SURFING

Surfing in the Algarve

Portugal is rapidly becoming the number one surf destination in Europe. While some of the biggest waves in the world are found at Nazaré,  the Algarve is known for its more gentle surf and comfortable water temperatures. With 300 days of sunshine per year, the Algarve is both an ideal winter and summer surf break. Here are some of the best surf breaks in the Aljezur region.

BEST SURF SPOTS AROUND ALJEZUR

Odeceixe

The first beach of the Algarve is an exposed beach break that has reliable surf. Works best in offshore winds from the east all year around. Has a mix of groundswells and wind swells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. Beach break with both right and lefties. Works best around low tide. Especially in off season there are not a lot of surfers.

Amoreira

Nice beach and point break that has a pretty consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Waves come from local wind swells and from distant groundswells. The best swell direction is from the west. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Beware of rocks / rips.

Monte Clerigo

An exposed river break that has reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds come. from the east. Wind and ground swells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. The river breaks offer both lefts and rights. Best is around mid tide. There are relatively few surfers here, even on good days.

Arrifana

An exposed beach with a reef break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Best winds direction comes from the northeast with some shelter here from north winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. It offers lefts and rights and there is also a great right hand reef break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. A popular wave that can sometimes get crowded Watch out for rocks.

CARRAPATEIRA

This beach is one of the most consisent beach of the area, located nearby the old traditional Carrapateira Village. It has a right breaking off a large rock from mid-low tide. Average peaks break further down the beach. There are two ‘main’ surfing areas. The southern end has a sort-of point break off the rocks and usually works at low to mid tide. The second area is about 200m up the beach with a-frame peaks on good days breaking on sand bars on mid-high tide. 

 

BORDEIRA

A sandbar break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast with some shelter here from south winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. The waves at the sandbar break both left and right. Take care of rocks in the line up.