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Portugal lies along its entire length on the Atlantic Ocean. Because of this, there are plenty of surf spots in this beautiful southern European country. The variety of surf spots is very large, and surfers of all levels can visit Europe’s surfing paradise. It is not for nothing that the world record for surfing the highest wave was set here by American Garrett McNamara. But also beginning surfers can do well in Portugal. In addition to excellent surfing conditions, Portugal has a wonderful climate, an excellent price-quality ratio and delicious food and drink. In short: a fantastic destination for your surf holiday!
The earliest mention of one of the precursors of surfing in Portugal was in 1946, when the first “Bodysurf Club” was founded. The members of this cub moved lying down on cork boards. Modern day surfing in Portugal started in the late 50s or early 60s. Surfboards were bought from Biarritz, at that time the centre of surfing in Europe. In general, a surfer named Pedro Lima is considered the ancestor of Portuguese surfers.
Portugal is a country with some 900 kilometres of beautiful beaches with favourable waves. The country therefore offers surf spots in abundance. Some surf spots are excellent for experienced surfers, but Portugal is also very good for beginners. This can make it difficult to find exactly the spot that suits you if you want to learn to surf. Below you will find five excellent surf spots for beginning surfers. Even if you have never surfed before, these are excellent options.
Porto is Portugal’s largest city after Lisbon and also an important port. Both in and around this northern Portuguese city, there is excellent surfing. Porto’s main surf spot is Matasinhos, an excellent surf spot for surfers of all levels. Porto is an ideal choice if, in addition to surfing, you are also looking for a wide cultural and culinary offer during your surfing holiday.
Erieira is one of the most popular destinations in Portugal for surfers. This is partly because there are a large number of different surf spots to be found in this town for both beginners and advanced surfers.
Caparica, also known as Costa da Caparica, is located in the Portuguese municipality of Almada in the district of Setúbal. It is a former fishing village located close to Lisbon. Since Caparica consists of one large beach divided into small beaches, there is a beach for everyone with the right conditions. This makes it an ideal spot for beginning surfers.
Aljezur, located in Southern Portugal, is known for its beautiful villages, beautiful bays and fantastic surf beaches. This makes it a popular place for a holiday, and to learn to surf. Besides the fantastic surfing beaches, you can also enjoy atmospheric Portuguese cafes and restaurants.
Carcavelos is the most famous beach of Lisbon. From the centre of Lisbon it takes about 20 minutes by car and 30 minutes by public transport to reach the beach. The excellent accessibility, the excellent surf conditions and the wide sandy beach make Carcavelos very popular.
Located on the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the beautiful region of Alentejo. With a coastline of over 100 kilometres, you will find sandy beaches with beautiful rocks here. Along the endless coast, you will find numerous surf spots that are very suitable for starting surfers. You can do this at various surfing accommodations in this beautiful region.