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Surf in Portugal

Thursday, 31 January 2013 00:00

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The world woke up this morning to read about the how the biggest wave ever surfed was in Portugal, and it came with a photo of Nazare that made your jaw drop. A vast wave loomed off the coast, and there was surfer on it.

So, to our colleagues in the media, we though we would offer you a quick briefing on why Portugal is the next big surfing destination… Not just that we have 450 miles of clean Atlantic coastline, but some surfing beaches that are out of this world… read on.


Top 10 surfing spots from Expedia

Northern Portugal in the Cortegaça region offers true surfing paradise, quality surfing, great atmosphere, and is just perfect for those people looking to escape crowded conditions further south. You fly to Porto for this region. Lisbon area is the heartland of Portugal surfing stretching all the way down to Peniche. You fly to Lisbon for this region. Finally the Algarve, has a very mild climate with solid surf often with offshore morning breezes are extremely common. Fly to Faro for surfing in the Algarve.

* Best time to surf: beginners april - august, pro surfers/big waves Nov-Feb

* Ideal for: those seeking some culture too or wanting a less crowded wave.


Madeira - Sitting alone in the Atlantic, 350 miles west of the Moroccan city of Casablanca, Madeira stands defiantly in the way of any swell coming out of the North Atlantic. It is an extremely picturesque rich cultural island, rising sheer out of the ocean, and generations of local people have moulded its cliffs into an amazing system of fertile terraces full of flowering trees. The surf of Madeira is an experience to be cherished with powerful uncrowded waves offering a real chance to test your skills to the fullest with the full force of the Atlantic. The surf break at Paul Do Mar is a fast hollow right hand point break.

* Best time to surf: October to April

* Ideal for: Intermediate and advanced surfers only


Best Bet in February: Portugal

Surfline's expert forecast team breaks down the best places to surf by month and region.

Peniche: one the world's best and hollowest beach breaks, showed its colors and went absolutely ballistic for this year's Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Heavy locals, gnarly takeoffs and punishing wipeouts will challenge any barrel-hunting surfer to the max. (But it's worth it.)


World's 50 best surf spots - CNN January 2012

Carrapateira, Portugal: This lovely left-hand Euro break, with plenty of shelter from the rocks, can reach up to three meters during mid-high tide but best of all it’s usually empty. If you run out of steam, there’s always the nudist beach just along the coast. Getting there: Fly in to Faro Airport, which is around 80 kilometers away, rent a car at the airport or get a taxi.

Pedra Branca Ericeira, Portugal At this sublime surf spot situated 48 kilometers north of Lisbon on the Atlantic coast, you’ll find a sleepy fishing village-cum-surfer town with six kilometers of stunning beach including the sandbar Sao Lorenzo and the epic Pedra Branca reef break. Come here to charge one of the best waves in the county. Getting there: Fly into Lisbon and drive or cab it 32 kilometers to this choice surf spot in west Portugal.

Survey says: Ericeira is Portugal’s new surf destination

Ericeira is one of the best places to surf in Portugal, according to a new study by the Instituto Arcane for the European Surf Industry Manufacturers. The study asked approximately 4,200 people in seven European nations to rate their top surfing destinations and of those, 6.2 percent named Ericeira as the best place to surf, surpassing well-known surf destinations like Hawaii. Despite being a popular tourist destination in the summer, Ericeira has maintained a laid-back atmosphere. Located north of Lisbon on the Central Coast, the town’s white washed houses adorn the seaside cliffs, which offer visitors a bird’s eye view of the fishermen coming and going from the harbor below. Each year, thousands visit this town to enjoy the sandy beaches, beautiful, warm weather and great seafood cuisine.

By the way -Ericeira, 1st in Surfing in Europe and the 2nd World

Ericeira was recognized by the U.S. Save the Waves Coalition as the Best Place to go Surfing in Europe and 2nd in the world (after Malibu). The region submitted the application to the Save the Waves Coalition in October last year, in order to ensure the protection of natural resources and enhance the international recognition of its heritage. “Ericeira is such a diverse surfing coastline, it has something for everyone,” said WCT professional surfer Tiago Pires, who grew up surfing there. “There are big waves, small waves, expert waves, and beginner waves. I love this area, and I’m glad to see it get the recognition it deserves, as well as a tool to help better protect it.”


Azores are a fast emerging Surf Mecca

The waves in São Miguel range in size from approximately three to five feet in the summer and up to 15 feet in the winter. The surf in the Azores is powerful and uncharted. In addition, some of the best surf spots in the Azores provide surfers with little to no crowds.

Due to the Azores’ location, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, there are always plenty of waves. The islands sit on top of the Mid Atlantic ridge, a large underwater volcanic mountain chain. Although the ridge runs the entire length of the Atlantic, it only surfaces in a few locations. One location it surfaces is the Azores.

The annual temperature of the Azores is 14 degrees Celsius, with an average summer temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. The islands have a temperate climate, with some fluctuations in weather patterns.

The Azores are an archipelago of Portuguese islands located approximately 1,500 kilometers from Lisbon and 3,900 kilometers from the east coast of North America.


For more information about these and other top surfing spots in Portugal such as beaches located in Espinho, Matosinhos, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Peniche, Nazare, Ericeira, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril. Costa da Caparica, Sines, Odemira, Aljezur, Sagres, Lagos, and Tavira check


Portugal Surf Guide - the first in Portugal Surf Guide - 183 surf spots to discover

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

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Turismo de Portugal announces the launch of the book Portugal Surf Guide, the first comprehensive inventory of sites that present the right conditions for surfing and comprehensive information about surfing in Portugal. The new guide is easy to read and serves as a tool to support the work of tourism stakeholders, to provide a better understanding of the potential of Portugal as a surfing destination and the main hot spots for the sport. It also recognizes the existence of a diverse and quality sport across the country.


Affordable Off-Shore Surf Vacations start at *295€ per person for a week

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

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Affordable Off-Shore Surf Vacations start at *295€ per person for a week with surf activities, lodging with breakfast and lunch pack, or just 17 euros per night for lodging. Valid until Feb 3, 2012.

Areia Branca Beach Hostel is a hostel for all types of clients practicing sports or not. It has two floors, four bedrooms, leisure areas and a fully equipped kitchen. The decor has kept traces of the beach house and relaxed atmosphere you want on holiday.  Areia Branca Beach Hostel is the result of a wage between two friends on the passion for the beach and for their sports, surfing, bodyboarding, paddling, tennis and others. The place immediately captivates with a superb view of an extensive beach, the smell of the sea and a relaxed atmosphere. Situated in the center of Praia da Areia Branca, a small seaside town in the county of Lourinhã, the hostel has a prime location, with a one-minute walk from the beach and various services (ATM, supermarket, restaurants, bars, etc.). The town, still protected from mass tourism, is warm and homely, with a serene and youthful spirit, ideal for spending a relaxing holiday at low cost in western Portugal. However, its privileged geographical location is close to the big cities such as Lisbon (Portugal capital) and Peniche. At night, the beach bars are hopping and parties take place. The surrounding beaches are a beauty hard to beat and have great conditions for the practice of sports in the water such as surfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing and paddleboarding. This is the ideal place for visitors to practice sports but also for those who want a quiet holiday at the seaside. The natural conditions of the area caused the large expanse of beautiful beaches such as Peralta, Areal, Praia da Areia Branca, Vale Frades, Caniçal e Paimogo. You can stroll along the waterfront, exercise, play volleyball and beach football, throw rackets or just sunbathe and listen to the waves. But the beach is part of an ecosystem that needs to be protected, so please do not pollute the environment and, if possible, clean the beach.


Exploring the Portuguese Golden West Coast with Portugal Nature Trails

Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

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Even in winter you will have a lot of sunny Hiking or Cycling days - Portugal is definitely the country with the best climate all year long in Europe!!!

The golden west coast in Portugal is turning into one of the most attractive places to go in the last few years, still very wild, with little impact from civilization. You will find the most amazing beaches and little fisherman and agricultural local villages. The most amazing sunsets in Europe can be seen all the way the down to the most southwestern point in Europe, the cape of Saint Vincent, along the Vicentine Coast to this Natural Park. You can enjoy the ride of a lifetime in a mountain bike tour, or a Hybrid bike tour, and obviously hike along the cliffs through the fisherman’s trails, most of them with very little access, a true privilege for those daring the adventure.

With more than 10 years of experience travelling the world, and with a local Portuguese company working in Portugal, Spain and Morocco, Portugal Nature Trails is a new company targeting the foreign market and setting out to be the company of the most outstanding and thrilling hiking and cycling outdoor adventure tours in Portugal.

Explore the country’s wildest and most preserved regions while tasting the best local food and wine. Spend the night in 4/5 star hotels, to simple welcoming rural local bed and breakfasts. Experience adventure and local culture in a guided, self-guided, or tailor made tour. In the guided tour, guests will be fully supported by a professional guide, sleep in the best places along the way, have a great gourmet picnic everyday, and hike or cycle the most thrilling trails. On a self-guided tour, guests will be on  their  own after being given all the gear, excellent bikes, their own GPS and maps, and a cell-phone in case they need anything 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Portugal Nature Trails will give guests a detailed briefing containing basic information about the country, on how to get along a ride or hike, and to ensure that they feel supported no matter what type of tour they choose. Or, consider a tailor made tour where basically everything is designed to meet all demands: the sky is the limit. The staff knows basically every single road, mountain, beach, city, village in the country, and they are so passionate about their country that is their mission to provide the adventure of a lifetime.

November, December, and January are Portugal’s rainy months, but Portugal Nature Trails still has guests coming those months, because the temperature is so moderate compared to other countries in Europe. Portugal is definitely the country with the best climate all year long in Europe. In Portugal, Nature Trails is very proud of its services, proud of its country, and especially excited to welcome everyone to Portugal. The staff has all travelled so much they know how it feels to be welcomed, feel safe and have a great experience: it turns into memories for a life-time, and that’s their wish for all of their guests.

For more information contact:

António Gavinho

Tel. (+351) 962 543 298


Turismo de Portugal Deal: 100% Wave Guarantee

Monday, 22 October 2012 15:41

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If you visit Portugal between October 2012 and December 2012 for surfing, and for any unlikely reason don't catch waves suitable for surfing at 28 spots in mainland Portugal (beaches located in Espinho, Matosinhos, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Peniche, Nazare, Ericeira, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril. Costa da Caparica, Sines, Odemira, Aljezur, Sagres, Lagos, and Tavira) for three (3) consecutive days will offer you a free come back trip ti surf another day.    Waves must be at least half (0.5) meter high. Waves below half (0.5) meter are considered to be "not for surfing waves."


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