The Best Surfing Spots for beginners in Portugal

Beautiful Portugal is, hands down, one of the best-surfing destinations in the world. Just to have an idea, the World Surfing League (WSL) organizes a stage of the World Professional Surfing Championship Tour at Peniche and one of the Big Wave Championship Tour in Nazare. It does deserve its place in the hall of fame of surfing meccas.

Surfing in Portugal, however, is not just for expert surfers and giant waves chaser; the Portuguese coast is blessed with lots of world-class surfing spots for beginners as well. Indeed, for those willing to learn how to surf, Portugal is a great option. Even better, besides surfing, the country offers diverse outdoor activities, unique historical and cultural heritage, a superb cuisine, and a lively nightlife.

There are countless surfing schools along the coast. The best ones are accredited by both the Portuguese Surfing Federation and by Turismo de Portugal.  So, where is the best place to learn how to surf in Portugal? Let us get to know the best places to take surfing lessons, whether for first-time surfers or those who want to improve their skills.

Surfing Lessons in Lisbon

Lisbon is a fantastic city! Portugal’s capital city has a friendly and welcoming people, a wealth history, and a surf city atmosphere. There are good options for enjoying amazing sports experiences, and surfing is a highlight. If not in the city center, there are many surf spots very close by as the city lies where the River Tejo reaches the Atlantic Ocean.

Praia de Carcavelos is the first choice for those staying in Lisbon. Located around 30 minutes away from downtown Lisbon, it offers surfing schools, surf shops, bars, and restaurants. Taking surfing lessons in Carcavelos combined with a full day at the beach is a kind of a perfect combination. It is an excellent option for families traveling with kids as well, as offers surf lessons for children.

By crossing the River Tejo towards Almada is located Costa da Caparica a lively resort town commonly visited by locals. It is also well-known for its perfect surfing conditions, where many surfing schools are based, offering whether surfing lessons for beginners or surfing lessons for intermediates.

Cascais is stylish and trendy. Together with Sintra, one can find a wide variety of points and beach breaks along the coast. Praia do Guincho is a beautiful beach and an excellent surfing spot. It is more suitable for beginner surfers during the summer.

Ericeira: The First World Surfing Reserve in Europe

On October 14th, 2011, Ericeira became the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe. It was recognized for its wave quality and density of world-class surf breaks. Coxos and Ribeira D’Ilhas are the most popular ones. However, the beaches south of the town are the best opportunities for beginners. The highlights for surf lessons in Ericeira are Sao Juliao, and Foz do Lizandro.

As said before, Peniche hosts a stage of the World Surfing League (WSL) at Supertubos. It is perhaps the best surfing destination in Portugal. It offers excellent surfing conditions in almost any wind and swells direction due to its strategic location in a peninsula.

Cantinho da Baia is the most popular spot for taking surfing lessons in Peniche. There are, however, many surf schools, guesthouses, and surf camps in the area, some of them offering packages combining surfing and yoga training.

Up North, Matosinhos is one of the best places to learn how to surf in Portugal. Just outside Porto, it is very convenient; it can be reached by the metro. Due to its wave quality and consistency, there are many group surf classes on offer.

Algarve: Surfing Holidays 365 Days a Year

Due to its geographic location, the Algarve offers a great variety of surfing spots for different levels. As it is at the “corner” of the European continent, there are excellent surfing possibilities both on the West Coast and on the South Coast. If a powerful swell hit the West, there are more sheltered spots in the South. On the other hand, there is always something to ride on the wild West on smaller days. Besides, the Algarve is a surfing destination 365 days a year with a much milder climate than the rest of Europe.

Praia do Amado is a gorgeous beach and one of the best places to learn how to surf in Portugal. Although it can get crowded during summer, it is a long beach with plenty of space for everyone. It locates in the protected area of Costa Vicentina Natural Park. Further north, Arrifana is another great surfing spot for beginners in Portugal.

To sum up, Portugal is one of the best-surfing destinations for beginners in the world. Despite being a small country, its long coast offers world-class surfing for all levels. If you are planning a surfing holiday, Portugal is an excellent choice. Equally, if surfing is not the primary goal of your trip, why not give a try and live remarkable outdoor adventures in Portugal?