In the surfing world, Portugal is known for it’s quality surfing putting it at the top of lists for European surf holidays.

Besides the fantastic waves for all abilities, there’s great food, beautiful scenery to explore for those rare times the surf isn’t too great and there are loads of  laid back surf camps in Portugal where you’ll meet new friends and get tips to improve your technique. Here’s why else Portugal is fantastic for a surf holiday

why go surfing in portugal

The coastline is huge

Portugal has nearly 1,800 kilometers of coastline, and there are beaches for surfing almost everywhere. From up in the northern near Porto, to Ericeira, Nazaré, Peniche, Cascais and Costa da Caparica in the south. There’s also a few great Portuguese surfing beaches in the popular Algarve region.

In fact, Portugal has such a big coastline that the furthest you can get from the coast is only about 200km away! You could literally journey up and down the entire coast trying out countless surf spots – now wouldn’t that be a cool adventure?!

Portugal has consistent surf

Because of the number of surf spots up and down the Portuguese coastline, you’re never far from some great surf. Even when the surf at the nearest beach to

Loads of surf schools

There are SO many surf schools in Portugal and most are run by local surfers who fell in love with surfing from a young age. They know which beach is the best to head out to depending on the weather. Therefore it’s pretty rare that you won’t be able to get your surf lesson in!

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The local sardines are the perfect food

If you’re a fan of fish then you’ll love Portugal! With its proximity to the sea you’ll see markets and restaurants serving up some of the freshest fish you’ll ever have. Grilled sardines are a popular option along Portugal’s coastline. These sardinhas asadas are delicious!

Portugal has awesome weather

In Portugal, where summer temperatures are usually in the mid 20s so it’s hot but not overly so. In autumn and spring you’ll still get pretty warm temperatures of  15 degrees and even in winter it’s not much  lower!

Better still, some parts of Portugal average 300 sunny days per year! Combined with the consistent surf, those lucky Portuguese are able to enjoy surfing in Portugal all year round!

There are waves for everyone

Summer (April to September) is the best time to learn how to surf. Along with warmer temperatures, summer also brings small-to-medium waves. Winter waves are bigger and should be reserved for those with more experience. As a beginner, best to plan your surf trip when the sun is high and the days are long for warm, safe fun.

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You can check out the islands

The Azores and Madeira are pretty much as close to paradise as you’ll get in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With colourful marine life, volcanoes, rare wild plants and incredible surf, Portugal’s islands are well worth checking out.  Plus, if the surf does go flat, you won’t be short of adventures with a volcano to climb!

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Portugal’s cheaper than much of Europe

Peniche, a fishing community 94km from Lisbon, is a great location to learn how to surf. You can stay in various surf camps in Peniche from just £21 a night which includes your accommodation, lessons and kit!

It’s not just the surf camp that won’t set you back much, Lisbon always crops up on lists of the most affordable cities in Europe and outside of the city things are often even cheaper!

Portugal is super close

Even if you’re not a huge fan of flying I’m sure you could handle this short flight. You can make it to the beaches in under 3 hours!

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Go at the right time of the year and you could catch Rip Curl Pro in Portugal

One of the biggest international surfing competitions in the world takes place in Portugal. If that doesn’t tell you what a great place for surfing Portugal is then I don’t know what will! The competition, that makes up part of the World Surf League Tour, takes place every October in Peniche and Cascais.

Clean beaches

Portugal is home to some of Europe’s most unspoiled nature. In 2015, 299 beaches and 15 marinas in Portugal were awarded Blue Flag status, the most widely recognized standard for water quality, sustainable tourism, safety and general environmental responsibility.