With all the low cost airlines flying to Lisbon, to surf in Lisbon was never so accessible to European surfers as nowadays.
Ryanair, easyJet, AerLingus and Vueling are some of the low cost flight carriers that operate between Lisbon and UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and other European countries on a regular basis.
Plus, all the surf spots in Lisbon are very close to the city centre, making it a very convenient destination for weekend surf breaks. You can literally be 2 to 3 hours distant from Lisbon and come, so travelling to Lisbon for a weekend is a very convenient option for your next weekend break or bank holidays.
Lisbon is home to some of the best surf spots in Portugal. The capital of Portugal has an impressive coast line receiving swell from north, west and south of the Atlantic, offering very consistent surf conditions all year round.
The summer season in Portugal, that goes from the end of May until September, usually offers smaller waves between 3-5ft, but with sunny days and great water temperature.
On another hand, during the winter season, from November until early March, the swell size is bigger, but weather colder. Nevertheless, our definition of cold is for sure different of Central and North of Europe!
The Lisbon coast is an ideal surf destination for experienced surfers looking for challenging surf conditions. Nevertheless, even for beginners, Lisbon offers many protected surf spots, especially in Costa da Caparica and Sesimbra where you can expect smaller but perfect waves.
In Lisbon, the question is not when or if there will be some waves, but where are the waves that fit your needs and how to go there.
Carcavelos is one of the most popular surf spots in Lisbon and also the most popular beach in Portugal. In the summer, Carcavelos is usually crowded with tourists and locals sunbathing themselves.
The summer time is also when the waves are smaller, so we tend to recommend surfing in Carcavelos from October until June. Of course if you are a expert in surfing, it will be easier for you to get waves from the crowded lineups of Carcavelos.
Carcavelos is a beach break facing south. This surf spot is much respected due to the powerful and fast waves producing hollow barrels.
Our surf monitors and surf school usually prefers to take beginners to the beach breaks of Costa da Caparica, south of Lisbon. Costa da Caparica has a coast line with almost 30 kms, which means that this area is more suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers looking for a more relaxed surf experience. These surf spots work well with West, north and south swells.
Also in the south of Lisbon there are other surf spots worth visiting, like Lagoa da Albufeira, Sesimbra and Comporta.
On the Estoril Coast, apart from Carcavelos and its nearby point break of Sao Joao do Estoril, you will also find Guincho and Praia Grande, two great surf spots that often have the biggest waves in Lisbon, especially during the winter time.
Staying in Lisbon will also allow you to be close enough to other amazing surf destinations in Portugal, namely Ericeira (World Surfing Reserve) and Peniche, famous for hosting one of the ASP World Tour events that brings professional surfers like Kelly Slater among others to Portugal in October.
The staff at Surfinn Carcavelos Surf house & Surf School has many years of surf experience in Lisbon surf spots and has been surfing for a living. Our knowledge of the best surf spots around will be very important, allowing you to take the most of your surf holidays time in Lisbon.