Surfing in Arrifana – Algarve
Arrifana is one of the first surf spots in the Algarve after Odeceixe and Amoreira if you come from the North. It’s on the west coast. At 1 1/2 hours from Lisbon.
Arrifana is a picture perfect spot; a shell-spaped bay, surrounded by high cliffs and authentic white houses. And the surf is good. Arrifana is very popular among the Portuguese surfing community. So it will be crowded if the waves are good.
Also good to know: there is a historic place in nearby: Aljezur.
A brief overview of surfing in Arrifana
++ Advanced surfers
You actually have two waves here. A wave that breaks in the middle of the bay. And a wave that hits the rocks at higher swells from 2 meters on the right side of the bay (a challenging righthander).
That Arrifana righthander is for experienced surfers. The wave in the middle of the bay is suited for beginners who want to catch the white water, because this is often a close-out (depending on the sandbars).
Surfing is possible on all tides. The righthander though, will be drier en faster on lowtide.