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Surfing in Algarve: the best spots

Written on : 13 October 2020
By : Chloé Girod

Portugal has countless riches to make your stay a dream come true. Whether you are attracted by culture, gastronomy, sporting activities or just lazing around, you are bound to find your dream holiday in this country. 
Today, Algarve, the south of Portugal, is the destination for a sporting holiday! At first glance, this region is mainly known for its mild climate all year round, its beautiful landscapes and its fine sandy beaches. Yet it is also a perfect place to surf, whether you are a beginner or an expert. 

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Surfing in Algarve: the best spots

The Algarve is situated between the Atlantic coast to the west and the Mediterranean to the south, so expect several types of waves, ideal for all levels of surfers. One of the biggest advantages of this region is that it is not the most famous surfing area in the country despite its superb spots, so you will have far fewer visitors than in the north, and for many, the Algarve is best known for relaxing on one of the many sandy beaches. Strolling along the coast from Praia da Arrifana to the beautiful town of Faro, you may even find spots where you can relax with only locals.  
 
So what are you waiting for? Come and discover its beautiful beaches to surf in the Algarve. 
 
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Surfing in Algarve: the best spots

When to surf in the Algarve? 

The little plus of the region is that you are guaranteed waves all year round! They may not be the most impressive, but you can be sure to find a spot with waves every day during your stay in the region. 
The best season to surf in the Algarve is from May to October. Generally speaking, the waves are smaller in summer than in winter. They are more dangerous and impressive on the west coast, and arrive on some beaches in the south. So it is best for beginners to stay on the beaches in the south-west to keep up the fun of the sport. There are many good surf schools between Aljezur, Sagres and Portimão.
In summer and winter you can surf in the Algarve. With its mild climate all year round, the water temperature will not be icy even during the coldest months. 

Beaches on the west coast of the Algarve for surfing

Beaches on the west coast of the Algarve for surfing

The west coast of the Algarve stretches from Sines to Sagres, where you will find beaches with perfect waves for surfing. They are also the most popular and you will find many shops and surf schools nearby. 

Praia da Arrifana: this is one of the most popular beaches in Portugal, crescent-shaped, it has beautiful waves for all levels. Expect to see a bit of crowds on windy days, as it offers many activities and is very much influenced by the surfing culture, yet it is well worth a visit. To get there take the road south of Aljezur, park at the top of the cliffs and walk down a few metres. 

Praia do Amado: This is another beach very famous for its surfing spots, being the venue for international competitions sometimes. It is located south of Carrapateira and you will find many shops and surf schools there. Its waves are perfect for both beginners and experienced surfers. 

Praia do Cordoama and Praia do Castelejo: these two neighbouring beaches are about 12km north of Sagres and have very strong waves when the wind is strong, reserved for the most experienced surfers. But you can pass by there to admire the view which is magnificent with its cliffs and the ocean in the distance. In the summer, Castelejo beach is ideal for learning to surf because the west wind makes it possible to have small waves. Be careful though, in some places there are rocks. 

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Beaches on the south and south-western Algarve coast

Beaches on the south and south-western Algarve coast

Once you have passed the "end of the world", the tip of Sagres, visit the beaches of the southwest and southern Algarve. Reputed to be more accessible for beginners, experienced surfers will also find great waves to surf here. 
 
Praia do Tonel: this beach located just a few minutes walk from Sagres is ideal for surfing all year round with good waves in both summer and winter for beginners and experienced surfers. Pay attention to the rocks that may be in the water in some places, don't hesitate to hire a guide to surf safely. Also, this beach has the advantage of easy access and has many shops and surf camps in the vicinity.
 
Praia de Faro: This long, easily accessible beach, just south of the town of Faro, offers waves for beginners and in the summer is a great place for stand-up paddle. You will find many surf schools here. 

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