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Surfing in the Algarve (Praia do Zavial)

Surfing in the Algarve

Everything you need to know about surfing in the sunny Algarve in Portugal.


Where is the best place to surf in Portugal? This is in an interesting question and one that has been discussed at length by a good number of people. Some people say it's Peniche or Ericeira and others say it's the Algarve. The truth is, is that nothing beats the consistency of a point or reef break no matter where you are in the world.


Ericeira has over 18 different surf spots with about 80% of those having a reef or rocky bottom. This, combined with consistent swell patterns throughout the year, puts Ericeira at the number 1 position for the best place to surf in Portugal.


Peniche also has a few world class waves that are situated within a short drive from each other. The main advantage here is the fact that Peniche has a slightly wider swell window (exposure to swells from the southwest to northwest). And the fact that it also has a greater number of beach breaks, makes it perfect for both pros and beginners alike.


However, the Algarve is somewhat different again. It consists of 2 distinct coasts that provide the surfer with a much wider swell window (southeast to northwest) and an even greater variety of wave types. It is here in the southwestern Algarve where you can find over 25 different surf spots all within an 1 hour drive of each other; most are beach breaks with sand and rocky bottoms and shifting peaks. The Algarve can broken down into 3 distinct surf centres: Lagos on the south coast, Sagres on the most south western point, and Carrapateira on the west coast.

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