For surfers and non surfers Portugal is amazing holiday destination. The 900 kilometers of coastline is simply breathtaking and the waves alike. Add the cheap cost living, friendly locals and great food to the mix and you will understand why Portugal is so Popular.
We’ve also written a Surf Guide with the best surf spots of Portugal
Surfing in Portugal
Errant Surf has visited Portugal already many times and we are happy and stoked to tell you all about it. We’ll give you as many as 8 reasons why you should go surfing in Portugal.
Surfing in Portugal: the Diversity
No matter how experienced of a surfer you are, Portugal will have the wave you are looking for. It Is the proud home of the biggest wave ever surfed in Nazare which even the best big wave surfers in the world think twice about. On the other hand, the beaches of Caparica and Ericeira are perfect for beginner surfers. Pretty much every type of wave can be found here.
Surfing in Portugal: Surf is all year round
While most surfers claim that the best periods to go surfing in Portugal are autumn and winter, Portugal offers great waves all year round. It is true though, during autumn and winter the waves get bigger more powerfull and more interesting for intermediate and advanced surfers. However, summertime is by far the best time to go surfing in Portugal as a beginner. The temperatures are nice, the waves are not too rough and the days are nice and long.
Surfing in Portugal: the Climate
Some parts of Portugal have an average of 300 sunny days a year, an pretty much the whole country will have only sunny days in summer. Because of the proximity to the ocean the summers never get too hot, averaging at about 27 degrees Celsius. In winter the average temperature is 17 degrees celcius. No matter when you visit, the weather will most likely be on your side.
Surfing in Portugal: Low cost of living
Portugal is considered the cheapest country in western Europe and many travelers are surprised about how far their money will take them. The bigger cities like Lisbon and Porto are a bit more expensive than the countryside and smaller coastal towns, but nothing to be worried about. The restaurants, local shops and bars are all very cheap compared to France and even Spain. In addition to this, the prices for accommodation are very affordable. This also goes for the surf camps and houses that are there.
Surfing in Portugal: Communication
The English language is widely spoken in Portugal which can come in handy when exploring the cities and sights. Outside of the urban areas you might come across some places where they speak no English, but even French and Spanish will get you pretty far in terms of communicating.
Surfing in Portugal: The Food
Above is one of our top picks when it comes down to a surf holiday in Portugal for food-lovers.
If you love fish, you will love Portugal. Most of the restaurants will serve fresh fish which will be prepared beautifully. You simply cannot leave the island without trying the salted cod which is available throughout the country. If you do not like fish, there is no need for disappointed, the Portuguese also love their meats. We always enjoy the different kinds of sausages which are mostly found in Lisbon. No matter where you are in Portugal, the food will be great. Even the most tiny and unknown places can serve food you will never forget.
Surfing in Portugal: Diversity of surf camps
In recent years the amount of surf camps and surf houses along the Portuguese coastline have rapidly increased. This means that there is a lot of variety in the vibe, crowd and quality of the surf accommodations. Check out our offer for surf holidays in Portugal and you will surely find one that meets your demands.
Surfing in Portugal: The locals
The Portuguese locals are amazing hosts. When you get invited to a dinner (big chance you will) it is not uncommon to spend hours for preparing the meal. Obviously, this will be enjoyed with a large part of the family. They also love to talk so you won’t run out of topics to talk about! Having a chat during one of their beloved coffee breaks is a great opportunity to get an insight in the life of a local in Portugal, you won’t regret it! One of our personal favorits is the surf camp below, ran by four local boys from Costa da Caparica. This is your chance to get to know them by heart.