, and 30 km from Funchal city centre. The village of Porto da Cruz still keeps its old traditions and easy going lifestyle with a local cozy atmosphere. The beach and all basic services are walking distance from the Surf Camp.
You will benefit from the many outdoor activities nearby like “levadas” the name for cliff walks, trails for cross country or downhill biking and many other. The village has some of the best restaurants in Madeira to eat fresh fish, seafood and other traditional Madeira dishes, wine and liquor.
Discovering new surf breaks along the north shore of Madeira Island will be one of the most unforgettable surf experiences you will ever have in your surf holidays in Portugal! This was the last surf spot in Europe to be discovered and only started in the 80’s. You can expect absolutely no crowd during your surfing sessions.
The Surfinn Porto Cruz Surf Camp & School is right in the center of the small village of Porto da Cruz. The town is surrounded by sandy beaches, ideal for those looking for surf lessons and learning how to surf in Madeira. The village does not offer much of a crazy and contagious nightlife like other surf camps in Portugal, here the main attraction is the contact with Nature and cool laid back lifestyle. If your are looking for some relaxed surfing holidays, then this is the spot! Anyways, you can always join some of our local surf guides and go party with them to the trendiest bars in Funchal city centre
The Surf Camp & School was developed by surfers like a guest house to serve surfers. This refurbished Madeira surf house is located just a few meters from the beach with an amazing terrace overlooking the beach break of Porto da Cruz.
Here you can choose from double, triple and shared "hostel type" rooms. All guests have free access to all facilities, from the chill out terrace, fully equipped kitchen, living room with internet and storage of the surf school.
- Surf school
- Surf house with double, triple and shared "hostel type" rooms
- Living room
- Panoramic terrace with BBQ
- Fantastic view over Porto da Cruz beach break
- Right on village center
- 1 min from the nearest surf break
- 14 km from Funchal Airport
- Breakfast included
- WiFi and telephone available
If you are heading to Surf in Madeira and you have a stopover in Lisbon, then contact us so that we can arrange you a hostel in Lisbon.
Porto da Cruz is one of the very few beach breaks in the Madeira island. All the rest of the surf breaks are reef breaks or rocky point breaks very challenging and recommended for experienced surfers. Our transfers can easily take you there if you’re one of those skilled surfers.
Usually our guests choose to stay in this surf camp in Madeira as it does not have crowd around. There aren't many local surfers and there are still surf spots being discovered. The north shore is where you can find more consistency due to its exposure to North Atlantic swells and the biggest variety of breaks for every surf level.
Madeira is known to have some of the most powerful surf and longest waves in Europe. Indeed this is true especially during winter swells from October till March with November to February considered as the prime months. Although these are spots that local surfers don’t reveal that easily! Madeira Island offers a wide range of choices in just a few minutes driving, from beginner‘s very long waves in NE-SW wind swells to extreme surfing conditions with perfect hollow waves over the reef.
This is definitely a destination for surfers searching for new boundaries with “adventure” and “discovery” on their minds.
There are three main spots in Porto da Cruz, besides other secret ones. All are black sand bottom, ideal for every type of surfer beginner to pro:
Porto da Cruz
The classical beach break ideal for all surf levels. Just at your doorstep!
a tiny bay with a small beach just a minute walk from the surf camp & surf school, great for kids to have surf lessons and learn how to surf as it is protected from big swells when other spots are closing out.
This break needs a large swell to work and is tide sensitive, but it's the local gem.
This is the largest and has the widest swell window in Porto da Cruz. It's simply the prettiest beach in Madeira.
Our transfers can also take you to other surf spots in Madeira namely Paul do Mar, Jardim do Mar and Lugar de Baixo, three famous right handers.