Portugal’s 1793km of coastline holds the prime location on the Iberian Peninsula and receives a wide range of powerful Atlantic swell due to its short coastal shelf. There is a wide variety of breaks, from giant waves at Nazare to gentle rollers for beginners. The mild climate, consistent water temperatures and stunning cliff-lined coastline make Portugal a popular surf destination for Europeans to escape the cold northern winters.

Quick Facts

Epic coastline with huge variety of reefs, pointbreaks and beachbreaks. Easy to drive from spot to spot. 





Great surf culture with government led investment in the sport

Lisbon, “City of the Seven Hills” is one of the most beautiful cities the world. Amazing light, nice people, lots to see from the restaurants and bars to the ancient neighbourhoods.

Receives swell year round and is uncrowded away from well-known surf spots. You’ll find near empty waves between Ericeira and Peniche.

Where to surf

Heading north from the very south in the Algarve the main surf spots are Alentejo, Lisbon, Ericeira, Peniche, Beira and Porto. These are just the regions and each area has loads of quality breaks. The surf hubs of Ericeira and Peniche are the best known, but this is a coast that delivers along its entire length.

When to go

The climate is Mediterranean and mild. The north of the country is cooler and warms up as you head south. The best surf season is in the European autumn months from September to November when offshore winds groom the first of the winter season North Atlantic northwest swells. Winter is consistent, but can be stormy, while summer has a mix of smaller wind swells and often breezy conditions.


The Algarve is known as great activity hub with hiking, rock climbing, sea kayaking and mountain biking all popular. The cosmopolitan capital Lisbon mixes old-world charm and historical surrounds with cutting edge culture. The nearby castle of Sintra is also a must see. Porto is home to the country’s famous port wines. Here you can visit the port caves or venture further east to the vineyards.

The Country

Portugal occupies the western side of the Iberian Peninsula in southern Europe. Spain surrounds the country to the north and east while the Atlantic Ocean provides over 1200 kilometres of coastline to Portugal’s west and south. The climate is mild throughout the year. Historically its power peaked in the 15th and 16th centuries when it became an empire through its pioneering maritime exploration and role in the Age of Discovery. In modern times, after prevailing through several dictatorships and coups, the country has emerged as a forward-thinking democracy and one that has embraced sustainable technology and tourism as the centre of its economy.

Getting There

The two main entry points into Portugal are Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) and Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto (OPO), which serve Europe and North America with international flights. Alternatively, you could arrive to Portugal by road or by boat from other parts of Europe. Once you are in the country, you can move around between destinations by an efficient network of trains, domestic flighst or bus. Taxis, trams and subways are available for local transportation.

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230 V – Plugs C, F