Surfing has become a very popular sport activity in Portugal since Garrett McNamara rode the biggest wave ever surfed by men (30 metres high). That happened in Nazaré (about 130 kilometres above Lisbon), Portugal, in 2013. It is still a world record.
Surfing in the Algarve
The Algarve not only has beautiful beaches and a great climate, it also has great surfing conditions. Surfing tourism is a niche area of tourism in the region. However, surfing in the Algarve is an activity that is growing in popularity, especially among young people. The sport can be practiced on many beaches in the Algarve.
Where to go surfing in the Algarve
Surfing is possible on various places along the coast, but especially around Sagres and the westcoast. Here the sea is rough and there are bigger waves. In this region, surfing and nature related activities are the main tourist attractions. Popular beaches for surfing are Praia do Martinhal, Praia do Tonel and Praia do Beliche. These beaches are situated near the bay of Sagres and are known as a paradise for surfing and windsurfing. The waves are very consistent, which makes it easy to catch a wave. On the westcoast you will find large groups of surfers, whether independent surfers or receiving surfing lessons. Examples of famous surfing beaches on the westcoast are Praia do Amado and Praia da Bordeira. Other famous places for surfing in Portugal are Peniche and Nazaré, but these are not in the Algarve.
When to go surfing in the Algarve
Although some specialists say that the best seasons for surfing is from Autumn to Spring, you can do this activity all year round in the Algarve. In the winter, the waves are bigger than in the summer. The water actually still has a very comfortable temperature in the winter. Some people say that it is too hot for surfing in the summer. In any case, make sure you always bring sun cream, as the sun can hit quite hard even in the winter.
Learning to surf
There are different surfing schools and hostels available for those who would like to learn it. This is a great solution for people who are backpacking in the Algarve and did not bring any surf equipment. In addition, these surfing schools have deep knowledge of the local area and can show you the best spots for surfing. We recommend Algarve Surf School in the area of Sagres and Lagos or AlgarveSurfHolidays in the area of Odeceixe. If you also would like to combine your surfing experience with a peaceful retreat and yoga, this is offered by SurfAlgarve.