Bored of routine days in office, now, when the Sun is going the other way? Now might be the best time to go Surfing… In PORTUGAL!
Surfers hoping to escape the crowds and catch a wave at some of Portugal’s best kept secret spots need to look no further. While hordes of excited beach goers flock to the Portuguese coast each year, there are still many hidden gems offering surfers great swells and plenty of space. Although there is great surf year round, the autumn and winter months are best for more experienced surfers as they provide the biggest waves. Storms in the North Atlantic send gnarly waves rushing towards the coastline. The following beaches promise nice waves, wonderful food, and beautiful views. Companies such as RentMama Car Rental make it easy to book a car cheaper from local, independent car rental companies who also offer flexible pick-up and drop-off times allowing surfers the run of the coast on their own time. What are you waiting for? Rent a car, grab your wetsuit, and head on out to some of the best surfing in Europe!
First stop: Praia de Odeceixe
Not only is Praia de Odeceixe home to some sick swells, it is also off the beaten path, and therefore budget friendly. Located at the northern end of Portugal’s Costa Vicentina, Praia de Odeceixe has reliable intermediate level surf year round. Odeceixe offers plenty of small bars and restaurants to enjoy while taking a break from the surf. There are plenty of rooms for rent nearby, as well as a local surf camp. As the sleepy beach town is situated only 124km from the Faro airport, make the drive yourself. The scenic view makes for a leisurely and enjoyable drive.
Next up: Coxos
Coxos is located 50km north of Lisbon with excellent quality waves best suited for experienced surfers. Coxos Break Point is home to a series of rocky shelves, and this reef break can deliver some major swells. Not surprisingly, it is known as one of the best spots in the world. While weekends can become overcrowded, weekday mornings offer surfers a sweet escape. As it’s located a little bit out of the city, and because there are many other worthwhile surf spots in the near vicinity, it is best to go by car. Venture over to the nearby fishing villages to grab a bite to eat, and wash it down with a cool beer while checking out the markets and flower shops.
Last, but not least: Praia do Bico
Praia do Bico, also known as Praia da Arda and Praia da Mariana, is best for intermediate surfers. The crowd level is relatively low, thus allowing surfers the run of the beach. This stretch is rumored to never be flat and to offer a great wave variety, making it a top surf spot in Portugal. Not much English is spoken, but it is relatively easy to get around especially with some basic Spanish. The surrounding area is incredibly scenic, offering spectacular views of the dunes and coastline. There is plenty of free parking, even during the high season, so go by car and enjoy Portugal’s northern coastal views.