When the waves come from the west (or southwest or northwest, for that matter) and the wind comes from an inland direction, this spot is absolutely amazing – especially thanks to its its high quality waves that break over a reef. If you are a bit more experienced, the waves here are very doable. Ribeira D’Ilhas is slightly to the north of Ericeira.
Foz De Lizandro is to the south of Ericeira, and it offers more of a beach break. However, since the river extends into the sea here, the banks form a good break for the waves. The biggest advantage of Foz is that it’s a lot less crowded. The waves are slightly less powerful – or at least, compared to the amazing surf conditions at Ribeira D’Ilhas.
Surfspots near Lisbon
There are plenty of surf spots in the wider Lisbon area, and it’s where a lot of locals like to surf. Especially on the weekends! Several well-known spots include Carcavelos, Guincho (a popular spot for windsurfing), Bolina and Monte Estoril. These spots are extremely enjoyable when there’s a powerful swell from the southwest and wind blowing from the northeast.
Alentejo and Northern Algarve
Back to the warmer regions – concerning both the temperature outside, as well as the temperature of the seawater.
The most well-known surf spots here include Sao Torpes, Arrifana, Odeceixe and Amoreira.
Sao Torpes might not look all that impressive at first glance. It offers an average beach break that is relatively enjoyable for most surfers. But slightly to the south of Sao Torpes, if you follow some of the smaller roads along the coast, you can find a real treasure of a surf spot. Here you will find a spot where you can surf with the locals – and enjoy some far higher-quality waves!
Odeceixe is stunning – there’s a reason why it’s won an award! It’s known to be one of the most beautiful beaches of Portugal. Odeceixe catches a relatively large number of waves, so your chances of catching a satisfactory number of waves are almost guaranteed. The quality of the waves isn’t amazing, but it’s certainly good for Dutch standards. Odeceixe is said to be a bit of a hippie town, which is reflected in the relaxed atmosphere there. And it’s a great location for a family surf vacation.
Amoreira is the place to be during the low tide. Its banks have been formed by the river and they make for nice waves . It’s a good surf spot because it’s generally not too crowded.
Soon you’ll find more info about the Algarve. But we do have a tip for you:
>> Tip for the Algarve area:
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