Surf in Portugal – Some Facts
Portugal is a costal nation with nearly 1800 km of beautiful coastline. At the center-west coast, where we are located, many kilometres of beautiful white sandy beach breaks set against stunning cliff faces and striking untouched nature waiting to be explored. We benefit from a mediterranean tempered climate and are one of the warmest countries in Europe.
The Portuguese Central-West Coast
The Portuguese coast offers solid surf more than 300 days per year with offshore morning breezes being extremely common. It is this kind of characteristics allied with a reduced/fair cost of living that make Portugal such an attractive surf destination, loved by remote workers and digital nomads keen to learn and develop surfing skills while having the balance between work and travel.
To Surf in Portugal means a huge variety of waves and swell sizes throughout the year, and as a result, it opens up for all kinds of surfing levels and abilities – despite its not so warm water temperatures, it is a really cool place to learn to surf many different waves with local surf schools offering surf packages and guides to all levels – including our own surf school too.
The Surf in Winter
Portugal picks up north, west and southern swells. In Winter the swell size is most of the times heavy with perfect cold tubes, a few stormy days, though our proximity to Peniche, allows us to be flexible enough to go around this reality and still find fun waist-high waves, protected from the storm craziness.
The Surf in Mid Seasons
The best surf to be had is arguably in my opinion during the mid seasons. Spring and Autumn months are that time of the year that bring the smoothest conditions where you can expect beautiful glassy waves between 1m and 2,5m solid, all day long with cristal clear waters all over the place.
The Surf in Summer
Surf in Portugal during the Summer months means crowd everywhere – specially here at the coast – yes, it’s that time of the year when the tourist brotherhood roam to southern Europe seeking their well deserved rest, hungry to score the waves of the season. An infinity of pop up surf schools and surf camps emerge, crowds everywhere are expected from Monday to Sunday, as well as lack of swell and offshore consistency.
5 Local Surf Breaks Within Walking Distance From our Coliving Space
Reachable within a 10 minute walk from your front door, this break is highly versatile working with most swell and wind directions. To get perfect surfing at this beach you‘ll need swell coming from NW, W and smooth winds blowing from E, NE. It generally forms sand bars throughout the beach with plenty of peaks for everyone. Its mainly used by a local surf school and a few friendly locals throughout the year. Mostly empty during week days.
Peralta is our main favourite spot. There is a “secret” pathway to Peralta beach (more on that once you’re here), which takes 20 minutes walking through, with cliff pathways and really beautiful views of the waves from above. It always feels slightly heavier to surf at Peralta. The mixed bottom geology of this beach (sand and rocks) makes these waves breaking in shallow-water, meaning faster and heavier inside tubular sections.
“Foz” (river mounth) gives name to the surf peaks consistently breaking halfway between Areal and Praia da Areia Branca surf spots. This particular location receives the swell that breaks right in front of a river mouth that keeps consistently pilling sand in this area, generating really fun to ride left and right-hander waves.
Spot X is an undisclosed surf location, really close to our coliving residence. It is mainly surfed by locals and a few adrenalin seekers that very once in a while stumble upon this slab break. It is not really a place that we recommend anyone to go, unless you know what you are getting in to. Still, when it’s on, it’s a really cool show to watch from the rocks in front, on a sunny day.
The wave needs no introduction – there is a reason why the WSL (World Surf League) decided to make Peniche as a permanent stop, for the 10th of 11 beautiful surfing destinations that decide the world surfing champion. The waves are almost exclusively tubes. It is not an easy break to surf, there are always crowd on any given day. Generally it get’s busier during the weekend. The wave works best with at mid tide to full with W, WNW powerful swell and winds blowing from N.
Our Work & Surf Coliving and Coworking residence is located at a 10 minute drive from any of these beach breaks, some of them are even reachable on foot. If you’re planning to stay at a place where you don’t want to rent a car, search no more! We have shuttles to Supermarket, transportation to and from the surf, organise spontaneous surf trips to beaches nearby with everyone in the house, take you to cool places and show you basically all the hidden gems in our area.
Are you looking to bring your team abroad for a work & surf week in Portugal?