A relative isn't using their timeshare this year. They gave it to me and my wife. We were thinking about using it in Portugal. I noticed that the surfing in Portugal is pretty consisent, but I'm not familiar with the surf in that country. We plan on going in the end of September and Early October.
Has anyone ever surfed there and have any advice? What are the best spots?
there was an article about portugal in Surfer mag a few months back...might want to check it out. Surfline has good info too. I hear it is awesome, I'm thinking about making a trip there with the wife in a year or two.
I was actually fortunate enough to travel there two years ago during the spring. Unfortunately, they receive a lot of their swell during the winter, though I am sure you will find some spots. (Edit: If you go in october, you might be able to score Carcavelos beachbreak) We stayed in Cascais, and the waves there were about knee high, when we drove about 25 minutes north, it was like chest high and fun, so you can find some waves. We surfed in praia grande, ericeira (which is where the famous Coxos point break is). It's a beautiful place to just drive around and explore. I will look back at my photos and see where we traveled, otherwise. All of the spots we surfed were within an hour to hour and a half from Lisbon, so it depends on where you're staying. Also, check out wannasurf.com with the global atlas, and it'll tell you where the spots are. Enjoy your trip!
Last edited by Volcom732; Jun 9, 2010 at 04:49 PM.
late fall i think is the time to go. All the nor'easters seem to spin out to the north atlantic and make landfall on the european coastline. I followed a few lsat year and France seems to get the best and cleanest waves after being funneled through its rocky coastline. Portugal gets the brunt. I think it can get pretty heavy on those lows. have fun!
Hey, im from portugal and my parents have place there so I visit pretty much every year since I was 6. know my particular area pretty well surrounding peniche where the break supertubes is and the rip curl search contest was held last year. Its hard to honestly find a day where it is completely flat in that area from late Sept thru October. Supers always get a good heavy size swell oct or early nov.
Not only do you have supertubes, you have the very fun Baleal beachbreak north of peniche 5 minutes away, across the beach and north fun reaf break and then miles and miles of open beach breaks further north. All I have to say its a good time, beautiful, and you'll def be stoked even if its flat one day there is plenty to see, eat, and drink.