Best Surf Spots in Portugal

Portugal offers some of the best surf spots in Europe. That's why it attracts so many surfers and world-class championships as the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
It is even considered the best surfing destination in Europe due to its great consistency throughout all year round and the wide variety of breaks, ideal for all levels of surfing. All Surfinn surf camps are situated in the best locations along the Portuguese coast to ensure that you have the best waves at your door. Reserve our surfari pack and you'll get them all at once!

Almagreira

Also known as "Red Rock" by foreign surfers, this spot is a large extension of sand with several breaks between Lagido and Belgas, ideal for all levels of surfing. Its orientation to N, NW ensures greater consistency. Works best with a N swell and SE wind.

Amado

This is probably the most famous beach in the region and home to the largest concentration of surfers. His fame comes from the many competitions that occur throughout the year and surf schools that chose this beach to work. It has perfect breaks for learning and some breaks with barrel sections for the more experienced. Ideal conditions occur when it is more than 1m swell and wind from WE.

Arrifana

One of the favorite beaches for surf schools in Algarve. In its best days, sessions can be unforgettable. By being a sheltered spot, it is the spot chosen by local surfers when all other spots around are too big or stormy. On its big days, it has a spectacular right hander only for the most experienced braking right over the outside reef.

Belgas

It is one of alternative spots during the Rip Curl Pro Portugal because it’s more exposed to swells from the North Atlantic. On good days you can even ride some tubes. Due to the large extension of sand with several breaks, it becomes the preferred beach by many local schools to teach surfing. Best conditions occur when N swell and SE, S wind.

Cantinho da Baía

This is a favorite place for beginners. Which has a fairly regular consistent even during the summer. It has a triangular break with good lefts and rights. Works best with a swell from NW and SE wind.

Carrapateira

It is undoubtedly the beach for big riders! In the days of greatest swell, is the best spot in the region that offers the best conditions with an extremely long wave. Located immediately north of the Praia do Amado, works slightly differently and have much less crowded. The best conditions occur with big NW swell and winds from E quadrant.
In some windy days it’s also an excellent beach to practice kite surfing.

Cave

It is a high quality right-hander only for experienced surfers hungry for tubes, because it breaks over a reef bottom. Probably the heaviest and most difficult wave to surf in Portugal for being too quick, hollow and powerful. The ideal conditions occur during big NW swell and E winds.

Consolação

It is a high quality wave recommended for experienced surfers because it breaks over a reef bottom. It is a very fast and hollow wave on the inside that works with NW swell and S, SW wind.

Cordoama

It is also one of the most popular beaches in the southern region where some championships take place, including a WQS event. Its long stretch of sand offers multiple breaks for different surfing levels. Therefore it’s a beach that gathers a large number of surfers and ruled by a very cool atmosphere. Ideal conditions occur during the winter months with NW swell and E wind.

Coxos

Coxos is considered one of the best waves in Portugal, fiercely defended by the locals.
On its best conditions is very long and holds up to 3 meters with N, NW swell and E wind. If the path to the spot is tricky, even more difficult is to get down the sharp rocks and full of sea urchins to get in the water. Basically it's better to go with a local guide if you want to get in and get out unharmed.

Foz do Arelho

It is one of the spots in Portugal that receives the most swell throughout the year. Although not perfect waves, is one of the most consistent and ideal for learning. With the Lagoa d'Óbidos a few meters away, is the perfect place to combine surfing and kite.

Foz do Lisandro

It is a cozy beach accessible to all levels and a favorite spot for surf schools. It has a break in the middle of the beach that produces good lefts and rights over a sandy bottom. The best conditions occur during the NW swell and E quadrant winds.

Lagido

Perhaps the best known reef-break in Peniche region. It has long left hander wave with fast and slow sections. It is also one of the alternative spots of Rip Curl Pro Portugal, where normally the female competition takes place. Works best with N swell and Sh quadrant wind of. Peniche is a very complete area where there is always an off-shore wind.

Malhão

It’s a beach break with has several breaks that can handle large swells in. It only get surfers during the summer and so, the best time to surf here completely alone is from October. The best waves begin to work with 1m to 2m NW, W swell and E quadrant wind. Watch out for some rocks scattered along the beach!

Melides

It is the most popular beach in the Alentejo region for its beauty but it's never too crowded, even in its best days.
Starts working with waves smaller than 1m W, NW swell and E quadrant wind.

Molhe Leste

Just a few meters from Supertubos, it is one of alternative breaks during the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Presents a fast and hollow right which begins near the pier and can be quite long. It has a sandy bottom but it is ideal to start practicing the first tubes. Works best with a swell from SW and N or NE wind.

Odeceixe

It is one of the prettiest beaches in the Alentejo region with some breaks along the each which offers good rights and lefts in a sand bottom.
Ideal for all levels of surfing but recommended only for experienced when swell is too big. The best waves begin to work with 1m, holding up to 2m W, NW swell and E quadrant wind.
Usually has only crowd during the summer.

Pedra Branca

Despite being the only left hander in Ericeira region, in its best days is one of the best waves in Portugal. Only recommended for experienced surfers because it is a powerful and fast wave that breaks over a reef bottom. Holds more than 3 meters with a W swell and wind from the E quadrant.

Ponta Ruiva

It is a difficult beach to reach. On good days it can present you good lefts in the reef break and good rights in the middle of the beach. Its difficult access does not prevent many surfers and surf schools to choose this as their favorite spot in the summer months.
Ideal conditions occur with greater than 1m NW swell and E wind.

Reef

It works with the same conditions as the Cave. That is, if the Cave is working but with too much power, it is better to go to the Reef. However it remains a powerful right hand only recommended for experienced surfers.

Ribeira D'Ilhas

It is one of the most popular beaches in Portugal and stage of many championships as the WQS 6 *. It has one of the longest lefts which can reach more than 500m. The inside is one of the favorite places for our school to teach surfing. Their best conditions occur when NW swell and E wind.

Santa Cruz

It is one of the most famous beaches for Portuguese surfers, home of the largest surf and kite event in Portugal - Ocean Spirit.
Presents an extensive beach with several breaks for different levels of surfing. Ideal conditions occur in NW, W swell and E wind.

São Torpes

A wave very accessible to all surfers. The best conditions occur during low tide with a SW, W swell and NE, E wind. This beach has the distinction of having the hottest water in the region!

Supertubos

The name says it all! It is undoubtedly the best known surf break in Portugal with international reputation, where is held annually the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Of all the breaks in the Peniche region, this is the most challenging and only recommended for experienced surfers because of its fast tubular waves. The conditions are perfect with a W quadrant swell and when the wind blows from N, NE. If you're after tubes, this is the right place, from right to left! Alternatively, there are other more accessible breaks right next to it.

Tonel

It is one of several spots in Sagres but one that deserves more attention because it offers good waves with more consistency. Its orientation favors the W quadrant swell and the E wind. It is a spot that although short, can handle big swell and where important Bodyboard Championships take place.

Vila Nova de Milfontes

A beach break with multiple breaks, offering good rights and lefts.
Ideal for all levels of surfing but in its best days could be an interesting playground for the more experienced.
Usually has crowd only during the summer months. The best waves begin to work with 1m to 2m in NW, W swell and E quadrant wind.

Zambujeira do Mar

The beach has several breaks that can handle large swells.
During a week in summer welcomes thousands of people gather for a music festival. The rest of the year is virtually no crowd at all. The best waves begin to work with 1m to 3m W, NW swell and quadrant E wind. Watch out for some rocks scattered along the beach!

Zavial

This is the only beach mentioned here with south orientation. For this reason, it has far less consistency. It works only when large swells created by Atlantic storms form and with a direction from S, SW and N wind.
However, when you gather the best conditions, this break has some of the best waves in Portugal and has appeared in many surf magazines.

Other interesting spots

Espinho
Cortegaça
Esposende
Cabedelo de Viana
Moledo
Vila Praia de Âncora
Matosinhos

Barra
Buarcos
Cabedelo (Figueira da Foz)
Nazaré
Norte
Tamargueira

Praia Grande
Guincho
Carcavelos
Santo Amaro
Costa da Caparica
Lagoa de Albufeira