Location and surroundings
Why surfing in Portugal?
Portugal seems to be the Bali of Europe if you consider that you will find perfect waves 365 days a year and 1000 km of surfable coastline. The summer offers smooth beginner waves, during autumn, winter and spring you can expect the big swells coming over. Next you will find breathtaking landscapes, natural parks, great food with affordable, genuine and friendly people. Moreover Portugal strikes as a the perfect year round destination with a warm climate.
Why surfing in the area of Lisbon?
Beaches of Caparica and Carcavelos
In Costa da Caparica you can expect diverse surf spots for beginners and intermediates. Caparica is located on the south side of the Tejo river with 10 km of different surf beaches and empty line ups. During high season you can take a little beach train to discover all the spots.
Carcavelos is located north of the tejo River and is directed south which makes it a perfect spot for beginners when the huge swells hit the portuguese coast.
Highlights of the area- Costa da Caparica
Can you imagine the most pefect balance between the excitement of the city and the tranquility of unspoiled nature and fun of the beaches? That means starting south from Caparica you will find 30 km of beautiful white sandy beaches stretched along the coastline. The road will lead you to unspoiled natural beauty, authentic fishermen villages, lonely beaches, breathtaking cliffs and natural parks. If you head towards the north from Caparica you will find yourself in 15 minutes by car in the heart of Lisbon.
In Caparica you can find an almost 3 km promenade which is a pure sports mekka. You will see people surfing, skating, biking, jogging and doing workouts at a free outdoor gym just next to our surfschool. Take one of our bikes or a a skateboard and enjoy the view!
In the centre of Caparica you can find surf shops supermarkets, little shops, restaurants, bars and little coffes.
Lisbon- awarded as Europe's Leading City Destination for 2018
Discover Europe´s magical hillside city full of history with beautiful monasteries, museums and churches. Its the home of the world´s famous explorers like Vasco da Gama, Magellan or Prince Henry the Navigator. Today Lisboa, how its called by the portuguese, offers you everything you expect from a trendy capital.Take time to enjoy the many different bars and cafes in the narrow streets of Bairro Alto, Lisbon´s boohemian and cultural heart or go to one of the many beautiful viewpoints spread all over the city.
Visit the diverse districts of Belem, with sea explorers and Pastel de Natas (famous portuguese pastry) or the trendy area of Alfama, one of Lisbon´s oldest neighbourhoods with a maze of colourful alleys, ancient buildings and extraordinary viewpoints. This is a great place to listen to Fado, a melancholic musical style of storytelling, and one of Portugal´s cultural highlights.
The hilltop town of Sintra is granted as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and definitely a magical and mystical place. You will feel like you are in an episode of Game of Thrones when you visit the former residence of Portugal´s Kings, nobles, poets, painters and artists. Surrounded by forested hills you will find stunning palaces and castles. Check out the Pena Palace which is a great example of ancient Portuguese architecture from the romantic period.
National park Arrábida
Arrabida is located between Setúbal and the charming fishing town of Sesimbra. It has stunning natural beauty, turquise blue sea, white sand, chalk cliffs and a panoramic mountain range.
Closeby Surf highlights Portugal
The great thing about Lisbon is definitely its central location in Portugal. From here we are able to drive with you to Portugal´s surf highlights easily.
Very close you can find the beautiful surf town Ericera. This town is all about surfing and it offers many diffrent breaks such as Ribeira d´Ilhas, Coxos, Pedra Branca, Backdor or Crazy left. Although this place is famous for surfing you should consider that the breaks are mainly for advanced surfers.
-40 minute drive-
In the surf town Peniche you can find numerous surf spots. The famous break: Supertubus was chosen as one venue for the WSL (World surf League), which takes place there annually. We like to go there with our guests to watch the world´s best surfers.
-90 minute drive-
The village of Nazare became a surfers point on their bucket list after the mayor of the city sent a video of their giant waves to the surfer legend Garrett Macnamara. He came to Portugal and his popularity made Nazare and the beach of Praia da Norte world famous. A massive underwater canyon and certain winds and swells can produce those giant waves which are considered as a so called 8th world wonder. The WSL (World Surf League) chose Praia da Norte as a venue for its big wave contests. The time for this event will only be announced 3 days before the actual event takes place, which can occur between October and March.
-2 hour drive-