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A surf trip to Lagos: this is what you want to know

Updated: Jan 17

A question I'm asked many times: can you surf in Lagos? To be short about it, yes you can. Wondering what the surf in this beautiful Algarve beach town is like? Look no further.

With great surf breaks and beautiful beaches, it's no wonder so many people head to Lagos to enjoy this wonderful part of the country that offers up both excellent amenities and a great lifestyle. So kick back and dream away about your upcoming surf trip to the Algarve and the beautiful surfing beaches in Lagos.

What's in this blog?

1. About Lagos

2. The weather

2. Surfing beaches and breaks

3. Surf lessons

4. The best time to travel for surfing (per level)

Can you surf in Lagos, Alagarve
Lagos old town

About the (surf) town of Lagos

A one hour drive from Faro Airport you'll find the ancient town of Lagos. It's one of the Algarve's most famous and picturesque resort areas. The main surfing beach, Meia Praia, is a wide, sandy stretched beach that runs almost 4km along the coast.

The town itself has a good range of surf schools and rental shops where you can hire boards, wetsuits and other equipment. If you're not bringing your own gear, many schools offer discounts for weekly packages that include accommodation and lessons too.

There is so much to do in this beautiful beach town. Besides surfing, you can go kayaking along the stunning coastline, supping, explore the old town, enjoy good food and if you're feeling more adventures, go rock climbing.

Lagos is the closest town to the Western Algarve and offers an excellent choice of beaches and waves, as well as a beautiful historic center. You can also enjoy its restaurants and nightlife.


The weather in Lagos

The weather in Lagos is year round amazing. The warm Algarve climate and sunny weather make this the perfect place tot visit, especially in low season. Summers can be really hot with average daily temperatures above 30 degrees.

surfing in Lagos Algarve
Surf lessons at Meia Praia, Lagos

Spring and fall are my favorite seasons to travel as the surf is great and so is the weather with mild mid-twenty temperatures. Winter offer the best waves of the year and temperatures are still between 16 - 23 degrees. I personally love escaping the cold Northern European weather and escape to the warm and mild Algarve climate.


Can you surf in Lagos
South Coast surfing beaches

Surfing beaches and breaks in Lagos

Lagos has two main surfing beaches, Porto de Mos (beach and reef break) and Meia Praia (beach break). You'll find many surf schools and rentals in Lagos. A great thing about Lagos is its geographical location. Lagos is protected from big Atlantic swells and when there are no waves hitting the south coast, it's easy to just drive around the corner of Portugal to the west coast. This makes Lagos a perfect place to stay for all surf levels as bigger west coast swells are just a half an hour drive away.

Besides the surfing beaches in Lagos, you'll find many good surfing beaches within a 10-30 minute drive like Praia da Luz, Praia do Zavial, Tonel and Beliche (Sagres) and several beautiful surfing beaches on the west coast. If you're not an advanced surfer, I would recommend taking a surf safari or a guided surf session to explore the best surfing beaches around!

Tip! Meo beach cams

To check out the waves at surrounding surfing beaches, make sure to check out the Meo surf cams! This will make your search for waves a whole lot easier as you won't have to drive from beach to beach to see what the swell is like. You can also check download their app! Check out the forecast for Lagos below.

Surfing in Lagos, Algarve
Praia do Zavial, Algarve

Surf Lessons in Lagos

You'll find many options for surf lessons in Lagos. The great thing about lessons is that surf schools always know where to go for the best waves! They will also take you on surfari's (surf safaris) and trips to different beautiful beaches. Just Google any surfschool around and check their reviews. I personally had a great experience with Surf Experience.

Good to know about surf lessons:

  • Many surf schools provide pick ups to the surfing beach and also drop you back off!

  • The surf school will provide you with a board and wetsuit.

  • Most lessons cost around €35 - €45 per two hour session incl. wetsuit and board.

surfing in Lagos, Algarve
Surfing in Lagos

Best time to visit Lagos for surfing

Very important to keep in mind is the time of year you want to travel to Lagos for surfing. The seasons and weather significantly effect the height and quality of the waves.

Like mentioned before, the west coast is not far and you will almost always find waves there. However, if you like to surf waves on the beautiful and more mellow south coast I would recommend to not plan a surf trip during the summer months.

Waves on the south coast can be non-existent as the ocean is usually flat during the summer high season. You can definitely stay in Lagos but you will mostly have to visit beaches on the west coast for waves.

Here are the best times to travel:


All year


October - April


Late October - March

Want to know more about when to travel to the Algarve? Here are my favorite months to travel and why! 👇


Surf and stay in Lagos

From budget to luxury and everything in between, there is a perfect place to stay for everybody in Lagos. There are plenty budget surf hostels but also more upmarket surf stays like Tiny Whale Surf Lodge where you can hang out by a beautiful pool after a big salty day!

Surfing in Lagos Algarve
Tiny Whale Surf Lodge - Lagos

Staying at a surf house or surf hostel can be very convenient as they plan and provide your surf sessions and equipment. When you're a beginner and not sure where to go when, staying at a surf house will make your surf trip much easier. Here are some of my recommendations for (slightly upmarket) surf lodges in Lagos:

You don't have to stay in surf house or surf lodge to go surfing. Just book any nice place in Lagos and check into a surf school in Lagos whenever you feel like planning your surf lessons. If you do, make sure to check out Casa Maē, it's one of my fave places in Lagos.

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Casa Maē, Lagos

Not sure if Lagos is the perfect surf town for you? Make sure to check out my list with my personal favorite surf towns in the Algarve!

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