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Where to surf in the Algarve


Zavial: where to surf in the Algarve
Praia do Zavial on film

Are you planning a surf trip to the Algarve? This blog post covers the best surfing towns on the south and west coasts of Portugal. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the shelter of Portugal's southwest corner on the other, the Algarve offers a wide range of surf spots for all levels of surfers. From mellow waves for beginners to challenging swells for advanced surfers, this region has it all.



Introduction to Surfing in the Algarve

The Algarve's unique geographical situation ensures great waves, whether you seek bigger swells on the west coast or more sheltered waves on the south coast. With many surf schools throughout the region, beginners, intermediates, and advanced surfers will find ideal conditions. The best waves are in winter, but excellent surf is available from late September to May.




West Coast Surf Towns


Bordeira (Carrapateira)

Bordeira is known for its wild nature and spectacular beaches like Praia da Bordeira and Praia do Amado. These beaches are best for more experienced surfers. Best times to visit are:

  • Beginner: June - September

  • Intermediate: Year-round

  • Advanced: October - May


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Praia da Arrifana & Aljezur

Arrifana is a stunning beach ideal for good surf and socializing with fellow surfers. The area is perfect for learning in summer but can be crowded during peak times. Best times to visit are:

  • Beginner: May - October

  • Intermediate: September - June

  • Advanced: October - March


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Monte Clérigo

Located in the Costa Vicentina natural park, Monte Clérigo offers reliable surf and beautiful, uncrowded beaches. It’s a peaceful spot perfect for surfers who love nature. Best times to visit are:

  • Beginner: June - September

  • Intermediate: Year-round

  • Advanced: September - May



Where to surf in the Algarve
Praia da Luz

South Coast Surf Towns


Sagres (Southwest)

Sagres is the ultimate surfer town, offering a range of surf schools, rentals, and shops. It’s perfect for all skill levels, with beaches like Tonel and Praia da Mareta providing various conditions. The best times to visit are:

  • Beginner: May - October

  • Intermediate: Year-round

  • Advanced: October - May


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Raposeira

Located between Sagres and Vila do Bispo, Raposeira features unspoiled bays and point breaks. It’s a great base for exploring both the west and south coast beaches. Best times to visit are:

  • Beginner: May - October

  • Intermediate: Year-round

  • Advanced: October - April


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Burgau

Burgau is a charming fishing town with a large sandy beach. While surf consistency varies, its proximity to many excellent surfing beaches makes it a good choice for surfers of all levels. Best times to visit are:

  • Beginner: September - May

  • Intermediate: October - April

  • Advanced: October - March


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Lagos & Praia da Luz

Lagos offers beautiful beaches and a lively atmosphere, with surf spots like Porto de Mos and Meia Praia. It’s an excellent location for all levels, with many surf schools and rentals. Best times to visit are:

  • Beginner: September - May

  • Intermediate: October - April

  • Advanced: October - March


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Portimão

Praia da Rocha in Portimão is great for winter surf. The weather is nicer compared to the west coast, and waves can range from mellow to big. Best times to visit are:

  • Beginner: October - May

  • Intermediate: November - April

  • Advanced: December - March



Explore more beautiful beach towns in the Algarve to find the perfect surf spot for your next adventure!

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